2015 Marshall Memorial Fellows Announced
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is pleased to announce 76 new Marshall Memorial Fellows (MMF) for the 2015-16 class — 42 from Europe and 34 from the United States. Fellows were selected from 700 nominations across 39 countries in a highly competitive process, with just 10 percent of nominated candidates selected for this prestigious fellowship. In total, this year's fellows represent 21 European countries and 17 U.S. states.
"GMF is proud of the leaders selected as Marshall Memorial Fellows," said GMF President Dr. Karen Donfried. "This diverse group of fellows truly represents the mission of GMF to promote transatlantic relations through shared experiences that lead to innovative solutions to common challenges."
This year, the MMF program includes two fellows from Ukraine, one of whom is this year's Ron Asmus Entrepreneur Fellow. The Asmus Entrepreneurs Fellowship commemorates Ron Asmus, GMF's former Brussels office director who campaigned for NATO expansion across Eastern Europe. Asmus Fellows are selected from two European Eastern Neighborhood countries, Ukraine and Moldova, and participate in additional leadership development in Washington, DC, that will enable them to advance an innovative policy project in their native country and sector.
"The competitiveness of the program is reflected in the caliber of leaders we selected, as is our commitment to building leadership capacity in Southern Europe and Ukraine at this crucial time," said Kevin Cottrell, director of Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives.
The Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) is GMF's flagship leadership development program. GMF grants MMF awards to the leaders from all sectors, including business, government, and civil society. Fellows engage in 6 months of preparation designed to enhance their understanding of transatlantic relations before embarking on 24 days of policy immersion.
Created in 1982 to introduce a new generation of European leaders to the United States, the MMF program grew in 1999 when it began sending leaders from the United States to Europe. Today, GMF selects fellows from all 50 U.S. states and across 39 European countries. The MMF alumni network numbers nearly 2,500 leaders. Some notable alumni include Bertrand Badre (MMF 1998, France), managing director and World Bank Group CFO at the World Bank; Federica Mogherini (MMF 2007, Italy), EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy; and Annie Maxwell (MMF 2007, United States), president of the Skoll Fund for Global Threats.
The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is underwritten in select regions by generous contributions from funders. These including the City of Bilbao, Spain for support of Spanish fellows; the Cleveland Foundation in Cleveland, OH; the Compagnia di San Paolo for support of leadership development in Southern Europe; the German Federal Foreign Ministry for support of fellows in Germany; and the Kresge Foundation in for support of Detroit's emerging leadership talent.
The communications staff below can help connect you with any of our fellows.
Sarah Halls, [email protected], +32 484 491 078
In the United States
Kelsey Glover, [email protected], +1 202 683 2648
2015 Marshall Memorial Fellows
Paula De Castro Bonilla
Charles Sidney Fields
Joshua Dylan Lockett
Tatuye Topa Najin Win (Tatewin) Means
Saorlaith Ni Bhroin
Annika Johanna Suo
Karen Cassandra Tumlin
Elica Sara Vafaie
Lynn von Koch-Liebert