The Hunger Center is delighted to announce the newest class of Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows. These ten fellows will spend the next two years performing crucial program and policy work and developing their leadership skills to become the next generation of change agents for global food and nutrition security. (Meet the fellows)
“It’s my pleasure to welcome these emerging leaders into the Leland Fellowship,” said Elizabeth Uriyo, Chief of Staff and Acting Leland Fellowship Director. “As conflict, climate change, and the disruption caused by health crises including the COVID-19 pandemic drive rates of global food insecurity higher still, the world’s goal of ending hunger by 2030 feels as if it is slipping out of our grasp. In response, the humanitarian and development sectors are undergoing critical transformations to mitigate the impacts of these shocks, and adapt in ways that build resilience amongst the world vulnerable populations and ecosystems. In such times, leadership is essential. These skilled practitioners are entering their host organizations at a critical time, and have much to contribute to the movement to create a healthy planet and sustainable hunger-free world.”
In early October the fellows will convene at the Hunger Center’s offices in Washington, D.C., for a week-long orientation, examining topics including the needed transformation of global agri-food systems, the causes and effects of conflict on food insecurity and hunger plus frame discussions about decolonization, power, and privilege as they bond as a learning cohort.
Following orientation fellows depart for their host organizations. The Hunger Center has matched the fellows with ten different organizations working to eliminate global food insecurity. Fellows will work in eight countries across Africa and central Asia, including Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Somalia, Tajikistan, and Uganda, as well as Washington, D.C.. (See where fellows will be working)
The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship trains emerging leaders in the movement to end hunger worldwide. Each class develops the tools and skills they need to become effective change agents, advancing the goal of a hunger-free world by strengthening host organizations and building food and nutrition security at the community and policy levels. These fellows will form the 12th cohort of International Hunger Fellows since the fellowship’s founding in 2001. The fellowship is named for Rep. Mickey Leland (1944-1989), a Congressional hero of the anti-hunger movement whose legacy inspires the work of the Hunger Center to this day.
12th Class Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows (2023-2025)
|Theo Anastopoulo||Tufts Univ.||Catholic Relief Services||Nairobi, Kenya & Somalia|
|Kaila Balch||Duke Univ.||CARE||Fort Portal, Uganda|
|Lora Boll||Univ. of Chicago||World Vision||Bujumbura, Burundi|
|Peter Bowman||Univ. of Calif. Davis||Land O’Lakes Venture 37||Nakuru, Kenya|
|Theresa Fang||Johns Hopkins||InterAction & CARE||Washington, D.C., & Kampala, Uganda|
|Alaine Johnson||Johns Hopkins||ACDI/VOCA||Tamale, Ghana|
|Chika Kondo||Kyoto Univ.||Oxfam||Kampala, Uganda|
|Erin Mercado||Western Colo. Univ.||iDE||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|Sarah Pechtl||Karolinska Institute||IFPRI||Dushanbe, Tajikistan|
|Melanie Sudetic||London Sch. of Hygiene and Trop. Medicine||Helen Keller International||Dakar, Senegal|
12th Class Placements (2023-2025)
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