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Four Young Leaders Selected for the Alumni Enrichment Institutes
July 15, 2022

ANTANANARIVO – The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros is proud to announce that the following young leaders have been selected to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship’s Alumni Enrichment Institutes: 

  • For Madagascar, Vony Randrianonenana will be placed at Georgia State University, Henintsoa Daniel Rakotoarison at the University of Washington, and Heriniaina Zhita Irène Andriamalala at Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  
  • Comoros, Aincha Aboubakar Oumadi will go to the University of Texas at Austin. 

The Alumni Enrichment Institutes are a unique follow-on opportunity for 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni to travel to the United States for three weeks. From July 16 to August 6, 2022, these alumni will be able to collaborate with U.S. counterparts and build upon the skills they developed during their Fellowships. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered in partnership with IREX, a nonprofit organization. Alumni Enrichment Institutes further support the Fellowship’s mission by creating stronger ties between 49 sub-Saharan African countries and the United States with the goal of strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security on the continent. 

The program includes a welcome orientation in Washington, DC, from July 16 to July 22, 2022.  AEI participants will then travel to one of eight alumni institutes in the United States for two weeks of programming. Throughout the program, Participants will develop lasting connections with Americans while enhancing their skills through leadership training, experiential learning, and networking. They will also develop innovative solutions to pressing challenges in their home countries and collaborate with their peers from both the United States and Africa. In addition to the knowledge and skills they gain, Alumni Enrichment Institute Participants will enrich their U.S. host communities through community service, cultural exchange, and the lasting personal ties they create during their program. 

In addition to the AEI, Fellowship Alumni can participate in several types of Alumni Programming to further build their professional skills and networks. 

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit mandelawashingtonfellowship.org