Class 11

IMG_0372_pAna Paula Calil, Brazil

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University

Ana Paula holds a MA in International Communication from Macquarie University, in Australia, a BA in International Relations from the University of Brasilia, Brazil, and a certificate in Intercultural Leadership, from “The Scholar Ship” Study Abroad Program (a transnational ocean-going campus). She has worked as a senior advisor for the Minister of Strategic Affairs in matters related to security and defense, also designing public policies in those areas. Previously, she had worked with international business cooperation and local and regional development. During the MIDP Program, she aims to study how local development and defense can be merged into the context of peace and conflict resolution in order to recommend policies that will help rebuilding conflict and post-conflict affected countries.

AFE: United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia, Beirut, Lebanon


Negaya ChorleyNegaya Chorley, Australia

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University

Negaya comes to the Rotary World Peace Fellowship program with over ten years experience in the global justice field. She is passionate about creating spaces for people at the margins to inform policy-making at the local, national and global level. Negaya has worked with communities in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands towards this aim; bringing together policymakers and representatives from often marginalized groups (women, children, refugees, people living with HIV and Aboriginal leaders) to collectively shape solutions. She creates environments and processes that keep the larger vision front and center – supporting people to engage in the art of the possible.

Negaya has previously held a number of executive positions with international development agencies in the United Kingdom and Vanuatu, most recently working as the Advocacy Manager for UNICEF Australia. As a passionate believer in people-centered leadership, she works hard to carve out and create environments within which staff and colleagues can thrive.

Negaya holds a BA Hons in International Development from the University of East Anglia, UK and is finalizing a Masters in International Development Policy at Duke University in the USA. In addition to Graduate Certificates in Peace and Conflict Resolution and Non-Profit Leadership from the University of North Carolina, USA.

AFE: Leadership Research Project, Duke-UNC Rotary Center, Durham NC and Washington, DC


Silvia FontanaSilvia Fontana, Italy

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University

Silvia holds a BA in Business Administration (Hons) from Bocconi University (Milan). She started her career working for the real estate company of Pirelli &C. as financial advisor. In 2010 she decided to leave the private sector, following her main interests: the international cooperation and social work. She volunteered in Armenia, in an educational center in Gyumri with Mission Enfance, a NGO whose aim is to help children in despair all over the world; subsequently, in 2011, she began working for Doctors Without Borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a project administrator in Gety, village in the red (unsecured) zone of the North Kivu. She worked with DWB until June 2012 as Human Resources and Administration Coordinator for the entire mission in the DRC, one of the most difficult missions for DWB, with more than 400 staff. This strong experience gave her the chance to improve her HR management competences and leadership skills in emergency situations. During her time in the MIDP program she plans to deepen her knowledge on development and economic issues and then work in the field of sustainable development. After her studies, she intends to join one of the international organizations to become a professional in the field of international development, promoting cooperation among people.

AFE: IESE Business School, Center for Business in Society, Barcelona, Spain


Anderson FreitasAnderson Freitas, Brazil

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University

Anderson Freitas is a district attorney for the Public Ministry of the State of Bahia, Brazil, an independent state agency responsible for the public prosecution. He has extensive experience as a trial attorney, having investigated and prosecuted a broad range of cases, including police misconduct charges and corruption cases within the public administration. In 2007, Anderson was selected by the Fulbright Scholarship Board to attend the Hubert H. Humphrey Program at American University – Washington College of Law, in Washington D.C. Particularly interested in justice sector reform and in community-based justice initiatives, Anderson has developed a low-cost, audiovisual system of documenting judicial hearings procedures that have substantially reduced time spent with proceedings in several criminal courts around his home state. He is also a member of a high-level interagency state committee on public security and has coordinated a working group on community-based law enforcement strategies. More recently, Anderson was appointed to head a newly-established regional office that specializes in the prosecution and prevention of environmental violations. He intends to apply his experiences as a Rotary Peace Fellow to advance sustainable development in his jurisdiction – comprising one of the state’s fastest growing regions – by developing a culture of conflict-solving, social participation and environmental justice. Anderson also plans to get involved in continuing education, by designing and implementing innovative training programs for his fellow prosecutors in Brazil.

AFE: World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency, Washington, DC


Reem Ghunaim, Palestine

Department of City & Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Reem has a BA degree in Business Administration from Birzeit University in Palestine. In her professional career, she has worked in the field of consultancy with several Palestinian community-based organizations.  During this experience, she was introduced to practical applications of economic development.  Later she participated in a leadership program in Germany organized by the International Association for Human Values and Art Of Living organizations where young people from different countries around the world gathered to promote peace through humanitarian projects throughout various locations in Europe.  As part of that role, she was one of the organizers of the International Conference for Human Values in Hamburg, Germany.  After her return to Palestine, she was the primary coordinator of the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival 2011, where intercultural exchanges and enhancing mutual understanding were Reem’s major focus.  Reem has been an active advocate of the two-state solution through the One Voice Movement and as a part of that was trained and developed in a role to become a One Voice Ambassador.  As an ambassador she participated in the 2012 New England Tour and presented her insights in elite platforms such as the Kennedy School at Harvard and Brown University.  She also participated in presentations for community and political activity organizations as well as religious organizations.   Reem also participates as an active member of the Rotaractor organization which is a part of Rotary International where she has been engaged in community projects and is currently working on a project to develop and enhance reading skills in Palestine.

AFE: Crisis Prevention & Recovery Unit at the Pacific Center, United Nations Development Program,  Suva, Fiji


Natasha HoltNatasha Holt, Australia

School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hailing from regional Victoria, a second generation Australian; Natasha developed a passion for social justice as a child, listening to the stories of her family who had experienced injustice living in Russia and Ukraine. As a young person, she pursued her interest in exploring social and youth issues within her community by creating a radio program, and through participation in theatre and other radical Arts-based projects. With a background in Creative Media and Gender Studies, Natasha pursued her interest in social justice with a move to China. As an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development Natasha assisted in the implementation of an HIV/ AIDS information exchange program in Beijing, where was exposed to clients that had been trafficked for sex. She was deeply moved by the struggles of clients and counterparts who had experienced sexual and gender-based violence, as well as discrimination due to their HIV status. This was a defining moment in cementing her commitment to working in the field of sexual health. Natasha has just completed six months of work in the red-light districts of Bangkok, Thailand, working to increase the access to sexual health and rights-based services for male and transgender sex workers. As a Rotary World Peace Fellow Natasha hopes to pursue the promotion of Peace by supporting greater HIV/AIDS awareness, improving research and advocacy in the areas of gender-based and sexual violence and by addressing social justice issues in developing and post-conflict countries.

AFE: United Nations Population Fund, Bangkok, Thailand


Adrien LokangakaAdrien Lokangaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Lokangaka graduated from the medical school at the University of Kinshasa in January 2008. Since then, he dedicated his professional life to public health activities when he joined the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research team in his country, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The first research study he was involved in was a complex, labor-intensive, community-based study investigating the benefits of different complementary feedings to prevent linear stunting in children six to eighteen months old funded by NICHD Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Care Research. That study garnered such interest that in collaboration with his senior research colleagues they submitted and were awarded a subsequent grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Alive and Thrive Foundation. That grant enabled them to extend the scope of their investigation to assess whether locally available and culturally acceptable alternatives such as ground caterpillar cereals prevent linear stunting in Congolese children.  From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Lokangaka also coordinated a high caliber study, the Neonatal Sepsis study that aimed to evaluate simpler antibiotic regimens which can be used for provision of safe and effective treatment at first level facilities and in the community for 0-59 day-old young infants with suspected severe infection or fast breathing whose families do not accept or cannot access referral level care. An important component of this study was the home-based care of pregnant women.  In the above mentioned research studies, Dr. Lokangaka served as Country Coordinator (Study Coordinator). In that position, he assisted the Principal Investigator in all aspects of study implementation. His responsibilities included planning and implementation of training, supervision of conduct of study, oversight of importation of materials and supplies, and serving as the liaison with community stakeholders (health facilities).

At the Department of Maternal and Child Health, Dr. Lokangaka plans to study public health program planning, development, implementation and assessment. He wants to be more professional in his service to his country. This education will provide him with the intellectual tools that will facilitate his goal of program development and implementation. In addition, an MPH is virtually an enabling credential in the environment of global public health. With this degree, he will more easily navigate the complex world of governmental, non-governmental and philanthropic agencies that support programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Upon completion of the MPH, he plans to contribute to the improvement of health outcomes in the war-torn DRC through designing, implementing and assessing interventions/projects on improving maternal and children’s life quality. Peace in the DRC must begin with an end to armed conflict. The citizens must be safe from bodily harm. However, for the average Congolese citizen, peace in their lives will only come when they also have security from other consequences of conflict. They must be safe from hunger and malnutrition, and they must have adequate health care and be safe from preventable illness. The Peace Fellowship will allow Dr. Lokangaka to contribute to these goals.

AFE: Global Network Maternal Newborn Health Registry Project, RTI International, Durham, NC 


Wilson KimeliWillson Kimeli Naiyomah, Kenya

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University

Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. He previously worked as a researcher in the department of Anesthesia at the Stanford Medical School, focusing on Heat Shock proteins. Kimeli also runs several community development projects that have brought clean water to his village in Kenya, built a primary school, and currently distributing solar lanterns to thousands of households.  Born in Enoosaen Village in Kenya, he first came to the United States after a Washington Post article inspired Americans to sponsor his studies at the University of Oregon. In response to 9/11, Kimeli coordinated a gift of cattle from his tribe to console the people of the United States.  A New York best seller children’s picture book based on Kimeli’s 14cows story has been published by Peachtree publishers in Atlanta.  Kimeli has been selected as a Rotary International World Peace Fellow and is be studying at Duke in the MIDP program. He plans to work in International Diplomacy promoting peace and cross-cultural understanding through a concept he calls Compassionate Diplomacy.

AFE: One Million Lights, Palo Alto, California


Beatriz ReyBeatriz Rey, Brazil

Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Beatriz earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Cásper Líbero College and a post-graduate degree in International Economic Negotiations from the State University of São Paulo (Unesp). She worked as assistant editor and editor at Educação magazine for five years. During that period, Beatriz got deeply involved in researching education policies in Brazil and abroad. Besides working as a journalist, she also worked as a volunteer math teacher in adult-literacy classes. In 2009, she was invited by the Finnish Embassy in Brazil to write a long-form journalism piece about Finland’s educational system. The experience allowed Beatriz to understand the connection between political systems and education policy at the school level with great depth. As a Rotary Peace Fellow, Beatriz investigates the relationship between political institutions and education policy in Brazil. She believes the Rotary Peace Fellowship will provide her with the skills and knowledge to address Brazilian’s problems in Education as a researcher. Also, it will benefit her career as a journalist, as she will be more qualified to cover the field as a reporter or an editor.

AFE: Chicago Area Project, Chicago, Illinois

Rhett SangsterRhett Sangster, Canada

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University

Rhett has worked as a Foreign Service officer for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) since 2000. He was posted to the Canadian Embassy in Turkey from 2004 to 2007, providing analysis and policy advice on political, security and human rights issues related to Turkey, Georgia and Turkmenistan. Rhett then served for two years in the DFAIT Afghanistan Task Force, leading in the creation and management of the “Dubai Process”, a Canadian-led process to facilitate dialogue and improve cooperation between Afghan and Pakistani border officials. Rhett worked from 2009 to 2012 within the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force as the Departmental focal point on mediation and conflict management, coordinating efforts to build Canada’s capacity to support and lead international mediation efforts. He worked closely with the OECD International Network on Conflict and Fragility, and the Governments of Switzerland, US, and Germany, to coalesce mediators, development actors and security practitioners in an examination of improved working methods, resulting in the 2012 OECD publication, The Missing Piece, Improving International Support to Peace Processes.  Rhett also played a key role in the 2010 release of Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.  Rhett was awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship in 2012 and is now pursuing a Master of International Development Policy at Duke University. He is enjoying the opportunity to broaden his knowledge, skills and networks related to development and conflict resolution. Rhett holds a B.A. in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan.

AFE: Saskatchewan First Nations Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Saskatchewan, Canada


Scott SellwoodScott Sellwood, Australia

Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Since graduating from the University of Queensland in 2006 Scott has worked as an environmental lawyer in Australia.  Specializing in public interest law and policy he has observed first-hand the advantages and limitations of working for social and environmental justice within formal legal systems.  To overcome some of the limitations, he has advocated strongly for the wider use of non-adversarial approaches to resolving environmental disputes.  Scott has advised large and small non-governmental agencies and individuals on legal issues relating to climate change, biodiversity conservation, oceans management, urban and regional planning, food and agriculture policy and litigation strategy.  He has designed and delivered numerous community legal education programs and law reform campaigns.  Outside the office Scott was a long-term volunteer market gardener at the Northey Street City Farm, Brisbane.

Scott has lived and worked in Ecuador, Mexico and Peru (where he interned with a regional NGO that was supporting the growth of urban agriculture within some of the most vulnerable and excluded communities in Lima).  He has completed peacebuilding training in Mindanao, Philippines.

As a Rotary World Peace Fellow Scott studies the intersections between development, natural resource management and peacebuilding.  He draws upon his experiences as a public interest lawyer and from his fieldwork in Ecuador and Peru and focuses on grassroots responses to environmental conflicts in Latin America.   He firmly believes that we need to understand the complexities of socio-environmental conflicts and the political possibilities that emerge in response, in order to shape development and peacebuilding processes that are socially and environmentally just.

AFE: Centro de Colaboración Cívica, Mexico City, Mexico 


Muyatwa SitaliMuyatwa Sitali, Zambia

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University

Muyatwa Sitali is a development policy specialist with experience in water, sanitation, budget analysis, education, health, aid effectiveness and civil society development and management. More than six years working in international development has given Muyatwa a solid understanding of challenges facing low-income countries and the difficulties of development program design and delivery. He has lived and worked mostly in Sub-Saharan countries, particularly Zambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone. While working as Oxfam’s Regional Coordinator for Essential Services in Senegal, Muyatwa also worked on and coordinated programs that were implemented in Ghana, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso This has given him extensive insights into civil society-citizen-state relations in development that he is keen to bring to bear on several initiatives. Muyatwa has also consulted with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program on the effectiveness of aid in the water and sanitation sector. He is currently continuing in this field for his master’s project.

AFE: Water and Sanitation Program for Africa, The World Bank, Nairobi, Kenya

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