Meet the Next Generation of Humanitarian Leaders

The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program aims to develop a robust pipeline of humanitarian leaders, offering a unique opportunity for young professionals to work alongside some of the world’s most prestigious organizations. Through placements with the Coalition at one or more of its members across the globe, Fellows engage in a variety of ways on topics that span the international development and humanitarian sectors. As of September 2017, the Coalition has placed 43 Fellows in more than 11 countries, representing more than 15 nationalities. Below are snapshots of a few Fellows in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 classes.


2018 Fellows


Paola Aceto, ECPAT International

Paola Aceto is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Bangkok with ECPAT International, a global network of civil society organizations combating sexual exploitation of children in all its forms. As a Programme Fellow, Paola supports the team focused on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism (SECTT) and The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. She helps manage the social media and websites, translating to and from Spanish and English, preparing material for the Latin American region, and liaising with partners.

Before joining ECPAT, she trained as a Modern Languages teacher in the United Kingdom and taught English in Ecuador. She gained experience in digital communications as a web editor for a private travel company and as a marketing assistant for a short film competition on Modern Slavery. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development from the University of Bristol, and her main interests are Children’s Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility.


Abena Agyei-Boateng, SOS Children’s Villages

Abena Agyei-Boateng is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with SOS Children’s Villages, the largest NGO in the world dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children. Abena works with the Branding, Communications, and Marketing team as their Marketing and Communications Fellow. Her work at SOS encompasses media relations, pitching to social media influencers, strategic marketing, and communications among other roles.

Abena holds a Masters Degree in Communications and Development from Ohio University. During graduate school, she worked as a public relations specialist for the LIGHTS Regional Innovation, supporting entrepreneurship programs in the surrounding economically challenged areas. She earned her undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from the University of Ghana.


Adrien Gaussen, Aravind Eye Care System

Adrien Gaussen is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in South India with the Aravind Eye Care System, the largest eye care provider in the world that aims to one day eliminate needless blindness. While with Aravind, Adrien will help develop a process for the creation, testing, and utilization of patient educative materials. Patient education is a large part of Aravind’s mission to increase awareness of the importance for eye care and ensuring compliance.

Adrien is a strategy and marketing consultant in the life science industry, based out of Boston. Growing up in areas of conflict due to his father’s work running refugee camps for the UNHCRH, Adrien has been involved with humanitarian work ever since birth. He’s also done volunteer work with NGOs in Kenya (Hand in Hand East African – microfinance), worked in South Africa (Conservation at the Imfolozi game reserve & in the Krakensberg mountains), and worked on a variety of initiatives in the Northeast of the US (specifically with regards to immigration, community building, and aiding the disabled).


Sarah Allen, BRAC USA

Sarah Allen is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with BRAC USA, the US-based affiliate of BRAC, one of the world’s largest international development organizations headquartered in Bangladesh and active in 11 countries. Ranked the number one NGO in the world, BRAC is known for implementing low-cost, evidence-based poverty innovations at scale in extremely poor, conflict-prone, and post-disaster settings. Sarah supports BRAC USA’s Communications and Business Development teams to build brand awareness in North America and mobilize resources to underpin BRAC programs in education, healthcare, financial inclusion, agriculture, girls empowerment, and human rights.

Previously, Sarah has worked with Outreach360, an NGO focused on education and youth empowerment in Latin America, and Community Empowerment Network, a nonprofit implementing economic development programs related to financial inclusion, agriculture, and community-based tourism in Brazil. She has also worked in the education sector as an early childhood educator at a bilingual school and as an English teacher in Querétaro, Mexico. Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations.

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Alexandra Barber, SOS Children’s Villages

Alexandra Barber is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at SOS Children’s Villages (SOSCV), the largest NGO in the world dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children.  She works as the Marketing and Fundraising Fellow for the Marketing team. In this role, she maintains donor relations, conducts research on SOSCV programs and initiatives, as well as facilitates marketing and fundraising strategies.

Alexandra recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. While at university, she also completed business marketing courses at Novanica Business School in Paris, France, during her semester abroad.  Since graduating, she wishes to pursue a career in international development.


James Eckford, ECPAT International

James Eckford is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Bangkok with ECPAT International, an organization that is at the forefront of the fight against sexual exploitation of children. As the Fellow for the program against the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism, James directly supports the Head of Program in all project-related tasks, compiling news, managing the website, as well as providing support to The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.

James is a recent graduate of the European Master’s in Human Rights and Democratization, in which he had the opportunity to study in both Venice and Budapest and completed his thesis on the phenomenon of pollution protesting. Prior to his master’s, he taught English for three years at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. During this time, he also became proficient in Mandarin.

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Vida Garcia, Global Impact

Vida Garcia is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Global Impact, the Hilton Prize Coalition’s Secretariat. Vida supports the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship and Storytelling Programs.

Vida is a recent graduate of Florida International University, FIU, where she completed a double major in International Relations and Political Science, complemented with a minor in Asian Studies and a certificate in Latin American and the Caribbean Studies. Her passion for international affairs and foreign languages led Vida to study abroad at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. During her time in South Korea, Vida not only developed an affinity for the language and culture of the country, but she was also an active member of the Hanyang International Volunteer Association, an organization dedicated to serving the community and fostering lasting relations between international and Korean students.

Back home in Miami, Florida, Vida volunteered with the American Red Cross working throughout the evacuation of Monroe County during hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Vida also volunteered for the Panthers Around the World program at FIU, through which she was able to help multiple international students adjust to American university life, while simultaneously perfecting her fluency in Spanish and Italian.

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Shazzad Khan, Aravind Eye Care System

Shazzad Khan is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in India with Aravind Eye Care System. Shazzad provides guidance on efforts to codify design thinking into Aravind’s continuous improvement and innovation processes.

Prior to the fellowship, Shazzad spent eight years at BRAC in Bangladesh, where he led a team specializing in behavior research and intervention design to develop products and services customized for people with limited incomes. His project areas included health, education, microfinance, urban fire prevention, human rights, and road safety. In 2018, he published a tailored handbook on human-centered design for BRAC staff and other practitioners.

Shazzad is a trained visual artist and studied fine arts at the University of Dhaka. He now applies his creativity to human-centered design, innovation for social change, and devising simple solutions. Along with painting, he also loves reading and playing soccer.


Deniz Kocas, Fountain House 

Deniz Kocas is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Fountain House, an organization addressing the impact of serious mental illness in New York City whose programs have been replicated in 34 countries across the globe. Deniz is working with the External Affairs team to plan the Healthier Longer Lives for People with Serious Mental Illness international conference and also focuses on data and metrics improvement throughout the organization.

Deniz is studying for her MA in Psychology at The New School and is aspiring to become a clinical psychologist. She trained as a pharmacist in the United Kingdom and completed graduate studies in psychology and health policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has worked within the National Health Service in England, the pharmaceutical sector in Belgium and Turkey, and has experience with Doctors Without Borders in New York City.


Justine Lewis, HelpAge USA,

Justine Lewis is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with HelpAge USA, which advocates for and empowers older persons to secure active and healthy lifestyles. In this capacity, she focuses on the organization’s humanitarian programs, conducting research and partnership building.

Justine is currently a student at Binghamton University in New York, pursuing a PhD in Community Research and Action with a focus on refugee affairs. Most recently, she was a Public Affairs Specialist and Acting Deputy Director of Public Engagement, working for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs. She joined USAID in 2014 as a Presidential Management Fellow. Prior to her work at USAID, Justine completed a Master’s in Public Administration (2013) from Cornell University’s Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, with a focus on non-profit management. She also holds an additional Master’s degree in Human Development (2011) from Cornell University’s School of Human Ecology.


Izehi Oriaghan, Landesa

Izehi Oriaghan is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Landesa in Washington D.C. Landesa is an international non-profit working to secure land rights for the world’s poorest families: rural people who live on less than two dollars a day. Landesa places a special focus on protecting land and inheritance rights for women and girls. Izehi works with Landesa’s Global Advocacy Team to research, design and craft messaging for an emerging women’s land rights campaign that seeks to elevate land rights on the global agenda.

Izehi is currently a graduate student and Rotary scholar at the Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas, where she is pursuing a Master of Public Service. Prior to enrolling at the Clinton School, Izehi earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (2010) at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. She also worked for over five years as a Senior Administrative Officer with the Lagos State Waste Management Agency where she supported the agency’s partnership activities at domestic and international levels to create opportunities for funding and technical exchange on waste management and climate change related initiatives. After her Masters, Izehi intends to pursue a public service career in international development and women’s empowerment.


Sara Owens, HelpAge USA

Sara Owens is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with HelpAge USA in Washington, D.C. HelpAge International is a global network of organizations promoting the right of all older people to lead dignified, healthy and secure lives. As the programs and marketing fellow, Sara assists in building partnerships with corporations and foundations, and supports the staff on special projects such as HelpAge’s Gender-Based Violence study and the ADCAP program.

Sara has experience working with international humanitarian organizations and wishes to pursue a career supporting women’s empowerment programs in developing countries. In 2017, Sara graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in International Studies and Spanish.

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Lauren Perkins, Humanity & Inclusion

Lauren Perkins is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Humanity & Inclusion (HI) in Silver Springs, MD. Humanity & Inclusion is an international development organization that supports people with disabilities and vulnerable populations in situations of poverty and exclusion. Lauren will support HI in promoting the right to health for people with disabilities through desk work and participation in global health-related events in Maryland and DC.

Prior to this fellowship, Lauren earned a Masters of Science in International Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London where she focused on Gender and Development and Political Economics as well as a range of pressing development topics concerning the Global South. She has gained invaluable field experience in both Lebanon and Jordan working with refugee agencies. In Lebanon, she worked in over 30 refugee settlements in Beqaa Valley, Lebanon and assisted in aid distribution, education, and communications. She was an intern in Amman, Jordan with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) where she worked on Education in Emergencies for Palestinian refugees and communications. Previous to this, she also worked with different NGO’s refugee assistance programs and at-risk youth both in the United States and abroad. Lauren received her Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy, and she continues to use her foundations in psychology and philosophy for international development to make impactful change around the world. She wishes to pursue a career in gender and development.


Amy Roll, PATH

Amy Roll is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with PATH, an international health organization driving transformative innovation to save lives. Amy works with PATH’s Nutrition Innovation Team on data-driven reports.

Amy is currently pursuing her MPH at the University of Washington with a focus on global health. Previously, Amy worked in PATH’s Advocacy and Public Policy department. Amy then spent a year in Uganda as the Advocacy and Partnerships Coordinator and a Global Health Corps Fellow. There, she was responsible for creating an advocacy strategy, managing cookstove programs, grant writing, and supporting the monitoring and evaluation of programs. While in college, Amy spent a summer in Saint-Louis, Senegal volunteering as a French teacher at a local kindergarten and a center for orphaned children where she helped institute weekly soccer matches. She hopes to continue working at the intersection of health and conservation in the future

Amy is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended the University of Puget Sound where she pursued a degree in French, International Relations, and International Business. Amy loves skiing, hiking, playing soccer, cooking, and reading with her book club.


Sunethra Sathyanarayanan, ECPAT International

Sunethra Sathyanarayanan is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with ECPAT International, a global

network of organizations working on combating all forms of sexual exploitation of children. As a research intern, Sunethra supports the Research and Policy program. She helps draft country overview reports and supports other research and policy initiatives.

Before joining ECPAT, Sunethra completed her Advanced Master Program in Public International Law with a specialization in Peace, Justice, and Development at Leiden University, the Netherlands. During her graduate studies, she worked as a Research Assistant in the Kalshoven Geikes International Humanitarian Law Clinic in the Grotius Center for International Studies. Her main areas of interest are international humanitarian law and international human rights law.


Rounida Shwaish, Women for Women International

Rounida Shwaish is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Women for Women International, an organization that helps marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict by offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Rounida works with the organization’s Human Resources department to conduct research related to capacity building and learning management systems.

Rounida is currently a graduate student in Human Resource Management at Georgetown University. Prior to this, she was the Community Organizer for a resident-driven community development organization. In her Community Organizer role, she worked to strengthen and support neighborhood schools and build family and community engagement around education. Rounida has worked with various nonprofits to promote  social justice, racial justice, and education reform. She earned her Bachelors in Sociology from Juniata College in 2015.


Ryan Pilkington, Operation Smile

Ryan Pilkington is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Virginia with Operation Smile, one of the largest medical volunteer-based nonprofits in the world that creates solutions to deliver free surgery to people where it’s needed most. Operation Smile engages public-private partnerships to advance health care delivery, train local medical professionals to provide surgical care for patients in their communities, donate crucial medical equipment and supplies, and increase access to surgical care so that everyone living with cleft is treated.

As a fellow, Ryan supports the development team of Operation Smile’s headquarters and serves under the Office of the President, working on a day to day basis with the organization’s co-founder, Kathy Magee. Ryan’s work for the organization spans from planning events for the nonprofit’s 2018 International Student Leadership Conference to assisting the conference staff on the ground in Seattle, Washington. He also researches top foundations or donors and works with Operation Smile’s co-founder to pursue those leads.

Ryan is currently a student at the University of Richmond pursuing a major in biology with a minor in business. After graduating, Ryan hopes to attend dental school. Operation Smile’s mission statement goes hand in hand with Ryan’s future career, ultimately driving his return to the organization to volunteer when he’s a dentist in the future.


Megha Seehra, Operation Smile

Megha Seehra is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in India with Operation Smile, an international medical service organization headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Operation Smile provides free surgeries to children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate, or other dental and facial conditions. As a Program Fellow, Megha supports the foundation with the logistics and execution of patient recruitment camps in remote areas of India identified for medical missions. She is also investigating patient recruitment practices to inform the larger strategy and is assisting in developing a program for future students/fellows in the field.

Megha graduated with a Journalism and Mass Communication degree from Amity University, Kolkata, with a specialization in Public Relation and Events. She attended the International Students Leadership Conference 2017 by Operation Smile in Rome and also supported the coordination of the medical missions in India. Currently, Megha is preparing for her Master’s in Public Health and Communication. She believes in positive energy and getting inspired by people around her.


Hannelore Van Bavel, Tostan

Hannelore Van Bavel is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Tostan, an international organization that empowers African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. Hannelore works with Tostan to evaluate the organization’s impact on the practice of female genital cutting.

Hannelore is currently a PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and a SOAS Research Studentship holder. Her research project focuses on the construction and diffusion of discourses on female genital cutting. As part of her research project, she was a research associate at Orchid Project, a London based organization and partner of Tostan, that is working to end female genital cutting worldwide.

Hannelore holds a Master of Science in Sociology with a Major in Conflict and Development and a Master of Arts in Gender and Diversity. During the latter, she interned as a research associate on the topic of female genital cutting at the International Centre for Reproductive Health at Ghent University, Belgium.


2017 Fellows


Samantha Acosta is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with HelpAge USA, which advocates and empowers older persons to secure, active and healthy lifestyles. In this capacity, she focuses on the organization’s Healthy Aging Programs, where she conducts research related in fundraising, partnership building and grant management.

Samantha recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, where she explored gerontology infused courses with both a national and international focus. She has also conducted field research in Uganda, Africa, where she focused on older persons’ quality of life, along with perceived needs and barriers. Samantha received her BA in Sociology, Cultural Anthropology and Politics in 2014.

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Judith Bagachwa is the Founder and a Director of JB Geriatric and HIV Center in Dar es Salaam and is a part-time lecturer at Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, in the Social Work department. She has also worked and taught at the Institute of Social Work in Dar es Salaam. Judith is currently a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with HelpAge Tanzania, implementing a project on Intergenerational Healthy Ageing through a life course approach in Kibaha. She has worked in different communities in Tanzania promoting social work activities and is an advocate for health and human rights issues.

She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, an Advanced Diploma in Social Work from the Institute of Social Work in Dar es Salaam, and a holds a Certificate in Norwegian Language from Volda University College.

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Sarah Baker completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship with SOS Children’s Villages, the largest NGO in the world dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children. During her placement, Sarah supported the media relations and communication initiatives as a member of the communications and marketing team at SOS headquarters in Washington, DC.

Sarah holds a Master’s degree in International Media from American University and she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Auburn University at Montgomery. Upon completion of her fellowship, Sarah was invited to join the SOS team officially as Senior Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships.

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Hrithik Bansal is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow working with BRAC USA. He focuses on helping transition BRAC’s programs to meet the changing aspirations of beneficiaries as their living standards improve. He works with the senior leadership of the nonprofit to develop and implement strategies towards this end. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he is also a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow. He trained as an economist at the University of Oxford, where he earned an M.Phil. degree in Economics.

He has worked as a senior economist in the Economic Policy Division of the National Treasury of the Government of South Africa. He has also worked at a socially conscious agribusiness in India in the leadership team. Hrithik enjoys watching cricket, trying out new cuisines and practicing his rusty Chinese with anyone willing to humor him.

 


Chloe Baury is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with ECPAT International, which is fighting to end the sexual exploitation of children around the world. Within the Research and Policy team, she conducts research, collects and analyzes information on national laws and legal procedures related to the sexual exploitation of children (SEC) in Cambodia and Mauritania. Other areas of investigated within SEC are preventive measures, coordination and cooperation mechanisms and child and youth participation measures.

She graduated with a Master’s degree in International Law from Assas University (Paris) and a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Jean Moulin University (Lyon) in 2015. Chloe also holds a Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford University, where she studied European Human Rights Law. She has had experience working for UNESCO, and volunteered for six months in a local NGO in Cambodia, where she took part in several projects relating to children’s rights of access to education. Chloe also volunteers through the French Red Cross and is a member of the Children Connection NGO, which aims to improve access to education in Cameroon’s villages. She wishes to pursue her career working for the protection of children’s rights.

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Shanifa Shanifa Bennett is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Covenant House New York (CHNY), an organization that helps transform and save the lives of homeless, runaway and trafficked young people by offering housing and support services to young people in need. During her fellowship, she will develop and facilitate workshops/trainings for CHNY staff and youth on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and what steps to take once recognized. As a survivor of sex trafficking, Shanifa is passionate about being a peer mentor, advocate, and supporter of youth survivors.

A recent high school graduate, Shanifa is a member of GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentorship Services) and Sister Mentoring, which is a group that caters to girls under the age of 18 in need of resources and education. Shanifa’s interests include music, volleyball, poetry, creative writing, and dance.

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Desiree Dickerson is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at Women for Women International (WfWI) in Washington, D.C., where she serves as Blockchain and Digital Currency Fellow. She is exploring how blockchain and distributed ledger technology, as well as other emerging technologies, can aid WfWI in its mission to empower women in marginalized countries affected by war and conflict.

Desiree’s professional career includes serving as a management consultant centered around health technology and enterprise-level strategy for large federal agencies, which include Veterans Affairs and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has also contributed to augmented reality application projects as well as emerging tech advisory for a venture capital firm. Desiree holds an MS in Biophysics and Physiology from Georgetown University and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago.

Read this article featuring Desiree and her work on blockchain


Alyssa Gutnick is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Humanity & Inclusion USA (HI), which supports people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations living in conflict and disaster zones and in situations of exclusion and extreme poverty.

 

 

 

 


Danielle Harris completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship with Landesa, an NGO that partners with governments, communities and other stakeholders in more than 50 countries to advance pro-poor, gender-sensitive land rights reforms using law and policy tools. As a Fellow, she focused on the organization’s public-sector donor portfolio, registered Landesa with PADOR, and presented funding models and requirements internally for the Green Climate Fund.

Danielle recently graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She has been a member of the international humanitarian community for over five years, volunteering in Ghana and Guatemala with Global Leadership Ventures and working with USAID and Catholic Relief Services.

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Ruby Holmes is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Humanity & Inclusion USA (HI), which supports people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations living in conflict and disaster zones and in situations of exclusion and extreme poverty. In this capacity, Ruby sits on the planning committee of the Harkin Summit on Global Disability Employment, where she supports the team on event logistics and is a co-author on Good for Business: Promoting Partnerships to Employ People with Disabilities, HI’s white paper being showcased at the Summit.

Ruby is also a graduate student in the Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution program at American University’s School of International Service. Her academic and professional interests include the inclusion of people with disabilities in post-conflict mediation and peacebuilding, specifically in developing countries. Ruby was previously a Program Coordinator at Mobility International USA (MIUSA), where she coordinated a variety of inbound and outbound international exchange programs for people with disabilities. She received a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in African Studies from the University of Oregon, where she studied abroad in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Chytanya Kompala is currently completing a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship with the Nutrition Innovation Team at PATH, a Seattle-based global health NGO. At PATH, Chytanya is conducting a systematic review on the determinants of stunting and writing policy briefs on nutrition-sensitive risk factors of stunting.

As a public health nutritionist, her focuses include programmatic strategies and policies to improve maternal and child nutrition in the developing world. Chytanya has previous work experience with Sight and Life and the World Food Programme on various projects including behavior change communication, infant and young child feeding, and the interaction between infection and nutrition. Chytanya holds a Masters of Science of Public Health with a focus in Human Nutrition from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Public Health, with a minor in Nutrition.

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Alexandre Leal de Freitas is Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Throughout his fellowship, Alexandre has been serving as IRCT’s LGBTI focal point, leading the project development and fundraising of an initiative concerning the rehabilitation of LGBTI victims of torture. He is also a member of a taskforce undertaking an internal review and update of the organization’s strategy.

Alex holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). His Master’s thesis, “Red Light at the Intersection: The Stigma of Sex Work and the Double Oppression Inflicted upon Trans Sex Workers,” was recently awarded and published on the Global Campus of Human Rights website.
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Adaiana Lima is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Bangkok, Thailand, at ECPAT International, an organization which has been at the forefront of the fight against sexual exploitation of children for the past 25 years. Through her fellowship placement on the Research and Policy team, she assists in the production of legal research to advance the mission of ending sexual exploitation of children in all its manifestations.

Adaiana is a Brazilian-qualified lawyer who was awarded a Chevening Scholarship to pursue an LLM degree in International Human Rights Law with a focus on the Rights of the Child at Queen Mary University of London. Prior to working with ECPAT, Adaiana contributed research, advocacy and project management to numerous organizations worldwide such as SOS Children’s Villages, Just Fair, AIESEC and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Brazil.

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Catherine May is currently a Hilton Prize Coalition Collaborative Fellow with the Nutrition Innovation team at PATH, a Seattle-based global health NGO. During her fellowship, she will be advancing a collaboration with Heifer International to leverage the collective knowledge of both organizations into more effective interventions in food systems and human health. She is also an MPA candidate at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

Catherine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University. She has conducted sustainable development research in China, India and Costa Rica. Prior to moving to Seattle, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Sabri Ülker Center for Nutrient, Genetic and Metabolic Research.

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Marcus Miller is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow working with SOS Children’s Villages (SOS), the largest nongovernmental organization dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children across the globe. He works within the Marketing and Communications team at the SOS-USA headquarters to help build exceptional digital content that informs and engages people to act and contribute to the various service programs that SOS has to offer.

Marcus holds a Master’s Degree in Film & Video Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communications from George Mason University. He also recently received a Technical Diploma in Web Development from General Assembly in Washington, DC. With his overall mission to build content that elevates humanity and society, Marcus has worked in various roles at companies such as BET, Radio One, and now SOS-USA.

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Ahlam Awad Mohammed is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow working with The Task Force for Global Health, an INGO with a mission to control and eliminate diseases and build durable health systems to protect and promote health. Ahlam is working with the Task Force‘s Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center, which optimizes operational research on tools and techniques focused on neglected tropical diseases (NTD). During her fellowship, Ahlam will accompany the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia in a national rollout of a new tool for supervising and monitoring preventive treatment for NTDs.

Ahlam holds a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology and Global Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from Ohio Wesleyan University. She has worked on various projects in infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and nutrition, mainly in the US but also in East Africa, specifically in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

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Megan O’Leary completed a fellowship with the Hilton Prize Coalition in Summer 2017. Her placement with the Coalition’s Secretariat, Global Impact, exposed her to the exciting challenges of facilitating collaboration between the 21 member organizations as well as external partners, with day-to-day activities supporting the Coalitions overall communications and Storytelling Program operations. Through work that included conducting research and developing content around Coalition initiatives, her placement allowed her to develop valuable professional skills as she aspires to pursue a career in the field of international humanitarian affairs.

As a senior Honors student at the University of Texas, Austin, she is close to receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Global Studies. Previous experience includes internships with The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, studies abroad in Berlin, and work with the 174 Trust Center in Belfast, Northern Ireland on a community development project for young girls.

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Ana Rabogliatti was a Spring 2017 Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at Operation Smile, where she supported the Birdsong Peanut Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) Nutrition Program and the “Until We Heal’ campaign. The latter culminated in Operation Smile’s annual International Student Leadership Conference, which she helped to execute while also researching and collecting information to provide feedback for the Laureate community, peers and academic colleagues alike.

Ana continues to support Operation Smile as an intern while completing her senior year at the University of Virginia. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability.

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Mich Rakotomalala, from Madagascar, is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Operation Smile supporting the planning and implementations of the Obstetric Fistula program in Madagascar.

Mich received her Masters degree in English and Multimedia from India, and she has volunteered with many associations and NGOs. For the past two years she has been a program coordinator with Operation Smile based in Antananarivo, Madagascar, in charge of cleft lip and cleft palate international surgical missions, Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) trainings for in-country volunteers. During her fellowship she will be building partnerships with different NGOs and the Ministry of Health.
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Marcie Roth was a Summer 2017 Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at Humanity & Inclusion USA, where she contributed to research on the impact of climate change on persons with disabilities. A report of her research aims to improve the understanding of how climate change impacts people with a disability, and to support the inclusive climate change adaptation innovation process of the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) staff at Humanity & Inlcusion.

Marcie Roth is the CEO of The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies and is an industry expert in global disability inclusive emergency management and community inclusion. She has over 20 years of governmental and non-governmental experience including work with the US Department of Homeland Security (USDHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Global Disability Solutions Group, and National Spinal Cord Injury Association.

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Kevin Ryu is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Bangkok, Thailand with ECPAT International, which is fighting to end the sexual exploitation of children around the world. Within the Research and Policy team, he conducts research, collects and analyzes information on national laws and legal procedures related to the sexual exploitation of children, as well as information on preventive measures, coordination and cooperation mechanisms and child and youth participation measures.

Kevin recently completed a Dual Master’s Program, with a degree in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from the UN University for Peace (Costa Rica) and in International Law and Human Rights from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea). His previous experience includes working for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), assisting the Secretariat from its 74th to 77th Sessions. He has also assisted at sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Committee against Torture and the UN Committee on Migrant Workers. As an English teacher in an International English Village in South Korea, Kevin took part in several projects relating to child-sensitive teaching methods. He wishes to continue his career working for the protection of children’s rights, with a special focus on child victims of sexual exploitation.

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Harry Shepherd is currently based in Denmark as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow, working at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) Secretariat. In this capacity, he supports the Data in the Fight Against Impunity (DFI) project, working with IRCT member organizations across 28 countries and 5 continents. He is also currently completing his MSc in Global Development at The University of Copenhagen. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in International Business at the University of Liverpool, with a semester study abroad in Hong Kong.

Harry also holds three years’ experience across the NGO and technology environments in the private sector, primarily at Vodafone in the United Kingdom. Through his Master’s degree, he is developing the academic understanding for a career as a humanitarian and development practitioner and has completed primary research in Tanzania.

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Meriam Salem is an undergraduate student at American University (AU), studying international relations with an emphasis on development, human rights, and a minor in film and media. As a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at Global Impact, the Hilton Prize Coalition’s Secretariat, she assists with the development of philanthropic initiatives and the Storytelling Program.

During her time at AU, Meriam worked on a documentary with World Trust Educational Services on the underlying causes and consequences of the United States judicial system. The film explored the importance of incorporating healing as a component of justice and the current systemic dehumanization of racial minorities. She has also held internships focusing on various NGO initiatives, such as researching the energy crisis, and the impact of climate change on women’s rights in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In the future, Meriam would like to pursue a career in documentary and policy. She believes that film is an important tool for bringing both social impact and policy reform into a coherent catalyst for change.

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Joshua Tobing is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at SOS Children’s Villages, the largest NGO in the world dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children. He works as a marketing fellow, helping with the research and implementation of impactful communication strategies for SOS’s large network of supporters. Joshua has also worked in the US and abroad as a communications officer and fundraiser for international NGOs and has a strong passion for ethics and responsibility in fundraising.

Joshua studied Integrated Marketing Communications, English Literature, and Prelaw at Pacific Union College in Napa, California, where he was also a member of the Student and Academic Senates, President of the Pacific Union College Debate Society, President of Lambda Pi Eta’s Epsilon Rho chapter, and a public relations officer at PUC’s Amnesty International collegiate branch.

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Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, Sheetal Tuladhar served as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with BRAC, the largest development organization in the world. Sheetal represented BRAC in the Coalition’s film, “On Shifting Ground,” about the 2015 Nepal earthquake. In the film, Sheetal shares how she had moved back to Kathmandu to establish BRAC as an INGO in Nepal in the wake of the disaster. In her current role, she builds partnerships with agencies in the country and oversees the Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) program and the work of female community health volunteers (FCHVs) in the region.

In addition to completing an internship with BRAC USA, Sheetal has held internships with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), The Afghanistan Blind Women and Children Foundation and the Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center. She received her Master’s Degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University in 2014.

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Giovany Delgado holds over four years of experience in public diplomacy, public-private partnerships and international development. As a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow, he worked with Casa Alianza (Covenant House) Nicaragua in Managua, Nicaragua, focusing on marketing, fundraising, partnership building and grants management. Giovany has business development experience in Mexico and Central America through the Pan American Development Foundation, the humanitarian arm of the Organization of American States (OAS). In addition, he led the Mexico Without Child Labor multimedia communications campaign in partnership with the Mexican Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare, Telefónica Foundation Mexico, the International Labor Organization, Viacom International and the Cinépolis Foundation.

Giovany holds an MS in Latin American Development from King’s College London. He completed his BA degree in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Miami and received a Diploma in International Relations from a European Perspective from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain, where he was a Benjamin Gilman Scholar, an initiative spearheaded by the US State Department.

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Stefania Doebbel is currently pursuing a Master of International Affairs at Columbia SIPA, with a focus on Human Rights and International Conflict Resolution. She is currently the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow for the youth shelter organization Covenant House International (CHI), where she is working on creating a culturally sensitive curriculum on LGBTI issues for CHI’s staff and youth in their sites in Central America and Mexico.

Her academic interests focus on inclusive peace processes and peace building. She recently conducted research in Liberia, Bolivia and Mexico. Stefania has extensive journalism and communications experience, working as a Communications Manager for the United Nations Resident Coordinator Office in Chile and prior to that, the Head of Communications for the Undersecretary of Social Development in the Government of Chile.

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rachel-francis-picRachel Francis graduated from James Madison University (JMU) in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs, concentrating on sub-Saharan Africa. Following graduation, Rachel completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship at Global Impact, the Hilton Prize Coalition’s Secretariat, where she provided support for the Partner Solutions team and assisted with the development of the Coalition’s Signature Programs.

During her time at JMU, Rachel completed four years of Army ROTC, and also holds minors in Military Science and African Studies. She spent three of her undergraduate summers abroad in Eastern Africa, enveloped in cultural exchanges, language classes, and educational internships. Rachel is currently an associate at the Washington Speakers Bureau for the Global Services team. She hopes to pursue interests in international development and women’s empowerment throughout her career.

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Barbara Giovanelli completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship in Fall 2016 at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), based in Copenhagen. She investigated the effects of sexual methods of torture on victims. Since the field of sexual torture is widely under-reported, the outcome of this study will be a report that shares the knowledge of distinguished experts working in the field as well as a series of case studies that illustrate the devastating consequences of sexual torture on health and social life.

Barbara holds a BA in Cultural and Social Anthropology from the University of Vienna and a European MA in Human Rights and Democratisation from EIUC Venice and KU Leuven. Her work experience encompasses both academic research and applied work in the fields of human rights and anthropology. Among other roles, she worked in a reception centre for asylum-seekers in Vienna, represented Austria in a comparative study on female genital cutting in Europe, and participated in the organization of various arts festivals for the promotion of human rights and democracy.

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Gloria Jimwaga completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship in spring 2016 at Landesa, a land rights NGO headquartered in Seattle, Washington. During her fellowship at Landesa, Gloria conducted desk research for the organization’s Center for Women’s Land Rights. She is originally from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and holds a BA in Political Science and Language Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam. She is currently enrolled at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, completing her Master’s degree in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management.

For four years, Gloria worked as a Program Officer at HAKIARDHI, a Land Rights Research and Resources Institute, leading the unit of Research and Publication. Through this position, she gained a wealth of knowledge on land and natural resource management dealing with land tenure systems, climate change and environmental conservation, with a particular focus on marginalized and excluded groups in Tanzania.

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nikhila-kalra_photoNikhila (Nikki) Kalra completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship in Spring 2016 with the Nutrition Innovation team at PATH, a Seattle-based global health NGO. During her fellowship, she conducted field research into food value chains in support of maternal and child nutrition programs in Ghana and Senegal.

Nikki also has field research experience in Rajasthan, India, where she evaluated a community health worker program and measured its impact on women and children’s health. She holds a PhD in International Development from Oxford University, and currently works as a policy translation specialist at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, where she connects policymakers and other key audiences with the latest research in global health.

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Fidelie (Fifi) Nawej is currently a Program Coordinator with Operation Smile, managing a portfolio of programs and medical missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A Congolese native, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and a Master’s Degree in Peace and Governance, both from Africa University Zimbabwe. Prior to working with Operation Smile, she served as a Program Officer for Mineral Mining Resources, and also with Christian Care, in collaboration with UNHCR.

As a Collaborative Fellow with the Hilton Prize Coalition, Fifi worked with Operation Smile and Tostan in Senegal around the issue of women’s health care and obstetric fistula. She also attended Tostan’s Human Rights Training, learning about Tostan’s approach to community-led development.


Hilda Nyatete is currently a Program Officer at the Independent Medico Legal Unit (IMLU), overseeing the provision of psychological services to survivors of torture and their families. Originally from Kenya, Hilda has a deep background and expertise in trauma counseling, particularly in the area of gender based violence. Hilda also worked in the humanitarian field, supporting refugee survivors of torture with HIAS Refugee Trust. She holds a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.

IMLU is a member organization of the IRCT, and as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow, Hilda worked with her staff and other member centers on comprehensive clinical documentation for the Data in the Fight against Impunity (DFI) project. She also attended the IRCT’s 10th Scientific Symposium in Mexico City, December 2016, on behalf of the DFI project.

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Anna has held various internships in the field of global health, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Health Policy Center, the University of Washington Twin Registry, and the Department of Homeland Security’s HS-STEM program. In 2015, she was based at the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute analyzing the opportunities for public-private partnerships to better serve vulnerable populations during disaster response. Anna is also a graduate of the University of Washington with a BS in Public Health.

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Tsega Negussie Teffera served as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow in Washington D.C. for SOS Children’s Villages USA. During her fellowship, Tsega supported the communications and marketing department with the development and implementation of the organization’s brand awareness campaign both within the United States and abroad. Prior to her fellowship with SOS USA, she held various writing, social media and reporting positions for the Ethiopian Broadcasting Service, C62 Communications and North45 Communications.

Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tsega is a graduate of Webster University’s Graduate School of Communications and holds a Masters in Communications Management. She is currently pursuing interests in development and women’s empowerment in her home country.

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20160414_nepalearthquake_amul_interview_postAmul Thapa served as a Hilton Prize Coalition Collaborative Fellow in Nepal. He is also a photojournalist with Naya Patrika Daily. An alumnus of Coalition member organization SOS Children’s VillageKavre, he was a creative partner in the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program in Nepal, supporting Steve Connors, the Director, as a photographer, travel liaison and assistant during filming. During his fellowship, Amul served as a shared resource to Coalition member organizations BRAC, Handicap International, HelpAge International, Heifer International, Operation Smile and SOS Children’s Villages, following up on the stories captured in the film of staff and community members who were impacted by the April 2015 earthquake and aftershocks. He is a graduate of Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.

Read Amul’s Blog Posts:

Voices from Nepal: Learning to Be a Child

Voices from Nepal: A Brighter Future

Voices from Nepal: Returning to Normal


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Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, Sheetal Tuladhar served as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with BRAC, the largest development organization in the world. Sheetal represented BRAC in the Coalition’s film, “On Shifting Ground,” about the 2015 Nepal earthquake. In the film, Sheetal shares how she had moved back to Kathmandu to establish BRAC as an INGO in Nepal in the wake of the disaster. In her current role, she builds partnerships with agencies in the country and oversees the Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) program and the work of female community health volunteers (FCHVs) in the region.

In addition to completing an internship with BRAC USA, Sheetal has held internships with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), The Afghanistan Blind Women and Children Foundation and the Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center. She received her Master’s Degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University in 2014.

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Lucy Willis completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship the summer of 2016 at Operation Smile‘s headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During her fellowship, Lucy supported the Office of the Co-Founders and the Office of Student Programs with the planning and implementation of the organization’s annual International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC).

She is a current undergraduate student at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, double-majoring in Business Administration and International Studies. In high school, she co-founded the Compass Rose Coffee Company in partnership with Massimo Zanetti Beverage and remained its CEO until graduation. She is an active volunteer in both the Virginia Beach and Atlanta communities.

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