Humphrey Fellows at Cronkite

Humphrey Fellows 2017-2018

Each year, up to 15 Humphrey fellows arrive at Cronkite for 10 months of academic study, leadership development, professional enrichment and American cultural immersion as part of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. Meet the class of 2017-2018:

Martín Aguirre, Uruguay

Martín Aguirre is the newsroom director of El País, the oldest and largest newspaper in Uruguay. With more than 15 years of experience, Aguirre has covered a variety of topics, ranging from politics to sports. He also is a lawyer and a college professor, having taught courses on ethics, freedom of speech and legal regulation of media. Aguirre specializes in regional politics in South America, having published the paper “The Progressive Wave: A Decade of Left Wing Governments in South America.” Aguirre has an undergraduate and master’s degree in law from the Universidad de la República.

Martín Aguirre, Uruguay

Ahmed Elashry, Egypt

Ahmed Elashry has served on the communications teams of three Egyptian prime ministers and has been recognized as one of the “Most Effective Young Arab Leaders” by the Arab League. He currently works at the Middle East Africa Strategic Advisors, where he develops policies for companies and organizations. Elashry has extensive experience in media and communications. He founded a youth-run radio program, coordinated communications for the Women’s International Peace Movement, and co-founded a community newspaper. Elashry has a law degree from Ain Shams University in Egypt and a master’s in public administration and public policy from the University of York in the U.K. as a Chevening scholar.

Ahmed Elashry, Egypt

Daneel Knoetze, South Africa

Daneel Knoetze is the communications officer at Ndifuna Ukwazi, a South African activist organization and law center dedicated to constitutional rights and social justice. His work has included a campaign combating the legacy of apartheid spatial planning through affordable housing development in Cape Town’s inner city. Previously, he worked as a news reporter and features writer for the Cape Argus and GroundUp. He also was a freelancer for the Mail & Guardian. His reporting focused on the struggles of working-class people living in shack settlements on the Cape's urban periphery, evictions, gentrification and the challenges faced by farmworkers in the Cape’s winelands region. Knoetze graduated with an honors degree in journalism and media studies from Rhodes University in 2012. Knoetze hopes to use his time as a Humphrey fellow to develop skills that can assist working-class and marginalize communities to communicate their struggles for equality and justice.

Daneel Knoetze, South Africa

Kazi Mohua, Bangladesh

Kazi Mohua has been a prime-time anchor and current-affairs editor for nearly a decade, anchoring news and talk shows for a 24/7 news channel. Mohua also is an op-ed writer for a national English daily newspaper and a motivational speaker. Her talks focus on empowering women in journalism, and she has helped many women pursue journalism careers in her home country. Mohua holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature and language from University of Dhaka.

Kazi Mohua, Bangladesh

Mila Moralic, Croatia

Mila Moralic is an experienced journalist, with a focus on foreign policy and international affairs. Moralic currently works as an executive editor at Media Servis, the Croatian national radio news agency. With 10-plus years of experience, she has hosted broadcasts and round tables and has taught classes on a wide range of subjects, including democracy and rule of law, voting, minority rights and pluralism. Moralic holds a master’s degree in comparative politics from the University of Zagreb.

Mila Moralic, Croatia

Paul Udoto Nyongesa, Kenya

Paul Udoto Nyongesa has 20-plus years of experience as a high-school teacher, journalist and communications expert. Nyongesa has written about wildlife and tourism for a variety of publications, including Msafiri (The Traveler), the inflight magazine for Kenya Airways. Nyongesa also is the communications manager for the Kenya Wildlife Service and has been an associate consultant with Impact Africa, a Nairobi-based communications firm. He is a volunteer publicist with Rhino Charge, an off-road motorsport fundraising event for environmental conservation. Nyongesa holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Moi University as well as a postgraduate diploma in mass communication and a master’s degree in communication studies, both from the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

Paul Udoto Nyongesa, Kenya

Szabolcs Panyi, Hungary

Szabolcs Panyi is a leading investigative journalist at Hungary’s most-read independent news site, There, he has won the Gőbölyös Soma Prize, awarded for the best investigative articles in his country, for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016. His reporting focuses on anti-corruption and national security-related issues. He has participated in the U.S. State Department’s Edward R. Murrow Program for journalists in 2014 and the U.S. Foreign Press Center's election reporting tour in 2016. Panyi holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philology and literature from the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest.

Szabolcs Panyi, Hungary

Bopha Phorn, Cambodia

Bopha Phorn is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience, covering economics, politics, corruption, crime, security, and environmental and social issues. While working on a story on rampant illegal logging, Phorn was shot at by military police. For her dedication, she received the prestigious Courage in Journalism Award from the International Media Foundation. Phorn started her career at Deutsche Presse Agenteur in 2006 and worked for the Cambodia Daily newspaper from 2008-2014. She currently is a stringer reporter for Voice of America Khmer service and part-time lecturer at Pannasastra University in Phnom Penh. Phorn holds a bachelor’s degree in education in English from the Institute for Business Education.

Bopha Phorn, Cambodia

Marina Ridjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Marina Ridjic has been a journalist for more than a decade and is currently a news presenter for Al Jazeera Balkans. Her reporting focuses on politics — in particular campaigns and elections, political marketing and spin. Ridjic has played a key role in helping public institutions in her home country establish communication strategies to promote new partnerships between groups with different ethnic and religious backgrounds. She holds a master’s degree from the Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo, where she analyzed nationalistic propaganda of political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Marina Ridjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Holger Roonemaa, Estonia

Holger Roonemaa is the head of news for Eesti Päevaleht and Under his leadership, his reporters have won several national journalism awards. Individually, Roonemaa has been nominated for the Journalist of the Year award from his newspaper, the only journalism award event in Estonia, conducted by the Estonian Newspaper Association. With 10-plus years of journalism experience and an expertise in politics, defense and security, corruption and crime, Roonemaa has been involved with several cross-border investigative journalism projects. Roonemaa received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism from the University of Tartu.

Holger Roonemaa, Estonia

Kiran Somvanshi, India

Kiran Somvanshi is the chief manager at the research bureau of India’s leading financial daily, The Economic Times. She has a decade of experience in financial journalism, tracking consumer goods and pharmaceutical companies. Her interests include corporate governance, gender diversity and corporate responsibility. Somvanshi earned her doctorate for her study on the state of Corporate Social Responsibility in Indian Companies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She graduated in psychology as well as law from the Mumbai University. Somvanshi also is a qualified company secretary and cost accountant.

Kiran Somvanshi, India

Xiaofeng Wang, China

Xiaofeng Wang is a senior journalist with the Beijing News, where she has worked for six years, covering political and international news with a focus on China’s foreign policy. Wang has traveled to many Asian countries to cover issues in the region, including the Korean peninsula crisis and Fukushima nuclear accident. She holds a master’s degree in politics from the University of Sheffield in the U.K.

Xiaofeng Wang, China

Humphrey Fellows 2016-2017

Each year, up to 15 Humphrey fellows arrive at Cronkite for 10 months of academic study, leadership development, professional enrichment and American cultural immersion as part of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. Meet the class of 2016-2017:

Laurentine Bayala, Burkina Faso

Marie Laurentine Bayala is a veteran award-winning filmmaker who has worked in new media since 2008. Bayala has directed more than nine films, including “Jusqu'au Bout,” a film examining violent acts against women. The film won a top honor at Ciné Droit Libre regional film festival and was shown at Africa’s largest film festival, FESPACO, in 2011 and on the TV channel TV5 Africa. She also is the co-founder of Africadoc Burkina Association, an association which promotes documentary filmmaking through the Les Rencontres Sobatè film festival. In April 2013, Bayala was appointed editor-in-chief of information and reports in the media branch of the National Radio and Television of Burkina Faso (RTB). She studied communication and journalism at the University of Ouagadougou and received her master’s in documentary filmmaking.

Laurentine Bayala

Tynymgul Eshieva, Kyrgyz Republic

Tynymgul Eshieva has more than 13 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a communication and public relations expert. She also has worked as a freelance journalist for a radio program and several Kyrgyz newspapers and magazines. In the past six years, Eshieva has served as a PR coordinator at the Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan, where she manages communication and advocacy activities for the foundation. Eshieva has an interest in public health, urban and rural development, and a passion for youth empowerment. She earned a Master of Business Administration and the equivalent of a master’s degree in journalism in Kyrgyzstan. Her research interests focus on media, documentary photography, civic engagement, communications and their role in promoting social issues, as well as implementing social and advocacy campaigns in the non-governmental sector.

Tynymgul Eshieva

Edine Harr’met-Kimbouala, Republic of the Congo

Edine Harr’met-Kimbouala serves as an executive secretary at the Polio Eradication Department at the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, the largest city in the Congo. She was born in in Pointe-Noire, Congo, but spent her childhood in France. She initially attended the University of Bordeaux, studying literature and English civilization before transferring to the Institut Universitaire de Technologie in Périgueux to study tourism. She worked at a travel agency in Paris before deciding to return to Congo to work for UNICEF as an assistant coordinator. There, she coordinated with governments and NGOs to implement development plans founded and designed by donors. She also acts as the vice executive director of the Congo Swimming Association. At the Cronkite School, she hopes to focus her time on various communication best practices.

Edine Harr’met-Kimbouala

Jean Claude Kabengera, Rwanda

Jean Claude Kabengera is the chief news editor for Radio/TV10, with more than seven years of journalism experience. Kabengera is a member of the Central Africa Forum of Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights and is one of 10 African journalists who attended the U.S. State Department’s 2015 African journalist security and press freedom reporting tour in Washington, D.C. and New York. Kabengera holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication from the National University of Rwanda. As a Humphrey Fellow, he plans to study international digital journalism, human rights and leadership.

Jean Claude Kabengera

Adetola Kayode, Nigeria

Adetola Kayode is a veteran journalist with more than 15 years of experience in the field. She currently works at Lagos Television (LTV) as an anchor, reporter and editor. As a reporter, she has covered numerous topics, including health, transportation, politics, and family issues, among others. She also hosts shows in which guests discuss Nigeria’s growth as a country. Kayode plans to devote her Humphrey year to acquiring more skills in both areas by identifying issues and challenges that would benefit the public while also developing her managerial skills. She has completed trainings on presentation, elocution and broadcast journalism from NTA TV College and FRCN Training School in Nigeria and RNTC in the Netherlands, among others. She plans to devote her Humphrey year to acquiring new journalism and management skills.

Adetola Kayode

Leanid Pashkouski, Belarus

Leanid Pashkouski is an advertising and media professional who specializes in creating innovative communication campaigns that utilize various mediums. As a founder of the Publicis Belarus agency, he led the development of innovative social responsibility ad campaigns for major Belarusian brands. Previously, he was an editor for, an independent online magazine, which attempts to shine a light on important and suppressed issues. Pashkouski holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Belarusian State Economic University. He intends to focus on innovative, cross-platform media formats, creative storytelling and modern documentary during his Humphrey year.

Leanid Pashkouski

Kunal Ranjan, India

Kunal Ranjan has nearly a decade of experience spanning print, digital and television journalism. He currently serves as an associate editor with Network 18, one of India’s leading broadcasting companies. Previously, he worked with nonprofits such as UN Women and the Aga Khan Foundation. A sociology post-graduate from the Delhi School of Economics, Ranjan has been working extensively to use mass media as a tool to empower people and positively impact lives. In the Humphrey year, Ranjan wants to study the emerging role of digital media in developing economies and explore the feasibility of user generated content as a news gathering tool.

Kunal Ranjan

Narmina Strishenets, Ukraine

Narmina Strishenets is a leading communications professional with nearly a decade of experience developing communication strategies for state institutions, political parties and NGOs in her home country. She currently works for the Ukrainian Center for Disease Control, part of Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, developing communication services. She also is responsible for media relations, public affairs and leadership in communications with donors and international organizations such as the World Health Organization, Global Fund, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Red Cross, among others. During her Humphrey year, she wants to improve her skills in strategic communication and her use of digital communication tools. She also plans to explore the impact of communications on social change.

Narmina Strishenets

Ivaylo Vezenkov, Bulgaria

Ivaylo Vezenkov is a veteran journalist, who has covered important issues such as human rights and education in the past 10 years. Vezenkov has worked as a TV reporter, producer and presenter for bTV, the largest private channel in his country. He has received the “Brave Reporters” award from the Media Development Center and won the Contributing to the Awareness of the Aviation Industry award from the Bulgarian Airlines Association in 2015 for his coverage of the aviation industry. Vezenkov holds a bachelor’s degree in literature and the Bulgarian language. As a Hubert H. Humphrey fellow, he plans to expand his understanding of how global media works in a shifting media climate.

Ivaylo Vezenkov

Dina Zhansagimova, Kazakhstan

Dina Zhansagimova has extensive experience in broadcast journalism. She freelanced as a broadcast news journalist for a number of national television companies in Kazakhstan before joining the BBC World Service's Kazakh Section in London. Zhansagimova is active in the development sector, with a leadership position in United Nations Development Program's Poverty Reduction Unit. She also plays an important role on the British Council's Arts and Culture team, the BBC Media Action's arm working in Central Asia, and Caucasus and Internews Kazakhstan, a local media development NGO. Zhansagimova’s background is in economics, with an MBA from the Kazakh Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research Program. During her Humphrey Year, Zhansagimova would like to deepen her understanding of new media and its impact on media development.

Dina Zhansagimova

Humphrey Fellows 2015-2016

Meet the class of 2015-2016:

Vitalien Adoukonou, Benin

Vitalien Adoukonou specializes in health promotion and behavioral change and was most recently a communications officer at the Agence de Médecine Préventive, a French non-governmental organization which aims to improve the health and well-being of those in need around the globe. Adoukonou, who holds a master’s degree in communications from Pigier – Benin, has collaborated with the ministries of health for various African governments, primarily focusing on immunization. In addition to his health communication experience, Adoukonou is an accomplished script writer. Nearly a dozen of his scripts have been made into films in his country. He has twice won a prestigious screenwriting award in Benin in 2011 and 2013. As a Humphrey fellow, Adoukonou wants to share his communication experience in African health systems. He also hopes to learn more about health promotion strategies to assist African health professionals and non-governmental organizations in the development of communication strategies that impact the proliferation of communicable and non-communicable diseases in Africa.

Vitalien Adoukonou

Rajneesh Bhandari, Nepal

Rajneesh Bhandari is an independent multimedia journalist, lecturer and trainer. For the past nine years, he has reported on Nepal’s news and current affairs, with his reports appearing in The New York Times, National Geographic, Al Jazeera and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Previously, Bhandari worked at Kantipur Television Network (KTV), one of the top television stations in Nepal. His KTV story on lawmakers misusing their diplomatic passports won him the KTV journalist of the year award. Bhandari holds a master’s degree in mass communication and journalism from Tribhuvan University in Nepal and a post-graduate diploma in multimedia journalism from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He has conducted multimedia reporting training for South Asian journalists with the International Center for Journalists and other local journalists on topics ranging from video journalism to reporting with social media. As a Humphrey fellow, Bhandari will explore critical investigative reporting and multimedia storytelling techniques to improve the skills of Nepalese journalists to help bring to light human rights and corruption issues.

Rajneesh Bhandari

Criselda Marie Z. Caringal, Philippines

Criselda Marie Z. Caringal is an executive producer for GMA Network, one of the leading broadcasting companies in the Philippines. Upon graduating with honors from the University of the Philippines, she began her career in broadcast media. Since then, she has traveled across the country covering stories, including natural disasters and medical breakthroughs as well as investigative reports on public health and safety in the Philippines. In her 10 years in broadcast media, she has been involved in a wide range of public affairs programming, including a medical news magazine show, a late-night talk show and a sports program. In her Humphrey year, Caringal aims to learn new methods in documentary production and is interested in how international media ethics and children’s television have adapted to new online and mobile technologies.

Criselda Marie Z. Caringal

Marta Cerava, Latvia

Marta Cerava is a chief content editor and strategic creator of public broadcasting media at the radio, television and online news portal She specializes in cross-platform content planning, merging multimedia, television and radio content online. Cerava holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Tampere in Finland and a bachelor’s degree in communication science from the University of Latvia. Cerava launched her career as a freelance correspondent at Diena, Latvia’s largest newspaper. She also worked as a reporter at the Baltic News Service and Radio Latvia, where her reporting focused on macro-economics and the related policy-making process. Cerava has been a lecturer on multimedia content at Riga Stradiņš University and has given several talks on public broadcasting best practices in Latvia. She also has been a board member of Latvian Association of Journalists. At Cronkite, she hopes to discover new content strategies to engage audiences in Latvia and share her professional skills with her cohort.

Marta Cerava

Natalia Ghilașcu, Moldova

Natalia Ghilașcu is a veteran journalist specializing in human rights and LGBT issues. She has worked as editor-in-chief of the online news portal as well as a producer and moderator of a regional television station in the Republic of Moldova. Previously, she was a political reporter and anchor for international media outlets such as the Czech Republic’s Transitions Online and Italy’s Osservatorio dei Balcani. Ghilașcu holds a master’s degree in public communications from Chisinau School of Advanced Journalism in Moldova and a bachelor’s degree in international economic relations. Ghilașcu received recognition from the United Nations for encouraging equality rights in the media. She also received a Red Ribbon Award for promoting the rights of people living with HIV. As a screenwriter, her documentary on the Holocaust was awarded best local documentary at Cronograf International Film Festival. During her Humphrey year, Ghilașcu wants to learn more about film production and TV documentary programs to increase the role of video arts and its impact on social change in Moldova.

Natalia Ghilașcu

Darko Ivanovic, Montenegro

Darko Ivanovic has nearly two decades of experience as a journalist, editor-in-chief and news producer. He is the manager of the independent production news service known as "Robin Hood." He also has worked for numerous news outlets in Montenegro, including RTCG, INTV, Monitor, Graffiti and Adut. Ivanovic is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cetinje with a specialization in film and television directing. He has written more than 500 television shows, 100 commercials and 40 television campaigns, as well as award-winning documentaries and feature films. In Montenegro, he is known as the creator of the TV series “Insider” and “Robin Hood.” He is a member of the governmental commission for investigations on attacks on journalist and also is a member of the governing council of electronic media in Montenegro. During his Humphrey year, he hopes to learn more about civic journalism and reporting in order to build a network of independent news outposts throughout the Balkan region.

Darko Ivanovic

Joseph Mayombo, Gabon

Joseph Mayombo has been working in media communications for the past 20 years, promoting nature conservation and environmentally friendly practices. He started his career contributing for the environmental non-governmental organization newspaper Le Cri du Pangolin. In 1998, the World Wildlife Fund recruited him as a communications officer to develop some of the organization’s promotional efforts in Gabon and the sub-region of Central Africa. As part of his efforts, he launched an environmental journalist network. After 14 years with the WWF, he joined the Gabon National Parks Agency in March 2012 as deputy communications director. There, he served as a media liaison and wrote and translated articles in English and French. Mayombo holds a Bachelor of Arts from Omar Bongo University in Gabon. As a Humphrey fellow, he is interested in learning more about today’s journalism and multimedia technology as well as the ever-changing news industry.

Joseph Mayombo

Alla Nadezhkina, Russia

Alla Nadezhkina is a highly regarded Russian public relations expert with more than 15 years of media and communications experience. She has worked as a spokesperson for the Russian International Agency Novosti, one of the country’s top news organizations. She also was the head of press service at the International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya. Nadezhkina attended Altai State University and worked as a correspondent, focusing on social justice stories. In 2006, she became a fellow of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program, completing a master’s degree in journalism from Lomonosov Moscow State University and undertook an internship at the University of Westminster in England. She has organized more than 30 international projects connecting journalists and other professional communities to achieve social change. During her Humphrey year, Nadezhkina plans to develop a community of Russian professional press secretaries, communicators and PR experts from major government and commercial organizations by involving international media specialists.

Alla Nadezhkina

Namgay Zam, Bhutan

Namgay Zam is a noted journalist in Bhutan, working as a producer, editor and anchor of the Bhutan Broadcasting Service. She has written for The Guardian, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Asia Literary Review and the Hindustan Times, as well as regularly contributing to local newspapers and magazines. She currently hosts an award-winning monthly talk show, “Let's Talk About It,” on a private radio station. She also has discussed Bhutan's first foray into the World Cup qualifiers with National Public Radio. Zam studied English literature at the Lady Shriram College for Women at Delhi University. She is a social media enthusiast and has been involved in networking and other bilateral diplomatic engagements, as well as literary festivals. She is looking forward to a year of learning and growth through the Humphrey program and plans to strengthen her abilities to communicate effectively across different media platforms.

Namgay Zam

Humphrey Fellows 2014-2015

Meet the class of 2014-2015:

Tabua Francis Butagira, Uganda

Tabua Francis Butagira is the chief news reporter for the Daily Monitor newspaper. With more than 10 years of journalism experience, Butagira has been published in South Africa’s Mail & Guardian and The Times of London. He was among those, alongside young African leaders, that President Barack Obama hosted at the White House in 2010. He also is an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program, the U.S. State Department’s premier professional exchange program. Butagira holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from Uganda’s Makerere University. He also is the country’s pioneer winner of the David Astor Fellowship. As a Humphrey Fellow, he plans to study digital journalism, data journalism and media management.

Tabua Francis Butagira

Lila Ojha Dhakal, Nepal

Lila Devi Ojha Dhakal is editor-in-chief and publisher for the BYAPAR (Business) Weekly newspaper. She has been editing and publishing contemporary business, economic and market product news in Nepal since 2010. She also has led various programs on economic issues in her country. Dhakal earned her master’s degree in management and also studied journalism in college. During her Humphrey year, she wants to develop technological skills and learn best practices in reporting, writing and editing as well as public relations and media management strategies.

Lila Devi Ojha Dhakal

Said Intizar Khadim, Afghanistan

Said Intizar Khadim is the former chief of staff and communications director for the Independent Directorate of Local Governance, a governmental agency that reports to the Afghan president’s office. Previously, he worked as a senior strategic communication adviser for Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, managing strategic affairs with political parties, civil societies and international establishments. Khadim frequently writes articles for websites and travels abroad as an activist. During his Humphrey year, Khadim hopes to sharpen his leadership and technological skills so he can continue to help his country’s young government grow.

Said Intizar Khadim

Krista Kull, Estonia

Krista Kull is head of public relations and tourism for Viljandi, an Estonian city with a population of approximately 19,000. She is responsible for public relations management as well as tourism and international relations development. She also participates in government operations for the city of Viljandi. A graduate of Pärnu College at the University of Tartu, Kull plans to devote her Humphrey year to learning more about communication and how to use innovative tools to serve public interests in more effective ways. She also is interested in discovering cutting-edge technologies to tell stories.

Krista Kull

Evaldas Labanauskas, Lithuania

Evaldas Labanauskas is the chief editor of the independent weekly magazine Veidas, which focuses on political and business issues. Previously, he led newsroom operations of Diena Media News and was chief editor of the weekly newspaper Vilniaus diena. Labanauskas began his career as a foreign news reporter more than 10 years ago and covered the Orange Revolution in Ukraine and the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations and a master’s degree in journalism and communications. During his Humphrey year, he hopes to learn more about social media and business models for publishing.

Evaldas Labanauskas

Omar Mohammed, Tanzania

Omar Mohammed is a senior consultant at africapractice, responsible for analytical and advisory services in media and stakeholder relationship management. Throughout his career, Mohammed has worked at the intersection of technology, journalism and communications. Previously, he served as a senior producer for a BBC Swahili Service’s weekly news magazine show “Haba na Haba.” He attended Scotland’s University of St. Andrews where he majored in English literature. Mohammed plans to spend his Humphrey year learning more about digital business journalism to provide Tanzanian readers with a mixture of original reporting, commentary and news analysis on the big business and economic stories of the day.

Omar Mohammed

Vlad Odobescu, Romania

Vlad Odobescu is a freelance journalist and member of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism and correspondent for Casa Jurnalistului, an independent media platform based in Bucharest. His articles have been published by USA Today, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Standard, New Statesmen and many other media outlets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and currently is studying anthropology. During his Humphrey year, Odobescu plans to examine funding models for investigative journalism across the U.S. in order to adopt similar solutions in his home country.

Vlad Odobescu

Priscilla Janet Nyenator Quiah, Liberia

Priscilla Janet Nyenator Quiah is a media trainer at the Liberia Media Center, an organization dedicated to improving media capacity as well as strengthening democracy and sustaining peace. With more than 16 years of newspaper and radio reporting experience, she educates community radio journalists in the fundamentals of journalism. Quiah has a bachelor’s degree in zoology and is studying public administration at the master’s level. She also completed media management courses at Rhodes University in South Africa. During her Humphrey year, Quiah hopes to receive training in new media and online writing as well as best practices for coaching journalists.

Priscilla Janet Nyenator Quiah

Armen Sargsyan, Armenia

Armen Sargsyan is a television and film producer at the Media Initiatives Center, an organization promoting the dissemination of free and independent information in Armenia. Previously, Sargsyan hosted and produced TV shows and investigations on socioeconomic issues as well as a weekly special series about Armenian elections that aired from 1996 to 2014. He managed international media projects about conflicts in South Caucasus, Armenia-Turkey rapprochement, cross-border dialogue films on war, social conflicts and cohesion. Sargsyan holds a State Diploma of Linguistics and Pedagogy and an Excellency Certificate of International Broadcast Journalism. During his Humphrey year, he wants to learn more about digital journalism, data visualization, media literacy and communication technologies.

Armen Sargsyan

Sholpan Zhaksybaeva, Kazakhstan

Sholpan Zhaksybaeva is executive director of the National Association of Broadcasters of Kazakhstan, a non-governmental organization aimed at supporting independent private TV channels as pluralistic sources of information. She also is a member of the National Commission on Television in Kazakhstan, advocating for better journalism standards, the establishment of public television and transparent broadcast licensing and frequency allocation. Previously, Zhaksybaeva worked for several regional and national media outlets, covering social, business and cultural issues. She also lectured at Kazakh-American University on journalism and mass media. A graduate of Kazakh State University, Zhaksybaeva is looking forward to learning more about digital journalism, new media and public television.

Sholpan Zhaxybayeva

Humphrey Fellows 2013-2014

Meet the class of 2013-2014:

Fernando Aguilar, El Salvador

Fernando Aguilar is a social communicator working for Quetzalcoatl Consulting Group, leading the implementation of a strategy to promote the cultivation of traditional cacao in the municipality of Izalco. He works with multiple sectors of society to create partnerships that will bring prosperity to the region. A graduate of Central American University with experience in academia and the private sector, he devoted his Humphrey year to learning new tools and resources for implementing effective communication campaigns aimed at broad audiences. Aguilar completed a professional affiliation with Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore during his Humphrey year.

Fernando Aguilar

Hina Ali, Pakistan

Hina Ali is a producer for Pakistan’s first and only Oscar-winning production company, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Films, which specializes in investigative and socially motivated content. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in advertising and public relations from the University of Karachi in Pakistan. Ali has directed and produced for leading television channels in Pakistan, including DawnNews (TV), Aaj News (TV), Express News and BBC Pakistan. During her Humphrey year, she pursued documentary production, television reporting and visual storytelling. Ali completed professional affiliations with documentary filmmaker Nina Chaudry in New York and the feature film “Car Dogs” in Arizona.

Hina Ali

Ivana Braga, Brazil

Ivana Braga is a communications coordinator with Grupo de Apoio às Comunidades Carentes do Maranhão, a nongovernmental agency that promotes community development within socially vulnerable populations. She coordinates for the Rede Amiga da Criança network composed of 25 institutions spanning governmental and nongovernmental sectors that help at-risk children and adolescents. With a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism from the State University of Maranhão, Braga studied how social mobilization strengthens social organizations and influences public policies for minority populations during her Humphrey year. Braga completed professional affiliations with the New York Women’s Foundation and the Valley of the Sun YMCA in Phoenix.

Ivana Braga

Maja Cakarun, Croatia

Maja Cakarun is head of the public relations division in Zagreb City Holding Ltd., a public company owned by the City of Zagreb. She earned a Master of Arts in European studies from Katholieke University in Leuven, Belgium, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Zagreb in Croatia. She has two diplomas, including one in public relations from the London School of Public Relations and another from the Academy for Political Development. During her Humphrey year, Cakarun worked to enhance her public communication skills to leverage social media for successful PR campaigns. Cakarun completed a professional affiliation with APCO Worldwide in Washington, D.C.

Maja Cakarun

Wahida Ifat, Bangladesh

Wahida Ifat is the information manager in communications and development services in iccdr,b, an international public health research organization in Bangladesh. She has worked as a senior sector specialist for BRAC, a nonprofit organization based in Bangladesh. With a master’s degree in sociology from the Dhaka University and a Master of Arts in gender-focused education and international development from the University of London, she has contributed to the development of life-skills-based education material for underprivileged teens in Bangladesh. She studied public relations and social media at ASU. Ifat completed professional affiliations with PATH in Washington, D.C., and the ASU Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development.

Wahida Ifat

Rhonda Jaipaul-O'Garro, Trinidad and Tobago

Rhonda Jaipaul-O’Garro manages marketing and communications for the University of the West Indies. She is production editor of The Pelican, the university’s flagship magazine, which has won four international awards for excellence since its launch in 2006. O’Garro is a final-year Ph.D. candidate in UWI’s Department of Management Studies and holds a master’s degree in public communication and public relations from the University of Westminster, London. She studied digital communications strategies for effective communication at Cronkite. Jaipaul-O'Garro completed professional affiliations with Edelman in Chicago and ASU’s public affairs and marketing offices.

Rhonda Jaipaul-O'Garroe

Steven James Kapoloma, Malawi

Steven Kapoloma is the deputy director of corporate affairs for the Malawi Revenue Authority, a tax-collecting body, leading a team to develop domestic revenue mobilization initiatives by encouraging voluntary taxation. He has championed campaigns against consumer exploitation and successfully lobbied to protect consumers from unfair trading practices. Kapoloma has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Malawi, a post-graduate certificate in public relations from the Centre of Public Relations and Communication Management in South Africa and a professional certificate in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the U.K. During his Humphrey year, he studied public relations and social media. Kapoloma completed a professional affiliation with the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

Steven James Kapoloma

Derya Kaya, Turkey

Derya Kaya is experienced in several areas of the nonprofit sector, having worked as a development professional, social entrepreneur, volunteer and activist in her country for almost 10 years. She works for Women for Women’s Human Rights-New Ways, a nongovernmental organization that promotes gender equality and women’s human rights. Kaya holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Galatasaray University in Istanbul and worked to expand her knowledge in the field of communications and public relations during her Humphrey year. Kaya completed professional affiliations with Twitter in San Francisco and St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix.

Derya Kaya

Issa Koumouréoua Napon, Burkina Faso

Issa Napon is a news anchor and reporter for RTB, the public radio and television station in Burkina Faso, where he has worked for 16 years. He was honored with a CNN African Journalists Award after being selected from 2,000 candidates across 40 African countries to be recognized in a CNN awards contest celebrating the best African journalists. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication and journalism from the Université de Ouagadougou and the Université AUBE Nouvelle. During his Humphrey year Napon studied online media and investigative journalism. Napon completed a professional affiliation with Voice of America in Washington, D.C.

Koumouréoua (Issa) Napon

Javaria Tareen, Pakistan

Javaria Tareen reports for the Balochistan Times and has experience in reporting, radio and public relations. She has been covering gender issues, child protection and education for the past eight years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology, and master’s degrees in international relations and media and journalism. She also is studying law at the University of Balochistan. During her Humphrey year, Tareen worked to learn more about new media, online technique and public relations strategies. She completed a professional affiliation with Amnesty International in Washington, D.C.

Javaria Tareen

Humphrey Fellows 2012-2013

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Kareem Awadalla, Egypt

Kareem Awadalla has a bachelor’s degree in tourism and hotel management from Alexandria University. He is the youngest talk-show host for Egyptian Radio and Television Union, where he hosts a prime-time political program as well as the live morning talk show. During his Humphrey year he intends to study television production, online news and multimedia journalism.

Kareem Awadalla

Ilona Bičevska, Latvia

Ilona Bičevska has a master’s degree in film production from the Baltic Film and Media School and a bachelor’s degree in sports and health education from the University of Latvia. She is the director of Avantis Promo, a Latvian film and music production company, as well as the founder of Avantis Youth, a nongovernmental organization that offers more than 30 social and youth programs. She hopes to develop an international network to support creative talent from emerging countries.

Ilona Bičevska

Nikiwe Bikitsha, South Africa

Nikiwe Bikitsha holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Witwatersrand. An award-winning broadcast journalist with 15 years of experience in radio and television, she is the senior news and current events anchor for the eNews Channel, South Africa’s only 24-hour news station. She also writes a column for the weekly newspaper The Mail & Guardian. She plans to study economic development during her Humphrey year.

Nikiwe Bikitsha

Borgia Miguel Samba Bouesso, Republic of the Congo

Borgia Miguel Samba Bouesso has a bachelor's degree in communication from Marien Ngouabi University. From 2009 to 2011, he served as director of information for Tele Congo, the national public television station. Prior to that, he was chief editor for Radio Liberté, the country’s first privately owned radio station. While at Cronkite, he intends to study new media and the relationship between government and the media in democratic contexts.

Borgia Miguel Samba Bouesso

Kibnesh Chala Fulas, Ethiopia

Kibnesh Chala Fulas earned a master’s degree in journalism and communications from Addis Ababa University and a bachelor’s degree in English education from Debub University. She has worked in Ethiopia’s nonprofit sector for the past 10 years and currently serves as the communications officer of the Joint Ethiopia Programme of CAFOD, SCIAF and Trócaire, the official relief and development agencies of the Catholic Church in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. She hopes to improve her advocacy and social marketing skills to advance her work in the nonprofit sector.

Kibnesh Chala Fulas

Gwendolin Mokake née Mojoko Messinge, Cameroon

Gwendolin Mokake née Mojoko Messinge has bachelor's and master’s degrees in journalism and mass communication from the University of Buea. Since 2005, she has headed public and alumni relations at the university. She also produces the weekly radio program “University Half Hour.” She is interested in advocacy relations, stakeholder management and the use of social media for strategic communication and crisis management.

Gwendolin Mokake née Mojoko Messinge

Fatima Talib, Pakistan

Fatima Talib holds a master’s degree in mass communication from Punjab University and a master’s degree in fine arts from Lahore College for Women University. As a reporter for the country’s Express News Channel, she covers health and social issues, human and women’s rights issues and politics. Prior to joining Express News, she was assistant editor at the think tank Pak Institute for Peace Studies. She hopes to learn new ways of gathering and presenting news and making documentaries during her Humphrey year.

Fatima Talib

Alma Telibečirević, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Alma Telibečirević studied painting and education at the Classical Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. She is a freelance project manager and public relations and marketing specialist for various concerts, exhibitions, festivals, seminars and other events. For the past nine years she has organized the Kid’s Festival, the largest independent youth event in Southeast Europe, attended by more than 40,000 children each year. She will study public relations at the Cronkite School.

Alma Telibečirević

Branko Veselinovic, Serbia

Branko Veselinovic holds bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Alfa University in Belgrade and is pursuing doctoral studies in journalism and communications. He is the youngest prime-time news anchor at Radio Television of Serbia, the national broadcasting corporation, and also produces and anchors the country’s most-watched weekend morning show. He plans to develop his new media and broadcasting skills while at Cronkite.

Branko Veselinovic

Humphrey Fellows 2011-2012

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Andreza Andrade, Brazil

Andreza Andrade has a bachelor’s degree in socio-communication and journalism from the State University of Paraiba. From 2005 to 2010, she worked as a communication and project adviser for Instituto Socioambiental, a Brazilian nongovernmental organization whose mission is to propose integrated solutions to social and environmental issues. Andrade also has worked with indigenous populations in the northwest Amazon to foster digital inclusion. She plans to develop her new media skills to further these efforts with minority populations.

Andreza Andrade

Mona Abdel Alim, Egypt

Mona Abdel Alim has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in political philosophy from Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University. She is head of media and coordinator of the advocacy unit for Alexandria Business Association, which monitors private-sector business in Egypt. She intends to build her leadership and multimedia skills while at Cronkite.

Mona Abdel Alim
Lubna Thomas Benjamin, Pakistan

Lubna Benjamin has a master’s degree in international relations from Quaid-i-Azam University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Viqar Un Nisa College for Women. Since 2006, she has been an associate producer for Geo TV’s current affairs talk show, “Capital Talk.” She will study broadcast production and television news techniques.

Lubna Benjamin
Hao Chen, China

Hao Chen has a bachelor’s degree in the Malay language from Beijing Foreign Studies University and also has studied journalism at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is the executive editor of the International Herald Leader, published by China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, one of the largest news agencies in the world. He will study digital media and its effects on traditional media as well as the business of journalism.

Hao Chen

Antonio Jimenez, Costa Rica

Antonio Jimenez has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Universidad de Costa Rica and has studied social media and English at Columbia University in New York. As executive editor for, he oversees a venture by one of Costa Rica’s leading reporters that has broken ground in convergence across media platforms. He will study new uses of mobile technology for news production and distribution.

Antonio Jimenez

Lejla Kapetanovic, Bosnia / Herzegovina

Lejla Kapetanovic has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Faculty of Political Sciences. Since 2010, she has been an associate expert for communication at the Public Administration Reform Coordinator’s Office, creating internal and external communications and managing social media for an office charged with reforming public administration in the country. She hopes to improve her skills in social and digital media for use in corporate and governmental communications.

Lejla Kapetanovic

Evgeny Kuzmin, Russia

Evgeny Kuzmin has a specialist in journalism designation from Amur State University. He is director of the Amur.Info news agency and its website, where he leads a team of editors, programmers, designers and reporters in content production. He is from Siberia, an area in eastern Russia, close to the Chinese border. He plans to study new media, media management and business journalism while at the Cronkite School.

Evgeny Kuzmin

Taati Niilenge, Namibia

Taati Niilenge has a bachelor’s degree in media studies from the University of Namibia. She is a reporter at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation with reporting expertise in tourism, mining, labor and environmental topics. Previously she worked for the Namibian governor’s office in the area of public relations and regional politics. In addition, she is passionate about gender issues and HIV, and has been involved in the publication of several books exposing the suffering and changing roles of women and children in Namibian society.

Taati Niilenge

Lujain Ismail Shafeeq, Maldives

Lujain Shafeeq has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Curtin University of Technology in Australia. He also holds a certificate in broadcast journalism from the Ministry of Information and Arts in Maldives. He is the communications and creative director for a company specializing in information solutions for businesses. He also is a news anchor for a private television station and lectures on multimedia journalism at The Maldives National University. He is interested in new media and communication theory.

Lujain Shafeeq

Elena Strapkova, Slovakia

Elena Strapkova has a master’s degree in economics and tourism from the University of Matej Bel in Slovakia. She is vice editor in chief of Gastro magazine, which covers travel and food for Slovakian and Czech audiences. In her spare time, she travels the world as a freelance travel reporter and researches ways to promote tourism within her home region. She hopes to enhance her public relations and communications skills in order to promote her country as a tourist destination.

Elena Strapkova

Humphrey Fellows 2010-2011

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Javed Afridi, Pakistan

TV reporter Javed Afridi covers militant insurgency and regional issues for Express 24/7, the only English-language news channel in Pakistan. Previously, he worked for the Frontier Post, the Daily Times, the News International and the Khyber Mail International newspapers in Pakistan. He has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Peshawar.

Javed Afridi

Malik Siraj Akbar, Pakistan

Malik Siraj Akbar is the editor of the Baloch Hal, the first online English newspaper of Balochistan province in Pakistan. He also is the chief reporter for the Daily Balochistan Express and a former bureau chief of the Daily Times in Pakistan. His articles have been published on the op-ed pages of leading English-language Asian newspapers, such as the Times of India.

Malik Siraj Akbar
Mohammed Alauddin, Bangladesh

With a master's degree in sociology from the University of Chittagong, Mohammed Alauddin is the information and communication coordinator for Caritas, a non-governmental organization engaged in international emergency relief response, community building and justice advocacy efforts. He produces videos, press releases, newsletters and reports.

Mohammed Alauddin
Sevgi Serpil Atalay, Turkey

For 10 years, Sevgi Serpil Atalay has been a specialist in the communications and international relations department of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. She has a master's degree in economics from the University of York and speaks Spanish, English and Turkish. She is a member of the association for the conservation of nature in Turkey.

Sevgi Serpil Atalay

Chevaan Daniel, Sri Lanka

As the head of Sri Lanka’s largest electronic news media network, The Capital Maharaja Organization, Chevaan Daniel is responsible for overall business operations of the seven-channel company, which has a staff of more than 500. He is trained in the Israeli art of self-defense, Krav Maga, and has a brown belt in the martial art of taekwondo.

Chevaan Daniel

Chinkhand Dorj, Mongolia

Broadcast journalist Chinkhand Dorj covers political and economic news for Mongolian Public Radio of the MNB, the first and only public broadcast outlet in Mongolia. Dorj began her journalism career in 1995. She graduated from the Humanitarian University of Mongolia in 2009 as a linguistic/English translator.

Chinkhand Dorj

Aleksandra Dukovska, Macedonia

Aleksandra Dukovska has worked at New Moment Video House as a researcher, reporter and producer in radio, print and television journalism. Her work includes documentaries on human trafficking and corruption. She was part of the team for Eurozoom TV, a broadcast newsmagazine focusing on Macedonian integration into the European Union.

Aleksandra Dukovska

Daria Marjanovic, Croatia

Veteran journalist Daria Marjanovic is an anchor, producer and co-production coordinator for HTV, the Croatian public television network. The award-winning journalist coordinates her station’s contributions to CNN’s World View, pursues various international media projects and teaches TV practicums at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

Daria Marjanovic

Mukesh Ropeta, Pakistan

Based in Jacobabad, Mukesh Kumar Ropeta is a reporter for Geo Television Network. He has reported on honor killings, tribal clashes, bombings, floods and military operations. Ropeta started his career as a correspondent for the News International in 1997 after earning his master’s degree in journalism from Shah Abdul Latif University in Khairpur, Pakistan.

Mukesh Ropeta

Xiao Yang, China

Xiao Yang is a senior journalist with Beijing Youth Daily, where he has worked for more than 10 years covering local, business and real estate news. He travels to conflicted regions and disaster sites to cover world news for the paper. Yang has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Beijing Polytechnic University.

Xiao Yang