2011-2012 Fellow with
UN World Food Programme,
Iowa State Class of 2008
Following her fellowship in Ethiopia, Elly moved to London to pursue her MA in Social Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). After four years of living abroad, she is currently back in Iowa working as a Lecturer in the Global Resource Systems program at Iowa State University. While it is strange being on the other side of the desk, she gets to spend her summers in Uganda conducting research on youth entrepreneurship activities and livelihood opportunities while serving as faculty co-lead for their service learning program.
Elly (Iowa State ‘08) graduated with a double major in Public Service and Administration in Agriculture and International Agriculture. A native of Sheffield, Iowa, Elly previously worked for the World Food Programme in Ghana as a 2010-2011 Princeton in Africa Fellow. After such a positive experience the first time around, she was thrilled to receive the opportunity to do it all over again! Prior to her year in Ghana, Elly worked for the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods and a small NGO in Liberia. While she loved her time in Ghana, Elly is looking forward to experiencing a new culture, eating lots of Ethiopian food, learning a new side of WFP’s work (in Ghana she worked as a Programme Officer, in Ethiopia she will work in Public Information), and, of course, drinking lots and lots of Ethiopian coffee.
2010-2011 Fellow with
African Leadership Academy,
Princeton University Class of 2010
Veda ’10 hails from the small island St Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. He came to Princeton thinking to major in Mechanical Aerospace Engineering but is actually graduating in Politics, with a certificate in Political Economy. Veda has always been very involved with the international community at Princeton. Between his sophomore and junior year, Veda spent a year off in Mauritius, where he founded the Young Volunteers Association. Back in Princeton, he explored the field of Social Entrepreneurship and interned at Ashoka in Washington DC last year. While he is sad to give up on French theater, which he has been doing for the last five years, he is really excited to go work with the young folks at the African Leadership Academy and be the world traveler and the citizen of the World that he wants to be.
2015-2016 Fellow with
University of Wisconsin-Madison Class of 2015
Originally from Wayzata, Minnesota, Johnna is a graduate of UW-Madison where she majored in Economics and Political Science. During her time at Madison, she held leadership positions with Madison’s chapter of Amnesty International and interned with several organizations, including the United Nations Foundation and the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Additionally, she completed several service-learning projects working with vulnerable populations in Philadelphia, Nicaragua and Cambodia. Her junior year, she studied Swahili and development in Zanzibar, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya as a Boren Scholar. While in Kenya, she also had the opportunity to intern with Ruben Microfinance in the Mukuru slum and research challenges women entrepreneurs face within the community. Next year, Johnna is excited to explore more of East Africa, improve her French, and learn about community-led development initiatives through her work with Spark.
2012-2013 Fellow with
Occidental College Class of 2012
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After completing his fellowship, Chris went on to work with One Acre Fund, where he is now a Program Manager for their operations in Malawi.
Chris is an economics major from Baltimore, MD. At Occidental College, he managed a student-run coffee shop and served as the vice president of a six-figure student investment fund. During his summers, he travelled to Ghana to explore the complexity and potential of development. In 2010, this was through a Davis Project for Peace grant and then in 2011, he conducted field research into the impact of microfinance on traditional chieftaincy. As a Fellow with Olam in Gabon next year, Chris looks forward to learning how large corporations can pursue a social mission in Africa – and picking up French along the way!