Six finalists selected to participate in the 2019 Senior International Fellows Program

September 1, 2019

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (New York City) is pleased to welcome six International Fellows to our professional development program. The Fellows bring a depth of practical and theoretical knowledge on philanthropy and a variety of perspectives to the program. In addition to research and writing, Fellows will participate in seminars on US and international civil society and voluntary-sector activities; learn about the work of key agencies; and meet with leading nonprofit representatives and scholars.

The 2019 Fellows join an alumni network of scholar-practitioners from around the globe. They bring the number of program participants to 224 from 67 countries.


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Inese Danga

Inese Danga | Riga, LATVIA
Social Support Program Director — Foundation
Research Focus: Opportunities and challenges facing community foundations in supporting health issues





Ese Swona Emerhi

Ese Swona Emerhi | Port Harcourt, Rivers, NIGERIA
Project Director, Kiisi Trust — TrustAfrica
Research Focus: Supporting community-based grantmaking in Ogoniland





Olga Nikolska

Olga Nikolska | Kyiv, UKRAINE
Program Director, Culture of Philanthropy Development — ISAR Ednannia
Coordinator and Senior Trainer in Ukraine — POINT (Platform for Opportunities and Ideas in Non-Profit Training)
Consultant and expert in organizational development
Research focus: Community foundations as leaders of multi-stakeholder dialogue in the context of Ukraine’s decentralization reform



Delphine Valette

Delphine Valette | Nice, FRANCE
Community Development Manager for Nice-Côte d’Azur Area; and Consultant for entrepreneurs and community leaders
Coordinator, Community Foundations Group — National Centre for French Foundations
Professor, SKEMA Business School, Sciences Po, Ministry of Culture
Research focus: Building a community foundation that helps achieve a sustainable, resilient and peaceful democracy: working to meet the challenges of French concepts of community, local agriculture, and healthy eating


Patrik Vesan 

Patrik Vesan | Aosta, ITALY
Member, Board Executive Committee — Aosta Valley Community Foundation
Associate Professor of Political Science — University of Valle d’Aosta
Research focus: Building a strategic relationship between youth and community foundations




Tongting Xiao

Tongting Xiao | Chengdu, CHINA
Secretary — Chengdu Wuhou Community Development Foundation
Research focus: How to operate a community foundation established by a local government