Catalyst Grant

As part of the Next Generation Leaders Program, the Catalyst Grant supports and encourages top achievement in the implementation of an NGL’s Leadership Action Plan. Catalyst Grants are annual monetary awards of up to $10,000. Awarded funds go toward further enhancing character-driven leadership and impact in the NGL’s home environment.

2017 Winners

Giorgi Akhmeteli, Georgia

Giorgi Akhmetelia member of the 2013 cohort, is the founder and chairman of the Georgian NGO, Accessible Environment for Everyone, an organization that advocates the interests of persons with disabilities. Akhmeteli uses a wheelchair due to a spinal trauma, and through his Leadership Action Plan, he works with the Georgian Parliament on healthcare, rehabilitation and habilitation issues within the disabled, Georgian community. Akhmeteli will use his Catalyst Grant to fund disability awareness seminars at five Georgian universities.

Urmo Kübar, Estonia

Urmo Kübar, a member of the 2014 cohort, is an experienced civil society leader in Estonia. He is dedicated to promoting more civic activism and social action, building a supportive environment for civil society organizations and strengthening their capacity.  His Leadership Action Plan is to establish a venture philanthropy foundation in Estonia to support non-profit organizations that make a difference in people’s lives. As the Civil Society Advisor to the President of Estonia, Kübar will use his Catalyst Grant to develop a website, the first of its kind in Estonia, that will catalyze philanthropic engagement and turn Estonians into more active and impactful financial contributors.

Karambu Ringera, Kenya

Karambu Ringera, a member of the 2015 cohort, is the founder and president of International Peace Initiatives, an NGO that aims to create models of sustainable development and peace in Kenya. By implementing her Leadership Action Plan, she is building an advocacy agency for citizens and developing a leadership-training program to educate and train current and future leaders. Her work has received national attention in Kenya and has directly impacted 1,000 people. Dr. Ringera will use her Catalyst Grant to support leadership workshops across Kenya.

2016 Winner

Carlos Mayorga, Colombia

Carlos Mayorga, a member of he 2013 cohort, is a businessman and entrepreneur. He has made substantial and consistent progress in enhancing employment opportunities in Colombia since returning home in September 2014. He created two companies, Global Blue Hydros and Astex Colombia, to provide entrepreneurial training and English language training to the Colombian workforce to promote job competitiveness and reduce the unemployment rate.

“My mission as a business leader is focused on implementing disruptive ideas to change people’s lives. I would like to thank the staff at the McCain Institute for their trust, guidance and support. The Catalyst Grant encourages my leadership mission and I am fortunate to be the beneficiary of this wonderful recognition.”

— Carlos Mayorga, Next Generation Leader, Colombia