January-February 2021 Perennial Fellows
Vibha Bhirud, India
Vibha believes that access to health care is a fundamental human right that can be catalyzed with the use of innovative technology. As a designer and researcher, she has extensive experience in designing and implementing digital health programs in last-mile settings globally. She is the Director of Programs at Intelehealth, which aims to provide primary healthcare access to places where there is no doctor through telemedicine.
Michael Sunbola, Nigeria
Michael is a humanitarian, a sustainable food system activist, and a lawyer. His work is committed to closing the food and nutrition gap in Lagos, Nigeria is tied to his own life experience. He is the founder of Lagos Food Bank Initiative (LFBI) in 2015 as a non-profit, nutrition-focused initiative committed to combating food insecurity and malnutrition through a series of programs that support household farming and nutrition enhancement.
Maria Gabriela Arenas, Colombia/ Venezuela
Gaby has developed her career promoting peaceful coexistence, holistic wellbeing, and social entrepreneurship through visual art and innovation in education. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the TAAP Foundation, having developed projects that have impacted more than 2.5 million individuals in vulnerable communities worldwide. Her work uses play, creativity, visual arts, and communication as tools for development.
Emery Emerimana, Burundi
Emery considers himself to be a community transformation and development actor. He is the Chief Communication and Public Relations Officer at Maison Shalom International. This organization restores dignity to orphans from war, AIDS, street children, minor children in prison, and other children in difficulty. Emery and his siblings were supported by Maison Shalom after losing their parents. He is committed to making life better for people in his community, especially children and vulnerable people.
Anushka Ratnayake, Senegal
Anushka is passionate about ending poverty worldwide, particularly for the largest group of people living on $2 or less: smallholder farmers. She is the Founder and CEO of myAgro. This award-winning social enterprise enables smallholder farmers to invest their own funds in high-quality seeds, fertilizer, and training, providing a path to long-term financial stability. Anushka has been working in rural Africa since mid-2008.
Momen Zellmi, Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Momen is committed to developing democracy in Iraq and Kurdistan. He has experience working in different fields and phases of political parties and non-governmental organizations with several responsibilities: politician, leader, campaign organizer, analyst, reporter, researcher, and observer. He is the Founder of Kurdistan for Strategic Studies that works on strategy research, polling, capacity building, and youth leadership courses.
Molade Modupeola Adeniyi, Nigeria
Molade is passionate about working with youth and women. She is the CEO of WAVE, an organization focused on leveling the playing field for young people to access the skills and the opportunity to become what they imagine. Molade’s strengths include a strong academic foundation, a passion for excellence, and a commitment to making a positive change. She is devoted to continuous learning.
Bibhuti Aryal, Nepal
Bibhuti is an advocate for quality education for all, especially in his country of Nepal and the communities where he was born into. He is the Co-Founder of the Rukmini Foundation, an organization that empowers girls through holistic education, mentoring, and health & wellness programs. Based in Pittsburgh, USA, he is also a technology consultant working with several organizations to help them solve business problems through technology.
Ni Putu Sarilani Wirawan, Indonesia
Sari’s life mission is to provide opportunities for people to optimize their potential and have a meaningful life quality. As a professional leadership coach and facilitator, Sari has been working with various environment and social-welfare organizations and their leaders to be more effective and impactful in delivering their program to the beneficiaries. She is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Digdaya Citta Selaras – an Indonesian national consulting company focused on strengthening the leadership capacity of individuals and organizations in sustainable development issues through coaching, facilitation, and training.
Stephen O’Mahony, Ireland/Honduras
Stephen believes in a systematic, multi-faceted, and unified approach to alternative childcare and community empowerment. He works in Honduras as the National Director of the Childcare and Healthcare non-profit organization Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, which focuses on a family-based approach to childcare and community strengthening. He left investment banking in 2016 to pursue a long-time passion for trying to make a difference in social and human rights issues in developing countries, and is frustrated by the alternative childcare sector’s tendency to view children who need society’s support as ‘part of a process.’