Alumni Leadership Action Projects
Awards Granted for the Fourth Round of Alumni Leadership Action Projects
The Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives (TLI) team at GMF is pleased to announce the winners of the fourth Alumni Leadership Action Projects Competition.
GMF was able to grant twelve awards: four in the U.S. and eight in Europe. All proposals proved to be substantive, interesting, and compelling. The finalists represent:
- a range of regions
- a balance of topics relevant to the transatlantic agenda regarding the Future of Democracy, Global Engagement, and Identity & Inclusion
- a variety of formats strengthening the transatlantic alumni network.
We invite you to read about the winning projects for 2016/17 below.
Future of Democracy
We4 Europe – Women for a positive future of the EU
Description: The project aims to bring together women politicians, NGO leaders and think-tankers in Central Europe and produce a positive scenario on the future of the European Union. The project aims to use the GMF alumni as main source for his network. Recently populist governments formed a Euro-pessimistic coalition under the aegis of the Visegrad cooperation, led by Hungary and Poland. At the same time, pro-European thinkers and political forces are fragmented and lag behind offering a positive, alternative vision. Women working with women are a positive symbol of cooperation in difficult times and empower women to participate actively in decision-making.
Project lead: Zsuzsanna Szelényi (MMF’93), Zsuzsanna Vegh
Combined Arms – Developing impactful military transition systems for the Donbass War veterans in Ukraine
Description: Since 2014, the War in Donbass has mobilized over 130,000 Ukrainian soldiers, producing over 15,000 combat casualties. Because Ukraine’s defense forces were not prepared to fight a long war against pro- Russian separatists and Russian paramilitary units, their health and social service agencies have struggled to address issued related to military reintegration into society. The goal of our project is to bring Ukrainian and American experts together to help develop a collective impact network that connects services critically needed to ensure these Ukrainian war veterans make a more successful transition to civilian life
Project lead: John Boerstler (MMF’11), Igor Goncharenko (MMF’16), Nathan Cook (MMF‘12)
The challenges facing Eastern Europe
Description: To raise public awareness upon the new challenges (and threats) developing in the Eastern Europe. A public presentation and a Q&A session with Mr. Robert Kaplan, the well-known American author of many books on politics primarily foreign affairs and travel, whose work over three decades has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs and The Wall Street Journal, among other newspapers and publications. His last book is "In Europe's Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey through Romania and Beyond" - a study case on Romania.
Project lead: Christian Adomnitei, Constantin Hritac, Doina Voicu (MMF‘05)
Detroit Global Engagement Strategy
Description: Detroit’s Global Engagement Strategy will explore the opportunity for a home for global affairs and engagement in Detroit that is meaningful and relevant for the city’s majority. The project will research “best practices” and learnings from model global engagement efforts and gather input from Detroit’s GMF network, policymakers, business leaders, and community advocates to develop a set of recommendations for a global engagement strategy for Detroit that will raise up the city’s talent, expertise, and unique history to inspire and influence discourse on global issues.
Project lead: Nicole de Beaufort (MMF’13), Toni Moceri (MMF’11), Julie Egan (ASMUS’14)
Seed a transatlantic awareness in GenerationZ/Igen to build next generation of global leaders: a transatlantic learning program
Description: Creation of a special transatlantic learning program for young students & professionals, leveraging on the students of Scuola di Politiche (SdP), www.scuoladipolitiche.eu, founded in 2015 in AREL (one of the most established think tanks in Italy) by former Prime Minister Enrico Letta, with the support of former EU Commissioner and Minister Emma Bonino, former EU Commissioner and WTO GM Pascal Lamy. SdP’s goal is to develop every year the skills of 100 highly motivated and talented young people between 18 and 25- strengthening their ability to respond to innovation and to be change makers in their professional, personal and political lives with a focus on long term policies and a strong European vision, where the transatlantic dimension plays an important role.
Project lead: Isabelle Faultano (MMF’02), Francesco Clementi (MMF‘16), Carlo Mannoni (MMF’06), Simone Mori (MMF‘ 00)
Athens meets Detroit. The power of civic engagement and social accountability. A transatlantic dialogue.
Description: The goal of the project is to highlight with a transatlantic view the power of civic engagement and social accountability in a financial crisis period. Therefore, best practices, trends, strategies from the city of Detroit will be shared with people in Athens. The idea is to set up an on-going dialogue between the two cities on challenges of civic engagement. The kick start of this dialogue is the establishment of a network affiliate with the Detroit Women Leadership network currently active in Detroit under the name Athens Women Leadership Network – A Transatlantic Dialogue.
Project lead: Christina Manolopoulou (MMF’08)
California Global Engagement
Description: Lead a coalition of GMF alumni in California to join with GMF and select corporate partners and the University of Southern California aimed to grow California’s global engagement capacity through investing in subnational corporate, government, and non-profit leaders and integrating underrepresented communities into the foreign policy discourse. Growing concern for the future of U.S. global leadership both at home and abroad, mounting skepticism of the importance of trade and international relations, and resistance to immigration and inclusion, demonstrate the need to invest in and ensure the global outlook of local leadership.
Project lead: Kellie Hawkins (MMF’13)
Tanja Wunderlich Award
Description: The main goal of this project is to leverage diaspora social entrepreneurs for change. The project members want to organize an one-day expert meeting in which diaspora social entrepreneurs and relevant organizations will share their experiences, ideas and thoughts on the need and impact of diaspora social entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurship as a way to strengthen ties between the Netherlands/ Belgium and other parts of the world and to assist and support their home countries in an economically way
Project lead: Samira Rafaela (TILN’16), Omar Ba, Mpanzu Bamenga (TILN‘’15)
Italy Inclusive Leaders Network
Description: The project goal is to jumpstart an informal network this Spring - the Italian Inclusive Leaders Network (IILN)—which we aim to grow over time. It be modeled after the successes of German (Gun Tank and Daniel Guymerah) and Dutch TILN alumni (Mpanzu Bamenga). Meeting goals include deepening knowledge of how participants can lead policy/community change, and learning how they can help each other to achieve their goals. Facilitators will also provide technical advice about creating an organization. In addition to impacting the participants and their communities, we anticipate a symbiotic relationship between IILN and GMF’s current corps of Italian alumni.
Project lead: Ajenai Clemmons (TILN ’15, MMF’16)
Cultivating Minority Women professionals for Leadership and transatlantic engagement
Description: This proposal is designed to support a national conference series, which will convene, strengthen, cultivate and empower hundreds of minority women professionals (MWPs) from diverse sectors to achieve greater levels of success and leadership. Through a series of one-day conferences, we aim to engage and train MWPs and provide expert mentorship, including skills around transatlantic leadership for women of color or disadvantage, in multiple cities across the United States.
Project lead: J. Nwando Olayiwola (MMF’14), R. Daniel Lavelle (MMF’14)
Nordic Inclusion Round Table
Description: Defining Finnish narrative of inclusion will gather 25 people distinguished personalities, doers, policy makers, politicians, business sector, entrepreneurs, artists and media representatives and engage them in a dialogue on inclusion and diversity in a Finnish context. The goal is to gather and connect the generation that speaks now to the next generation to build a good narrative to make the change to a better feasible inclusion. To create awareness on inclusion and that such form of events addressing the society fabric take place connecting Finland to the world and vice versa. To forge partnerships among the group of 25 debaters during the event which will anchor the event to be repeated on yearly basis and promote the debate. Produce a video basis 2 day discussions and debates to spread in English/Finnish. Transcend TILN philosophy and share practices by engaging other fellow TILN with key-note and communication training. This conference will identify talents for TILN and pipeline for GMF
Project lead: Kamilla Sultanova (TILN’12), Farhia B. Nur (TILN’16)
Alcee Hastings Award
Description: The aim is to hold a workshop that empowers Roma leaders to shape a more inclusive and positive political narrative, both among Roma and for the broader population. Self-perception is core to political empowerment, and with a toolkit to reach out into the community with positive narratives, participants will be better able to shift perceptions in their regions. Roma are already adding value, and we have the political and economic potential to contribute more. The more we are encouraged to act and believe that we are able to participate, the more positive impact we can make.
Project lead: Roland Ferkovics (TILN ’16), Atanas Stoyanov (TILN’15), Sam Rasoul (TILN ´16)