From 2008 until 2015, Law and Human Rights Fellows at the University of Minnesota were hosted by the Human Rights Center at the Walter Mondale Law School.
Government of India Fellows
The Indian government initiated this fellowship program to offer leadership development opportunities to top officers in public service positions with the government.
Mr. Rakesh Goyal is currently a Director in Central Vigilance Commission, Government of India. He has worked professionally for 18 years. Of that time, four years was spent in the Central Vigilance Commission looking after corruption cases in the government department and creating systematic improvement for increasing transparency and accountability in public functioning. He also worked for ten years in the Power sector, advising the Government of India on overall development of the Indian Power sector and has spent another four years in the manufacturing industry. He earned his Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, India and was the winner of the National Talent Search Examination Scholarship, a national-level scholarship program in India that identifies and recognizes students with extremely high intellect and academic talent. During his fellowship year, he will focus on studying transparency and ethics in public dealing as well as effective implementation of public policy as a tool to avoid leakages of government funds.
Mr. Priya Ranjan is currently the Assistant Inspector General of Forests, in the Ministry of Environment and Forests in New Delhi, India. He coordinates forestry research in India with a special focus on sharing research findings with the public. He is also responsible for the capacity building of various cadres in the forestry sector in India, particularly through planning and conducting mid-career and other training for officers. Previously, he served as an officer of the Indian Forest Service in various capacities, working in the areas of Protection, Conservation of Wildlife and Forests, and Watershed Management and Associated Natural Resources. He has a special interest in working with communities and involving them in the process of natural resource conservation. He earned a master in Science and Philosophy from Delhi University in Delhi, India. During his fellowship year, Mr. Ranjan will pursue a master of Public Affairs degree.
Shyama Prasad Roy
Mr. Shyama Prasad Royis currently the Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet Secretariat in the Government of India. He completed his Post Graduate D in Modern Indian History and a bachelor degree in History from Delhi University in Delhi, India. He has been a part of policy formulation relating to water management and taxation policy. He has worked in vigilance and administrative divisions in different Ministries in the Government of India.
Mr. Narinder Khajuria is a Civil Servant and presently posted as Deputy Secretary to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (India), where he is providing staff support to the Governor in discharging education, executive, judicial and legislative functions of the State. During his 16 year career in public service, he has done a commendable job in the field of land survey/mapping, GIS and land records modernization, agrarian reforms and relations, disaster management, and the public grievance redressal system. Additionally, he has also played a key role during several elections in the largest democracy of the world. He is committed towards the delivery of a more citizen-centric and friendly service at the doorstep of the people. He holds a master degree in Business Administration and Bachelor in Science in Forestry. During his fellowship year, Mr.Khajuria will pursue a master of Public Affairs.
Hubert H. Humphrey International Fellows
Meryam Annouz, Morocco
Dr. Meryam Annouz is the financial magistrate in the Court of Accounts of Morocco. She serves within the First Chamber in Rabat. As a financial judge and a public auditor, Dr. Annouz performs a double control: Jurisdiction control and management control based on the evaluation of results and performance. She holds a doctorate in public law and public administration from the University of Law, Economic and Social Sciences of FES (Morocco), a master degree in administrative law and administrative sciences and a bachelor’s in political science as well as several diplomas and internship certificates from Morocco and France in the areas of public administration and public sector reform. Through the Humphrey Fellowship Program, Dr. Annouz wants to enhance her leadership capacity as well as pursue her research in the areas of decentralization, democracy, and good governance at the local, national and international levels.
Jeyhun Atayev, Azerbaijan
Mr. Jeyhun Atayev is a Projects Director with the National Chapter of Transparency International in Azerbaijan where he works to shape government policy toward increased transparency, particularly the transparency of government communications, which he sees as a way to ensure accountability and reduce corruption in his country. He earned a master degree in Oriental studies from Baku State University and a certificate in political studies from the School of Political Studies (Strasbourg, France). During his fellowship year, Mr. Atayev will focus on NGO management, public and media relations, communications strategies, NGO-government partnerships and human resources management pertaining to the civil service selection process.
Samuel Coker, Sierra Leone
Mr. Samuel Coker is a Human Resource Manager with the Corporate Directorate in the Sierra Leone civil service. His main duties include developing drafts for policy recommendations on corporate issues, developing implementation strategies for new policies and providing periodic monitoring reports on the implementation of civil service policies in the government ministries and departments for policy evaluation and effectiveness. He received a master degree in public administration from the Institute of Public Administration and Management at the University of Sierra Leone and a bachelor degree in politics and history from the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. During his fellowship year, Mr. Coker will focus on public policy formulation and analysis, and human resources management and development.
Ada Gallegos, Peru
Dr. Ada Gallegos is the president of the National Interuniversity Commission for Education on Sustainability Development for the National Assembly of Chancellors of Peru, and Director for South America on the International Network of Teacher Education Institutions for the UNESCO Regional Centers of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development. Dr. Gallegos has held various leadership positions in public management with the government of Peru and has been the advisor to the Minister of Education. During the last 12 years she has promoted cooperation and coordination on initiatives benefitting national education among the national government, the private sector, non-profit organizations and universities. In addition, she is a professor and researcher. She holds a doctorate in government and public policy, a master degree in public administration, and a bachelor degree in education. During her fellowship year Dr. Gallegos will focus on management of public policy and leadership in the interests of good governance, sustainability, development and women’s rights within Latin America.
Jun Kim, South Korea
Mr. Jun Kim has been a police officer for more than 15 years and has had a variety of leadership experiences in the field of law enforcement. He is the Chief of Beo-rang Police Station in the Gwa-Cheon Police Department, where he has established a crime control center, analyzes crime patterns and provides safety information to local government branches, schools and opinion leaders in order to bolster their voluntary efforts in community crime prevention. He has recently turned his focus to the prevention of crimes against children, which are on the rise nationally in Korea. Mr. Kim believes that the National Police Agency’s relatively young policies on crimes against children are in great need of improvement. He earned a bachelor degree in public administration from Korean National Police University (Yong In City, Geong Gi Do). During his fellowship year Mr. Kim will focus on strategies for crime prevention, child protection laws and policies, and public policy formulation.
Veerendra Mishra, India
Dr. Veerendra Mishra is a senior police officer with more than 18 years of experience in India and Assistant Inspector General of the Crime Investigation Department for the Madhya Pradesh State Police. He has also worked in challenging situations for upholding human rights and peace building, serving as part of the UN Peacekeeping Missions in Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as on a study visit to East Timor. He earned a doctorate in psychology and a master degree in sociology from Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya (Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh). He completed a bachelor degree from Guru Nanak Dev University (Amritsar). He has authored two books; in particular, his book on community policing has received rave reviews. During his fellowship year Dr. Mishra will focus on the rule of law, human rights, human trafficking, conflict resolution, media management and good governance.
Thulani Mkhaliphi, Swaziland
Mr. Thulani Mkhaliphi has served local government in Swaziland for more than 18 years. He is the Director of Decentralization for the Swazi government’s Ministry of Tinkhundla in Mbabane, where he provides policy development support and handles issues of governance at a local level, particularly as it relates to Swaziland’s traditional form of government led by local chiefs. He regularly interacts with traditional authorities, urban local authorities, members of parliament, government Ministers and Swazi citizens to lead the process of decentralizing government in his country. He earned a master degree in public and development management from the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) and a bachelor degree in public administration from the University of Swaziland (Manzini). During his fellowship year Mr. Mkhaliphi will focus on local governance, policy development and implementation, and citizen participation.
Huong Nguyen, Vietnam
Dr. Huong Nguyen is the Director of the Macroeconomics and Strategy Department of Development Strategy Institute, a national think tank in Vietnam. She is responsible for formulating projects on national socio-economic development strategies and doing macro-economic analysis and forecasts. She earned a doctorate in development economics from the Development Strategy Institute and a master degree in development economics from a joint program by the Institute of Social Sciences (Netherlands) and the National Economics University (Hanoi). She also has a bachelor degree in banking and finance from NEU. During her fellowship year Dr. Nguyen will focus on public investment and political and economic development.
Phuntsho Norbu, Bhutan
Mr. Phuntsho Norbu currently works as the First Secretary/Senior Desk Officer in the Department of Bilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Royal Government of Bhutan. Prior to this, he served for three and half years as the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations in Geneva and other international organizations during which time he was responsible for, among others, the Human Rights Council, the World Health Organization and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. He has a master degree in international studies (peace and conflict resolution) from the University of Queensland (Australia) and post-graduate certificates in advanced security cooperation from the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (Hawai’i), international trade from Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea), and human rights and international humanitarian law from National Law School of India University (Bangalore, India). He completed his bachelor degree in geography (honors) from Sherubtse College (Bhutan). During his fellowship year he will focus on international relations, human rights and law.
Hari Paudel, Nepal
Dr. Hari Paudel is the Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare in the Government of Nepal. He is responsible for initiating and coordinating the formulation of policies and plans to combat human trafficking as well as the formulation and implementation of policies related to women and children. He has a total of 25 years of experience in the government sector and has worked in diverse areas from public sector reform to development strategies. He earned a doctorate in development studies from University of Bonn (Germany) and a master degree in public administration from the University of Bergen (Norway). Additionally, he has master degrees in political science and public administration and a bachelor degree in law and education from Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu, Nepal). During his fellowship year Dr. Paudel will focus on trafficking in persons, policy and prevention.
Rosilda Robinson Vega, Panama
Ms. Rosilda Robinson Vega is the Legal Counsel for the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) in Panama, where she has been working for the last 12 years. CSS is a government institution in charge of providing social security protection to the Panamanian population. She is responsible for providing legal opinions and concepts regarding the interpretation of CSS law; its rulings regarding health services, pensions, subsidies, government procurement; and national and international agreements. She earned her bachelor degree in law and political science from University of Panama and diplomas in criminal law from the Universidad Panamericana (Panama), public financial administration from Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina), and senior citizen social protection from CIESS y OAS in (Mexico). During her fellowship year she is interested to learn about the challenges relating to public strategic planning, public management, and policy making and budgeting.
Kalpana Shrestha, Nepal
Ms. Kalpana Shrestha is the Under-Secretary for the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies for the Government of Nepal. She is responsible for dealing with trade related issues, especially in regards to India and China in order to facilitate trade promotion and policy formation. Previously she worked in the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and in the Ministry of General Administration. Her main goal is to include the concerns of citizens in public policy and to lessen the gap between policy and implementation. She earned her master degrees in international studies (development cooperation) from Ewha Womans University (Seoul, Korea), and in public administration from Public Administration Campus and in sociology from Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus, both part of Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu, Nepal). During her fellowship year, Ms. Shrestha will focus on public policy analysis and policy formulation using the perspective of women’s empowerment, gender equality, and social inclusion. She also will focus on human resource management.
Magteld Smith, South Africa
Dr. Magteld Smith is a medical-social researcher, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of the Free State, Republic of South Africa. She has 19 years of experience in the field of disabilities and the founder of various community projects. Her research compares the cost effectiveness of rehabilitation programs for persons with disabling hearing impairment, including multiple disabilities associated with hearing impairment, making it possible for more people to have access to a wider array of rehabilitation options. She is a doctoral candidate in development studies, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, and she holds a master degree in governance and political transformation and a master degree in development studies, all from the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa). During her fellowship year Ms. Smith will focus on public health policy management.
Law School Alumni
Philip Acosta Aguinaldo, Philippines
Mr. Aguinaldo is a Regional Trial Court Judge for the City of Muntinlupa in the Philippines. He also serves as professor and bar reviewer in the Faculty of Civil Law at the University of Santo Tomas, lecturing on family law, evidence, and legal ethics. He is also a part-time lecturer at the College of Law of Lyceum University of the Philippines, the University of the Philippines Law Center in its Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Program for criminal law and procedure, the Department of Justice, and the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court for trafficking, violence against women and children, and child abuse. Mr. Aguinaldo holds a Bachelor of Law degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. As a new Humphrey Fellow, he would like to design a Bench Book that simplifies the intricacies of investigation and court procedures so that dispensers of justice would be able to understand the concept of human trafficking without arbitrariness and inconsistencies in their actions and rulings.
Girmachew A. Aneme, Ethiopia
Mr. Aneme is an Assistant Professor of Law at the School of Law of Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to joining the Humphrey Fellowship Program, Mr. Aneme served as the head of the Center for Human Rights Studies at Addis Ababa University, where he was responsible for running the academic programs of the Center, developing the Center’s research policy and administering the Center’s Legal Aid Project focused on the indigent, the largest such project in Ethiopia spreading to three regional towns. One of his important projects at the Center for Human Rights was launching the first ever Ethiopian Journal of Human Rights as an interdisciplinary and bi-annual publication. Mr. Aneme received his Ph.D. and M.A. in African Union Law and Human Rights Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo in Norway and his Bachelor of Law from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. As a Humphrey Fellow, Mr. Aneme would like to expand his practical and conceptual knowledge on legal aid and access to justice in the Ethiopian context and to continue his research on the relationship between the right to food and foreign direct investment in large scale agricultural lands in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Viresh Kumar Bhawra, India
Mr. Bhawra is an Additional Director General of Police, serving under the Crime Investigation division for the Government of Punjab in India. His primary areas of responsibility include supervising, planning, policy-making, and organizing and coordinating in all spheres of criminal investigation matters including dealing with problems of illegal migration and human trafficking. Mr. Bhawra holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, and a Master’s degree in Human Rights from Pondicherry University in India. As a new Humphrey Fellow, he would like to pursue a composite program comprised of academic modules, seminars, visits to affected areas, interactions with stakeholders, and an internship with a professional organization active in tackling human smuggling and illegal migration. He is interested in crafting a set of recommendations to tackle the problem of human smuggling and illegal migration more effectively in India and abroad.
Firmine Bouity, Republic of Congo
Ms. Bouity is an Assistant Director in charge of International Conventions at the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Republic of Congo. Her responsibilities are to elaborate, examine, and suggest drafts of projects pertaining to the improvement of diplomatic relations that Congo has established with other international partners. She also served as Chief of Public Relations and Legal Adviser on women’s and children’s rights at the Republic of Congo’s Women’s Legal Association for almost eleven years and, in this capacity, has assisted widows, orphans, and victims of domestic violence. Ms. Bouity holds a Master’s degree in Private Law from Marien Ngouabi University in the Republic of Congo. She is interested in furthering her knowledge in human rights both in an academic setting and in professional exchanges. Ms. Bouity believes acquiring additional skills in the realm of human rights will help to enhance her effectiveness working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Congo’s Women’s Legal Association.
Amarjargal Davjayev, Mongolia
Ms. Davjayev holds a law degree from Ulaanbaatar Erdem Law University. She is an anti-trafficking expert and author. During her Humphrey year, she wants to focus on the protection of victims of trafficking and on women’s issues in relation to trafficking and organized crime. She is Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Development in Ulaanbaatar, and previously served as the Human Trafficking Prevention Program Coordinator working on strategic litigation for anti-trafficking and a labor trafficking project. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Davjayev worked for the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women in Bangkok, Thailand, as an Information Officer, and from 2004 to 2005, she worked for the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) as research assistant to the Programme for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Rights-based Approach to Development in Bangkok, Thailand. She hopes to work with the ABA’s rule of law project during her Humphrey Fellowship year. In the future, she intends to start an NGO focused on the protection of victims of any sort of crime.
Cheryl Daytec, Philippines
Ms. Daytec holds a master’s degree in law, with a human rights concentration, from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, as well as three prior degrees from Filipino institutions: a law degree from the University of the Cordilleras; a master’s degree in management from the University of the Philippines; and, a bachelor’s degree in communications from St. Louis University, where she is currently an Associate Professor. A human rights lawyer, she is an expert in Indigenous Peoples’ issues. She served as the Research and Litigation Officer and as a Trustee for the Cordillera Indigenous Peoples Center in Baguio, and as Director of the Cordillera Executive Board. She is interested in a human rights-based approach to development, so that the benefits of economic development can reach all sectors of the population, including Indigenous Peoples. During her Humphrey year, she hopes to interact with U.S. Indigenous communities who have been successful in harnessing economic development for the benefit of Native Americans. She is a co-founder of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers and is a published poet.
Mostafa Farrag, Egypt
Mr. Farrag works as a judge in the Damanhur Primary Court in Egypt and as a part time lecturer of human rights courses at the Arab Academy for Sciences, Technology and Maritime Transportation. He also worked as a public prosecutor, legal researcher, and lawyer in Alexandria, Egypt. Mr. Farrag holds a L.L.M. degree in Litigation Logistics from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology in Egypt and a L.L.B. degree in law from Alexandria University. By participating in the Humphrey Fellowship Program, he wishes to enhance his professional capabilities and widen his knowledge of human rights studies to benefit his career as a judge. He believes human rights have a very close connection with his profession as a judge and lecturer. He would like to publish a book on this subject. He also plans to complete his Ph.D. in Human Rights.
Desmond Kaunda, Malawi
Mr. Kaunda is the Director of the Malawi Human Rights Resource Center (MHRRC). He is also a part-time Commissioner of the Malawi Human Rights Commission and has worked on a Human Rights training manual for Malawi police. Mr. Kaunda holds a master’s degree in International Human Rights law from Essex University in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Malawi. He was awarded the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Fellowship, which enabled him to do his master’s studies in the United Kingdom. He has worked for 15 years in legal and human rights advocacy and earned a Guest Researcher Fellowship at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (Denmark), where he worked from August 2011 to December 2011. In his Humphrey Fellowship year, he would like to do research on the topic of “Reconciling Informal Justice Systems and Human Rights Law: A Comparative Analysis of Malawi’s Search for Solutions and other International Informal Justice Systems.” He has interests in studying American Indian Tribal Courts and Laws. His motto is “bringing justice to every situation of injustice.”
Zohir Navjuvonov, Tajikistan
Mr. Navjuvonov works as a National Program Coordinator at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Tajikistan. He serves as an advisor to the Chief of Mission (COM) on program development matters and on new trends and policies in the field of migration. He also has developed several project proposals including, “Combating Trafficking in Persons in Central Asia,” which received funding from USAID in 2010, and “An Assessment of the Exploitation of Children and Students in the Cotton Fields of Tajikistan.” Mr. Navjuvonov holds a M.A. in International Journalism and Mass Communication from the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic Research in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Given his significant experience in various anti-trafficking efforts and research projects, he wishes to receive training at a professional level in order to gain additional insight into topics such as mobilizing faith-based and community organizations in preventing trafficking in persons; organizing information and advocacy campaigns against stigmatization of victims of trafficking; coverage of trafficking in persons’ issues in mass media; and provision of medical and psychological assistance to victims and their social adaptation.
Diana Quintero, Colombia
Ms. Quintero is a Law Professor and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Universidad Icesi in Cali, Colombia. Besides her academic responsibilities teaching Law and developing the academic curriculum for undergraduate students, she writes interventions for the Colombian Constitutional Court about the right to equality and the right to health, as well as writes amicus curiae for supporting local human rights organizations. She received her J.D. from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, and both her master’s degree in philosophy and a certificate in Ethics and Human Rights from Universidad del Valle. Since she has been working in education, Ms. Quintero has been focused on the promoting and monitoring of economic, social and cultural rights. She would like to focus on the right to health and on education for the conservation and promotion of environmental care. Although she has already studied the legal frameworks of the Inter-American System of Human Rights and the UN System, she wishes to gain more practical experience in the process of presenting a case. She would also like to attend seminars where the challenges of universal access to proper healthcare are discussed, as well as meetings with experts in the field.
Mustafa Uckuyu, Turkey
Mr. Uckuyu is a Senior Administrative Inspector at the Ministry of the Interior in Turkey. In this capacity, he evaluates human rights practices, standards of basic health services, compulsory education, and local institutions’ effects on the environment as part of inspecting local governorships. He inspects all bodies (such as governorships, municipalities, police, gendarmerie) under the Ministry of Interior and investigates allegations and complaints about their personnel on behalf of Minister. He is also a Resident Twinning Advisor-Counter Part and Coordinator for European Union Projects on human rights and political criteria. Mr. Uckuyu holds a master’s degree in Security Management and Strategies from the Institute of the Security Science, a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Institute of Middle East and Turkey of Public Administration, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Ankara in Turkey. As a new Humphrey Fellow, he is interested in learning the U.S. perspective on human rights, civilian oversight, the prevention of torture and ill-treatment, the prevention of domestic violence, and the protection of threatened people.
Mubarek Zeb, Pakistan
Mr. Zeb works as a District Police Officer in Kohat, Pakistan, and is responsible for the observance of human rights standards in police work. He also helps to manage infrastructure development and staff welfare programs. In addition, he is in charge of the preparation, execution, supervision, and implementation of the Annual Policing Plan that sets out performance targets for the maintenance of public order, security, crime management, human rights protection, community policing, road safety, staff training, general law enforcement, and development. Mr. Zeb received his L.L.M. degree in Criminal Justice from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom, and his M.A. in Political Science, his M.A. in English Literature, and his B.A. in English literature and Political Science from University of Peshawar in Pakistan. As a Humphrey Fellow, he would like to work with U.S. police to learn how they have integrated human rights standards into their policy and practice and how the same can be replicated in his country.
Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellow
The Edmund S. Muskie and Freedom Support Act Graduate Fellowship was established in 1992 by the United States government to promote international understanding and cooperation. The objective of the program is to provide leadership training to mid-career professionals from the former Soviet Union. The program focus is on former Soviet Union because of major economic and political transformations that are taking place in the region. During their two-year fellowship, fellows take academic courses and participate in professional internships.
Alexey Khlebnikov, Russia
Mr. Alexey Khlebnikov most recently worked as a consultant for the Executive Office of the Russian President in Nizhni Novgorod. He was previously the assistant to the Foreign Languages Chair in the International Relations department at Nizhni Novgorod State University. He earned his master and bachelor degrees in International Relations from the Lobachevsky State University of Nizni Novgorod in Russia. His area of interest and research is Middle Eastern politics and great power policies towards this region. During his studies, Mr. Khlebnikov interned in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Consulate Department, and made several research stays and internships in the Middle East (Syria, Israel, Egypt). He is doing his PhD, which is focused on Egyptian and Syrian foreign policy.
HHH - U.K. Fulbright Public Affairs Scholar
The bi-national United States–United Kingdom Fulbright Commission offers this fellowship each year to an outstanding U. K. civil servant for study and research at the Humphrey School. The purpose of the fellowship is to promote collaboration between the United Kingdom and the United States.
Andrew Gordon, United Kingdom
Mr. Andrew Gordon has been a UK civil servant since 1997 and is currently the Head of the Enforcementand Compliance Secretariat in HM Revenue and Customs. He has held various posts in HM Revenue & Customs and the Treasury including Private Secretary to a government minister, head of Freedom of Information policy and leading the development of channel strategy for individual customers. Andrew attended St. Andrews University from 1989-1993 and was awarded a master (Honors) in Economics and Modern History. He has continued formal study since leaving university, achieving an Extra Mural Certificate (Distinction) in Ecology and Conservation at Birkbeck College, London. During his time in Minnesota as a Fulbright scholar, Andrew will study how to increase transparency of the tax system; the effect this has on individual perceptions of tax and the role government plays in society; and whether this impacts levels of citizen participation in the policy making process.
Government of South Korea MPA Fellowship
This fellowship program offers mid-career civil servants with 10 years of professional experience the opportunity to complete the requirements for a Master of Public Affairs degree.
Mr. Yoon-Taik Kim currently works at the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, as a human rights officer that investigates discriminatory practices and complaints, and handles international
cooperation with foreign human rights institutions. Previous to this, he worked for the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of Korea, formulating policies and programs to support (marriage) immigrant’s families' sustainable adaptation and inclusion in the community. During the fellowship year, he will focus on human rights issues related to immigrants, business, and pursue a master degree in public administration.
Government of Mexico Fellowship
This fellowship allows opportunities for outstanding young Mexicans to pursue Master’s degrees in top foreign universities. It promotes higher education and helps foster a highly competitive and innovative group of Mexican citizens with global perspectives and commitment to the development of their country
Jose Miguel Angel Buere
Mr. Jose Miguel Angel Buere Villegas, earned his bachelor degree in law from the ITESO University (Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico). He has almost 11 years of experience as a Legal Director in the public sector and he worked previously as a Legal Director for the business entrepreneurs union, Coparmex Jalisco. He is a volunteer for the nongovernmental agency Support of Indigenous Migrants (EAMI),w which promotes cultural rights of the Mixtecan Community. He recently became involved in environmental and health studies concerning pollution of the Santiago River and he works with international organizations to coordinate efforts and experience to address issues of health, water access and economic social and cultural rights.Mr. Buere has special interest in promoting economic, social and cultural human rights between public officials through education and civil activism.