The Obama Foundation Scholars Program will give rising young leaders around the world who are already making a difference in their communities the opportunity to take their work to the next level through a newly designed curriculum that brings together academic, skills-based, and hands-on learning. The Scholars Program empowers individuals with a proven commitment to service with the tools they need to make their efforts more effective, to identify innovative solutions to complex global problems, and promote change through values-based leadership.

The program will build lasting relationships among emerging leaders who are committed to working together to solve the most pressing challenges of our time, creating a global network that reaches across issues and borders. After completing the program, Obama Foundation Scholars will return to their communities and continue the important work they started in the program by implementing their own personalized action plan. They will also have an opportunity to play a role in the Obama Foundation’s efforts to inspire, train, and connect rising leaders from around the globe.

Read on to meet the second class of Obama Foundation Scholars who hail from 28 countries around the world! You can check out highlights from the first-ever class of Obama Foundation Scholars here.

ABOUT THE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Columbia University

Obama Foundation Scholars at Columbia University will participate in Columbia World Projects, a new initiative in which faculty and researchers from Columbia will partner with governments, nonprofits, the private sector, and intergovernmental organizations to create tangible solutions to real-world issues. The program will also take advantage of the unique opportunities for engagement that come with being at one of the world’s most important centers of research and in the city of New York.

In addition to classroom studies, the Obama Foundation will offer a robust program of leadership development throughout the academic year to help both cohorts of Scholars gain the real-world skills, networks, tools, and experiences to expand the impact of their work when they return home.

You can learn more about the Obama Foundation Scholars at Columbia University here.

University of Chicago

Obama Foundation Scholars at the University of Chicago will earn a Master of Arts degree focused on International Development and Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. In addition to classroom studies, the Obama Foundation will offer a robust program of leadership development and service activities throughout the academic year to help Scholars gain the real-world skills, tools, and experiences to expand the impact of their work when they return home.

You can learn more about the Obama Foundation Scholars at the University of Chicago here.

Have questions about the program? Read our FAQ sheet for more information.

MEET THE SCHOLARS

Ali Almurtadha Researcher, Mwatana for Human Rights Yemen
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Edmond Byaruhanga Atto Senior Software Engineer, Andela Uganda
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Kirsten Brosbøl Former Minister of Environment and Member of Parliament Denmark
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Mor Efrat Director of the Occupied Palestinian Territories Department, Physicians for Human Rights - Israel Israel
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Natalia Herbst Director for Community Organizations, National Youth Institute,
Ministry of Health and Social Development
Argentina
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Ruth Kissam Director of Operations,
Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation
Papua New Guinea
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Samira Koujok Human Rights Researcher Lebanon
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Peter Kwame Co-founder and Programs Director, Hatua Network Organization Kenya
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Wai Wai Nu Founder and Executive Director, Women Peace Network Myanmar
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Christian Vanizette Co-founder, Makesense.org France
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Isaiah Owolabi Co-founder and Project Director, HACEY Health Initiative Nigeria
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Dipak Bishwokarma Project Manager, Practical Action Nepal
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Jacob Bul Bior Bul Co-Founder and Media Coordinator, Anataban South Sudan
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Yara Cumbi Health Systems Analyst, ThinkWell Mozambique
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Mariana Deschamps Deputy Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary of Cultural Development, Ministry of Culture Mexico
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Rosario Diaz Garavito Executive Director, The Millennials Movement Peru
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Wafa Ebenberi Former Head of Government Policy, The Economic Development Authority for Minorities in the Ministry for Social Equality Israel
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Segun David Fatudimu Founder and Director, Sozo Networks for Leadership Development Nigeria
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Tamar Gabruashvili Advisor, Georgia Revenue Service, Ministry of Finance Georgia
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Feri Gwata Program Associate, Higherlife Foundation Zimbabwe
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Pedro Hernández Santamaría Former Advisor, Director of Competitiveness, Presidency of the Republic of Colombia Colombia
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Cesar Jara Advisor to the Vice Minister of Construction and Sanitation, Ministry of Housing, Construction, and Sanitation Peru
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Menghun Kaing Senior Program Officer, The Asia Foundation Cambodia
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Sowmya Karun India
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Haneen Khalid Research Associate, National Assembly of Pakistan Pakistan
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Danyang Luo Operation Director, Zhitong Guangzhou LGBT Center China
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Shireen Naffa Policy Analyst, Royal Hashemite Court Jordan
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Regina Nkonge Manager, Digital Learning Research & Innovation Team, @iLabAfrica - Strathmore University Kenya
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Karl Vendell Satinitigan Director, Office of Senator Bam Aquino Philippines
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Guilherme Syrkis Former Special Advisor to the Minister of Mines and Energy of Brazil Brazil
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Hanna Yim Head of Business Impact, Sentbe South Korea
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