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Hilton Prize Coalition Recognizes 25 Fellows: Emerging Humanitarian Leaders to Watch

Press Release – ALEXANDRIA, Va., December 5, 2017 — The Hilton Prize Coalition, an independent alliance of the 22 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, recognizes its 2017 class of Fellows for completing a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship with leading international non-governmental organizations (INGOs). These 25 emerging leaders demonstrated high potential by making significant early-career contributions to their organizations and to the humanitarian field overall.

While working alongside one or more Coalition member organizations, Fellows made contributions in a variety of ways, including fieldwork around intergenerational health policy, development of policy briefs on nutrition innovation and stunting, research around climate change and disaster risk reduction, collaboration with corporate partners through marketing and fundraising, and digital technologies. Over the course of their placements, which lasted anywhere from three months to a year, Fellows also completed more than 200 hours of training in interdisciplinary topics including disaster readiness.

This year’s cohort came from diverse backgrounds and represented eight countries: Brazil, France, India, Mexico, South Korea, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the United States. Some of the Fellows are recent graduates with NGO volunteer experience, while others have started careers and are developing as subject-matter experts.

“By providing young professionals an opportunity to work with prize-winning organizations, the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program is creating a pipeline of humanitarian leaders who have a collaborative mindset as well as subject-matter expertise,” said Scott Jackson, Global Impact president and CEO. Global Impact is the secretariat for the Hilton Prize Coalition and its Fellows Program.

2017 Class of Fellows:

  • Samantha Acosta: HelpAge USA
  • Judith Bagachwa: HelpAge Tanzania
  • Sarah Baker: SOS Children’s Villages USA
  • Hrithik Bansal: BRAC USA
  • Chloe Baury: ECPAT International
  • Shanifa Bennett: Covenant House New York
  • Desiree Dickerson: Women for Women International
  • Alyssa Gutnik Kennett: Handicap International US
  • Danielle Harris: Landesa
  • Elizabeth “Ruby” Holmes: Handicap International US
  • Chytanya Kompala: PATH
  • Alexandre Leal: International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
  • Adaiana Lima: ECPAT Internationa
  • Catherine May: PATH/Heifer International*
  • Marcus Miller: SOS Children’s Villages USA
  • Ahlam Awad Mohammed: The Task Force for Global Health
  • Megan O’Leary: Hilton Prize Coalition Secretariat*
  • Ana Rabogliatti: Operation Smile
  • Mich Rakotomalala: Operation Smile
  • Marcie Roth: Handicap International US
  • Kevin Gil Hwan Ryu: ECPAT International
  • Meriam Salem: Hilton Prize Coalition Secretariat*
  • Harry Shepherd: IRCT
  • Joshua Tobing: SOS Children’s Villages USA
  • Sheetal Tuladhar: BRAC USA/BRAC Nepal

*indicates Collaborative Fellow, working with multiple organizations

Click here for bios of the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows

To date, several Fellows have been offered positions with hosting organizations following their placements, including Danielle Harris. Harris recently completed a contract position as a business development assistant at Landesa. Program Manager Colleen O’Holleran, who manages Landesa’s fellowship and internship programs said, “The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship Program is a win-win, giving rising development professionals key on-the-job experience and equipping Landesa with a valuable resource to advance its core mission.”

Approaching its third year, the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program seeks to develop a robust pipeline of humanitarian leaders who value collaboration and understand the importance of increasing effectiveness throughout the sector. Candidates for Hilton Prize Coalition fellowships are recruited from partnering academic programs or nominated by Coalition member organizations on a rolling basis.


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