Meet the Winners: World Learning Advancing Leaders Fellowships Awarded to Five Alumni

ALF winnersOn June 5, World Learning selected five alumni to receive its new Advancing Leaders Fellowship. Established with seed money from Judy Huret, former World Learning vice chair and trustee, and her husband Bob, these alumni were awarded $10,000 each to implement an original social innovation project. Winners were selected following proposal presentations to a panel of judges and 200 guests at our inaugural Social Innovation Summit in San Francisco.

More than 100 alumni applied, and 10 finalists were chosen to present at yesterday’s summit. The winners are:

  • Sefakor Komabu-Pomayie; Project: Accessible Schools (Ghana); Enlightening and empowering people with and without disabilities through the media.
  • Max Perel-Slater; Project: Maji Safi: Rural Centers of Disease Prevention (Tanzania); Empowering rural women and communities in Tanzania to prevent disease.
  • Sarah Tucker; Project: Chasing Two Rabbits at Once (Cameroon); Providing mother-tongue mobile learning alternatives for Cameroon’s indigenous forest communities.
  • Ellen Dizzia; Project: Equal Opportunities in English Education (Chile); Providing motivation, tools, and support for English-language learning in Chile through intercultural exchange.
  • Sneha Shrestha; Project: Kathmandu Children’s Art Museum (Nepal); Providing a creative space for art and culture among the youth of Kathmandu

Recognized for their pioneering ideas, talent, and vision, the fellows will now enter a three-month phase devoted to leadership development and training in social innovation, followed by a six-month period in which they will implement their projects. These projects address a variety of challenging social issues in communities around the world by applying novel and sustainable approaches through new design, methodology, and/or technology. World Learning will provide support, guidance, and training throughout the project phases, and the fellows will periodically provide blog entries and photos from the field throughout the course of their projects.

About the Social Innovation Summit
As part of its 80th anniversary observance, World Learning held its first Social Innovation Summit on June 5, 2013, in San Francisco. Following the Advancing Leaders Fellowship presentations, there was a panel discussion on the future of social innovation moderated by Catherine Muther, World Learning alumna and founder and president of Three Guineas Fund. The summit concluded with a dinner honoring Judy Huret, who was presented with World Learning’s Citation Award for her contributions and dedication to the work and mission of the organization over the years.

To view videos from the Social Innovation Summit, including proposal presentations and the panel discussion, visit World Learning’s YouTube channel.

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16 Responses to Meet the Winners: World Learning Advancing Leaders Fellowships Awarded to Five Alumni

  1. Stacy Hart says:

    Congrats Sister!

  2. Effia says:

    Congrats Sefakor

  3. Fred Agyeman says:

    Congratulation Sefarko! We appreciate your hardwork.

  4. Edward Owulah says:

    Congratulations Sefakor!!

  5. Akorfa says:

    Congratulations to all five Winners. To Mrs. Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie, God richly bless you and continue to grant you the strength you need to continue the good work you are doing. The Lord will enlarge your coast and everywhere you step foot you will surely reap the best of that land. Once again congratulations to you all and God’s favour continually be with you.

  6. Congratulations to all the award winners. My most congratulations go to Sefako for lifting the flag of Ghana high. Thank you World Learning for given alumni the opportunity.

  7. Doris Sitsofe Ama Ad says:

    Congratulations!!! Sefako, Indeed “the heights by great men reached and kept, were not attained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Your sleepless nights has paid off, Kudos!!! You have lifted the flag of Ghana high and made us proud. Thank you and may the Almighty God continue to lift you high.

  8. Hemanta says:

    Congratulations Sneha !

  9. Hemanta says:

    Congratulation and all the best wishes for you and for your project.

  10. kalpana says:

    Congratulations Sneha ! You have made us all Nepali so very proud. All the best wishes under the sun from us all, are with you for this venture. And Congratulatios to other 4 winners and all the best for them too.

  11. Sarah Launderville says:

    We are so proud of you Sefakor!!! Congratulations!!!

  12. This group (and those who did not get selected in the final stage) are one of the most impressive collection of change-makers I’vehad the honor to meet. Congratulations to all of you!


    Thank you Sefakor for making all of us proud. You truly deserve the award. We can’t wait welcoming you.

  14. James Klutsey says:

    Congrats Sefakor for making the people of Ghana proud again. Sefakor, your dream of transforming disabilities to become responsible individuals in the world, has been achieved. I thank God for your life. May He strengthen you to discharge the task ahead of you. Once again, congrats.

  15. Thank you Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie for changing the world!

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