McCain Global Leaders: Leadership Impact

Through the support of a diverse range of changemakers, the impact of the McCain Institute’s Global Leadership Initiatives is felt around the world. Through programs such as the flagship leadership development program McCain Global Leaders, the former Next Generation Leaders program, the Train the Trainer Leadership Initiative, the Institute leverages its connection to Arizona State University and its extensive network of character-driven leaders across a variety of sectors to share leadership insights and to close the global leadership gap and help prepare today’s leaders to meet tomorrow’s challenges.  From seasoned heads of state to young, aspiring leaders still completing their formal education, the McCain Institute fosters the development of leaders of character and courage.

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COVID-19 In The Arena Grant

The COVID-19 In The Arena Grant is designed to support and encourage leadership in adversity from our NGLs located around the world.M

Ezzeddine Ben Rhima
Ezzeddine Ben Rhima

Tunisia

Ezzeddine Ben Rhima
Ezzeddine Ben Rhima

Ezzeddine Ben Rhima is an e-marketing and communications professional, and co-founder of AM I ODD. AM I ODD is a mentorship platform designed to share leadership thoughts, entrepreneurship practices, and innovation stories with Tunisian youth to promote innovation and “start-up” culture in Tunisia. Convinced that the digital economy is the best way for nations to thrive, Ben Rhima Co-initiated the “Tunisian Knowledge Society: Social Innovation Initiative,” that aims to build IT apps for solving social problems and conduct pilot projects for a smarter society. Ben Rhima seeks to create opportunity for Tunisian youth in the field of entrepreneurship and technology to foster job creation.

Ben Rhima is a recipient of the COVID-19 In The Arena Grant. With this micro-grant, he will be able to support 50 families in need with food and hygiene products and to provide PPE to protect health care workers at four hospitals in Tunis.

Placement Organization: LearnLaunch

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Selamawit Girmay Birhane
Selamawit Girmay Birhane

Ethiopia

Selamawit Girmay Birhane
Selamawit Girmay Birhane

Selamawit Girmay Birhane is a federal high court appellate judge and case flow management coordinator in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to assuming this position, she served as the head of the Child Justice Project and the National Court Reform Program under the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia. Judge Birhane coordinated a referral system established by 34 governmental and non-governmental organizations to ensure child justice in Ethiopia and was the vice-chair of the technical committee for the National Coordinating Body for Multi-Sectoral and Integrated Response to Violence against Women and Children. She is a member of the Ethiopian Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Judge Birhane seeks to ensure an improved justice administration system and better promotion and protection of the rights of children in Ethiopia.

Judge Birhane is a recipient of the COVID-19 In The Arena Grant. With this micro-grant, she will supply families in Addis Ababa with food, sanitation materials and personal protective equipment.

Placement Organization: Border Network for Human Rights

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Dael Dervishi
Dael Dervishi

Albania

Dael Dervishi
Dael Dervishi

Dael Dervishi is the former executive director of the National Agency of Natural Resources in Albania. In this role, Dervishi supervised the exploitation of Albania’s natural resources, including mining, hydropower, and petroleum. He oversees reform of the country’s mining sector, which has been largely informal. An attorney by training, he previously served as director of the Legal Department in Albania’s National Agency of Natural Resources and was general secretary for the Albanian Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Energy. Dervishi seeks to reform the Albanian natural resource sector in order to stimulate the economy and promote transparency in government.

Dervishi was one of the four recipients of the 2019 McCain Institute Catalyst Grant, which he received to develop a professional advertising strategy, publicizing his leadership training initiative in Albania. Through this strategy, he developed his program into one of Albania’s most influential, engaging over a thousand Albanian citizens, many of them young people. As part of his successful strategy, Albanian national news covered his leadership program and many prominent Albanian political leaders participated as guest speakers.

Dervishi is also a recipient of the COVID-19 In The Arena Grant. He will use this micro-grant to support the Global Albanian Foundation’s Facebook fundraising campaign to provide PPE to Albanian doctors and nurses on the front lines.

Placement Organization: The George W. Bush Institute

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

Ljubomir Filipović
Ljubomir Filipović

Montenegro

Ljubomir Filipović
Ljubomir Filipović

Ljubomir Filipović is an activist and publicist from Montenegro. He has served his community in a number of political and public positions including Deputy and Acting Mayor of Budva and Political Advisor to the Social-Democratic Party of Montenegro in the National Parliament. Filipović founded “Budva 2020,” a civic foundation that promotes transparent, sustainable, and socially-inclusive local development and that seeks to modernize public administration. He founded The Naiad Center, which is a Montenegrin think tank and knowledge center focused on the promotion of democracy, free trade, global dialogue, and peacebuilding. Through the education of young leaders in politics, business, civil society, and the media, Filipović seeks to advance an efficient and accountable political system and public administration in Montenegro through the establishment of a Western Balkans Leadership Initiative.

Filipović is a recipient of the COVID-19 In The Arena Grant. He will use this micro-grant to support Montenegro’s “Heroes from the Neighborhood” initiative, through which local community leaders self-organize to help those most affected by the public health and economic crisis. This includes delivering food and medicine for the elderly and the disabled and supporting those who have lost their source of income.

Placement Organization: Denver International Airport

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Leon Hernández
Leon Hernández

Venezuela

Leon Hernández
Leon Hernández

Leon Hernández is a communications professional in Venezuela. His career began in editing and broadcast journalism in RCTV, a major independent news network. In 2014, Hernández joined Universidad Central de Venezuela as a professor of broadcast journalism. Additionally, he managed the Democratic Unity political coalition press team. He and his team provided full coverage of the 2015 legislative elections. Hernández developed and executed the communications strategy that led to the Democracy Unity Roundtable, which achieved a majority in the National Assembly. Hernández seeks to promote democracy through uncensored and objective media outlets.

Hernández was one of the four recipients of the 2018 McCain Institute Catalyst Grant, which he used to found the Venezuelan onlineTV channel “Por Nuestra Tierra TV” (For Our Land TV), the first public service streaming news channel in his country. Hernández also used the grant to accelerate the production of news content for Por NuestraTierra and to create partnerships with other media organizations advocating for democratic values in Venezuela. By doing so, he helped to encourage social change through independent social communication and inspired a new generation of Venezuelan journalists.

Hernández is a recipient of the COVID-19 In The Arena Grant. With this micro-grant, he will fight the “infodemic” of disinformation in Venezuela through publications that promote scientific evidence and dismantle the fake news about COVID-19 circulating the country.

Placement Organization: The Miami Herald

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

Vimal Kumar
Vimal Kumar

India

Vimal Kumar
Vimal Kumar

Vimal Kumar is the founder of Movement for Scavenger Community (MSC), an organization committed to the eradication of manual scavenging in India and bringing education and awareness to the existing scavenger community. As one of the rare members of the scavenger community who was able to obtain higher education, Kumar provides the unique perspective needed to provide insight on the issues caused by India’s caste system. Kumar’s Leadership Action Plan seeks to eradicate caste violence and prejudiced attitudes towards the scavenger community through the establishment of leadership education centers.

To date, the five MSC centers have provided 10,000 people with free meals, working together with upper caste members through collective community action. As a recipient of the COVID-19 In The Arena Grant, Kumar will be able to augment that work. Four community center leaders will identify the most vulnerable and needy members of the sweeper caste in their respective locations, providing PPE to sanitation workers and food to those who have lost their jobs.

Placement Organization: Cure Violence Global

Sahana Mishra
Sahana Mishra

India

Sahana Mishra
Sahana Mishra

Sahana Mishra is a civil society activist from India. During her time in the United States, she worked with Lugar Strategies to further her understand of how private corporations participate in the promotion of women and girl’s leadership development. Since returning to India in September 2016, she has provided leadership and economic empowerment trainings to approximately 4,000 women. Her Leadership Action Plan seeks to empower young women and girls in the poorest regions of India to achieve economic independence through education, employment, and venture enterprises.

Mishra is a recipient of the COVID-19 In The Arena Grant. With this micro-grant, Mishra will supply food and sanitation kits to 175 families in the hard-hit impoverished rural state of Bihar, where COVID-19 has particularly affected migrant laborers.

Placement Organization: The Lugar Series and Hathaway Strategies

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Jerlie Requerme
Jerlie Requerme

Philippines

Jerlie Requerme
Jerlie Requerme

Jerlie Requerme is a judge with more than 16 years of experience working in the Filipino legal community. She has dedicated over two decades to advocacy work spanning across sectors such as environmental, education, peace and more. Judge Requerme seeks to secure justice through technology by the digitization of records in order to preserve the integrity of court records and the entire judicial system as a whole.

Judge Requerme is a recipient of the COVID-19 In The Arena Grant. Using these micro-grant funds, Judge Requerme will ensure the safety of medical professionals at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center in her home city of Cagayan de Oro by supplying them with much-needed PPE.

Placement Organization: National Center for State Courts

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Catalyst Grant

The COVID-19 In The Arena Grant is designed to support and encourage leadership in adversity from our MGLs located around the world. As part of the McCain Global Leaders Program, the Catalyst Grant supports and encourages top achievement in the implementation of an MGL’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 MGL’s home environment.

Giorgi Akhmeteli
Giorgi Akhmeteli

Georgia

Giorgi Akhmeteli
Giorgi Akhmeteli

Giorgi Akhmeteli, who is wheel-chaired due to a spinal trauma, is the founder and chairman of the Georgian NGO, Accessible Environment for Everyone, an organization that advocates the interests of persons with disabilities. He seeks to improve treatment, advance quality of life and opportunities for the disabled in Georgia. In the U.S., he examined relevant legislative, regulatory and implementation processes.

Akhmeteli was one of the three recipients of the 2017 McCain Institute Catalyst grant for his work as he educated Georgian citizens on the rights of persons with disabilities through a series of informational meetings and seminars in conjunction with five different universities across Georgia. He was able to impact 160 students, lecturers, parents and children, encouraging them to become supporters of policies defending these rights.

Placement Organization: National Organization for Disabilities

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Mohammed Al Tarawnh
Mohammed Al Tarawnh

Jordan

Mohammed Al Tarawnh
Mohammed Al Tarawnh

Mohammed Al Tarawnh, a member of the 2015 cohort, is the chairman and general manager of Blue Umbrella, a Jordanian NGO that focuses on community training and development. During program year, Al Tarawneh was placed at the National Youth Leadership Council. His LAP seeks to strengthen local communities and develop character-driven Jordanian youth. Al Tarawneh has achieved substantial success by incorporating the Train the Trainer program into Blue Umbrella’s mission. In the past year and a half, Blue Umbrella launched a leadership training project that has trained over 1,200 youth to date and has now become one of the most prominent leadership programs in Jordan. With this Catalyst Grant, Al Tarawneh will continue to expand and diversify his leadership development efforts to an even younger audience, establishing a “Leaders Club” in high schools across Jordan and a leadership training center for Jordan’s refugee population.

Placement Organization: The National Youth Leadership Council

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Dael Dervishi
Dael Dervishi

Albania

Dael Dervishi
Dael Dervishi

Dael Dervishi is the former executive director of the National Agency of Natural Resources in Albania. In this role, Dervishi supervised the exploitation of Albania’s natural resources, including mining, hydropower, and petroleum. He oversees reform of the country’s mining sector, which has been largely informal. An attorney by training, he previously served as director of the Legal Department in Albania’s National Agency of Natural Resources and was general secretary for the Albanian Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Energy. Dervishi seeks to reform the Albanian natural resource sector in order to stimulate the economy and promote transparency in government.

Dervishi was one of the four recipients of the 2019 McCain Institute Catalyst Grant, which he received to develop a professional advertising strategy, publicizing his leadership training initiative in Albania. Through this strategy, he developed his program into one of Albania’s most influential, engaging over a thousand Albanian citizens, many of them young people. As part of his successful strategy, Albanian national news covered his leadership program and many prominent Albanian political leaders participated as guest speakers.

Dervishi is also a recipient of the COVID-19 In The Arena Grant. He will use this micro-grant to support the Global Albanian Foundation’s Facebook fundraising campaign to provide PPE to Albanian doctors and nurses on the front lines.

Placement Organization: The George W. Bush Institute

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

Eman El-Abd
Eman El-Abd

Egypt

Eman El-Abd
Eman El-Abd

Eman El-Abd is an economist in the office of the Egyptian Minister of Finance. She studies and analyzes development and economic issues in order to provide policy recommendations to the Minister and his colleagues. El-Abd seeks to find solutions to the constraints facing the development of small and medium enterprises in Egypt that are hindering the movement of these enterprises from the informal sector to the formal.

El-Abd was one of the four recipients of the 2018 McCain Institute Catalyst Grant for her work in the growth of these small enterprises. She focused on the transition and growth of M/SMEs from the informal sector to the formal sector along with women’s involvement in the economy. El-Abd used her Catalyst Grant to establish micro tailored enterprises for women and provided necessary training programs to encourage employees to enter or return to the formal job market.

Placement Organization: Dallas Regional Chamber

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

Edlira Gjoni
Edlira Gjoni

Albania

Edlira Gjoni
Edlira Gjoni

Edlira Gjoni is a communications professional and political activist in Albania. She is actively involved internationally as a communications expert, known for her advocacy for women’s rights and her respected presence in the media. In addition, Gjoni has conducted training and research in both communication and political participation in her country. As a political activist, Gjoni is the co-founder of a political party and was a member of Parliament-candidate in 2013. Gjoni’s professional focus is to strengthen both youth and women’s leadership potential in not only Albania, but in the rest of the Western Balkans region. She seeks to enhance women’s political participation in Albania and their active participation at all levels of government.

Gjoni was one of the four recipients of the 2019 McCain Institute Catalyst Grant, which she used to deliver four leadership training programs to locally elected officials in Albania. Two hundred Albanian women participated in these training, including 20 of the 51 women mentioned in Gjoni’s book “Women Can.”  Program participants attended weekly trainings in character-driven leadership, helping them to craft Leadership Action Plans. The program was awarded the distinction of “Gender Champion” by the Albanian Embassy of the Netherlands. Furthermore, many of the women Gjoni has trained have become a force for social change within Albania - some being elected to public office and others being profiled on major Albanian news networks.

Placement Organization: The Office of Nashville Mayor David Briley

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

Leon Hernández
Leon Hernández

Venezuela

Leon Hernández
Leon Hernández

Leon Hernández is a communications professional in Venezuela. His career began in editing and broadcast journalism in RCTV, a major independent news network. In 2014, Hernández joined Universidad Central de Venezuela as a professor of broadcast journalism. Additionally, he managed the Democratic Unity political coalition press team. He and his team provided full coverage of the 2015 legislative elections. Hernández developed and executed the communications strategy that led to the Democracy Unity Roundtable, which achieved a majority in the National Assembly. Hernández seeks to promote democracy through uncensored and objective media outlets.

Hernández was one of the four recipients of the 2018 McCain Institute Catalyst Grant, which he used to found the Venezuelan onlineTV channel “Por Nuestra Tierra TV” (For Our Land TV), the first public service streaming news channel in his country. Hernández also used the grant to accelerate the production of news content for Por NuestraTierra and to create partnerships with other media organizations advocating for democratic values in Venezuela. By doing so, he helped to encourage social change through independent social communication and inspired a new generation of Venezuelan journalists.

Hernández is a recipient of the COVID-19 In The Arena Grant. With this micro-grant, he will fight the “infodemic” of disinformation in Venezuela through publications that promote scientific evidence and dismantle the fake news about COVID-19 circulating the country.

Placement Organization: The Miami Herald

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

Peter Klotz
Dr. Peter Klotz

Hungary

Peter Klotz
Dr. Peter Klotz

Dr. Peter Klotz is a lawyer and anti-corruption expert involved in the planning and implementation of governmental anti-corruption policies in Hungary. He is committed to reducing corruption in both public and private sectors and advocating for the adoption of anti-corruption strategies. Dr. Klotz seeks to create a network of integrity builders in Hungary consisting of public officials and representatives of business and non-governmental organizations to develop and implement integrity projects.

Dr. Klotz was one of the four recipients of the 2018 McCain Institute Catalyst Grant, which he received due to his impactful work in leading the Integrity Network Association (INA). Dr. Klotz used his Catalyst Grant to both bolster an online and on-the-ground presence of the INA through organizing and supporting events and through developing a web page in both Hungarian and Emccain-nglish.

Placement Organization: Management Systems International

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Mira Koroma Dumbaya
Mira Koroma Dumbaya

Sierra Leone

Mira Koroma Dumbaya
Mira Koroma Dumbaya

Mira Koroma Dumbaya is the National Head of the Family Support Police Unit in Sierra Leone. She is an international development expert providing support for international crises such as the Ebola outbreak throughout Sierra Leone in 2014-2015 and after the Haitian earthquake in 2013. She has been recognized for her police work and efforts in international peace building by the United Nations, UN Women, International Law Enforcement Academies, and Sierra Leone. Superintendent Dumbaya organized the Family Support Unit’s ‘Operation Dawn’ Outreach program geared towards addressing child labor, child trafficking, child prostitution, sexual exploitation and teenage pregnancy. She seeks to leverage policy and education to combat corruption in the Sierra Leone police force and local government.

Dumbaya was one of the four recipients of the 2018 McCain Institute Catalyst Grant for her work in founding the Next Generation Reformers-Sierra Leone, a nonprofit organization focused on training, mentoring and empowering youth to combat corruption in SierraLeone. Dumbaya used the grant towards constructing a Recreational and Empowerment Center for the youth of Sierra Leone.

Placement Organization: The Office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Denver Police Department

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

Urmo Kübar
Urmo Kübar

Estonia

Urmo Kübar
Urmo Kübar

Urmo Kübar is an experienced civil society leader from Estonia. He is dedicated to promoting more civic activism and public participation, and building a supportive environment for civil society organizations in his country. Kübar’s goal is to establish a venture philanthropy foundation in Estonia to support non-profit organizations that make a difference in people’s lives. He spent his year at the Smithsonian Institute gaining new insights into philanthropic culture and gathering experience in the management and governance of a major philanthropically supported institution.

Kübar was one of the three recipients of the 2017 McCain Institute Catalyst Grant, which he used to create better online tools to foster Estonian philanthropy. Using the grant, Kübar interviewed leading practitioners of philanthropy such as Peter Singer, David Rubenstein, and representatives from organizations such as the Smithsonian and #GivingTuesday. He has also worked to create visualizations of philanthropic data in Estonia to give potential philanthropists a better range of effective donor organizations and to create better policy outcomes surrounding private donations.

Placement Organization: The Smithsonian Institution

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

Erkaiym Mambetalieva
Erkaiym Mambetalieva

Kyrgyzstan

Erkaiym Mambetalieva
Erkaiym Mambetalieva

Dr. Erkaiym Mambetalieva is an anti-corruption specialist and founding director of the Anticorruption Center under the Bishkek Mayor’s Office on Corruption Prevention.  Dr. Mambetalieva received her Ph.D. from the High Attestation Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic and established her credibility in the field of anti-corruption through her work at the National Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic on Corruption Prevention. Dr. Mambetalieve seeks to create an independent anti-corruption institution that will implement preventative mechanisms within the public and private sectors to reduce corruption within the Kyrgyzstan.

Dr. Mambetalieva was one of the four recipients of the 2019 McCain Institute Catalyst Grant, which she received to assist her anti-corruption training initiatives in leading universities around the country. Using the grant, Dr. Mambetalieva formulated an Anti-Corruption Policy course with an emphasis on character-driven leadership which she used to train over 80 professors from nine universities in the Osh, Jalal-Abad, and Naryn State University regions. These trainings have allowed teachers to include anti-corruption modules within their given curriculums, helping to contribute to a culture of corruption awareness, especially in the youth of Kyrgyzstan.

Placement Organization: Human Rights First

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

 

Carlos Mayorga
Carlos Mayorga

Colombia

Carlos Mayorga
Carlos Mayorga

Carlos Mayorga is a highly regarded innovator, businessman and entrepreneur who encourages the establishment of sustainable and high impact businesses. With experience in the expansion of innovative business models, Mayorga seeks to promote growth-oriented entrepreneurship, in Colombia, through targeted investment in new entrepreneurs and improving the governance in private and public organizations.

Mayorga received the inaugural McCain Institute Catalyst Grant in 2016 for his work in promoting Colombian entrepreneurship. Using the grant, Mayorga made a large impact, by helping to create 30 new small businesses and 85 new jobs in just one year and also by giving Colombian citizens access to educational programs in a secondary language, developing better communication skills for these future entrepreneurs.

Placement Organization: The Libra Group

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

Aliz Pocsuvalszki
Aliz Pocsuvalszki

Hungary

Aliz Pocsuvalszki
Aliz Pocsuvalszki

Aliz Pocsuvalszki is an educator and activist of partly Roma origin from Budapest; she is also a member of the 2019 mccain-ngl cohort. During her mccain-ngl program year, she was placed at City Year in New Orleans, where she played an integral role in developing and delivering diversity, equity, and inclusion training to City Year staff, volunteers and teachers. Prior to the mccain-ngl Program, Pocsuvalszki worked with different Roma communities countrywide, and volunteered with MigSzol (Migrant Solidarity Group of Hungary), a grassroots independent group of immigrants, refugees and Hungarians. Pocsuvalszki’s LAP seeks to challenge the long-standing practice of school segregation and to work towards a more inclusive system which guarantees educational access to all marginalized groups in Hungary. Since returning to Hungary in July 2019, Pocsuvalszki became a co-founder of a non-profit association which utilizes mentorship and after-school programs to combat school dropout of Roma students in Hungary. This Catalyst Grant will allow Pocusvalszki to scale her pilot student mentoring program to more schools and to integrate social-emotional learning methodologies into the after-school curriculum.

Placement Organization: City Year – New Orleans

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

Konstantin Popkov
Konstantin Popkov

Russia

Konstantin Popkov
Konstantin Popkov

Konstantin Popkov has devoted himself to promoting and developing young leaders in Russia. He is active in democratic civil society, training young professionals in responsible and ethical business practices. Popkov plans to create an enhanced leadership program in Russia that focuses on ethics, values, and fighting corruption. He spent his mccain-ngl year at the Boys and Girls Club of America in Tampa, Florida, where he participated in its full training cycle for grass-roots character-driven youth leaders.

Popkov was one of the four recipients of the 2019 McCain Institute Catalyst Grant, which he used to secure a leadership training center in Moscow that fostered greater reach across Russia. While he was unable to find a physical location for his center due to recent world events, his leadership center is now fully operational online with a newly developed website offering public speaking and communication courses and his leadership club has 84 alumni members. He has also created partnerships with numerous leading universities in the area for his leadership development programs and was invited to deliver a two day leadership seminar by the Tarsatan government.

Placement Organization: Boys and Girls Club of America

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

Karambu Ringera
Dr. Karambu Ringera

Kenya

Karambu Ringera
Dr. Karambu Ringera

Dr. Karambu Ringera is the founder and president of International Peace Initiatives, an NGO that aims to create models of sustainable development and peace in Kenya. She also works to empower vulnerable community members by educating them on how to improve their situation. Dr. Ringera is passionate about reforming corrupt policies and practices in government. She seeks to build an advocacy agency for citizens and develop a leadership-training program that will educate and train current and future leaders of Kenya.

Dr. Ringera was one of the three recipients of the 2017 McCain Institute Catalyst Grant, which she used to create the New Generation Leadership Program, a  leadership training program that encourages Kenyan citizens to stay committed to their values by living them every day and teaches them leadership skills that empower them to revamp their communities. The grant enabled her to market her leadership program and host three different events, directly impacting 194 participants and indirectly impacting 600 people through the spreading of the program’s leadership message. In the future, Dr. Ringera hopes to expand the New Generation Leadership Program into five different Kenyan counties and two more African countries.

Placement Organization: The Office of Kansas City Mayor Sly James

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

Gantuya Sainkhuu
Gantuya Sainkhuu

Mongolia

Gantuya Sainkhuu
Gantuya Sainkhuu

Gantuya Sainkhuu is a social activist, author, and co-founder of Sainkhuu Iveel San (SIS), a non-profit organization that promotes education to reduce poverty in Mongolia. Her Leadership Action Plan seeks to create more inclusive governance in Mongolia by empowering women at the grassroots level. Since returning to Mongolia in August of 2018, Sainkhuu has empowered 150 local women through training them in leadership and good governance thanks to the support of the Embassy of Lithuania in Mongolia. She has also trained 47 men and women in the principals of character-driven leadership using the Train the Trainer toolkit. Sainkhuu will use her Catalyst Grant to select, train and empower 50 women from marginalized communities across rural Mongolia to run for upcoming 2020 local elections.

Placement Organization: Partnership for Public Service

If you would like to be connected to a Next Generation Leader, please email [email protected].

Train The Trainer

The Train the Trainer initiative provides McCain Global Leaders (MGLs) with a tailored training toolkit that increases the impact of their Leadership Action Plans and promotes character-driven leadership on an even larger scale. MGLs are officially trained in leadership by the McCain Institute and are certified and equipped as McCain Institute trainers. Each year, MGLs are expected to train a minimum of 100 people in character-driven leadership.

To aid MGLs in their leadership training work, the Institute provides them with a Train the Trainer toolkit. This toolkit condenses the knowledge MGLs acquire over the course of their year in the U.S. about values, ethics, and character-driven leadership into various certification levels, ranging from Basic to Advanced and determined by the length of the training. MGLs adapt elements of the Train the Trainer toolkit to fit their particular national environments and cultural settings. The McCain Institute provides branding and promotional materials while the MGLs garner local partnerships and support to deliver the training content.

Through the Train the Trainer Program, MGLs engage inspiring leaders on every continent, save Antarctica. They document their training efforts and share best practices across the MGL Global Network. Through this initiative, the McCain Institute aims to further strengthen our core leadership development mission to close the global character-driven leadership gap.

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McCain Institute Next Generation Leader Brings Positive Change to Marginalized Groups in Mongolia