Fellows in the News: May 2023

1. Juliet Otieno, an Aspen New Voices 2021 Fellow, the founder of “Skiza Mwanadada Initiative” has successfully registered the organization as a nonprofit in Kenya. With the continuous support of another Aspen fellow Rosleine Orwa, they were able to register the NGO. Roseline also runs an NGO by the name of “Rona Foundation” in Kenya that’s focused on helping and empowering widows in Kenya.

2. Andre Ndayambaje, an Aspen New Voices 2020 Fellow, received “The Most Inspiring Midwife Advocate and Activist Award” by UNFPA in collaboration with Health Development Initiative Rwanda.

Andre Ndayambaje Aspen New Voices 2020 Fellow - Rwanda Midwife

3. Safura Abdool Karim, an Aspen New Voices 2020 Fellow graduated with her PhD!

4. Mohamed Ali, an Aspen New Voices 2013 Fellow was awarded $30,000 from the McNulty Foundation for his organization, Iftin Foundation.

5. Aspen New Voices 2020 fellow Harish Sadani’s story was featured in a new book, “The Book of Aspiration Volume 2” among other 14 stories of Changemakers across India.

6. Oyeronke Oyebanji, an Aspen New Voices 2021 fellow, unveils the crucial role of empowering African women leaders for health equity in her recent article for “Empowering African women leaders is key for health equity“.

7. Professor Francisca Mutapi, an Aspen New Voices 2021 fellow has been appointed as NU Singapore – Lancet Pandemic Readiness, Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation Commission.

8. Robert Agyarko, an Aspen New Voices 2021 Fellow’s project within the African Risk Capacity Group launched a new Sovereign Insurance Product for Disease Outbreaks and Epidemics, and they received this year’s Initiative of the Year insurance award for “Closing the Protection Gap” at the 2023 Trading Risk Awards.

9. Ifeoma Malo, an Aspen New Voices 2022 Fellow and her team recently launched a climate innovation center.

10. “A single sentence allowed the country to move on to address much bigger systemic problems.” Sisonke Msimang, a 2014 Aspen New Voices Fellow, reflects on South Africa’s transformative referendum and lessons for Australia in her recent article for The Guardian.

11. Chiwoza Bandawe, an Aspen New Voices 2020 Fellow spoke at The Moth main stage.

Chiwoza Bandawe at moth main stage

12. On this Biodiversity Day, Masego Madzwamuse, an Aspen New Voices 2020 Fellow was highlighted as one of the African Women Leaders playing a pivotal role in shaping Africa’s response to this crisis in the Shakers and Shapers Climate Change report.

13. Etta Madete, an Aspen New Voices 2020 Fellow, has been selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow (YALI) 2023. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the founding flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative(YALI) & run by the US department of State.

14. Aspen New Voices 2022 Fellow, Pashtana Dorani’s new book was released last month, “Last to Eat, Last to Learn: My Life in Afghanistan Fighting to Educate Women“.