“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower
After completing their fellowship…
2 out of 5 Eisenhower Fellows grew their business or organization
1 out of 5 generated income for the poor
2 out of 5 created new value where one did not previously exist
Nearly 1 out of 2 Fellows either led or participated in a public-private partnership or cross-disciplinary initiative
Read or watch more about our Fellows working to build prosperity here:
Coping In Crisis: Helping Kids and Caregivers Manage Emotions
Tonia Casarin, Brazil ’19 founder of Fireworks Education, is helping children and caregivers around the world confront the trauma caused by two crisis: the Syrian conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic. While on fellowship in the U.S., Casarin met with representatives from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the beloved children’s program “Sesame Street.” Since that initial meeting, she has worked with Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to develop curriculum for 52 episodes of “Ahlan Simsim,” a television program that teaches children to understand and manage their emotions. Read more here.
Increasing global connections
An economist specializing in international trade and leading a university-based research center, Patrick Schaefer (USA/Zhi-Xing ’18) forged a partnership with China’s premier government think tank, the Shanghai International Shipping Institute. Read more here.
Helping the poor fight their poverty
For Martin Burt (Paraguay ’94) his work is a team effort with other Eisenhower Fellows. In 1985, he co-founded Fundacion Paraguaya with Guillermo Peroni (Paraguay ’70), to provide entrepreneurial skills to marginalized young people. Today, of eight Paraguayan Eisenhower Fellows, five of them—Burt and Peroni, along with Raul Gauto (Paraguay ’89) , Pascual Rubiani (‘99), and Yan Speranza (‘14)—work at Fundacion Paraguaya. “Eisenhower Fellowships helped us see beyond our own borders” in an effort to alleviate poverty. Read more here.
Rebuilding a country
Wil McLellan (New Zealand ’14), co-founder and director of the Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus (EPIC), lost everything in the devastating earthquake that struck New Zealand in 2011. Finding shelter in a tent with his wife Diana, McLellan, with deliberate purpose and intention began to rebuild, not only for himself, but for his community. He co-founded EPIC with his friend Colin Andersen, to house displaced technology companies and help people keep their businesses going and rebuild their livelihoods. As a result of being in the midst of natural disaster relief, McLellan came to his Eisenhower Fellowship with his mind extremely focused on building and running the technology center at home in New Zealand. Read more here.
Revolutionizing the Nigerian agricultural sector
Mezuo Nwuneli (Nigeria ’15) is revolutionizing the Nigerian agricultural sector by increasing investments into businesses around Nigeria and doubling his investment funds from $33 million to $66 million in just two years. Read more here.
Constructing an ecosystem of entrepreneurship
Dina Sherif (Egypt ’15) is the chief executive officer of Ahead of the Curve, a company working across the Middle East to create inclusive and sustainable economies by providing training and support for socially-responsible entrepreneurs. She aims to build a more inclusive society that allows for a dignified life and reduced social alienation. Read more here.
A government evangelist for entrepreneurship
G. Nagesh Rao (USA ’16) is a government evangelist for entrepreneurship who brokered collaboration between United States federal agencies to ensure that small business development was a focus of their investments overseas. Read more here.
Financier invests for environmental and social good
Ted Levinson (USA ’14) specializes in pairing values-driven financiers with socially responsible businesses in emerging markets. On Fellowship in India and Indonesia he learned that access to capital was the biggest constraint on growth for sustainable-agriculture, alternative-energy and other renewable-resource companies that generally are too large for microfinance loans but too small for development-bank financing. From his professional background at the intersection of philanthropy and investing, Ted also knew that family foundations and donor advised funds in the U.S. sit on almost $1 trillion dollars – an ideal pool of money to tap to support international social enterprises. Read more here.