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BC: Produced by: Francine Wilson Jasper Humphrey Fellows photographs and stories Dr. Peter Gregory Cally Arthur Erika Uchigasaki Sandra Barriga Sumita Mitra Jason Koski, CU Photography Special Thanks to Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Administration IP-CALS ISSO, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies CIIFAD Cornell Faculty Advisers Friendship Partners and community organizations Institute of International Education, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Administration U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs | http://ip.cals.cornell.edu/prof-dev/hhh/ http://www.facebook.com/HHHCornell

FC: Cornell University Humphrey Fellowship Program Developing Global Leadership for the Public Good

1: Humphrey Fellows at Cornell University PREFACE by Dr. W. Ronnie Coffman, Director, Cornell University International Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cornell University's Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program began in August 1980. A year in the life of one Humphrey Fellow in the U.S. opens doors to understanding American culture, business, education, government, research in their respective fields with relevance to practical applications by farmers, teachers, scientists and policy makers to name a few. These young, ambitious change-makers from 102 countries since 1980 bring their knowledge and experience into our classrooms. They have worked on projects with Cornell faculty and students and helped to prepare students traveling to their countries/regions understand the culture. Humphrey Fellows are selected for their commitment to public service in their countries. Humphrey Fellows believe they can make a difference in the lives of the citizens and policymakers. Humphrey Fellows are noted for bringing people together in rural areas to improve food security by helping educators, stewards of the earth and innovators using technology for mapping resources and improving the economic well-being of residents in their communities. Fellows are wonderful hosts to friendship partners, faculty and students who visit them in their countries. IP-CALS is pleased to host this program, which is part of a greater network of 17 universities nationwide counting 4,884 alumni as of 2013. We thank the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Educational Exchanges for sponsorship. We appreciate the support of the Institute for International Education, Cornell University, CALS, and numerous friendship partners of Fellows in the Ithaca area as well as the hundreds of organizations who have worked with Fellows throughout the years for their professional affiliations. Host Universities American University Washington College of Law Arizona State University Syracuse University Boston University Tulane University Cornell University University of California Davis Emory University Univ. of Maryland, College Park Johns Hopkins University Univ. of Minnesota, Law School Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of Washington Michigan State University Vanderbilt University Pennsylvania State University Virginia Commonwealth University University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

2: Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds | Afghanistan Albania Algeria Angola Argentina Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Bangladesh Barbados, West Indies Benin Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil Bulgaria Burkina Faso Cameroun Chad China Colombia Costa Rica Cote D'Ivoire Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic D.R. Congo Djibouti Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Ethiopia Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority | Georgia Ghana Greece Guatemala Guyana Haiti Honduras India | Indonesia Iraq Jamaica Jordan Kenya Korea Laos Latvia

3: Who Are the Humphrey Fellows? | Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows at Cornell University are young to midcareer professionals selected for their potential leadership in public service in the fields of agriculture, environmental sciences, climate change and life sciences. They may work for the government, an NGO or in the private sector. Cornell Humphrey Fellows go above and beyond the job description through their community work, informing and shaping policies in their countries, confronting challenges of poverty, lack of resources, managing conflicts within their regions and countries, they are problem solvers and innovative. The Humphrey Fellowship Program was created under the leadership of President Jimmy Carter in 1978 to honor the ideals of former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Educational Exchanges Division. | Panama Peru Philippines Poland Republic du Mali Romania Rwanda Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Sierra Leone Slovak Republic Slovenia South Africa South Korea Sri Lanka Sudan Swaziland Syria Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Togo Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine Uruguay Uzbekistan Vietnam West Indies Zambia Zimbabwe | Lesotho Lebanon Liberia Macedonia Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Malta Mexico | Mongolia Morocco Myanmar Nepal Nigeria Oman Pakistan Palestine | Francine Wilson Jasper, Assoc Dir., Dr. Linda Gasser, Adviser, Dr. Peter Gregory, Director

4: Humphrey Fellows Are Cultural Ambassadors Diverse Experienced Good Networkers Leaders Practitioners Ambitious Determined Explorers Brave Innovative Friends Team Players Inspiring Highly motivated Resilient Asset Knowledgeable Connectors Different Perspective (Open Window) Game changers Smart Beautiful Family Passionate | Working to Improve the Lives of People and the Environment in the Developing World | Above: Responding to a community's need by building a medical clinic in Nepal Below: Confronting environmental degradation and hazards in Nigeria and Mozambique

5: Environmental Educators | Historical Preservation | Working on food security to help poor, hungry people learn sustainable practices

6: Humphrey Fellows Experience One Year in the U.S.

7: Learning American English, including business communication and teaching their languages in classes K-12, tutoring university students going abroad for research and Peace Corps, providing translation assistance in the Ithaca community, and giving seminars to Alfred State College students about the “Power of Being Bilingual” | Cultural Orientation | "Thanks to Humphrey Fellowship program my communication skills have improved. The 7- Habits of Highly Effective People training, the Cornell communication certificate program, day-to-day interaction with Cornell University professors, administrative staff, students and the American people in other organizations and business world, working with people of different culture, and many seminars, workshop and trainings of the Humphrey Fellowship program helped me a lot in improving my communication skills and working in a multicultural society." Demelash Alem Ayana '12-13, Ethiopia

8: Friendship Partners A Double Gift | "I have been a Friendship Partner in Cornell's program since 2007 and have helped the administrator with matches for Fellows participating in the university's program. Ithaca, though a small town, has a very diverse and well-traveled population. I have heard many fellows express warm appreciation for the kindness of their families away from home as well as for the opportunities the relationships afford as an entrée into the society. I have had ongoing relationships with all 'my' Fellows and I know that is the case with most of the partners. It has been my pleasure to participate in this part of this wonderful program." Vivian Fields

9: Cornell Classroom | Exposure to New Ideas | Experimentation and Practical Field Work | "During this year, I improved my leadership skills, I had the chance to meet people from all cultures of the world, to meet intelligent American people and achieve my short term mission, to work at the World Bank offices in Washington DC and to finalize my PhD dissertation. I did that all thanks to the Humphrey Fellowship program and Cornell University team. I believe that one day I will be one of the people that helped my country enter the European Union and become an equal member state." Dr. Nadica Jovanosvka Boshkovska,'12-13 Macedonia

10: What Humphrey Fellows Learn | "Among the most memorable and beneficial to me were visits to GIAC and the Sciencenter, that focused on children's development. I was very impressed by the way the centers’ employees shared their scientific knowledge and skills with the children. In my mind, the investment in children guaranties the success of the country's future. This experience I intend to share with the community in my city and, to initiate the development of a similar scientific facility. I believe that this pilot center will be a great example for other cities in Ukraine. I want to say that I am very much impressed by how a community provides support and care to its citizens. Being a Humphrey Fellow, I also feel like part of this community. So much support I am provided! I want to thank my friend Mary for introducing me to a socio-cultural life of Ithaca, my adviser Dr. Ken Mudge for developing my better understanding of American culture. The team he is working with has helped me a lot with being involved in extension service and providing me with the possibility to share my experience with local farmers. Meeting with Carl Whittaker who is a local mushroom guru I have learned a lot about local nature through mushroom hunting." Dr. Olena Myronycheva, ‘11-12, Melitopol, Ukraine

11: Contributions of Humphrey Fellows to Cornell | Pratim Roy '11-12, establishes Field Learning Center to study biodiversity with indigenous people in India for Cornell faculty and students. He is shown above with Prof. Fred Logevill, Vice Provost for International Affairs signing MOU. | Maina Dhital, '12-13, 3rd from the left, assists IP-CALS wheat rust team in Nepal with translations and also by encouraging many Nepali farmers to attend the IP-CALS workshop in 2013. Ms. Dhital is rare in a field dominated by men. She also continues to write articles in Nepali press about the work of Cornell University research, such as SRI and the study abroad program.

13: Professional Development and Affiliations

14: Meeting with Leaders in the Public and Private Sectors | top left to right: Pres. Jimmy Carter; World Food Prize Ambassador Kenneth Quinn; Fellows with Michele Bachelet, Pres. of Chile | left to right: Lakhdar Brahimi, Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations; Maurice Hinchey, former NY House of Representatives talks about U.S. Farm Bill with Fellows; the Dalai Lama

15: left: Jeff Furman, founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and a social entrepreneur meets Isabel Kinlim from Mozambique, middle left: Fellows at a speed networking event with the Ithaca Rotary Club; right, Fellows meet Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, Ithaca's first mayor of color and at one time the youngest mayor in the U.S.; bottom, Fellows meet Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, World Food Prize Laureate

16: "I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources with research, teaching and extension responsibilities focused on sustainable, ecologically-based water resource management for the world. Over the past 12 years I have had the pleasure and honor of advising four different Humphrey Fellows and have interacted with numerous other fellows each year. I can honestly say that this program is the most effective system which I have ever experienced for developing positive collaborative scientific relationships, for exposing students first-hand to real world examples of the water issues and problems that we discuss in class, and for transferring knowledge to help solve problems throughout the world. The Humphrey Fellows whom I have advised are consistently engaged, positive, smart and professional. They act as wonderful role models for students in my course on Sustainable Water Resources each spring and give relevant lectures demonstrating the water problems they are facing in their home countries. The students consistently report positive evaluations of the contributions that these Fellows provide. Professor Li Changxiao is currently a Professor at Southwest University in Chongqing, China and formerly a Humphrey Fellow at Cornell. As an outcome of his Humphrey Fellowship, we have built a solid collaborative research program along with Director Li Jian of the Ningxia Forestry Institute, focused on sustainable water management for the Ningxia Yellow River Valley in northern China. This project has become the flagship program for the joint U.S.D.A. and China Ministry of Science and Technology Collaborative Program for two years in a row. Our current focus is on restoration of desertified grassland soils along the Yellow River. This project has received considerable funding and support from the Chinese government and is an excellent example of the power of the Humphrey Fellows Program to build strong international partnerships that solve global problems. I can’t speak highly enough of this program and would be happy to provide more information if desired." Prof. Rebecca Schneider | Faculty Comments About Humphrey Fellows

17: Volunteer Activities

18: Humphrey Fellows visit Alfred State College several times a year. It is a partnership that helps Fellows learn how a small 2 and 4 yr. college prepare students for jobs who are mostly 1st generation college students or come from the rural areas. Fellows help to internationalize ASC by giving presentations about their work and cultures. The Fellows learn about rural development in the surrounding counties. They have participated in a forest farming and income generation workshop, visited environmental remediation sites after an oil spill. They see examples of applicable renewable energy technology.


20: In a life-long journey, particularly when one is at a mid-career path, we often dream of some time for ourselves to reflect on experiences we have gained, to contemplate our future directions and to broaden our knowledge and network professionally. The Hubert H. Humphrey fellowship, a Fulbright exchange program, has given me a unique opportunity to do just that. When I was asked to reflect on what the Humphrey year has meant to me, at first I felt it is almost impossible to capture it all in one short article; so many insights, unforgettable experiences and lessons learned from this eventful and memorable year in the United States. Before I started my Humphrey fellowship, many Humphrey alumni had told me that the Humphrey year was a turning point in their lives, because once the program had ended, they were fully ready for a new beginning. I never quite understood this until I completed the program, and I could not agree more. For ten months, together with other fellows from seven countries, I was placed in a graduate study program at Cornell University, befitting my research interest on biodiversity conservation and climate change. At Cornell, I was overwhelmed by the numerous opportunities to gain more knowledge through taking rigorous courses, and attending many seminars organized by different faculty throughout the semesters. Since I intend to do an integrated study on climate change issues in Thailand, I immersed myself in the many aspects and different approaches to the topics ranging from marine ecology to geographic information system, from global climate model to international conservation. These were eye-opening experiences. | A Reflection on a Rewarding Year as Fulbright’s Humphrey Fellow | “There are incalculable resources in the human spirit, once it has been set free.” Hubert H. Humphrey

21: Toward the end of the program, I moved on from Cornell University in upstate New York to Hawaii to fulfill the requirement of a six-week professional affiliation, which I did with the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. There I worked with marine biologists in the field to learn about coral research and climate change from a hands-on perspective. Hawaii is beautiful and, admittedly, I have never learned so much in six weeks. It simply was a great learning experience in paradise. Now when I look back, the Fulbright’s Humphrey program has really given me incalculable opportunities to learn through exploration and discovery. I have traveled deep and far. I have seen quite a bit of this great land, learned a great deal academically and professionally, and received the greatest gift of friendship. It was an incredible year and sometimes it felt almost unreal. But I also know that all of this did not come by itself. You have to go for it. You have to make it happen. The Humphrey year has already ended for me and indeed a new journey has also begun. I will never forget what I have learned and I will always remember one thing Hubert Humphrey often says “everyone has to reach out and everyone can make a difference”. The road ahead is still long but I am looking forward to reach out and hopefully I too can make a difference. Petch Manopawitr '08-09 Thailand January 2014 Petch was appointed the Deputy Head of the Southeast Asia group for the International Union for Conservation of Nature

22: "Poverty is not a fatality. When people are empowered they can mobilize their own resources and define their own ways for development. I am more committed to serve my people than when I came to this country (U.S.).” Dr. Souleymane Nacro, Burkina Faso, ‘00-01 Recipient of Humphrey Fellowship Program Alumni Impact Award | Planting Jatropha at a Farmers Field School | Dr. Mounir Louhaichi '95-96, from Tunisia on what he has learned from his career in public service “How to turn challenges into opportunities Contribute to the improvement of livelihoods of the resource-poor in dry areas by enhancing food security and alleviating poverty through research and partnerships to achieve sustainable increases in agricultural productivity and income, while ensuring the efficient and more equitable use and conservation of natural resources." Picture on the left shows Mounir working with people in Tajikistan through his job with ICARDI.

23: "As a Rwandan woman and a mother of three young children, the Humphrey Fellowship instilled the zeal in me to focus my career path along the empowerment of the poor rural women in Rwanda to make their lives and those of their children and the future generation better. It also opened doors for me to work with United Nations Development Program on a regional Program in Kenya. I am now back home in Rwanda employed as a Country Director with Sustainable Harvest Rwanda on a program that will work with 3500 poor women producers in Rwanda engaged in coffee production with the goal of improving their incomes and livelihoods over a period of three years. The courage and ambition of the rural women who are engaged in the agricultural sector in Rwanda to have a batter life inspires me. Agriculture is the backbone of our economy and 80%of the population is engaged in this sector, the majority being women who have contributed to the riches we have made as a nation in this sector. Over the years, I have learned to work with the communities in understanding their needs and aligning them my Country, Rwanda’s development goals. Working very closely and in consultation with the local leadership and the communities we serve enhances our work since there is a sense of ownership by the community." Esther Mukundane, Rwanda ‘10-11’, Director, Sustainable Harvest | "Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own." Samuel Johnson

24: Dr. Ohnmar Khaing, Coordinator of Food Security Working Group, Myanmar talking with women farmers. "After coming back from Cornell University in 2009, I decided to work for local NGO Consortium “Food Security Working Group Myanmar (FSWG)’ which was almost stopped due to terminating the funding. I started with networking activities to build strategic linkages to diverse stakeholders with assistance of only one volunteer. Applying hands -on learning experiences from HHH program, it greatly helped me to improve my decision making power and leadership skill to develop the organization strategically. I created the collective space for my colleagues and NGO members to work independently but made them to practice transparency and taking accountability. Now, members increased till 170 organizations and I am taking lead the secretariat team with 20 staff."

25: Edgar Guardia, '87-88, "Upon returning to my hometown and my job in Bolivia, the benefits of the Humphrey Fellowship started to become evident almost immediately. Best practices learned began to be implemented, contacts made provided a broader professional perspective, and the degrees of leadership, motivation and efficiency rose to unprecedented levels. I’m currently the Executive Director of Fundación Valles, a non-profit organization providing support to the Bolivian agricultural sector." | Krishna B. Napit, ’99-00 Chairman, Executive Committee, Prashansa Church, Kathmandu, Nepal "I am serving as the Chairman of the executive committee of my home church in Kathmandu, Nepal since July 2013. This is a volunteer position. My Humphrey Fellowship year at Cornell University enabled me to commit my life to public service. I learned that true joy in life comes from serving others. Leadership is all about building and equipping others to carry the torch of peace, joy, and prosperity and pass it from one generation to the next generation." | "I have a feeling that since my Humphrey Fellowship I’ve become a world citizen, the whole world is my home now, and I feel that my responsibility is to do my best to work in the best interest of the whole world community. And yet, my primary task is to care about my share of the world, my home country – Georgia, I am certain by working to make Georgia more prosperous, more democratic and successful country, I will be working for the whole world as well." Kakha Karchkhadze, ’07-08, Head of the Department of Innovations and Commercialization, Ilia State University, Georgia

26: The Humphrey Fellowship Program is a cherished period of my life both professionally and personally. On my return from the program, the confidence, rich experience acquired helped me to accept responsibilities, which I would have hesitated earlier. My colleagues around me also confided in me and assigned me challenging tasks. Fulbright fellow associated with my name opened up new opportunities for me. My Humphrey Fellowship was in the area of Intellectual Property Management in Agriculture and on return, organized training programs on ‘Germplasm Exchange- Policies and Procedures in India’ followed by another training program on ‘Current Regulations and policies for access to genetic resources’ to generate awareness in larger community. Being a Fulbright Fellow, nominated to be a part of the prestigious FAO funded project on ‘Establishment of Information Sharing Mechanism for Monitoring the Implementation of Global Plan of Action’ being implemented in fifteen countries in the South Asian region. Nominated as the member of Institute Technology Management Unit [portfolio management of Intellectual Property (IP) generated at NBPGR including patents, copy rights and commercialization of technologies], Member of the Secretariat on National Advisory Board on Management of Genetic Resources. Nominated to participate and provide inputs in National Workshop for submission of Fourth National Report to the CBD and the release of National Biodiversity Action Plan. These activities are turning point in my career which helped me excel in my professional life and attaining great satisfaction in serving my nation. The other awards being ‘Scientist of the Year 2011 award’ and ‘Fellow of Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources’ award and promotion to Principal Scientist. Apart from them, invitation received for presenting lead lectures in various training programs, national and international conferences. I was also involved with Alumni engagement innovation Fund project on ‘Northern Region Workshop on Capacity Development of Indian Mid-Level Professionals from Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGOs)’. Being a Fulbright (HHH) Fellow, is a great achievement in itself and has an impact on the Fellow and people around them. The fellowship stimulates an air and environment which assists in realizing the essence of broad scaled decisions through novel methods, and inculcates ideals which are principles for international relationships. It has restructured relationships by means which help in everyday activities. The vision is not conformed to any scientific subject, but with its blend of culture, ideas and practices it is a life transforming experience and endeavor. Dr. Vandana Tyagi '07-08 India

27: At first I enjoy working in rural communities particularly rural women who are illiterate and suffer in silence due to poverty. Their knowledge in indigenous methods of farming is worth documentation. However government subsidies such as fertilizers, seeds have replaced many of the ITK from farming. With this aim I have developed a project and working upon on Technology transfer of good agricultural practices for sustainability and profitability from rainfed agriculture. This project has brought much learning. Women who have dual role to play at household and farm level need to do lot of planning and implement them under severe risk of extreme climate events. Training is one of the important components which can bring change along with access to resources such as credit and timely information on farm. Access to credit could be improved with formation of groups. Access to information could be improved with formation of local groups for exchange of information through reading sessions, listening to radio and other ICT based media. When agriculture is perceived profitable, women tend to invest more time, labor and resources into farming. Sustainability is a high end goal of any farming activity. | "Leadership involves commitment, discipline, honesty and less of words and more of action oriented works to inspire people around one. " Dr Nirmala Guddanti, '09-10, India, Sr. scientist (Agrl Extension) Researcher and extension educator in rainfed agriculture

28: Elizabeth Adjei, '97-98 Director of Immigration, Government Ghana, speaks at The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD’s) “Workshop On Strengthening The Migration-Development Nexus Through Improved Policy And Institutional Coherence” in December 2013 She returned to Ghana after graduate study in International Development to become Ghana’s first female Director of Immigration. Over 25 years of accomplishment in public policy development, organizational reforms, strategic management and project management. Eight and a half years as Director-General of the Ghana Immigration Service – (2002-2011), responsible for overall strategic direction and management of the national migration system. Passionate about exploring a coherent agenda around migration and development, particularly in the context of Africa as well as women's role in peace, security and governance. Key competencies include International migration and development, migration policy research and Integrated Border Management (IBM). Member of the pool of experts for EU-ETEM (External Thematic Expertise in Migration), a program jointly funded by EC and Europe-aid. The project provides advisory support to governments of selected developing countries for the development of national Migration Policies, as well as research and drafting support for various EC sponsored roundtable discussions on migration and development and border security management. | Photo and biography courtesy of OECD | HUMPHREY | DETERMINATION

29: Kesrat Sukasam, Thailand, Head, Implementation Support Branch, International Cooperation and Assistance Division, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) The Humphrey year at Cornell University in 1994-1995 was one of the most memorable experiences in my personal and professional life. It helped me to develop and become a person and professional with good wisdom and respect of others, which is essential for successful diplomatic dialogues and cooperation. Obviously, the experiences gained from this life-time opportunity have contributed greatly to my professional career as a global civil servant of the United Nations and international organizations in promoting sustainable development, global peace and security. Planning and management of natural resources was the main focus during my Humphrey year and remains high in my professional interest and commitment. I believe that it is everyone's responsibility and concern to make the world more secure and pleasant to live, not only for us, but also for our children and grandchildren of the next generations. No one else, but us who could make it happen. Joining efforts is crucial for good success and greater impact. I am thus not able to thank the Humphrey Program enough for helping to establish professional networking for effective international cooperation in this challenging endeavor. | FELLOWS | COURAGE

30: Humphrey Fellows Class of 2013-14 | Humphrey Fellows, Faculty and Staff in 1989-90

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