The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, US Embassy Islamabad, and Meridian International Center Welcome the 2014 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan
WASHINGTON (October 23, 2014) – The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, U.S. Embassy Islamabad, and Meridian International Center are pleased to announce the 2014 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan (ELP) Fellows. This Fellowship supports and empowers the next generation of Pakistan’s civil society leaders by creating a sustainable forum of collaboration.
This year’s contingent of fifteen dynamic civil society leaders, who were selected through a highly competitive process, embody Pakistan’s ethnic, religious, and geographic diversity. They are educators, entrepreneurs, journalists, social activists, social innovators, and community organizers who are working to solve some of Pakistan’s most pressing challenges. They are committed to their communities and country and represent a broad cross-section of Pakistani society. For all of them, this represents their first visit to the United States.
The ELP Fellows will visit the United States November 1-23, with stops in New York City; Washington, DC; Detroit; and the San Francisco/Bay Area. The goal of their visit is to encourage peer-to-peer collaboration, strengthen relations between Americans and Pakistanis, and empower the fellows with skills and innovative ideas through interactive meetings.
They will meet with high-level officials from the White House, US Department of State, Department of Defense, media, civil society, philanthropic organizations, and the private sector, including former US Secretary of State George P. Shultz; Steve Inskeep ofNational Public Radio; Bhairavi Desai of the New York City Taxi Workers Alliance; Jacqueline Novogratz of Acumen; Pakistan’s Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani; members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and foundations such as Carnegie Corporation of New York and Rockefeller Brothers Fund. They will also visit the United Nations, the New York Times, National Broadcasting Company (NBC), and National Endowment for Democracy, among others.
About the Emerging Leaders of Pakistan Fellowship Program
The Emerging Leaders of Pakistan Fellowship Program seeks to empower the next generation of Pakistan’s leaders. The program identifies, cultivates, and supports young people in Pakistan who have the potential of becoming future leaders by providing resources and opportunities to strengthen their engagement within civil society. It builds an online and in-person forum of engagement and collaboration for young leaders from Pakistan to discuss and make an impact on important issues, such as democracy, economic development, employment, and governance.
Each year, fifteen young leaders from Pakistan come to the United States to meet with policymakers, community leaders, diaspora communities, entrepreneurs, and regional experts, among others. An online forum facilitates continued idea exchange among participants and with the broader community in Pakistan, the region, and the world.
The Fellows are expected to utilize their new networks and resources to build and expand their own movements back in Pakistan. An online forum will continue to facilitate this collaboration, and the South Asia Center has on the ground partners in Pakistan who will complement this initiative through various types of long term support. They will join the first two classes of ELP Fellows as the alumni network continues to grow.
This project is made possible by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad through its partnership with the Meridian International Center. Conference needs during the selection process were sponsored by the Hashoo Group of Pakistan. Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan is an on-the-ground partner.
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