2019-2020 Fellows

Hubert H. Humphrey International Fellows


Meral Acikgoz: Turkey

Area of Study: Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

Meral Acikgoz Meral Acikgoz is a National Program Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, in Turkey. For the past 13 years, she has worked at IOM in various capacities, advising on migration policies and laws. Ms. Acikgoz is currently responsible for the Integration and Social Cohesion Program of IOM Turkey. She has worked with the government to develop Turkey’s first Strategy Documents and National Action Plans on Integration and Irregular Migration, which were adopted respectively in 2015 and 2018. As a counsellor at IOM, Ms. Acikgoz was part of the team at the Ministry of Interior that drafted the Law on Foreigners and International Protection, which was adopted in 2013 as Turkey’s first immigration law. She has also developed and implemented projects with local governments to establish municipality migrant centers, which provide mainstreamed services for refugees and migrants, and are the first of their kind in Turkey. Ms. Acikgoz holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in International Relations from Middle East Technical University and Galatasaray University in Turkey, respectively. During her fellowship year, she aims to enhance her knowledge of public policy analysis and practices in the United States in an effort to contribute to migration policies in Turkey. 


Wafa Attawil: Libya

Area of Study: Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

Wafa AttawilWafa Attawil works as a Project Coordinator with the Tripoli Municipal Council and Mayor’s office, where she heads several local projects. She also manages projects with the European Union. Ms. Attawil previously served as Senior Program Development Officer at Chemonics International. In that role she developed plans aimed at building the capacity of local government in Western Libya. After the Libyan revolution Ms. Attawil played a key role in a program to achieve responsive governance at the local level. She went on to introduce this program at a national level. Post-revolution, Ms. Attawil volunteered with various nonprofit organizations where she learned about the impact of community work. As a volunteer, she raised funds for individuals injured during the revolution, and designed plans to help organizations manage their employees and volunteers. Ms. Attawil also volunteered as an election observer during Libya’s first parliamentary elections in the post-Gaddafi era. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tripoli University. As a Humphrey Fellow Ms. Attawil hopes to gain new knowledge in public service at the local and national levels, including how citizen engagement can foster national security and stability. She hopes to use that knowledge to ultimately provide analysis and information to all levels of the Libyan government during the policy making process.


Chulhwan Cho: South Korea

Area of Study: Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

Chulhwan ChoChulhwan Cho is a Deputy Director at the South Korean Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI). He has over 15 years of professional finance experience in both the public and private sectors as a member of the Korean Institute of Certified Public Accountants. During his career he served for three years as a Cost Evaluation Officer at the Defense Acquisition Program, where he contributed significantly to reducing the defense budget. Before joining BAI, Mr. Cho worked at the global auditing firm, Deloitte (Seoul office) and completed numerous statutory audit projects. Mr. Cho received his Bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University, where he studied Business Administration. This year, he plans to study performance auditing strategies focused on Tax Credits and to conduct case studies on performance analysis and fraud detection methods. Using these skills he hopes to minimize the risk of future budget mismanagement. 


Khushbakht Davlatkadamov: Tajikistan

Area of Study: Law and Human Rights

KDKhushbakht Davlatkadamov received his doctorate in law from Tajik State National University. He currently works as a Lawyer for Habitat for Humanity Tajikistan, where he specializes in environmental law. For the past seven years, he has worked to improve housing for women and children in rural Tajikistan. In 2017, he was selected as the Legal Advisor for the International Organization for Migration, where he reviewed bilateral agreements to promote cross border tuberculosis control for migrants and their families. In his fellowship year, Dr. Davlatkadamov will continue to study law, specifically how it relates to women and family issues, in order to continue his advocacy for women in Tajikistan.


Sibusisiwe Dube: Zimbabwe

Area of Study: Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

Busi DubeSibusisiwe Dube is a youth rights, democracy and governance advocate. She has vast experience in youth development work, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, monitoring and evaluation and capacity building within youth and gender based institutions. Ms. Dube holds an MSc in Disaster Management from the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe. At the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe, she led the Research and Monitoring department in programming and implementation of pro-democracy and governance research work initiatives. Most recently, Ms. Dube led the National Youth Development Trust Programs team. Her responsibilities included designing and implementing projects that sought to increase youth engagement and participation in social, economic and democratic processes in Zimbabwe. Ms. Dube contributed immensely to the increased youth participation in the 2018 Harmonized elections in Zimbabwe by designing youth friendly initiatives that educated youths on the importance of voting and benefits thereafter. Through the Humphrey fellowship, Ms. Dube hopes to learn technical skills that will contribute to the expansion of opportunities for youth-led oversight and accountability at a local and national level.


Jessica Nathasia Fredison: Suriname

Area of Study: Law and Human Rights

Jessica FredisonJessica Nathasia Fredison holds her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She has nine years’ experience as a Correctional Social Worker for the Ministry of Justice and Police, where she works to rehabilitate adult offenders and facilitate their reentry into society. As a coordinator, she oversees projects, daily activities, and gives information sessions about the work of her department. She has recently contributed to and helped implement new policy measures and procedures regarding the revision of the existing measures on the parole process. During her fellowship year, Ms. Fredison plans to research penological reform, and will study criminal law, public policy, community service, and human rights issues regarding the treatment of adult offenders and treatment models that facilitate their rehabilitation. Additionally, she will explore aftercare programs geared toward the reintegration of ex-offenders into society. Ms. Fredison hopes to use these experiences to evaluate and develop new policies in Suriname to address critical issues for inmates.


Tarun Gauba: India

Area of Study: Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

Tarun GaubaTarun Gauba joined the Indian Police Service in 2001 and currently serves as Deputy Inspector General, heading the Central Bureau of Investigation’s operations in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Chandigarh. He specializes in investigation of anti- corruption cases, including cases of embezzlement of public funds, bribery, grafts, bank fraud and economic crimes. Mr. Gauba has served as chief of police in seven districts of Uttar Pradesh, and was responsible for the introduction of an innovative system that simplifies the solution seeking process for common citizens. Throughout his career he has been awarded numerous honors, including the Governor’s Gold Medal for Gallantry and President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, as well as a Master’s degree in Police Management from Osmania, Hyderabad. During his fellowship year, he would like to hone his knowledge on combating corruption and embezzlement, in order to promote good governance and effective law enforcement in India. 


Sri Mulyani: Indonesia

Area of Study: Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

Sri MulyaniMs. Sri Mulyani is a public officer at the National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian migrant workers. She has 21 years of experience in the placement and protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers. Ms. Mulyani received her Bachelor of Social Sciences from Jenderal Soedirman University, and her Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Krisnadwipayana University. As Head of Program and Budgeting at the Bureau of Planning, she oversees planning and budgeting for regional offices in 23 provinces in Indonesia. During her fellowship year, Ms. Mulyani wants to plans to improve her skills in strategic management planning for public and nonprofit organizations, program evaluation in public policy, and program delivery for public or nonprofit organizations. After completion of the program, Ms. Mulyani intends to implement a plan to improve empowerment programs and provide better public services for Indonesian migrant workers. 


Sheryar Arif Khan: Pakistan

Area of Study: Law and Human Rights

Sheryar KhanSheryar Arif Khan is a civil servant with the Pakistan Administrative Service and has worked as an Assistant Commissioner in different parts of the country. As Assistant Commissioner, he is the principal government representative in any city and his role encompasses a variety of duties including the implementation of social security policies, assessment of agriculture and land revenue tax, resolution of disputes, and oversight of public healthcare facilities. Mr. Khan has over seven years of civil service experience, and is a steadfast advocate for women and children's rights. His work has earned him recognition from the Provincial Government as an Outstanding Civil Servant. Mr. Khan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the International Islamic University, and a Bachelor’s degree in History Education and Arabic from the University of Punjab, Islamabad. During his year at the Humphrey School, Mr. Khan intends to study the policy making process in the United States, and the implementation of rights-based policies.


Jana Le Roux: South Africa

Area of Study: Law and Human Rights/Urban and Regional Planning

Jana Le RouxJana Le Roux graduated from Stellenbosch University with a Law Degree where she was also an exchange student at the Katholieke Universiteit at Leuven in Belgium. She went on to obtain her Masters of Law, also from the University of Stellenbosch, Western Cape and after leaving private practice, she has dedicated her skills, knowledge and passion to the public service. Ms. Le Roux works for the Cape Town Municipality as the Principal Legal Advisor to the Executive Mayor. In this position she is solely responsible for advising the Executive Mayor together with the Mayoral Committee, in their capacity as the Appeal Authority on land-use and urban planning matters. The municipality plays a key role in the transformation of the urban environment, transport and access to socio-economic opportunities. During her fellowship year, Ms. Le Roux plans to learn more about urban development, best practices regarding inclusionary and affordable housing policy development, and municipal governance. Upon her return to South Africa, she hopes to enhance her contribution to the public service by bringing comparative understanding to these dynamic areas that are constantly in need of fresh ideas.


Yan ‘Michael’ Liu: China

Area of Study: Law and Human Rights

Michael LiuMichael Liu received his Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgy Engineering from Northeastern University Shenyang, China, and his Master’s degree in Social Development from the University of Sussex, England. He is the Vice Director at the Consultation Center of AIDS Aid and Health Service and a Consultant at Northeast Transgender Support Network, non-profit organizations which advocate for LGBTI+ rights and HIV/AIDS support services in Asia and the Pacific. Mr. Liu is responsible for grant writing for fundraising, project coordination, and organizational strategic planning. He also conducts community-based research and leadership building training workshops for the LGBTI+ community. He has served on the advisory and management boards of several regional and international organizations and networks that aim to help the development and fundraising of non-profit organizations worldwide. During his fellowship year, Mr. Liu will study effective human rights advocacy methods, and public policy implementation. He hopes to work with local media organizations to understand the practice of LGBTI+ rights and media freedom in the United States.


Milica Orlovic: Kosovo

Area of Study: Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

Milicia OrlovicMilica Orlovic is an experienced project officer in the international development industry. She has worked with several UN agencies, including the United Nations Development Programme
 (UNDP). In her previous roles she has worked with stakeholders to combat violence against women and ensure institutionalization of the gender equality agenda. Working for the International Civilian Office and the EU Special Representative Office in Kosovo, she was involved in the stabilization and democratization processes in post-conflict Kosovo. Moreover, during her work for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, Ms. Orlovic was directly involved in establishing peace, building institutions and supporting development as well as promoting democracy and human rights in general. Ms. Orlovic received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Pristina North Mitrovica, and a Master’s degree in European Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. During her Humphrey year she plans to study the mechanisms and legislation on prevention of gender based violence and public policies promoting gender equality. 


Beyo Mbaiodji Yves: Chad

Area of Study: Urban and Regional Planning

Beyo YvesBeyo Yves is an architect for Nickel Entreprise Sarl, where he is the head of the Department of Studies, Planning and Monitoring of Projects. Mr. Yves is also committed to improving his community, and works with non-profit organizations to provide housing for those in need.  One of his recent projects was working with a group of volunteer architects to design a rehabilitation center for homeless children. Mr. Yves received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. He was awarded best presentation on ‘Glass and Ceramics Materials” during the UNESCO Conference in Technology and Education at AGH University of Science and Technology in 2015. Mr. Yves also received an Engineering Certificate in the field of Material Science in AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland in 2016. He would like to use his Humphrey year to learn more about urban planning and development in the United States, including innovations he can introduce to his field in Chad. He plans to learn skills and strategies to help address ubiquitous livability and inclusivity challenges in Chadian cities.

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