Change & Innovation

“Neither a wise man or a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.” –  President Dwight D. Eisenhower

After completing their fellowship…

2 out of 3 Fellows have introduced a culture of change-making at a local, national or regional level
2 out of 3 Fellows have introduced an innovation to their industry or field

Uncovering barriers and changing the culture

Kuda Chitsike

Kudakwashe Chitsike (Zimbabwe ’15) is a women’s rights activist who is committed to changing the culture in Zimbabwe so that more women can run for political office.In the midst of a global movement of women taking strides towards political leadership, Chitsike uncovered the barriers that prevent women from succeeding in her country. Even though Zimbabwean women make up 52% of the population, government, political parties and decision-making bodies fail to engage and encourage women to participate in politics.  Read more here.

An architect of career advancement for Rwandan women

Rwanda is one of the top countries globally in terms of gender equality, yet women still face challenges in terms of having equal access to mentorship and leadership development opportunities that are critical to a woman’s career success and advancement according to Shivon Byamukama (Rwanda ’16), an architect of career advancement for Rwandan women.  With the help of the fellowship, Byamukama created strategies that she has since implemented through programs that she is running to help women prepare and excel in their businesses and career advancement. Read more here.

Joining forces to end hunger

children in India

Global leaders from India Sanjay Podder (India ’17) and Shridhar Venkat (India ’14) have joined forces to end hunger. Their love for humanity brought them together, but their connection at the EF Global Conference on the Future of Work helped them to solidify their plans to work together. Read more here.

Plugging a nation into its future

Arvind Gupta (India ’14), a recognized innovation evangelist, began his Eisenhower Fellowship while leading the digital campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), one of the two major political parties in India. Since playing this role, Gupta has been working on national-scale digital projects that are revolutionizing the way people in India live, work and do business – all through digital innovations and technology. His main job: expanding access to the internet in the world’s second most populous country. Read more here.

Creating cities of the future


Alfonso Vegara (Spain ’87) is creating cities of the future. His motivation for his work is that he believes the key challenges of humanity can be addressed at the scale of the city. Solutions for challenges such as social integration, climate change and job creation can all be faced through urban design and planning. Read more here.

Driving social impact

As a young technology-focused entrepreneur, Harsha Purasinghe (Sri Lanka ’14) made it possible for residents of Sri Lanka to get a text message on their phone to warn them when a tsunami is coming. He also created the technology that makes it possible for Sri Lankans to have access to radio. Now he is expanding his personal and professional reach to drive social impact. Read more here.

Strengthening democracy through journalism

Indonesian Fellows are using journalism to strengthen democracy in ASEAN. They leverage each other’s networks and respective roles to build a cohesive effort to bring change to Southeast Asia. Read more here.

Increasing access to education in Zimbabwe

Barbra Nyangairi (Zimbabwe ’16), co-founder of the Deaf Zimbabwe Trust is increasing access to quality education for children and young people with deafness, through advocacy for policy reform and placement of deaf young people in higher education institutions. Read more here.