CBCF to Host Fellow from Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

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Kinga Nadage Koulouar will intern at CBCF through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

WASHINGTON—The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) was recently selected by the White House to host Kinga Nadege Koulouar, a fellow from Chad participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The fellowship begins in August and concludes in September 2014. CBCF is one of 100 organizations throughout the country participating in this new initiative.

“This fellowship falls in line with our mission to advance the global black community by developing leaders and informing policy,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer, CBCF. “We look forward to working with Ms. Koulouar and the next generation of African leaders to expand resources and leaders in public policy across the African Diaspora.”

Koulouar has a Master’s degree in public law, political science, and in public administration. In her native country, she is responsible for human resource and salary management for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Touristic Development. She endeavors to connect young Chadian women with opportunities to build their leadership and communication skills.

The Washington Fellowship is the new flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

For the first time this summer, the fellowship brought young African professionals, ages 25-35, to the US for academic study, leadership training, and a presidential summit in Washington. The fellows represent some of the brightest young leaders in the 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Of the nearly 50,000 applications, Ms. Koulouar is one of only 500 selected to participate this year.


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