Annual Report 2011

Participant Stories

Stories From Our Grantees Around the World

Every day IIE grantees are making significant contributions, fostering public diplomacy, preserving the environment, and creating a more just, secure, and prosperous global society.

Teddy LesmanaPRESTASI (Program to Extend Scholarships and Training to Achieve Sustainable Impacts)

“I have a dream to serve my country [Indonesia] better. It is time for the young leaders to lead and take real action to build our nation.” Teddy Lesmana, 2011 PRESTASI Scholar

Learn more about Teddy's work with PRESTASI

Learn more about PRESTAS and IIE's work in Indonesia

IAFInter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship Program

University of Connecticut PhD Candidate Rebecca Jacobs visited the village of San Martín Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, to deliver reading glasses to local women weavers. For many,the glasses allowed them to see their weaving clearly for the first time in years.

Learn more about Rebecca's work and the IAF

Visit the IAF program site

Boren Fellowship ProgramDavid L. Boren Fellowship Program

While studying Hindi on a Boren Fellowship in India, Meghan Luckett visited the Prakriti Biotech Farm in Hazaribag, India, part of a project to address high rates of malnutrition in India by teaching rural women how to grow avocados.

Learn more about Meghan's research and the Boren Program

Visit the Boren program site

FLTA Amira Hegazy Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA)

While teaching Arabic as a Fulbright FLTA from 2010 -2011, Amira Hegazy of Egypt took active part in campus life at her host institution, Vassar College. Since completing her program in the spring of 2011, Amira has returned to her home country to work as an English teacher full time.

Watch video of Amira at her host institution, Vassar College

Visit the FLTA program site 


“I always believed in myself and my ability to influence others, but before embarking on the TechWomen experience, I never really used this talent and put it at the service of a greater goal.” Rayane Hazimeh, 2011 TechWomen Program (Lebanon)

Learn more about Rayane and her work towards inspiring women to enter STEM fields

Watch a video on the TechWomen program, featuring TechWomen grantees

Visit the TechWomen program Site


LDMLeadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health Program (LDM)

Pakistani LDM Fellow Sarah Asad is Executive Director and a founding member of Pahchaan (Protection and Help of Children Against Abuse and Neglect). In just four years, Pahchaan has improved the lives of over 3,000 children.

Learn more about Sarah's experience working with LDM in Pakistan

Visit the LDM program site

IVLPInternational Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)

Through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Joshua Magawa, a community leader from Uganda, Joshua met with a number of dynamic research and community organizations in California and shared best practices for HIV and AIDS research and advocacy.

Learn more about Joshua's experience as an IVLP participant

Visit the IVLP program site

Baker HughesBaker Hughes Scholars Program

Joel, a Baker Hughes Scholar from Angola, completed an internship with the Department of Finance and Accounting at Baker Hughes, which enabled him to round out his academic studies with professional experience.

Learn more about Joel's career and the Baker Hughes Program

Visit the Baker Hughes program site 

Whitaker ProgramWhitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program

Through the Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program, Randall Platt applied, and subsequently completed one year of biomedical research while obtaining a Masters of Philosophy from Imperial College London in the United Kingdom.

Learn more about Randall's research in the field of oncology

Visit the Whitaker program site

Scholar Rescue Fund®Scholar Rescue Fund®

Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Abdallah Eisa – a highly respected professor of medicine, physician, community leader and human rights advocate from Sudan – was threatened with detention and torture if he returned to his home country.

Learn more about Dr. Eisa's work as an SRF fellow

Visit the Scholar rescue Fund site

Dr. Robert LiebermanFulbright Scholar Program

Novelist, filmmaker and physics lecturer at Cornell University, Dr. Robert Lieberman, traveled to Burma (Myanmar) through the Fulbright Specialist Program, a component of the Fulbright Scholar Program. The result of his trip was, “They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain,” a documentary film providing a never before seen look into a country isolated for decades.

Learn more about Dr. Lieberman's work in Burma (Myanmar)

Visit the Fulbright Scholar Program site

Read a New York Times article on Dr. Lieberman's film

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    Jonah Kokodyniak
    Deputy Vice President, Strategic Development

    Sharon Witherell
    Director, Public Affairs