Synergos Welcomes 2011 Senior Fellows
Eleven Civil Society Leaders to Join Global Leaders Network

New York City (February 7, 2011) -- Eleven outstanding nonprofit leaders have been named Synergos Senior Fellows, joining a network of over 110 other Fellows from almost forty countries.

Fellows are selected based on their vision for change, skills, knowledge, experience, and the impact of their work on the communities and countries they serve. Through the Senior Fellows program, Synergos links these leaders to a worldwide learning, support and action network. The overall goal of the program is to strengthen the capacity and opportunities of these leaders to build partnerships that address the systemic causes of poverty and promote sustainable social change.

Robert H. Dunn, Synergos’ President and CEO, commented, “These new Fellows bring to our network expertise and experience in issues ranging from agriculture to peace-building to gender equality and human rights. But they all recognize the importance of bridging divides and bringing together diverse stakeholder groups in society to make lasting change. They’re a great addition to Synergos. I’m hopeful their fellowship experience will be as rewarding as those of their predecessors and that it will greatly increase the impact of their work.”

New Senior Fellows

headshotTesfay Alemseged (Ethiopia) is Founder and Secretariat of Beles-based Production and Processing Initiative (BPPI), a multi-partner regional program working to utilize beles (opuntia ficus indica - the barbary fig or prickly pear) as an entry point for ecological restoration and construction of sustainable livelihood in semi-arid hillsides of Ethiopia.

headshotDeema W. Bibi (Jordan) is the CEO of INJAZ, a member nation of Junior Achievement Worldwide. Ms. Bibi elevated the work scope of INJAZ to new horizons reaching out to all governorates of the Kingdom of Jordan, her strategic plans and directives enabled INJAZ to develop high impact programs, expand the programs to reach-out to more than 120,000 students annually.

headshotLuther Bois Anukur (Uganda) is the Executive Director of Panos Eastern Africa, a regional information and communication for development agency whose vision is 'an informed, empowered society with improved quality of life, living in peace and harmony' in the East and Great horn of Africa.

headshotMaria Easterluna Santos Canoy (Philippines) is an experienced NGO manager for the last 14 years. She leads her team in the Kitanglad Integrated NGOs (KIN), a nonprofit organization based Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. KIN is made up of dedicated, passionate and experienced advocates for the environment and is a recognized partner that represents the interests and aspirations of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of Mindanao.

headshotCatalina Cock Duque (Colombia) is the Executive Director of Mi Sangre Foundation, created by the social leader and artist Juanes to contribute to peace building in Colombia. Mi Sangre provides psychosocial assistance to children and youth affected by landmines and it promotes education for peace so they can become active agents of change.

headshotEmmah Gweshe (Zimbabwe) is Director of the Child Rights and Development Organisation (CRADO), a private voluntary organization that works to promote and protect the rights of children in Zimbabwe.

headshotSharmila Karki (Nepal) is the Founder President and Executive Chief of Jagaran Nepal, working for Human Rights, Peace and good governance specially with women and children issues. The major program of Jagaran Nepal is capacity building and advocacy program for women involved in politics for governance. She is also Central Secretary General of the NGO Federation of Nepal(NFN) and Women and Inclusion Department Chief.

headshotMashuda Khatun Shefali (Bangladesh) is the founding Executive Director of Nari Uddug Kendra (NUK), its English meaning is Centre for Women's Initiatives, which works to promote gender equality, human rights and personal and political empowerment of women and girls in Bangladesh since 1991.

headshotLily Thapa (Nepal) is the Founder of Women for Human Rights, which helps to bring widows, many of whom are young wives of casualties in Nepal's eleven-year insurgency, out of isolation and dependency in their husbands' homes and connects them with each other in groups that are building their economic and political strength throughout Nepal.

headshotAbera Tola Gada (Ethiopia) is Regional Director of Oxfam America’s Horn of Africa Program. Abera leads the agency’s efforts to change the lives of poor and marginalized people in one of the most poverty-stricken and conflict-suffering areas in the world.

headshotVanita Viswanath (India) is the CEO of Udyogini, an organization providing business development services to poor women in the backward and remote regions of India. Established in 1992, Udyogini works to empower poor women through micro-enterprise development and management focusing on the strategic initiatives of promoting gender-inclusive value chains, market linkages and training in vocational and business skills in 8 backward states of India.

View complete list of Synergos Senior Fellows.