Our Model

New Voices is the catalyst that propels Fellows into positions of power and places of recognition necessary to create change.

Following the modest yearlong investment, Fellows go on to scale their organizations and ideas, often reaching millions of people through governmental policy and direct service care innovations.

On average, every Fellowship class experiences a 120% increase in media appearances two years after their Fellowship year compared to the year prior. This significant increase in media recognition, combined with stellar strategic advocacy and communications training, propels Fellows into leadership and policy-making positions which lead to career and organizational advancement, increased funding and public policy change.

“In many ways, the Aspen New Voices Fellowship prepared me for such a high-level position by expanding my audience beyond the echo chambers of academia.  The Fellowship also challenged me to explore a career that brings me closer to ‘delivering dignity’ to many more Africans.”

Ed Mabaya, 2017 New Voices Fellows after accepting a Divisional Manager position the African Development Bank

Movement Building

New Voices Fellows embody a unique combination of professional expertise and lived experience, which makes them powerful champions for change in their communities and the world. We not only look at the Fellows’ success record, we also look at the issues they are working on. Fellows are passionate about issues that are themselves often overlooked. A key component about our recruitment process is critically assessing the issues that Fellows and their organizations are fighting for, to see if the Fellowship can aid in the recognition and support for the issue.

To date the Fellowship has supported experts passionate about 20 key development movements including climate change, food security, agricultural development, infectious disease prevention, vaccine equity, women’s empowerment, mental health, and health systems strengthening.


Recent Highlights

2018 Fellow Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor was quoted in the New York Times on August 23, 2023 for the article “Why Experts Want to Rename Monkeypox“. He shares his perspective on stigmatization around the disease.

2016 Fellow Dr. Kopano Matlwa Mabaso has started a new role as Senior Program Officer, Health, Africa at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Kopano announced her new position on LinkedIn. In 2020, Bill Gates listed Kopano as one of his Heroes in the Field. Watch her moving Heroes in the Field video here.

In mid-August 2022, 2022 Fellow Pashtana Dorani appeared on Al Jazeera YouTube stream alongside Suhail Shaheen, Taliban’s  spokesperson reflecting on the past year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan.