Introduzione

15 febbraio, 2015

Questa Sezione del nostro sito web, NEWS, è dedicata a quanto gli EF italiani ritengano essere di qualche rilievo per l’Associazione.

Intendiamo in questa sede “archiviare” foto, documenti, mail e, ovviamente, notizie che coinvolgano l’Associazione o anche singoli Fellow. Augurandoci che questa rubrica venga consultata con buona frequenza dai Fellow essa potrebbe sostituire in parte le numerose mail che attualmente vengono inviate o ricevute da ciascuno di noi. Ovviamente nella Sezione verranno anche riportate informazioni, notizie, foto tratte dal sito di EF Filadelfia, se in qualche modo si ritenga che tale documentazione possa essere di interesse per l’Associazione italiana o alcuni dei Fellow.

Ciascun Fellow, naturalmente, può (dovrebbe) contribuire ad arricchire la Sezione “postando” quanto egli ritenga possa interessare i colleghi. L’obiettivo è che questa Sezione possa divenire una piccola piazza, benché virtuale, in cui i Fellow italiani possano incontrarsi con una frequenza certamente maggiore di quanto è invece possibile nella piazza reale.

La prima notizia è, appunto, questa: il nostro sito Web diventa permanente e, appunto come si diceva sopra, aperto al contributo di tutti i Fellow. Notizia collegata alla precedente è che nel sito di Filadelfia un link porta al nostro: perciò i lettori potrebbero non esser i soli Fellow italiani… D’altronde anche il nostro sito contiene un link con Filadelfia, sì da favorire anche per noi l’accesso al ricco sito dell’EF Headquarter.

È inoltre opportuno che il nostro sito divenga strumento “promozionale” al fine di permettere una maggiore conoscenza della nostra Associazione, e ovviamente della stessa EF e dei suoi Programs, all’ ”esterno”. Questo implica che dovremmo favorire una maggiore conoscenza anche del sito stesso: e ciò significa una audience ancora più larga.

Come attuale Presidente dell’Associazione spetta ovviamente a me rompere il ghiaccio: sarà perciò mia cura dare l’inizio alla collaborazione col sito inviando e pubblicando notizie di interesse. Una volta fatto ciò, ve ne darò notizia, tempestivamente, per mail. Il modo più semplice – ai fini della comunicazione di notizie o della trasmissione di documentazione - è inviare una mail al nostro indirizzo elettronico (info@efitaly.org) con le necessarie indicazioni. I responsabili della redazione provvederanno materialmente a inserire i nostri testi, foto, documenti nella Sezione News.
Contribuite, Fellow, contribuite…

(Giuseppe Cassano)


Gratifying letter of the US Embassy

15 febbraio, 2015

Alcuni giorni prima dell’inizio dell’EF Social Weekend, organizzato a Roma, con grande successo, dalla nostra Associazione, ci è pervenuta dall’Attaché Culturale dell’Ambasciata USA, Mr. Nicholas J. Giacobbe, la seguente lettera (clicca le immagini qui sotto), molto lusinghiera per la nostra Associazione, e che siamo pertanto lieti che appaia sul nostro sito Web, a testimonianza della stima e dell’apprezzamento nei nostri confronti. (GC)


Participation of G. Cassano to the Phila Meetings

February, 16, 2015

(November 8-11, 2014)
Nel periodo 9- 11 novembre, si sono svolti a Filadelfia tre eventi EF, cui ho avuto il piacere di partecipare:

  • Riunione annuale dell’AAC
  • La Philadelphia EF Unconference
  • La chiusura della conferenza finale del Programma EF sull’Innovazione (tra i cui partecipanti era la nostra Francesca Fedeli)

(G.C.)

1 – the AAC Meeting (9 novembre 2014)

Il 9 novembre si è svolta, presso l’hotel Palomar di Philadelphia, la riunione annuale dell’AAC (Alumni Advisory Council), organismo di supporto e consulenza alla Presidenza della EF, di cui sono membro dal 2012.
Riporto di seguito alcune delle conclusioni delle discussioni relative all’o.d.g. della riunione così come sono state riassunte dalla stesso Presidente George de Lama:

Before I get into the details of our proposed course of action, I’d like to take note of one related development that followed on our AAC discussion. As many of you know who attended the final open session of the EF Unconference on Tuesday, the proposal for a change in nomenclature for the EF Alumni network was enthusiastically endorsed by general acclamation.
The EF AAC members, international and U.S. Fellows and Unconference participants in attendance unanimously approved the discontinuation of the use of the term “Alumni” to describe EF Fellows from past classes. Instead, all EF Fellows will always be described simply as “Fellows,” regardless of the year of their Eisenhower Fellowship. We will proceed accordingly.
Following up on our meeting and the Unconference, I am forwarding for your consideration proposed new terms of reference for the AAC, including the change in its name.
The new terms of reference modify the existing terms of reference to include new protocols for regular communications and the creation of a new Steering Committee within the Council, as suggested by Tom’s Working Group. This Steering Committee would be organized according to the regional concept that several AAC members recommended. The Steering Committee would lead quarterly teleconferences and then report back to your EF colleagues in your regions and countries.
A few highlights of the proposed new terms of reference:
- The AAC would become the Eisenhower Fellows Global Network Council. The GNC is an advisory committee that, among other things, advises the EF President and Staff on issues affecting EF Fellows around the world; promotes ongoing dialogue between EF Fellows and between the EF Global Network and EF headquarters in Philadelphia; and supports EF projects of local and global impact.
- Within the GNC, we would establish a Steering Committee of 2 representatives from each of the following 7 regions: Europe; Middle East/Africa; Latin America; USA; East Asia; Pacific/Southeast Asia; and South Asia.
- These 14 members of the GNC Steering Committee would meet in quarterly teleconferences, then report back to the EF Country Associations in their respective regions. With your assent, we would issue personal invitations to serve on the Steering Committee and propose dates for the first two teleconferences after reviewing your comments.
In addition to members of the GNC Steering Committee, representatives of Working Groups established by the GNC would participate in these quarterly teleconferences. (Currently, there are three active Working Groups as a result of our meeting Sunday: 1)Engagement and Communication; 2)Women’s Leadership Program; 3)EF Nominating and Selection Process.)
- In addition, any member of the GNC, or designated representative of a GNC member, is also invited to join the quarterly teleconferences, according to his or her interest and/or availability.
Regarding fundraising, we did not get to revisit that subject after I touched on it briefly at the beginning of our meeting last week. I would invite your best thinking on creative new ways we can engage the EF global network in this important task.

In sintesi: si è ritenuto che il termine “Alumni” non descriva correttamente la natura del rapporto tra coloro che hanno partecipato ai programmi della EF e l’istituzione stessa. Si è così deciso di mantenere sempre e soltanto la dizione di Fellow.

Lo stesso AAC, pertanto, cambia il nome in GNC (Global Network Council): i suoi fini e compiti vengono ampliati. Esso è composto da 35 a 45 Fellow che durano nell’incarico 3 anni.

Al suo interno viene creato uno Steering Committee, su base territoriale, di 14 componenti: 2 per ciascuna delle 7 aree regionali identificate: Europa, USA, America Latina, Medio Oriente/Africa, East Asia, Pacific/Southeast Asia, Asia del Sud.

Ogni 4 mesi si svolgerà una teleconferenza tra i 14 componenti, oltre allo staff della EF e ai membri del GNC che vorranno partecipare.

Nota aggiuntiva: Il Presidente de Lama mi ha chiesto di far parte della prima tornata dello Steering Committee, in quota Europa. Ho dato la mia accettazione.

(G.C.)

2 – The Unconference, 3 - the closing of the Innovation Program (10 – 11 Novembre 2014)

La Unconference di Filadelfia è stata la terza organizzata dalla EF. Sembra che l’”idea” di organizzare una Unconference, una non-conferenza, sia nata dalla constatazione che i momenti migliori degli eventi organizzati dall’Eisenhower Fellowships siano quelli in cui i Fellow possano dialogare tra loro, senza necessariamente seguire un tema rigidamente assegnato: è la partecipazione interattiva dei Fellow a fornire lo spunto per gli eventuali approfondimenti successivi.

Comunque la Unconference di Filadelfia aveva un tema generale da poter parzialmente sviluppare in modo “autonomo”, in una serie di open spaces lasciati liberi dal programma: l’innovazione nella Istruzione e nell’Assistenza Sanitaria.

Dato il tema è facile comprendere il collegamento tra la Unconference stessa e il Programma sulla Innovazione che si è appunto concluso con la partecipazione dei Fellow 2014 alla Unconference stessa. Tra i relatori si è svolto un intervento della nostra Fellow Francesca Fedele.


Panorama dedica un lungo articolo a Francesca Fedeli (Fellow 2014)

February, 17, 2015

Qui di seguito è il testo della mail che ho inviato a tutti i Fellow. Mi sembra però importante che il "fatto" appaia nella Sezione "News" del nostro sito che, essendo diventato permanente, manterrà a lungo la memoria dell' evento, ma, ancora di più, di quanto realizzato da Francesca (compreso il bellissimo sito www.fightthestroke.org e che costituisce la ragione alla base dell'articolo.

Cari Fellow,
desidero segnalarvi un lungo articolo - intervista dedicato a un membro della nostra Associazione: Francesca Fedeli, tra l'altro tornata solo da tre mesi dal suo programma EF negli Stati Uniti.
L'articolo è sull'ultimo numero di Panorama datato 18 febbraio e quindi ancora in edicola. Francesca narra la sua storia e la sua lotta, vincente, a partire da quando scoprì che il figliolo Mario aveva subito un ictus quando era ancora nel suo grembo. L'intervista fa anche riferimento al libro appena pubblicato da Francesca (in effetti in vendita da domani 17 febbraio, edito da Sperling & Kupfer) e che - come dice l'intervistatrice, racconta un'avventura che è un po' la versione contemporanea de "L'olio di lorenzo". Il titolo del libro: Lotta e sorridi.
Il lungo articolo è corredato da alcune belle foto di Mario , Francesca e del papà Roberto.
A Francesca e tutti voi, un abbraccio
Pino


Prossimo Social WE in Turchia - Save the date

February, 18, 2015

È probabile che i Fellow turchi organizzino il prossimo social weekend.La bellezza della città, il periodo molto adatto, la bozza di programma dovrebbero stimolare molti di noi fellow italiani a partecipare. L’ospitalità dei fellow turchi è tradizionale (io ho avuto il piacere di testarla nel 2006in occasione di una memorabile EF Conference).
Andiamo in tanti... io vorrei proprio esserci (e ho già provveduto a comunicarlo per mail).4 i turchi che hanno partecipato al nostro EF Weekend: vediamo di superarli... Fatemi sapere
Pino

SAVE THE DATE

The Eisenhower Fellows of Turkey will host an EF Day Cultural Weekend celebration to which all are invited in Istanbul, October 9-11, 2015. Tentative plans include:

  • Conversations on urban transformation at Rahmi Koç Museum
  • Visit to TEGV Çukurbostan Park with a discussion on civil society in Turkey
  • Keynote dinner with a leading Member of Parliament
  • Whirling Dervishes Show at Hocapaşa Dance Theatre, Sirkeci

Please email Serra Titiz (Turkey ’13) (serra.titiz@mikadoconsulting.com) to indicate your general interest in attending. More details on registration to come.


Rosalba Striani è la "2015 Italian EF Fellow"

February, 18, 2015

cari Fellow,
sul sito di EF Filadelfia, nella sezione
“Meet the 2015 Fellows", sono inserite le foto dei 32 Fellows che parteciperanno al multi nation program 2015.
Tra le 32 foto vi è anche quella di
Rosalba Striani Sapevamo che Rosalba era assegnataria di una Fellowship ma, essendo la nostra informazione solo ufficiosa, nessuno di noi poteva essere del tutto tranquillo. Finora.
Ora è ufficiale: anche quest'anno, il 2015, una Fellow italiana si aggiungerà ai tanti Fellow che hanno "rimpinguato" la (una volta) scarsa rappresentanza italiana di EF Fellows.
Si tratta perciò di una ottima notizia per la nostra Associazione. Auguri e complimenti a Rosalba: e...ad maiora. Ora Alberto Bernardini potrà, da subito, inserire a tutti gli effetti, il nome e la foto di Rosalba nell'elenco che ha appena inviato a Filadelfia (oltre che a noi).

(G.C.)


Italian Fellow selected for lead communications role

February, 18, 2015

Cari Fellow,
sul sito di Filadelfia, oltre alla magnifica notizia relativa a Rosalba Striani e pubblicata sopra, ne ho trovata un'altra, nella sezione news, e la
riportiamo integralmente, insieme con la bella foto che l'accompagna.
Riguarda il nostro Segretario Generale Camilla Sebastiani che fa carriera, e non solo nella nostra Associazione.
Complimenti a Camilla e, anche a lei, ...ad maiora.
(G.C.)


Sul sito di Filadelfia l'attività di Francesca Fedeli

February, 26, 2015

Cari Fellow,
anche il sito efworld.org di Filadelfia dedica un servizio all'attività della nostra Fellow Francesca Fedeli, relativa al suo impegno contro l'ictus dei bimbi e al suo libro. Riportiamo il testo integrale della notizia pubblicata.
(G.C.)

After her son Mario had his first stroke when just 10 days old, Francesca Fedeli utilized her social media and marketing expertise to found Fightthestroke.org, a nonprofit that advocates for pediatric stroke survivors. FightTheStroke.org has opened up a dialogue about the devastating effects of this traumatic event, using technology and open medicine to educate parents and providers, and advance opportunities for a better future for affected children. Her goal is to expand FightTheStroke.org beyond a consciousness-raising organization to a multi-platform social enterprise, utilizing technologies to support stroke victims in living well and making steps towards recovery. Francesca focused her fellowship on meeting experts in technology, health, and social enterprise development who worked on projects aimed at lowering the incidence of brain stroke and finding new applications for physical and cognitive rehabilitation.
ORGANIZATION
FightTheStroke.org
TITLE
President & Co-Founder
AREAS OF INTEREST
Healthcare, Information Technology/Telecommunication

Francesca Fedeli sulla Rai a Unomattina

February, 27, 2015

Cari Fellow,
il programma di Rai1 "Uno Mattina", nella puntata del 25 febbraio 2015, ha dedicato un ampio spazio, con intervista, alla nostra Fellow Francesca Fedeli. Il servizio contiene un ampio resoconto sul suo libro "Lotta e sorridi" e sull'attività di divulgazione e prevenzione che Francesca, insieme con il marito, svolge attraverso il suo sito, realizzato per supportare la causa dei giovani sopravvissuti all'ictus. A questo link della Rai potete rivedere la puntata integrale
(G.C.)


Rosalba Striani impossibilitata a partecipare al MNP 2015. Ammessa al MNP 2016

Di seguito è lo scambio di mail con EF Filadelfia

26 Febbraio 2015
Dear Giuseppe:
I wanted to provide you an update on the 2015 Fellow Rosalba Striani. She is currently having some medical issues and her doctor has advised that she not travel to the United States for her fellowship. Due to the strenuous and rigorous nature of the Fellowship, we would prefer if she would defer participation until next year. I have spoken with President de Lama and he is willing to offer her the opportunity to do her fellowship in spring 2016.

I hope you agree with this solution that will best for Rosalba and EF. Happy to discuss if you would like.

All the best,
Erin
Erin Hillman
Director, USA Programs

26 Febbraio 2015
Dear Erin,what suggested is a very good solution and I thank personally George for having accepted it. We have spoken with Rosalba and also she accepts such solution very enthusiastically: she will be the 2016 Italian Fellow.

As this year is concerned we propose that Michele Governatori (he was selected by the Nominating Committee together with Rosalba Striani: see here below the relevant documentation) could participate to the 2015 MNP: he is very clever, with an outstanding curriculum vitae and is ready to leave for the EF program next April 5: we have just asked him about this possibility.I remind that we have already got such an experience a couple of years ago when Isabella Splendore came to US as substitute of the selected candidate who was no more able to participate to the MNP: and Isabella work during the MNP was very much appreciated by the EF Staff.

If George and you think feasible this, I suggest you contact Governatori as soon as possible for finalizing his program and his trip. I am sure you would afterwords appreciate his preparation and dedication.

Camilla and I are ready to give any support in the next days if asked by you.
All the best

Giuseppe

26 Febbraio 2015
Dear Giuseppe
Thank you for your kind note.

Our current procedure is that if a Fellow cannot participate in a fellowship program, the EF Selection Committee may offer a fellowship to an applicant who was designated as an alternate through the EF selection process. Alternates are selected based on a review of the entire pool of applicants and a committee ranking, not on country of origin. We have several candidates in our alternate pool for the upcoming MNP. Unfortunately, Mr. Governatori was not named an alternate.

We are very glad that we are able to accommodate Rosalba and offer her a fellowship in 2016. We are especially happy that Italy will not lose a fellowship opportunity. We will send a letter directly to her early next week.

All the best,
Erin

27 Febbraio 2015
Caro Pino, cara Camilla,

come già sapete, per motivi di salute, legati a complicazioni della mia da poco avviata gravidanza, i medici non mi consentono di affrontare viaggi lunghi e sottopormi a stress. Volevo ringraziarvi per aver aderito alla proposta di Filadelfia di rinviare al prossimo anno la mia fellowship.

Con Leigh abbiamo già avuto modo di definire il programma quasi interamente. Quest'ulteriore anno sarà un'occasione per raffinarlo maggiormente e contribuire alle attività di ef italia. Grazie ancora ed un caro saluto a tutti
Rosalba


Festa della donna 2015

8 Marzo 2015

Ricordiamole tutte: a loro il nostro saluto più affettuoso

Cristina Acidini

Camilla Sebastiani

Benedetta Craveri

Francesca D'Amico

Pia Marconi

Ludovica Rizzotti

Isabella Splendore

Rosalba Striani

e, sempre, a tutte… ad maiora


Cristina Acidini nella Commissione Scientifica delle Scuderie del Quirinale

11 Marzo 2015

Cari Fellows, vi comunico con immenso piacere la nomina della nostra Cristina Acidini nella Commissione Scientifica delle Scuderie del Quirinale.

(G.C.)


Un “vecchio” Fellow rientra tra noi: Mario Vivalda,1968 Italian Fellow

15 Marzo 2015

Cari Fellows, qui di seguito pubblichiamo lo scambio di e-mail che annuncia il rientro del nostro Mario Vivalda tra gli EF Fellows.

(G.C.)

13 Marzo 2015
Caro Mario,
Diane mi ha inviato, come già sai, copia della tua mail con la quale notifichi il tuo "rientro" tra gli EF Fellow.
Il merito di ciò giustamente lo attribuisci a Claude Henrion il quale, oltre che tuo co-Fellow ed amico, è anche, e molto, mio amico (non co-Fellow, naturalmente, perché io, forse lo ricordi, ho rappresentato l'Italia, nella Fellowships, un anno prima di voi due, nel 1967). Ma un po' di merito è anche mio: in ottobre abbiamo organizzato, a Roma, un very successful EF Social Weekend (ad esso hanno partecipato circa 70 tra Fellow e Spouses, provenienti da 16 paesi: e il giudizio lusinghiero sottolineatoti da Diane è assolutamente meritato): Claude mi aveva raccontato non solo dell'ottimo rapporto che ancora vi lega ma anche della sua intenzione di farti visita a Città della Pieve. L'ho caldamente invitato a fare il possibile perché tu potessi tornare a Fellow "attivo". Ora vedo che ci è riuscito e me ne rallegro molto: tante cose sono successe nella nostra piccola Associazione da quando hai smesso di sentirtene parte, pensando, come hai scritto, che, a una certa età Fellows "would beoutlisted".
Son contento che ti sia ricreduto: d'accordo con Diane e George de Lama, il nuovo EF Presidente, e tantissimi Fellow nel mondo, io penso che "Once a Fellow, always a Fellow". Per saperne di più sui Fellow italiani (tra cui ben sei negli ultimi 6 anni: un record per Filadelfia - di cui 5 al femminile), ti prego di seguire il suggerimento di Diane e dare un'occhiata al sito web dell'Associazione italiana www.efitaly.org, sito aperto proprio in occasione del Social Weekend di cui ti parlavo e che d'ora in avanti sarà permanente.
Spero che il tuo rientro nel Network globale significhi rientro anche nel gruppo italiano dei Fellows; a Roma è forse più facile che nella tua deliziosa città.
Mando copia di questa mail a Diane (a Fila c'è una borsista italiana per la traduzione), a Claude, che l'Italiano lo mastica benino, a Camilla che è la Segretaria Generale e ad Alberto che è il Tesoriere (se entri - come spero - nell'Associazione il "peso" finanziario è di 150 € annui...non è in grado di spaventare alcuno), e ad Antonio, il quale, esclusi te e me, è il più "Senior" tra i Fellow.
Un abbraccio
Pino

11 Marzo 2015
Dear Mario,
We are so pleased to “have you back” at EF. We believe that the Eisenhower Fellowship is a “Fellowship for Life”, so we try hard to keep track of Fellows and we never willingly give them up.
It is so good to hear that you were re-connected via Claude Henrion. He has been a very steady, loyal and active Fellow for a long time and hence is also a dear friend.
I am taking the liberty of copying your fellow Italian Fellows who head the EF Italy Chapter so that you might re-connect with them as well. They are a wonderful group! The conference they organized in Rome last October was an incredible event and I consider myself very fortunate to have been a part of it. Here is a link to the EF Italy Chapter website http://efitaly.org/
How nice to hear of your fond memories with Margie and Carlo Perrone. Margie was one of my mentors here at EF and a good friend for a very long time as well. We were very sorry to lose her last May to lung cancer. I am still in touch with her husband Carlo and will let him know of your kind words.
Wishing you all good things and hoping to have the opportunity to meet you in person one day.
Warm regards,
Diane

Diane M. Shoemaker
Director, Alumni Network
Eisenhower Fellowships

10 Marzo 2015
Dear Diane,
I'm glad as well to be back! I've assumed that at a certain age fellows would be " outlisted". I was wrong, and when I saw Claude Henrion in Rome few months ago, he insisted to bring me back… Here I am.
I cannot think that my fellowship was nearly 50 years ago! However I still feel very young and busy every day in farming and gardening. Though I don't like travelling any more having… 4,500 flight hours, good for a second pilot! But I am ready to welcome any EF officer wishing to enjoy the beauty of Umbria. I remember the good days we spent with Margie and Carlo Perrone here in Città della Pieve. Margie was my unforgettable programming angel.
My warmest regards to you and Jason
Mario

9 Marzo 2015
Dear Mario,
We are delighted to have an updated e-mail address for you. We are pleased to send you EF’s regular mailings to Fellows. Welcome back to Eisenhower Fellowships!
All best regards,
Diane

9 Marzo 2015

Dear Mario,
Thank you so much for your e-mail. I have updated your contact information in our records, and notified Diane of this as well.
Warm regards,

Jason

Jason J. Riley
Program Officer, Eisenhower Fellowships


Le candidate italiane non ammesse al Women Leadership program del 2015

Rosalba Striani parteciperà

31 Marzo 2015

Pubblichiamo di seguito la mail che Erin Hillman ci ha inviato sui risultati della selezione per il WLP del 2015.

(G.C.)

Dear Giuseppe & Camilla,

It is with regret that I inform you that we are not able to accept Alessia Clemente or Simona Tondelli as 2015 Eisenhower Fellows. As we moved to an at large process for our recruitment for the Women’s Leadership Program, the competition was extremely strong and neither woman ranked in the top 25.

Led by George de Lama, the EF selection committee looked very carefully at all the applications, discussed any questions we had fully with the candidates by phone, and convened 5 selections meetings in Philadelphia to arrive at this result. An integral part of this process was to ensure that we have the right mix of profession, age, and geography to create a dynamic group.

However, we look forward to Rosalba Striani’s participation in our 2016 Multi Nation Program, pending her decision to participate.

We ask that you keep this information confidential for now until the candidates receive their letters within the next week.

I wish I had better news to share. I do greatly appreciate the effort you put forth to participate in this process.

Best Regards,
Erin

Erin Hillman
Senior Director, Fellowship Programs


Mail del Presidente EF George de Lama a Rosalba Striani: ammessa al MNP 2016

March 30, 2015

Chairman of the Boord of Trustees: General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired)
Chairmen Emeriti: The Honorable Henry A. Kissinger; The Honorable George H.W. Bush
Chair, Executive Committee: Christine Todd Whitman
President: George de Lama

March 30, 2015
Rosalba Striani

Dear Ms. Striani

Congratulations. I write to invite you to represent Italy in the Eisenhower Fellowships 2016 Multi Nation Program scheduled to occur from April3 to May 20, 2016.

Eisenhower Fellows are outstanding leaders from around the world who make important contributions to their societies. Your fellowship experience and your subsequent commitment to active lifelong engagement in the EF global network of Fellows will help you grow professionally and personally and advance the mission of our organization to work to better our world.

Your fellowship begins the day you accept this exclusive invitation. Your active participation in the development of your U.S. program is critical to ensure its success. The more you plan beforehand, the better program results you can expect. An EF program officer will be assigned to you in January 2016, and will work closely with you to develop a rewarding and enriching fellowship experience.

I also encourage you to begin discussing with past Fellows in your country and region how you can make the most of this wonderful opportunity. Like the more than 2,000 Fellows who have come before you, the impact you achieve will reflect your passion, hard work and commitment to the objectives of Eisenhower Fellowships to help make the world more peaceful, prosperous and just.

Welcome to your Eisenhower Fellowship and your lifelong membership in the global EF Family.
Sincerely,
George de Lama

Enclosure: Guidelines and Expectations for Eisenhower Fellows
cc: Giuseppe Cassano, Camilla Sebastiani

Download the letter from President de Lama to Rosalba Striani

Cari tutti,

l'EF di Philadelphia non ha selezionato nessuna delle nostre due candidate per il WLP 2015 (Alessia Clemente e Simona Tondelli).
A Rosalba Striani, che per motivi di salute non è potuta partire per il MNP 2015 (con inizio ad aprile), è stato invece consentito di partire per lo stesso programma nel 2016. Sarà dunque lei la prossima fellow italiana per il 2016.
Un caro saluto a tutti,
Camilla


Aggiornamenti su EF Filadelfia e sul Network - Attività previste e prospettive

May 15, 2015

Il 7 maggio ho partecipato, nella veste di membro dello Steering Committee del GNC - Global Network Council, alla periodica teleconferenza con Filadelfia, nel corso della quale sono stati affrontati molti degli argomenti riguardanti la situazione, le prospettive e le attività future della EF.
Ai fini della diffusione di tali informazioni ai Fellow italiani, mi sembra opportuno pubblicare sul nostro sito web la sintesi della teleconferenza. Chi volesse ascoltare la registrazione audio della stessa clicchi su questo link.
Un caro saluto a tutti i Fellow ed in particolare a Mario Morcone, di cui ho avuto il piacere di ascoltare, alcuni giorni fa, il lungo intervento svolto nel corso della trasmissione SKY, "TG24 Pomeriggio", coordinato dalla brava presentatrice Saluzzi.
Giuseppe Cassano

EF Global Network Council Second Quarterly Meeting via teleconference May 7, 2015 10:00 –11:30 a.m. EDT

Attending: Monica Bordon, and Silvia Bacher, Argentina, Rosemary Howard, Australia, Michael Voordeckers, Belgium/EC, Eduardo D’Aguiar, Brazil (representing Anna Barbara Proietti), Roberto Guerrero, Chile, Solomon Cai, China, Giuseppe Cassano, Italy, Jinwoo So, Korea, Tom Frawley, N. Ireland , Susan Baragwanath, New Zealand, Bernardine Vester, New Zealand, Shahid Mahmud, Pakistan ( in person), Irina Anghel, Romania, Omar Al-Madhi, Saudi Arabia, Laurence Lien, Singapore, Eran Wickramartne, Sri Lanka, John Della Volpe, USA (New England) , Kevin Gunn, USA (St. Louis) and C.J. Juhasz, USA, EF Staff: George de Lama, President, Tom Ferguson, Senior Director, Development, Erin Hillman, Senior Director, Fellow Programs, Holly Logan, Coordinator, Global Fellows Network, Diane Shoemaker, Senior Director, Global Fellows Network, Stephanie Veit, Executive Director, Development and External Relations

George de Lama, President, provided a brief update of the organization:
- EF is on a stronger financial footing in 2015 as compared to 2014.- The Executive Committee of the Board approved the 2015 Business Plan with our new strategic objectives and a staff reorganization that includes two promotions: Diane Shoemaker becomes Senior Director, Global Fellows Network, to support elevating the status of the EF Fellows network; and Erin Hillman becomes Senior Director, Fellowship Programs, overseeing both the International and USA Programs.
- The reorganization includes two new additions to the EF staff: Stephanie Veit, Executive Director of Advancement and External Relations; and Gypsy Guillen Kaiser, EF’s new Communications Director.
- The Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship program will effectively double the size of the USA program. The Zhi-Xing Fellowship will begin this fall.
- The Executive Committee approved the first regional program in EF’s history focusing on Africa for Fall 2016. This will be announced publicly at the EF Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on May 21.
- EF has announced the selection of the 25 outstanding leaders for this fall’s Women’s Leadership Program, which will culminate with a dynamic Women’s Leadership Conference in Miami in November.

Updates from Working Groups

a. Tom Frawley (N. Ireland ’89), Chair of the Engagement Working Group reported:
i. The Working Group has completed the synthesis of survey findings from two groups of Fellows, Global Fellow Network leaders of 2013 and Global Network Council Members of 2014. The working document provides a building block and legitimacy for re-statement or re-thinking of EF’s vision and mission.
ii. There is alignment going forward with the Technology Team of the Working Group, headed by John Della Volpe (USA ’08). The Working Group is poised to work alongside with EF HQ in implementing strategic recommendations of the EF business plan.
iii. The Engagement group has also done some work on refreshing/renewing the EF brand for EF’s consideration.
iv. Omar Al-Madhi (Saudi Arabia ’11) commented that he hoped any new branding would have a global reach and involve people from all different geographies across the globe to take account of cultural sensitivities.

b. John Della Volpe (USA ’08), Co-Chair of the Engagement Working Group (focus on Technology), reported that the focus of his group has been to look at vendors and scope out the work necessary to move EF agenda (website and online directory) forward.
i. There was discussion on some pro bono components. Harsha Purasinghe (Sri Lanka ’14) is working on developing an app for cell phones for Fellows on program to access their schedules. Shahid Mahmud (Pakistan ’01) is developing a separate software program for the online application and recruitment process.
ii. These two components will be very valuable tools and the time and energy expended to create them are deeply appreciated by EF HQ

c. George de Lama posited that EF’s priority is to have the best possible website, a top-of-the line product worthy of the Eisenhower Fellows.
i. GdL noted that this new website will be the result of a process driven by Fellows, designed by Fellows, for the engagement of Fellows. Procuring the new technology will be considered as the first real global Fellows project to serve the Global Fellows Network.
ii. EF would like Fellows around the world take this up as their cause. So EF will be launching a global campaign to have Eisenhower Fellows fund their new website. This is a project to show that the Fellows’ global network has real power to make an impact, and to give back to the organization.
iii. Based on fairly conservative projections for what an excellent website and online directory might cost, the goal will be modest, an average cost of around $145 per Fellow (approximately $4,000 USD per EF country chapter).
iv. These technology tools are a critical piece to Fellows’ engagement, as identified by the Fellows. It is recognized that all Fellows may not be in a position to participate; but the cost could be borne by EF country chapters.
v. Shahid Mahmud generously pledged $5,000 on behalf of the Pakistani Fellows Chapter and said he would challenge his fellow Pakistani Fellows to match him.
vi.EF HQ is still in the definition process for the scope of the project.
vii. We encourage Steering Committee Members to discuss with other Fellows in their respective chapters and provide advance knowledge that EF will be making a global campaign to fund the new EF website with a preliminary estimate of $200,000 USD.
viii. Irina Anghel (Romania ’08) suggested that it is generally challenging to collect information from Fellows and difficult to reach all Fellows. She suggests we think of ways to come up with a practical mechanism for reaching out to Fellows to invite them to participate in this initiative.
ix. EF will circulate a Request for Information created by John Della Volpe and his team defining features sought in the new technology before submitting a final RFP to digital media firms for bids on design, development and deployment. This final stage of the process will trigger the launch of EF’s global appeal to raise the funds needed.

d. Susan Baragwanath (New Zealand ’94), Co-Chair Working Group on Women’s Leadership (Focus on Mentorship). Susan reported that she and her 2 co-chairs, Juan Jose Guemes (Spain ’11) and Thao Griffiths (Vietnam ’13) have had several meetings and determined that a practical, two-stage program for mentors is required to involve the existing network in mentoring the 2015 WLP and to provide training to the group that will equip them to act as mentors to younger women outside of the EF network. Many Fellows, male and female have offered to assist. Next step is to work out a “nuts and bolts” program that satisfies the program goals and objectives.
i. Diane Shoemaker, Senior Director, Global Fellows Network, commented that the Harvard consultant engaged by EF for the Women’s Program, Victoria Budson, Executive Director of the Center for Women and Public Policy at Harvard University, cautioned that in her 20-year experience at Harvard the success rate of small group/executive session mentoring far exceeds that of one-to-one mentoring. The small group approach would entail engaging women as mentors on their particular topics of expertise to conduct 1-to-2 hour webinar sessions for mentees.
ii. Tom Frawley (Northern Ireland ’89) requested that EF provide briefing materials to Fellows who will act as mentors.

e. Shahid Mahmud (Pakistan ’01), Co-Chair, Nomination and Recruitment Working Group: Shahid’s office is working (pro bono) on a recruitment portal to assist in the EF application process. He expects it will be up and running for beta testing in the next few weeks. Shahid recommends that 2 Fellows per country (one who is relatively new and conversant with cutting edge technology and one from a previous generation) review the new software for the recruitment process.
i. Erin Hillman, Senior Director, Fellowship Programs, advised that all application materials are now on-line and can be readily accessed by any applicant.

f. Shahid Mahmud - Presentation and discussion of his paper, “Anticipating Global Trends 2015-2035” - Shahid previously submitted his paper, which was distributed to all GNC members as a “thought starter” regarding what kind of leaders EF should be looking for in the next 20 years. Critical issues and areas of leadership are identified as energy outlook; food and water security, cyber-security and global conflict. EF might consider a “roadmap” of what are we looking for in leaders down the road.
i. Monica Bordon (Argentina ’97) suggested that inequality and poverty also be on the agenda —“an old problem with new solutions”.
ii. Tom Frawley commented that reviewing global trends would help inform all on judgments made in any particular corner of globe.
iii. C.J. Juhasz (USA ’13) suggested there be consideration of a process for GNC members to add comments to Shahid’s paper.
iv. George de Lama suggested this as the beginning of a thought provoking exercise, ideas for a bigger view.

g. George de Lama - Preview of EF Board of Trustees Meeting (5/21/15) - GdL advised that EF Fellows will be highlighted during the course of the meeting, more than in past years. Four Fellows have been invited to present either at the Board Meeting proper or the Board luncheon on the Global Network Council, Women’s Leadership Program, and the 2016 Africa Program. At the annual awards dinner, the International Rescue Committee will receive the Eisenhower Medal for Distinguished Leadership and Service, to be accepted by its President and CEO, David Miliband. Susan Baragwanath (New Zealand ’94) will receive the Distinguished Fellow Award. Also speaking at the dinner will be USA Fellow Rob Burns (’11), who has partnered with 2013 Pakistani Fellow Zeeshan Usmani on a new startup business, Predictify.Me, a data analytics firm. Predictify.Me recently announced a new partnership with the United Nations to deploy its technology to predict the likelihood of terrorist attacks to help protect schoolchildren in Pakistan, Nigeria and Lebanon. The two Fellows met on fellowship and have gifted a 5% equity stake in the company to EF in a desire to give back to the organization.

h. Roberto Guerrero (Chile ’07) suggested that EF think about how to include Cuba in future EF programs. George de Lama advised that EF is exploring ways it might be able to do so.

i. Future meeting dates:

- Teleconference — August date TBD

- 2015 Annual Meeting, November 17 in conjunction with Women’s Leadership Conference to be held November 17-19 in Miami, Florida. Details to come.


La scomparsa di Demirel, già EF Fellow e Presidente della Turchia

17 Giugno 2015
Cari Fellow,
pubblico di seguito la mail del Presidente EF George de Lama che comunica la morte di un Fellow molto autorevole e da sempre molto vicino alla EF e che anch'io ho incontrato di persona in occasione di un importante evento EF: Suleiman Demirel.
A nome dell'Associazione ho inviato ai nostri co-Fellow turchi la nostra partecipazione al lutto e le nostre condoglianze.
Giuseppe Cassano

Dear members of the EF family,

We are deeply saddened to share with you the news that the most distinguished Eisenhower Fellow of all time, former Turkish President Süleyman Demirel, passed away this morning in Ankara.

On behalf of our Chairman, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret), the Chair of the Executive Committee, Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, members of the EF Board of Trustees, our Fellows around the world and the staff of Eisenhower Fellowships, we extend our profound condolences to President Demirel’s family and to all the EF Fellows in Turkey for this great loss to their nation and to the organization he cherished.

President Demirel served as Turkey’s ninth president and as its prime minister seven times, the first time at the age of 41, in an extraordinary political career that paralleled the dramatic democratic trajectory and economic development of his nation. He was also a loyal and dedicated Eisenhower Fellow, at 28 the youngest member of EF’s pioneer class of Fellows in 1954, later serving as a member of the EF Board of Trustees. His lifelong commitment to our organization exemplified the EF mission and helped shape our exceptional network of Fellows in Turkey and in the region.

For years, President Demirel regularly hosted Eisenhower Fellows from the U.S. and other countries when they visited Turkey, and he made a historic visit to the EF headquarters in Philadelphia while sitting prime minister to underscore his gratitude and devotion to the organization he long served. In 1992, he received the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for Distinguished Leadership and Service.

This morning we received the following email communication from Murat Yetkin (MNP ’04), the editor in chief of Hürriyet Daily News and head of the Turkish chapter of EF Fellows:

“I regret to tell you that the EF’s most senior fellow, Turkey’s Ninth President, Honorable Süleyman Demirel has passed away (today) on June 17 at 02.05 Turkish time due to kidney, liver and lung insufficiency due to old age in the Güven Hospital in Ankara where he has been under treatment for some time...

“(The) Turkish government has announced a three-day national mourning. His state funeral will be held in the Parliament and in Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara on June 19, Friday and he will be laid to rest in his birth place, Isparta, Islamköy, the next day. I will be present at the funeral in Ankara and make sure that there will be a wreath for the EF there.”

“May Allah’s grace be upon him, may he rest in peace.”

Here is the link to an official Eisenhower Fellowships letter of recognition we sent President Demirel last October on the occasion of the inauguration of his presidential library in Turkey:

It read, in part:

“As a distinguished Fellow and EF Trustee, you have embodied the highest ideals of Eisenhower Fellowships for more than 60 years…More than two decades ago, the EF Board of Trustees honored you by awarding you the Eisenhower Medal of Distinguished Leadership and Service, citing your extraordinary contributions to your nation and to the cause of advancing international understanding. ‘For (decades), in opposition, under political restriction, or at the apex of public power, your name has been inseparable from the destinies of the people of Turkey,’ your citation read.

“Because you were in the very first class of Eisenhower Fellows, and because of your eminent rank and accomplishments, the EF Board of Trustees long ago rhetorically bestowed on you the title of the Senior Eisenhower Fellow on Earth. Many of your Turkish countrymen, inspired by your leadership and your example, simply call you ‘Baba’—literally, ‘Father.’ For decades, the more than 1,400 active members of the global network of Eisenhower Fellows have been proud to call you brother.

“Today the dedication of the Suleyman Demirel Museum of Democracy and Development marks a historic new chapter in the life of your nation and of our organization, preserving for posterity the hallmarks of your lifelong struggle for freedom, democracy and civilization for the Turkish people and for all humanity...

“You bring honor to Eisenhower Fellowships with your leadership and your example. We are privileged to count you among our number and to have been able to accompany you on your journey into history.”

Those sentiments live on today in our heavy hearts, alongside President Demirel’s historic legacy of leadership and service. May he rest in peace.

Sincerely,
George

George de Lama
President
Eisenhower Fellowships
www.efworld.org


Chi di noi andrà a Miami?

20 Giugno 2015
Cari Fellow,
Sono appena tornato da Miami, per vacanza, penso comunque di tornarci per l'evento EF, dedicato, in particolare, alla women leadership (è organizzato in congiunzione con la chiusura del WLP-Women Leadership Program 2015).
Spero qualcuna delle nostre brillanti EF leader desideri partecipare.

Cliccando nell'immagine qui sotto troverete la locandina ufficiale dell'evento.
Per maggiori informazioni andate a questo link.
Giuseppe Cassano


Progetto per il V EF Day italiano a Milano

Roma, 16 Luglio 2015
Cari Fellow,

seguono, nell'ordine, la mia mail del 26 giugno, in realtà un appello ai Fellow, la mail dell'1 luglio da parte di Salvatore IACONESI, con la quale egli propone di curare l'organizzazione a Milano dell'Eisenhower Day, e la mia mail inviata a tutti i Fellow in data 14 luglio, con la quale viene sostanzialmente accettata la proposta di Salvatore (con la collaborazione logistica di Francesca FEDELI).

2015-06-26 Giuseppe Cassano:
Cari Fellow, con le due mail che vi inoltro Filadelfia ci chiede se pensiamo di organizzare un EF Day nel corso del 2015. E' anche possibile l'ottenimento di un contributo finanziario.

Trovandomi quest'anno nella impossibilità di dedicare del tempo a tale iniziativa, ho contattato alcuni fellow i quali con valide motivazioni hanno essi pure dichiarato di non potere responsabilizzarsi per un evento EF.
Prima comunque di dare una risposta a Filadelfia penso sia opportuno consultare la totalità dei Fellow. Se qualcuno di voi desidera attivarsi per l'organizzazione del V EF Day italiano, lo invito a sottoporre una breve traccia insieme con l'argomento da trattare.
Vi prego - se interessati - dare rapido riscontro a questa mail.
Cari saluti
Pino

Da: Salvatore Iaconesi
Data: 01 luglio 2015
Oggetto: Re: 2015 EF Day

Carissimi,
è un po' di tempo che non ci sentiamo, e colgo l'occasione della comunicazione di Giuseppe per riprendere un po' i discorsi. Sono successe molte cose in questi ultimi mesi, che mi vedono coinvolte a livello europeo e internazionale. Abbiamo vinto due bandi europei di Horizon2020 sul tema dell Informazione Ubiqua e degli Human Ecosystems (che, come sapete, sono stati anche finanziati dalla sede centrale EF, come Consequential Outcomes); siamo partiti con il tema degli Ubiquitous Commons (http://www.ubiquitouscommons.org/), tra l'altro sostenuti anche da numerose connessioni che provengono da EF e anche da Yale, dove sono stato per la mia World Fellowship l'anno scorso; e sono diventato consulente esperto per la Commissione Europea sul tema delle connessioni tra arti, creatività e scienze, come motore dell'innovazione (nel programma ICT Arts Connect e nel nuovo programma STARTS, se lo conoscete).
E tante altre cose, in Brasile, Cina e un po' dovunque in Europa.
Sarebbe bello, riprendendo da dove ci eravamo "fermati".
Mi farebbe enorme piacere curare l'EF Day di quest'anno. Non potrei né a Settembre né a Ottobre. Ma se una data a Novembre fosse proponibile, potrebbe essere il momento giusto.
Tra l'altro sono molto contento dei tanti messaggi che ci inoltra Giuseppe dalla sede centrale. Soprattutto quelli che riguardano la struttura di questi eventi: se vi ricordate sostenevo vivacemente la possibilità e l'opportunità di non "cedere" al modello dell'ennesima conferenza, in favore di modelli di evento più dinamici e partecipativi.
Sono molto contento che, finalmente, questa impostazione sia stata acquisita anche da EF centrale. Sicuramente ne gioveremo tutti, in termini di relazionalità e generazione di opportunità e collaborazioni.
Il tema che proporrei sarebbe quello dell'Iperconnettività.
Come sapete è un tema molto importante, che, ad esempio, è alla base di tante strategie a livello Europeo e di molte iniziative mondiali che interconnettono il business con le scienze umanistiche, le arti, il design e la società civile che, proprio sul tema dell'iperconnettività, vedrà giocarsi la partita di diritti, cambiamenti sociali e psicologici, la generazione di nuove politiche nazionali ed internazionali.
Fatemi sapere se fosse proponibile una iniziativa di questo genere per Novembre, che ne parliamo subito. Io sono momentaneamente fuori Italia, ma torno presto. Un caro saluto e, per chi ci è già andato, delle ottime vacanze!
Salvatore

Il giorno 14/lug/2015, Giuseppe Cassano ha scritto:

Cara Camilla, caro Alberto,
invio questa email a tutti i fellow. Filadelfia ci chiede se intendiamo organizzare un EF Day. I Fellow romani - anche a causa della recente e pesante organizzazione di uno stupendo e successful EF Social Weekend - non sono nella condizione di affrontare il gravoso nuovo compito.
Francesca Fedeli e Salvatore Iaconesi, non a caso gli ultimi due Fellow in ordine temporale, rispondendo al mio precedente appello, ritengono di potersi fare parte attiva, la prima sul piano logistico, il secondo curando l'organizzazione vera e propria dell'Eisenhower Day, di cui ha indicato il possibile tema, sulla iperconnettività (e maggiori dettagli potete trovare nella sua mail qui allegata).
Sono molto lieto di tale possibilità, che tra l'altro responsabilizza gli ultimi Fellow, come avevamo appunto deciso in linea strategica, qualche tempo fa.
Cari Salvatore e Francesca andate quindi avanti, senza però aspettarvi molto da Roma: stavolta l'onere diventa tutto milanese...
Naturalmente i dettagli organizzativi, per le varie fasi, dovranno essere resi noti agli organi dell'Associazione (Presidenza, Segreteria generale e Tesoriere), ma vi assicuriamo il massimo di collaborazione, nel senso della minore burocraticità possibile.
Salvatore chiede - mi sembra ovvio - la presenza di alcuni dei "senior": io mi trovo nella impossibilità di essere presente il 20 novembre perché dovrò essere, in quella data, negli Stati Uniti, a Miami, proprio per la riunione del Global Network Council della EF di cui faccio parte (sono nella Steering Committee), ma sono sicuro che qualcuno dei Fellow, in risposta a questa mail, avanzerà la propria candidatura a rappresentare l'Associazione.
Camilla, avuta la conferma finale da Salvatore, dovresti cortesemente segnalare a Filadelfia che anche quest'anno organizzeremo l'Eisenhower Day, fornendo i dettagli che Salvatore ti farà avere. Alberto, se fosse necessario richiedere il contributo finanziario di Filadelfia, sai come fare, utilizzando il modulo che Filadelfia ha inviato, ma sulla base dei dati che Salvatore ti fornirà. Son certo che anche questo evento sarà pari a quanto Filadelfia si aspetta dalla Associazione italiana: come sempre...il massimo.
Un abbraccio a tutti, e a Francesca e Salvatore... auguri e buon lavoro.
Pino


Prestigioso riconoscimento per Francesca Fedeli: prima Ashoka Fellow in Itlalia

Roma, 16 Luglio 2015

Cari Fellow,
sono lieto di pubblicare sul nostro sito, insieme con il comunicato stampa ufficiale allegato, le congratulazioni per il prestigioso riconoscimento per Francesca, pervenute dal Presidente della EF George de Lama e da Diane Shoemaker, oltre a quelle mie personali.
G. Cassano

Da: George de Lama
Data: 15 luglio 2015
A: Francesca Fedeli

Dear Francesca,
On behalf of all your friends and colleagues at Eisenhower Fellowships, let me extend our heartfelt congratulations on this wonderful recognition.

We are proud to count you as a member of the EF family. Best wishes for every continued success in your important work.

Warmest regards,
George
George de Lama President
Eisenhower Fellowships

Da: Diane Shoemaker
Data: 15 luglio 2015
A: Francesca Fedeli

Dear Francesca,
I write to echo George’s sentiments and offer congratulations as well on becoming the first Italian Ashoka Fellow!

This is excellent news and no doubt, very well deserved. We will be delighted to share your news with the global EF network.

All the very best,
Diane

Da: Giuseppe Cassano
Data: 16 luglio 2015
A: Francesca Fedeli

Cara Francesca,
Mi aggiungo anch'io - con viva soddisfazione - ai Fellow che ti hanno fatto pervenire complimenti e felicitazioni per il prestigioso riconoscimento Ashoka.

La notizia, insieme con il comunicato Ashoka, tutti i Fellow possono trovarla sul nostro sito efitaly.org dove ho fatto pubblicare anche le mail di congratulazioni a te inviate dal Presidente della EF George de Lama e da Diane Shoemaker.

Grazie anche per la collaborazione che intendi dare ai fini dell'organizzazione, il prossimo novembre, del V EF Day italiano, insieme con Salvatore Iaconesi.

Un abbraccio
Pino

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Aggiornamenti e novità sulle attività e prospettive della EF

Roma, 16 Luglio 2015

Cari Fellow,
Penso sia utile mettervi al corrente delle attività e prospettive della EF e del network.

La lettura delle due mail - e dei rispettivi allegati - può, a tal fine, risultare di grande utilità, a riprova della continua vitalità e ricchezza di visione della Organizzazione di cui la nostra Associazione è orgogliosa parte. Sono a vostra disposizione per eventuali commenti o chiarimenti.
Giuseppe Cassano

Da: Diane Shoemaker
Data: 10 giugno 2015
Oggetto: RE: Invitation for comments and suggestions

Dear GNC members,

Following up on our recent May 7 meeting of the GNC Steering Committee, attached above for your review and your comments is a thought-provoking paper by Shahid Mahmud (Pakistan, ‘01), “Anticipating Global Trends 20-15-35.” Shahid’s paper looks at important demographic issues with implications for Eisenhower Fellowships’ operations in coming years. Shahid prepared this document as the starting point for a discussion within the EF Fellows network, and since then several of you have commented that you would like to build upon his thoughts and suggest additional trends and subjects for consideration.

Accordingly, we invite GNC members to share and discuss this document with your colleagues in your respective EF Country Chapters and submit in writing your thoughts, comments and suggestions for how this might be applied to future selections of EF Fellows, regions and thematic approaches of EF operations around the world. We would appreciate receiving your thoughts by July 10 so that we can collect some of these ideas and discuss them at the Steering Committee level before a larger consideration of the subject at our next GNC in-person meeting in Miami on Nov. 17. This valuable input by our Fellows around the world will in turn nourish the EF staff’s review of our operations around the world, to be completed by the end of the year for consideration by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Additionally, we welcome your suggestions on:

1) Thematic ideas for a Fall 2017 program; and

2) Nominations for the 2016 Eisenhower Medal of Distinguished Leadership and Service and for the 2016 Distinguished Fellow Award. (Terms of reference attached.)

Thank you in advance for these important contributions to the evolution of EF’s mission and the advancement of our programs.

All best regards,
Diane
Diane M. Shoemaker
Senior Director
Global Fellows Network
Eisenhower Fellowships

From: Diane Shoemaker
Sent: Monday, June 08, 2015
Subject: FW: Global Network Council Update from EF Philadelphia

Dear Members of the Global Network Council and Working Group Chairs,

We have been experiencing a very active spring at EF and appreciate all that you have done to contribute to the high energy and productivity. George has asked that I share his message below with you.

King regards,
Diane

From: George de Lama

Dear Global Network Council members and Working Group Chairs,
I hope this message finds you and yours well and enjoying the spring season (or the advent of autumn, for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere). Here in Philadelphia we’re savoring a warm, lovely spring, a most welcome thaw after a dark, icy winter.

Following up on our teleconference call on May 7, I write to update you on a few new developments at EF Philadelphia and within the three working groups of the GNC. Please share this information with your EF colleagues in your country chapters and across your regions.

1) Eisenhower Fellowships Annual Meeting

Eisenhower Fellows were front and center at our successful Annual Meeting Day and Awards dinner in Philadelphia on May 21. The day’s events were marked by increased attendance on the part of board members, prospective donors and invited guests over 2014.

At the EF Board of Trustees meeting that morning, Susan Baragwanath (’94 New Zealand) and Samaila Zubairu (’06 Nigeria) shared with Trustees their personal perspectives about the Fall 2015 Women’s Leadership Program and the Fall 2016 Africa Program, respectively.

At the Trustees and donors’ lunch with EF Chairman Gen. Colin L. Powell, Martin Burt (’94 Paraguay) spoke about the formation of the GNC and its potential impact as a catalyst for impact and John Della Volpe (’08 USA) updated the audience about the EF Fellows’ effort to drive the design and deployment of a new EF website and database.

At the EF Annual Awards dinner that evening, Gen. Powell presented the Distinguished Fellow Award to Susan Baragwanath in recognition of her dedicated service and lifetime engagement with EF. Two EF Fellows, Ejaj Ahmad (Bangladesh ’15) and Rhonda Roussard (USA ’14) spoke about their Eisenhower Fellowship experience and its impact. Rob Burns (USA ’11) presented the story of Predictify.Me, the data analytics startup company he founded with Zeeshan Usmani Ul-Hassan (Pakistan ’12) that is partnering with the United Nations to help protect schoolchildren in Pakistan, Nigeria and Lebanon. Rob and Zeeshan donated a 5-percent equity share in the company to EF.

At the Awards dinner, EF formally announced we would host the first program in the organization’s history focusing exclusively on Africa in Fall 2016. A fact sheet is attached above.

Two U.S. media pieces about EF ran on May 21 to coincide with our annual meeting:

This page-one article about Eisenhower Fellowships appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer that morning.

And that evening, the Philadelphia NBC affiliate TV station (NBC 10) covered the EF Awards Dinner and broadcast this story about the awarding of the 2015 Eisenhower Medal of Distinguished Leadership and Service to David Miliband and the International Rescue Committee.

2) Engagement Working Group—Technology update

John Della Volpe and his team have prepared the attached Request for Information to move forward with the re-design of the EF website and online directory. Your comments and feedback directly to John or to Holly Logan (Hlogan@efworld.org) are welcome and especially appreciated by June 23. (Please note that certain response dates mentioned in the document are subject to change.)

We are grateful that the Eisenhower Fellows of Vietnam have pledged $5,000 on behalf of the Vietnam EF Chapter to follow Pakistan’s example of EF chapters providing financial support to underwrite the costs of the new website.

3) Women’s Leadership/Mentoring

We have been working closely with Susan Baragwanath, Juan Jose Guemes (Spain ’11) and Thao Griffiths (Vietnam ’13) in planning a mentoring component for the Fellows in our 2015 Women’s Leadership Program during their Opening Week seminar. We have invited Susan, Juan Jose and Thao to Philadelphia to participate in a session on mentoring facilitated by Victoria Budson, Executive Director, Women and Policy Studies, Harvard University, and to share their valuable personal perspectives on the larger Eisenhower Fellowship experience with the WLP Fellows during their Opening Week Seminar. Separately, Juan Jose, Susan and Thao would appreciate hearing from you if you would like to join other EF Fellows interested in acting as mentors to the WLP Fellows before they begin their fellowship program.

4) Nominations/Recruitment

Shahid Mahmud (Pakistan ‘01) has graciously gifted EF with an online application tool to improve our application process. Shahid’s team has been working tirelessly with us to get the online application ready for our recruitment launch for the program in the beginning of July.

The application is still in the beta version and could benefit from your help in testing the application. It should only take about 10 minutes of your time. Detailed instructions are below. If you are able to assist us with this project, please email all your feedback to Shealyn Kirts (skirts@efworld.org) by Friday, June 19.

Instructions to assist with beta testing of online application process:

Go to this website link
Enter your email & password and click “sign up”.
You will receive an email with a verification code and link. Follow the instructions on this email.
Once you are logged in, complete the application. You do NOT need to complete each entry fully. You can simply enter the word “test” and move to the next section. For example, when it prompts you for an essay response, write “test”.
Once you have submitted the application, send any feedback you have to Shealyn Kirts at skirts@efworld.org.

5) As mentioned in our teleconference last month, the Women’s Leadership Forum will take place in Miami, November 17-19 with the annual GNC meeting on Tuesday, November 17 from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the EPIC hotel. We look forward to seeing you all there. A fact sheet for the three-day forum is attached above.

Thank you all for your commitment and dedication to EF. We tentatively plan our next GNC teleconference for August and will be reaching out to determine the best date.

Warmest regards,
George
George de Lama President
Eisenhower Fellowships

Download Anticipating global trends 2015-35.docx


A Susan Baragwanath il Distinguished EF Fellow Award 2015

Roma, 16 Luglio 2015

Cari Fellow,
Vi farà piacere sapere che a Susan Baragwanath - che tutti avete conosciuto in occasione dell'Ef Social Weekend di Roma - è stato dato il "distinguished EF Fellow Award" 2015.

L'award è stato consegnato dall'EF Chairman Gen. Colin Powell in occasione dell'EF Annual Awards Dinner, in Filadelfia, il 21 maggio scorso.
Un caro saluto a tutti
Giuseppe Cassano

Download Distinguished Fellow Award_Criteria.doc


Eisenhower medal for Leadership and Service

Roma, 16 Luglio 2015

Cari Fellow,
Penso possa farvi piacere conoscere i destinatari, negli anni, di un importante riconoscimento dato dalla EF a eminenti personalità per molti versi vicini alla nostra "famiglia".

Quest'anno, in occasione dell'EF Award Dinner svolto a Filadelfia il 21 maggio, l'Eisenhower Medal for Distingued Leadership and Service è stata consegnata a David Milliband and the International Rescue Committee.
In allegato l'elenco completo
Giuseppe Cassano

Download EISENHOWER MEDAL FOR LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE.doc


Il Benvenuto del Presidente George de Lama a Papa Francesco

Roma, 27 settembre 2015

Cari Fellow,
in occasione della visita di Papa Francesco negli Stati Uniti, il Presidente EF George de Lama ha fatto pervenire al Pontefice una bellissima lettera di benvenuto, nella quale viene sottolineato quanto gli obbiettivi della EF, di pace, giustizia, prosperità e vicinanza tra i popoli, trovi corrispondenza con quanto il Santo Padre predica ed auspica.

È perciò con grande piacere che pubblichiamo in allegato la copia della lettera del nostro Presidente, che la sua Executive Assistant Marilyn Hasheian ha indirizzato ai Fellow di Argentina e Italia. Invierò inoltre al Presidente de Lama, anche a nome della nostra Associazione, i sensi del nostro più vivo apprezzamento.

Un caro saluto a tutti
Giuseppe Cassano

Download George de Lama to His Holiness Pope Francis.pdf


Meeting in Rome with the US Fellow Neil Boyden Tanner

Rome, October 7, 2015

The American University of Rome has organized, on September 29, a "Carlucci Entrepreneurial Forum" on the enterprise in the next decade. One of the University's Trustees is Neil Boyden Tanner, who has been US EF Fellows in 2013. On his suggestion the University has invited to participate the Italian EF Fellows. For me and the other participating Fellows has been a big pleasure to meet Neil and his charming wife. The intention of both Neil and me is to evaluate the possibility of some joint activity on occasion of his future visits to Rome.

Giuseppe Cassano


Antonio Colombo membro del GNC - Global Nation Council

Rome, November 2, 2015

Cari Fellow,

pubblichiamo per giusta conoscenza uno scambio di mail, relativo all'invito ad Antonio Colombo, da parte del Presidente De Lama, a far parte del GNC, Global Network Council per i prossimi tre anni, essendo la mia nomina arrivata alla scadenza.

Sono lieto a tal proposito comunicarvi che oggi (1 novembre 2015, n.d.r.) Antonio ha comunicato a Filadelfia la sua accettazione.

Il GNC è un organo di consulenza all'EF composto da Fellow di vari paesi e di vari anni.

Ritengo che continuare ad assegnare all'Italia una "membership" nel Council sia ancora un segno della stima e della vicinanza di EF alla nostra Associazione e che, inoltre, a seguito di ciò, il nostro paese potrà continuare a godere della situazione di privilegio di cui ha profittato negli ultimi anni (e, mi sembra, la riprova è proprio nella bella risposta di Diane ad Antonio, che vi raccomando di leggere per le parole di apprezzamento nei confronti della nostra Associazione e della nostra attività),

Grazie Antonio.

Un abbraccio a tutti

Giuseppe Cassano

From George de Lama to Antonio Colombo

Dear Antonio:

Greetings from Philadelphia. At Eisenhower Fellowships we believe our Fellows are our most valuable resource. They are the heart of our organization, helping us enhance our network and produce real impact.

Currently Giuseppe Cassano is representing Italy on the Global Network Council. However, his term is coming to an end this November.

You have displayed exemplary leadership skills and commitment to the mission and vision of Eisenhower Fellowships. Accordingly we invite you to succeed Mr. Cassano on the Global Network Council. Please let us know if you are willing and available to commit to representing your country of Italy for a three-year term, from 2015- 2018. (Terms of reference attached.)The GNC is the key Fellows’ body with which we consult, consisting of nearly 50 leading Eisenhower Fellows around the world. We rely on their engagement to represent the views of Fellows to us in Philadelphia.

If you agree to serve, we invite you to join the GNC meeting on November 17 from 9am -2pm at the EPIC hotel http://www.epichotel.com/ in Miami.The meeting is being held in conjunction with EF’s Global Networks Forum: Advancing Women in Leadership in Miami from November 17-19, which we hope you will also attend. We have limited subsidy funds to support those who might not otherwise be able to attend (covering 3 nights at the EPIC hotel + conference registration). Preference for subsidy will be given to members of the GNC Steering Committee.We would appreciate your response to Diane Shoemaker by July 15 advising:

1. Acceptance of Council member position for 2015-2018; and if you agree,

2. Confirmation of attendance at the GNC meeting in Miami.

3. Whether you are requesting subsidy for conference registration and hotel for 3 nights.

Thank you for your kind consideration, and for everything you do for Eisenhower Fellowships.

Sincerely,

George de Lama

President

From Diane Shoemaker to Antonio Colombo

Dear Antonio,

I am responding on behalf of George who is traveling overseas.

We are so pleased that you have accepted to join the GNC and succeed Giuseppe Cassano as his second term on the GNC comes to a close this year.

Italy, as you know, has been a very active participant in the EF global network over the course of the past several years. The 2009 EF Paris Conference owed much of its success to the significant support which came from the Italian Fellows. The 2014 EF Day European Regional conference in Rome was a spectacular event with strong participation from within and outside the region. The EF Day events which the Italy Chapter organized in the intervening years were all quite substantive and helped to raise EF’s profile. Italy’s consistent attendance at other EF events and the strong Fellowship candidates put forward over the years have all added to Italy being a very valued country in the EF global network.

We welcome you to the GNC and look forward to having Italy continue to play a leading role in the European and global EF network.

I apologize that the original invitation to you and the first few follow-ups to join the GNC were inadvertently sent to an incorrect address.

We do look forward to your participation on the Council and will forward on the meeting materials and summary notes.

In the meantime, we also look forward to welcoming Pino to Miami and hope that he will continue his strong support, leadership and participation after his official term with the GNC concludes.

Warm regards from all at EF,

Diane

From Antonio Colombo to Diane Shoemaker

Dear Diane,

Let me first of all tell you how honored I am for having been invited by President de Lama to serve as representative of Italy in the GNC for the next three years. It is an important decision that I want to make after careful consideration. Therefore I would like to ask President de Lama to allow me a few days to think it over. Please let him know and please convey to him my deepest gratitude.

In the meantime I am writing to you to inform you that, given the short notice, I will not be able to attend the Miami meeting, since I had other plans made for those days.

I will get back to George and to you as soon as possible.

Thank you again!

Sincerely

Antonio

From Antonio Colombo to George de Lama

Dear George, thank you very much indeed for the invitation to be the representative of Italy in the GNC. I am honored to accept to serve in the Council. I will do my best to contribute to the mission of the EEF. Please accept my deepest gratitude for giving me this opportunity.

I regret that, because of the short notice, I will not be able to attend the Miami meeting. Pino Cassano will be there.

Sincerely yours

Antonio


Rosanna Striani sarà la Italian EF Fellow 2016

Rome, November 2, 2015

Dear Eisenhower Fellows:

Please join me in welcoming our 2016 Multi Nation and USA Program Fellows. After a rigorous application and selection process, these 35 extraordinary international and US leaders will officially begin their fellowships together at the Opening Seminar in Philadelphia in April 2016.

The 2016 Multi Nation program Fellows are:

- Mary Beloff (Argentina) Attorney General on Criminal Policy, Human Rights and Community Services, Attorney General´s Office of Argentina

- Sophia Eriksson (Belgium) Head of Unit, European Commission

- Fernando Koch (Brazil) Director of Research & Development, Samsung Research Institute Brazil

- Wang Wei (China) Director, Nanjing Municipal Office of Finance Development

- I-I Chan (China (Taiwan)) Director of News Department, TVBS

- Rania Al-Mashat (Egypt) Sub-Governor for Monetary Policy, Central Bank of Egypt

- Balázs Tóth, (Hungary) Program Director, Hungarian Helsinki Committee

- Anu George (India) Joint Secretary, Public & Rehabilitation Department, Government of Tamil Nadu

- Fritz Pasaribu (Indonesia) Colonel (Executive Officer), Korem, 173/PVB, Indonesian Army

- Oonagh McPhillips (Ireland) Principal, Department of Justice and Equality

- Adi Gigi (Israel) Security Consultant, Defender Security Group Ltd

- Rosalba Striani (Italy) Public Official, Autorita Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato

- Ahmad Al Hanandeh (Jordan) CEO, Zain Jordan

- Lorna Irungu (Kenya) Radio Presenter, Nation FM

- Bernardo Altamirano-Rodríguez (Mexico) Founder & CEO, Better Business Bureau Mexico

- Farzana Ahmed (Pakistan) Minister for Social Welfare & Women Development, Ministry of Social Welfare & Women Development

- Edwin To (Philippines) President & CEO, Budget Wise Supermarket

- Dan Manolescu (Romania) Deputy Minister, Ministry of Public Finance

- Mohammed Abaalkheil (Saudi Arabia) Head of Marketing & Communications, Bank Albilad

- Wahyuni Hadi (Singapore) Executive Director, Singapore International Film Festival

- Vuyisile Phehane (South Africa) Senior Manager, Commercialization Agricultural Research Council

- Andres Torrubia-Saez (Spain) Co-Founder & CEO, Medbravo & Fixr

- Arch Wongchindawest (Thailand) Founder & CEO, Social Motion Co., Ltd

- Onur Eryüce (Turkey) Secretary General, SODEM

- Maxwell Mutema (Zimbabwe) Founder & CEO, Grosbrook Private Limited

The 2016 USA Fellows are:

- Mason Ailstock, COO, Research Triangle Park Foundation, Raleigh, NC

- Quinn Bauriedel, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA

- Vanessa Cooksey, Senior Vice President and Head of Community Affairs, Wells Fargo Advisors, St. Louis, MO

- Kathryn Finney, Founder and Director, digitalundivided, New York, NY

- Daniel Gallant, Executive Director, Nuyorican Poets Café, New York, NY

- Tatiana Garcia Granados, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Common Market, Philadelphia, PA

- Jennifer Hashley, Director, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA

- Susan Patrick, President and CEO, International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Washington, DC

- Kelly Pollock, Executive Director, Center of Creative Arts, St. Louis, MO

- G. Nagesh Rao, Chief Technologist and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, DC

A formal public announcement with profiles of the Fellows will be published in December. We congratulate this newly awarded class on this notable achievement and welcome them into the Eisenhower Fellowships community of leaders.

All the best,

Erin Hillman

Senior Director, Fellowship Programs


End of Year Message from EF President George de Lama

Rome, December 24, 2015

Cari Fellow,

ringrazio quanti di voi hanno inviato graditissimi auguri per un Santo Natale e un ottimo Anno Nuovo. Auguro da parte mia a tutti i Fellow, e alle loro famiglie, serenità e successo: che il nuovo anno sia a tutti noi propizio.

Non so quanti di voi abbiano ricevuto la mail che il Presidente George de Lama ha inviato a chiusura dell'anno che volge alla fine.

La pubblico sul nostro sito perché credo possa non solo illustrare quanto realizzato nel corso del 2015 ma descrivere in modo compiuto la rinnovata vitalità dell'Eisenhower Fellowships, l'istituzione che rappresenta il comune denominatore di noi tutti e che ci permette di mantenere utili e amicali legami con tanti altri Fellow distribuiti sull'intero pianeta. A me sembra, dalla lettura di quanto descritto nella mail (oltre che da quanto "verificato" nel corso della mia recente visita negli USA in occasione di due importanti eventi della EF), che la nuova struttura manageriale - che poteva anche pensarsi destinata ad un possibile ridimensionamento dell'Organizzazione - si ponga in effetti l'obiettivo di un rilancio delle attività della EF nel mondo. Come profittarne? La nostra piccola ma vivace Associazione italiana penso si ponga fondamentalmente due obiettivi: favorire tra i suoi membri la massima integrazione e mirare alla propria crescita facendo sì che Filadelfia conceda all'Italia nuove fellowship. Il primo obiettivo dipende da noi stessi e, mi pare, possiamo considerarlo sufficientemente raggiunto. Il secondo, oltre che da noi, dipende da Filadelfia. Negli ultimi sette anni, se i miei calcoli sono esatti, abbiamo avuto sei Fello;il buon rapporto che - grazie al "Social Weekend" del novembre dell'anno passato - abbiamo con il Presidente de Lama, con la Hillman, oggi Vice President e con Diane Shoemaker e che dovremmo saper mantenere in futuro, profittando anche della continua presenza di un Fellow italiano (d'ora in avanti Antonio Colombo, dopo ben sei anni del sottoscritto) nel GNC-Global Network Council: e il permanere di un Fellow italiano è esso stesso un atto di simpatia e vicinanza.

Filadelfia, in effetti, premia l'attivismo e le iniziative messe in atto: significa che nel 2016 dovremmo organizzare un Eisenhower Day (che nel 2015 Salvatore Iaconesi non ha evidentemente organizzato come ci aveva pure assicurato di poter fare: in realtà non ho ricevuto da Salvatore nessuna comunicazione, ma la data indicativa fissata era per il mese di novembre, profittando anche dell'ospitalità assicurata da Francesca Fedeli). Converrà a tale proposito, agli inizi del nuovo anno incontrarci e discutere sul tema.

Rinnovo a tutti i Fellow e alle loro famiglie i migliori auguri per il Natale e l'Anno Nuovo.

Con amicizia

Pino

e buona lettura della mail di George

Da: George de Lama
Data: 21 dicembre 2015 21:28:37
A: Giuseppe Cassano
Oggetto: End of Year Message from EF President George de Lama

As 2015 draws to a close, we take stock on an eventful year at Eisenhower Fellowships marked by triumph and tragedy, exciting advances and senseless loss. In a year history will remember for horrific terrorist attacks in Egypt, France, Lebanon, Nigeria, Turkey and the United States, with war raging across vast swaths of the Middle East and Africa, the primary mission of EF to enhance international understanding is more critical than ever.

Amid this backdrop, I am thrilled to report that Eisenhower Fellowships is energized and on the move. From deepening engagement with our influential global network of Fellows to expanding our partnerships and programs, from introducing new initiatives in Asia and Africa to elevating women’s leadership to a position of priority in our operations, EF is working tirelessly to increase our impact and extend our strategic footprint.

In the last twelve months, I’ve traveled to meet Fellows in China, China (Taiwan), Turkey, Jordan, Spain and, most recently, Thailand, Vietnam and France. Closer to home, I’ve met with EF Fellows and supporters in all four EF USA hubs—St. Louis, Philadelphia, North Carolina and Boston. And we’ve laid the groundwork to create two more hubs next year, in Chicago and San Francisco. At each stop, I’ve had the privilege of hearing the ideas and perspectives of the extraordinary people in the EF Family.

At year’s end, we are hard at work mapping our strategic direction for the next five years, incorporating the input of EF staff, Fellows and Trustees. For the first time in 15 years, in 2016 EF will unveil a five-year strategic plan for our programs, accompanied by historic reforms in our governance and strengthened communications and development operations.

Helping lead the way forward is a familiar face to EF Fellows and Trustees, Erin Hillman, now in a new role as Vice President for Programs and Operations. In more than 16 years of service as an International Program Officer, head of our USA Fellowship Program and, over the last year, as Senior Director of all EF Fellowship Programs, Erin has been instrumental in helping shape the work and direction of our organization. Her formidable talents and intellect, her strong managerial skills and operational experience and her exquisite judgment will be invaluable assets to EF as we chart our evolution.

Central to these efforts is a sharpened focus on increased engagement with EF Fellows around the world. In this regard, we heard from our Fellows that a critical organizational need is a new EF website. I am delighted to announce that a prominent EF Fellow has answered our call for a financial contribution to a strategically vital project. Nathan Sivagananathan (Sri Lanka, MNP ’15) has generously agreed to build a brand-new, custom-made, highly interactive website for EF.

This gift is particularly significant because it represents a best-in-class solution designed by our Fellows, for the use of our Fellows, as a gift from our Fellows, born of our Fellows’ desire to give back to the organization. Nathan graciously offered to build for EF a new website pro bono, based on a proposal developed by EF staff and EF Fellows working through the Global Network Council. This proposal was prepared under the direction of John Della Volpe (USA, Boston), working in concert with Gypsy Guillén Kaiser, our Director of Communications.

With Diane Shoemaker, our Senior Director of the Global Fellows Network, we have been working to reinvigorate the former Alumni Advisory Council, now the Global Network Council, or GNC. The GNC has met in person and by teleconference five times since last November to provide invaluable inputs to our vision and mission. Last month the GNC held a highly productive meeting in Miami, where we discussed in depth the future direction of Eisenhower Fellowships. The GNC has generated new thinking on themes and sectors for future EF events, a conference and programs, including topics such as the future of work. Stay tuned for more on this front.

At the same time, we have been cultivating partnerships with other prominent organizations to help us stretch our strategic footprint and elevate our profile. Toward that end, we entered into a new strategic content partnership with the Huffington Post, which has created an EF platform within the Huffpost site. This will allow EF fellows all over the world to feature their expertise on myriad issues, focusing on the paradigm of “what works,” an approach our Fellows’ network is uniquely positioned to address.

In October, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University hosted the Fellows from our Fall Women’s Leadership Program for a luncheon and seminar in Cambridge, where Eisenhower and Nieman Fellows from around the world exchanged views and ideas and forged new relationships. We were joined there by Jill Abrahamson, the former Executive Editor of the New York Times.

Other potential future partners include Transparency International (TI), where prominent attorney José Ugaz, an EF fellow from Peru, is Chair of the TI Board of Directors, a body where three other Eisenhower Fellows also serve, including the Vice Chair, Elena Panfilova (Russia ‘09). José proposed to the GNC a strategic partnership between TI and EF and we plan to cooperate on a pilot project in 2016.

Other partnerships include EF’s Global Leadership Consortium with Ashoka, Kellogg Leadership Alliance, the German Marshall Fund and the Loeb Fellows at Harvard, with whom EF organized our dynamic global conference on women’s leadership issues last month in Miami. The conference, titled Global Networks Forum - Making Strides: Advancing Women’s Leadership, brought together more than 220 registrants from 41 countries. The forum capped the second Women’s Leadership Program in EF’s history, featuring 25 exceptional women leaders selected in a highly competitive all at-large process which will contribute greatly to gender parity in our global network of Fellows.

In Miami they heard from more than 60 prominent speakers, including Dr. Phumzile Mlambo Ngucka, Executive Director, UN Women and Under-Secretary General of the United Nations; former Cabinet Secretary Donna Shalala, President of the Clinton Foundation; our very own Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, Chair of the EF Women’s Leadership Steering Committee and Chair of the Executive Committee of the EF Board of Trustees; University of Miami President Julio Frenk, former Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and former Health Secretary of the Government of Mexico; EF Trustee Kimball Chen, who spoke about his sustainable energy initiative in partnership with the United Nations; and Pulitzer Prize winner Ann Marie Lipinski, Curator of the Nieman Foundation, former Editor of the Chicago Tribune and Co-Chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Earlier this year, EF launched a historic new component of our USA program focused exclusively on China. The first cohort of 10 Fellows travelled to Beijing this fall to inaugurate this initiative, the Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship program. The Zhi-Xing program doubled the size of our overall USA program this year at no cost to EF. This is the first step of a larger EF strategic objective to expand the USA program and deepen the integration between our U.S. and International Fellows.

In the meantime, we have been working intensively on preparations for next fall’s inaugural EF Africa Program. We have formed active Steering Committees of prominent citizens in Ghana, Tanzania, and Rwanda to complement those in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe, where our existing EF Fellows have been re-energized by the prospect of this first sub-Saharan Africa Program in EF history.

Interested leaders from these nations applied directly to EF online, resulting in an unprecedented outpouring of more than 800 applications for 25 fellowships, the greatest number in EF history. The software that allowed these candidates to apply directly to EF was developed exclusively for us and contributed as a gift to the organization by Pakistani Fellow Shahid Mahmud. This open and transparent recruitment process has already enhanced our Africa program before it even begins by providing a deep and diverse universe of candidates from which to select the highest caliber of Fellows.

In early 2016, we will continue the work we started on a strategic review of our programs, looking to see where we can have the most impact, geographically and thematically. This includes exploring ways to broaden our recruitment of candidates, so that leaders aspiring to be Fellows increasingly come to us wanting to be part of our fabulous organization.

We want to do this in a way that nourishes existing nominating committees yet increases the diversity of our candidates. It will help us greatly expand our reach—and get the word out about EF in the process—in many other parts of the world, as it already is in Africa.

This momentum propels us forward to an exciting 2016, filled with promise and opportunity. The EF staff and I look forward to working closely with our Fellows and Trustees to chart a new course for EF that builds on our formidable foundation and ensures we remain relevant as the premier global leadership organization in the 21st Century. With your support we will advance our mission and build new bridges that will help our Fellows maximize their real-world impact.

On behalf of everyone at EF headquarters in Philadelphia, I extend my deep gratitude for your commitment to EF and my best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season and a wonderful new year, filled with all good things for you and yours.

Warm regards,

George

From: Giuseppe Cassano
Date: 2015-12-24
Subject: Fwd: End of Year Message from EF President George de Lama

Dear George,

we, the Italian Fellows, wish to you, your charming wife Carrie, the Vice President Erin, the Senior Director Diane and all the rest of the EF Staff in Philadelphia, a Merry Christmas and a very very Happy New Year.

Thank you for your comprehensive Message on the closing of the year and, more, on the exciting perspectives we may draw from the many events, contacts, agreements you describe. We are thrilled about a still more brilliant future for our loved EF: I assure you that we, as Italian Association and Fellows, will try to do as much possible for keeping up.

We are going to put on our site your End of Year Message, already sent to all Fellows.All the best

Giuseppe


BERECIARTUA: Why look to Argentina?

Rome, January 01, 2016

Cari Fellow, Pablo Bereciartua, che l'anno passato ha partecipato all' EF Social Weekend di Roma, ci ha inviato copia di un suo articolo pubblicato sulla rivista della Yale University. Lo ripubblichiamo con piacere.

PABLO BERECIARTUA DEC 09, 2015

Argentina — at one time among the most advanced countries on the American continent — might now be initiating a major comeback after decades of sustained decline. This is a country that has produced five Nobel Prize winners, and was the first Spanish-speaking country to have a truly modern mega-city like Buenos Aires and also the first to become involved in advanced technologies such as nuclear engineering, jet airplanes and genetic science. It has also produced cultural personalities such as Jorge Luis Borges, Luis Leloir, Cesar Milstein, Faustino Sarmiento, Lalo Schifrin, Daniel Barenboim, Julio Cortazar, Paloma Herrera and Pope Francis. Yet for many years, Argentina experienced severe economic stagnation. The great midcentury economist Simon Kuznets said that there are four kinds of countries: developed countries, underdeveloped countries, Japan — nobody knows why it grows — and Argentina — nobody knows why it doesn’t.

This stagnation, however, might have something to do with the fact that around the mid-20th century, Argentina endured an unstable series of alternate civilian and military regimes, which culminated in a major crisis at the start of the 21st century. For the past 12 years, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has aligned Argentina with the neopopulist axis in Latin America, together with Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia. The result of her leadership can be summarized by some key facts. Argentina has now the third highest inflation rate in world, 30 percent a year after Venezuela (60 percent) and Sudan (36 percent). Its economy hasn’t grown for the last four years, the government has almost doubled its levels of public employment and around 25 percent of the population is poor. The country has fostered a pernicious economic climate and exhausted its national savings.

But Argentina seems to have learned its lesson after such an extreme experience. Kirchner’s reckless fiscal policies might end up creating new opportunities for both the country and the region.Last month something extraordinary happened: The Republican Proposal, or PRO, a new center-right party led by Mauricio Macri, put together a coalition and managed to win national elections in Argentina, unseating Kirchner’s entrenched populist regime. During his tenure as mayor of Buenos Aires, Macri spectacularly modernized the Argentinean capital, an achievement that gave him significant political capital in his campaign against Kirchner.

Why is it important to pay attention to this change? As the second largest economy in the South America and a member of the G-20, Argentina has shown with its recent elections that it is tired of populism at the expense of democracy and prosperity. Argentina might now be facing a significant resurgence and also inspire a continental shift away from misguided and myopic populism, serving as a model for other Latin-American nations. Yale students in particular should care about this possibility. Many of you will pursue careers in international relations that will require an understanding of South America’s complex economic and political dynamics. Given Argentina’s new path, the South American continent will likely prove an increasing source of economic development and business opportunities as well.

If this prediction is accurate, it suggests a newfound political maturity has taken hold of Argentina’s population. Now, after 30 years of sociopolitical and economic gridlock, Argentina is voting for a plan that will open the country’s economy, restore competitive markets and streamline governance. In contrast to the growing geopolitical crisis in the Middle East, Africa and now continental Europe, South America may be on the cusp of a cosmopolitan renaissance. Pay attention to this promising change. Let’s build a new paradigm for the whole American continent.

L'articolo originale potete leggerlo a questo link

Giuseppe Cassano


Making Strides in Woman's Leadership

Rome, January 06, 2016

Cari Fellows,

il 16 novembre 2015, come sapete, ho partecipato alla riunione del Global Network Council, in Miami.

A partire dal giorno successivo nella stessa location si è svolto un importante evento organizzato dall'EF e coronato da ottimo successo:

MAKING STRIDES: ADVANCING WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP

Penso sia opportuno che il resoconto appaia e resti sul nostro sito a informazione dei Fellow.

In a landmark year for women, Eisenhower Fellowships, together with four leading international fellowship organizations, convened a powerful network of more than 200 women leaders representing 45 countries.

The Global Networks Forum Making Strides: Advancing Women’s Leadership took place on the 20th anniversary of the Beijing conference that gave new impetus to women’s rights on the global agenda and on the heels of the September 2015 launch of a new global development agenda that includes a goal to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.

“It is a trailblazing year for women’s rights, a time of transition from targets and objectives to tangible gains and concrete results for women’s empowerment,” said Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of EF in a press release issued prior to the event. “There are still hurdles to overcome. We count on our Women’s Leadership Program Fellows to serve as role models, providing support and new opportunities to talented women in their regions.”

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women delivered the keynote address on November 17, marking start of the conference. Her informative and inspiring speech drove home the point that securing women’s rights, participation and investing in them as a group, brings benefits to the world, not just to women. She demanded that decision makers stop thinking of women’s rights as a charity case. “Women are not a microenterprise. They are a major enterprise in every nation,” said Mlambo-Ngcuka.

“In every generation, there is a mission that we have to fulfill. We can either betray it or fulfill it. It is in our hands by 2030 to change the world significantly. I look forward to sprinting with you in this marathon for the next 15 years,” she concluded.

Six thematic panels held on November 18 and 19 focused on: the business and social case for gender parity and female leadership; social impact investments; microenterprises and entrepreneurship; the portrayal of women in media and the arts; education and health challenges; and leadership strategies for equity and inclusion.

Participants from EF and our affiliates -Ashoka, German Marshall Fund, Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance and Harvard Loeb- emerged with strategies and actions on women’s empowerment, mentorship, connectivity, innovation and inclusion following two days with thematic panels, breakout sessions and site visits.

The event featured 58 speakers from 25 countries. Among the highlights were:

- Donna Shalala, President & CEO, Clinton Foundation

- Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, Former Governor of New Jersey; Chair, Eisenhower Fellowships Executive Committee

- Isela Costantini, President & CEO, General Motors of Argentina

- Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami

- Sumayya Hassan-Athmani, CEO, National Oil Corporation of Kenya

- Ann Marie Lipinski, Curator, Nieman Foundation

- Laura Alonso, Member of the House of Representatives, Argentina

- Svida Alisjahbana, President and CEO Femina Group

- Laura Wides-Muñoz, Director of News Practices, Fusion

- Pilvi Tortsi, State Secretary, Ministry of Education, Finland

- Farzana Yaqoob, Minister of Social Welfare and Women’s Development, Cabinet of Kashmir, Pakistan

In addition to the panels and breakout sessions, EF hosted two receptions with stunning cultural performances that had a social dimension. There was a touching moment when world renowned classical pianist Claire-Marie Le Guay (France ’15) played pieces from Beethoven and Bach, among others at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, where the event was held. She divided the pieces to capture the EF journey, which she named: “The Farewell, The Absence and The Return.” Being from Paris and performing just a few days after the terrorist attacks there, her interpretation of hope and peace through music appeared to transcend all cultures to embrace the entire audience in a moment of heightened compassion for all humanity. She quoted Leonard Bernstein, who said: “This will be our reply to violence: To make music more beautifully, more intensely, more devotedly than ever before.” In light of the attacks in Paris and Lebanon that took place during their fellowship, Le Guay ended her performance by joining Dina Sherif of Egypt in announcing their plan to launch an international concert series to raise money for youth empowerment in the Arab world.

The following evening, a second reception took a lively turn when teenage dancers from Peru put on a show that energized the whole crowd. The students, who were on their first trip abroad, are members of the Angeles D1 dance team founded by Ashoka Fellow and former prima ballerina, Vania Masías. Her organization works with at-risk urban youth in Lima to provide leadership training and empowerment through dance. Once trained, the students mentor their peers and use the life skills gained to further grow what has become a successful and transformative program.

After an inspiring and powerful closing address by Anita Brown-Graham (USA ’06), participants left with a renewed sense of urgency and commitment and multiple new network connections to make it happen.

L'articolo originale potete leggerlo a questo link

Giuseppe Cassano


Lettera del Presidente de Lama per il fine mandato al Global Network Council

Rome, January 13, 2016

Cari Fellows,

sono lieto di pubblicare la lettera fattami pervenire dal Presidente EF George de Lama, e la mia risposta, in occasione della fine del mio mandato presso il Global Network Council.

Un caro saluto a tutti voi

Lettera del Presidente EF George de Lama

Dear George,

thank you for your letter and for the words of esteem and appreciation you have used.

I am proud to have served in the Global Fellows Network Council for a few years period and to have got the privilege to contribute to the present strong relaunching of the Eisenhower Fellowships.

Last year has been very impressive for the many and new activities implemented or planned.

You may be sure I intend to be still active member of the EF Family, trying so to partially reciprocate the much I have received.

All the best

Giuseppe Cassano


Condoglianze alla famiglia Ferrari Bravo

Rome, February 8, 2016

Cari Fellows,

è con tristezza che vi informo della morte di Luigi Ferrari Bravo, avvenuta due giorni fa, qui a Roma, presso il Policlinico Umberto I dove era stato ricoverato a seguito di una brutta caduta.

Era uno dei Fellow più anziani. Aveva infatti partecipato al Multi Nation Program del 1969, ben 46 anni fa. Tra i maggiori e autorevoli professori universitari italiani di Diritto Internazionale aveva insegnato a Napoli e Roma; per ben 10 anni aveva ricoperto l'importante ruolo di Capo del Contenzioso Diplomatico presso il Ministero degli Affari Esteri; poi a New York, 4 anni, presso il Palazzo di Vetro, come Legal Advisor della Delegazione italiana presso le Nazioni Unite.

Successivamente, all'Aia, aveva rappresentato per un mandato l'Italia come Giudice presso la Corte Internazionale di Giustizia passando poi a Strasburgo, nella qualità di Giudice presso la Corte dei Diritti dell'Uomo, prestigioso organismo del Consiglio d'Europa. Bella figura di studioso e docente. Era membro della nostra Associazione fin dalla sua costituzione.

È per me motivo di orgoglio ricordare che ero nell'EF Nominating Committee che, nel 1968, lo aveva prescelto nell'ambito di una prestigiosa rosa di candidati.

Alla consorte Gabriella e alle figliole Federica e Laura vanno le nostre condoglianze più vive, sia personali sia dell'Associazione italiana degli Eisenhower Fellows.

Il funerale si svolgerà domani 9 febbraio 2016, alle ore 16, presso la Chiesa di San Roberto Bellarmino in Piazza Ungheria.

Un abbraccio

Giuseppe Cassano


Welcome the 2016 Multi-Nation Program Fellows

March 9, 2016

Dear Global Network Fellows,

We are pleased to introduce you to the 2016 Multi-Nation Program Fellows, whose brief bios can be found here.

These 23 Fellows will travel to the U.S. in April to begin their Eisenhower Fellowship with a seminar in Philadelphia, and travel throughout the U.S. on individual itineraries before returning to Philadelphia to conclude the program in mid-May.

You may be pleased to know that Rosalba Striani will represent Italy on this program. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to congratulate her and wish her well on her upcoming travels.

Your words of advice and memories from your own fellowship travels will no doubt be appreciated as the Fellows make final preparations for their program in the U.S. You may also want to schedule a luncheon as a send-off or welcome back to learn more about the fellowship plans and outcomes.

As always, thank you for your continuing interest and involvement in Eisenhower Fellowships.

All best regards,

Diane


Cara Rosalba,

come vedi Filadelfia ci invita a congratularci con te che sei in partenza per gli USA dove - partecipando al Multi-Nation Program 2016 - ti avvii a divenire la nostra più recente Fellow. Tra l'altro ti avevamo già da tempo inserita nell'indirizzario dell'Associazione degli EF Fellow italiani.

Ora sta a te formalizzare quella anticipata iscrizione...Mi auguro, e ti auguro, che al ritorno dal programma, tu possa - riferendoti ad esso - dire che si è trattato dell'esperienza più importante della tua vita, come alcune delle Fellow che ti hanno preceduto (tra cui la tua "mentor") hanno a suo tempo affermato (e che, ti confesso, io stesso, tanti anni fa, ebbi il piacere di pensare e dire..)..

Buon lavoro, cara Rosalba, e, se puoi, tienici informati

Pino Cassano


EF 2016 Multi-Nation Program Fellows: il rapporto di Rosalba Striani

May 28, 2016

Cari Pino, cari Fellow,

eccomi di ritorno dalla mia meravigliosa esperienza negli States che mi ha arricchito notevolmente non solo dal punto vista professionale ma anche personale.

Volevo ringraziarvi tutti per avermi dato l’opportunità di far parte di questa incredibile famiglia che condivide valori degni di altissimo rispetto.

Porto i saluti di tutti da Filadelfia ed in particolare del Presidente George che apprezza notevolmente l’impegno ed il contributo dell’Italia allo sviluppo, mantenimento e consolidamento del network.

Vi allego il mio rapporto finale per rendervi partecipi dell’attività da me svolta e resto a disposizione per qualsiasi ulteriore coinvolgimento nel network italiano. Sarei felice anche di incontravi a Roma e discutere della mia esperienza, così come delle future attività, tra cui la creazione e lo sviluppo di più forti sinergie tra i diversi Fellow Chapters.

Con stima,

Rosalba Striani

Scarica il Final Report di Rosalba Striani


Official welcome home of the Italian EF Fellows to Rosalba Striani

June 20, 2016


Articolo dedicato ai Fellows che hanno completato la Fellowship 2016

June 29, 2016

Cari amici,

vi segnalo un bellissimo articolo sul sito mondiale della nostra Associazione, a firma di Jane Grabias (Director, Fellowship Programs), dedicato ai Fellows che hanno appena completato la loro Fellowships 2016, tra cui la nostra Rosalba Striani. Per leggerlo cliccate su questo link.

Buona lettura

Giuseppe Cassano


Visit of Thao Griffiths, Vietnam Fellow and member of the EF GNC

July 4, 2016

Dear Fellows,

We Italian Fellows have had the pleasure of the visit of Thao Griffiths, Vietnam Fellow and member of the EF GNC, on Thursday June 23.

In her honour we have organized a dinner in a nice Club, the “Circolo Canottieri Aniene”, along the Tiber river. Before dinner we attended the concert of Cristiana Pegoraro, always at the Aniene Club.Together with Thao were present: Antonio Colombo, Italian member of the GNC, Alberto Bernardini, Treasurer of the EF Italian Association, Giuseppe Cassano, President of the Association, and their respective partners.

We have also discussed about possible form of cooperation between the Associations.

All the best

Giuseppe Cassano


Conferenza regionale di Dublino: speech del Presidente de Lama

October 19, 2016

Cari Fellows,

di ritorno dalla Conferenza regionale di Dublino (14-16 ottobre 2016) penso sia utile che lo speech introduttivo del Presidente EF George de Lama rimanga sul nostro sito. Vi prego di leggerlo attentamente: vi troverete chiaramente illustrati il presente e, in auspicio, il futuro dell'EF.

Un caro saluto

Giuseppe Cassano

OPENING REMARKS
EUROPEAN REGIONAL MEETING
DUBLIN, IRELAND
OCT. 15, 2016

THANK YOU TO LOURDA AND THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OF IRISH FELLOWS FOR PUTTING TOGETHER THIS STIMULATING GATHERING. IT'S WONDERFUL TO BE BACK ON THE EMERALD ISLE WITH OUR IRISH FELLOWS AND OUR EF COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS FROM ACROSS EUROPE AND AS FAR AWAY AS THE UNITED STATES.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR TRUSTEE EMERITUS NATHAN HAYWARD AND HIS LOVELY WIFE MARILYN FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT FOR THIS CONFERENCE, AND FOR THEIR LONGTIME DEDICATION TO EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIPS. WE THANK YOU BOTH.

AND I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE OUR LONGTIME IRISH TRUSTEE, JACK GOLDEN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO EF, JACK.

HARD TO BELIEVE THAT TWO YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE LAST TIME I STOOD BEFORE YOU, BACK AT THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN KILKENNY OF THE ALL-IRELAND REGIONAL PROGRAM IN 1989 THAT BROUGHT TOGETHER SO MANY OF OUR DISTINGUISHED IRISH FELLOWS FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THE RELATIONSHIPS OF TRUST THAT RESULTED FROM THAT PROGRAM PLAYED A CONCRETE ROLE IN FORGING THE PEACE THAT HAS PREVAILED HERE AGAINST ALL ODDS FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES NOW.

IT WAS, AND REMAINS, A MODEL FOR HOW EF WORKS REGIONALLY, ACROSS NATIONAL BORDERS, TO MAKE A REAL IMPACT IN THIS WORLD.

AS WE'VE HEARD ALL MORNING, IRELAND, AND ALL OF EUROPE, ARE AT A CROSSROADS TODAY. SO IS OUR OWN COUNTRY. AND FOR THAT MATTER, SO ARE MANY NATIONS IN EVERY OTHER REGION ON EARTH.

THE LEVEL OF DISCOURSE WE HEARD THIS MORNING WAS SOPHISTICATED, NUANCED AND, FOR ME, POIGNANT.

AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, LIKE SHAUNEEN, I AM THE SON OF IMMIGRANTS. I’VE KNOWN THAT HOSTILITY THAT SHE MENTIONED SINCE I WAS A BOY—SOMETIMES MORE DIRECTLY, SOMETIMES MORE SUBTLY.

BUT IT IS THE BACKGROUND MUSIC TO THE SONG OF MY LIFE.

MY MOTHER DIED LAST FALL UNEXPECTEDLY. BUT ABOUT A MONTH BEFORE WE LOST HER, SHE SENT ME A TEXT, WHICH I STILL HAVE IN MY PHONE.

SHE HAD BEEN WATCHING A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. “MI HIJO,” SHE SAID, “MY SON, TELL YOUR MOTHER WHAT COUNTRY I SHOULD MOVE TO IF THIS MAN IS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE MAKE ME A LIST.” THEN “P.S.: YOU AND YOUR SISTER AND LUCKY YOU WERE BORN HERE TO LEGAL PARENTS. OTHERWISE IT WOULD BE YOU.”

MORE RECENTLY, IN RELATION TO BREXIT, HERE IS AN INDICATION OF HOW INTERCONNECTED WE ALL ARE TODAY.

I HAVE A COUSIN, JACOBO DE LAMA, WHO IS A YOUNG ENGINEER FROM SPAIN. HE AND HIS WIFE LIVE IN MANCHESTER, WHERE THEY MOVED A FEW YEARS AGO. NOW THEY HAVE A BABY DAUGHTER, WHO WAS BORN IN THE UK. THEY EMBODY OUR GLOBALIZED WORLD.

THE DAY AFTER BREXIT, THEIR QUESTION WAS, WHAT NOW?

SO ALL OF THIS IS PERSONAL TO ME, NOT THEORETICAL. AND IT HELPS FRAME MY PERSPECTIVE.

I’D LIKE TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TODAY HOW WE SEE THIS INTERCONNECTED WORLD FROM OUR VANTAGE POINT ON 16TH STREET IN PHILADELPHIA, AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR EF AS WE WORK TO EVOLVE AND ADAPT AND NAVIGATE THIS NEW GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT.

THEN I'LL SHARE WITH YOU SOME OF THE WAYS WE'RE INCREASINGLY THINKING IN REGIONAL TERMS IN OUR RECRUITMENT, PROGRAMS AND OPERATIONS. AND HOW WE'LL NEED YOUR LEADERSHIP AND ENGAGEMENT TO HELP US POINT THE WAY FORWARD TO MAXIMIZE OUR IMPACT.

FIRST AND FOREMOST FOR A PREMIER LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATION, WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE--AND INTERNALIZE--THAT WE LIVE IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING GLOBALIZED WORLD, WHERE THE MORAL AUTHORITY AND CREDIBILITY OF TRADITIONAL LEADERS AND PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS OF ALL TYPES HAVE BEEN DRAMATICALLY DIMINISHED.

IT IS A TIME OF LITTLE FAITH, BUT DEEP PARADOX.

THIS HYPER-CONNECTED, UBER-NETWORKED, DIGITALLY-LINKED WORLD IS MARKED BY A RESOUDING RESURGENCE OF POPULIST POLITICS ACROSS THE GLOBE, DRIVEN BY INCREASED ANGER AND ANXIETY OVER STAGNATED WAGES, THE INEQUITIES OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND THE PERCEIVED INDIFFERENCE OR OUTRIGHT HOSTILITY OF TRADITIONAL ELITES.

YET MORE PEOPLE HAVE ESCAPED DEEP POVERTY IN THE LAST 50 YEARS THAN AT ANY TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY.

THE MIDDLE EAST IS ON FIRE, THE FLAMES SPILLING OVER TO LAP AT ANY NUMBER OF COUNTRIES IN AFRICA. AS A DIRECT RESULT, THE THREAT OF SPORADIC INCIDENTS OF TERRORISM INSPIRED BY RADICAL ISLAMIST MOVEMENTS HAS INTRUDED ON THE EVERYDAY LIVES OF PEOPLE IN EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES.

YET...YET...VIRTUALLY UNNOTICED IS THE FACT THAT VAST AREAS OF THE WORLD TODAY ARE NO LONGER BESET BY THE CONTINUOUS CIVIL STRIFE AND ARMED POLITICAL CONFLICT THAT LONG HAS CHARACTERIZED THE POSTWAR WORLD.

LOOK AT LATIN AMERICA, TO NAME JUST ONE REGION. THE NEW PEACE AGREEMENT THE COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT JUST CONCLUDED WITH THE FARC GUERRILLAS, ENDING FIVE DEADLY DECADES OF ARMED CONFLICT, IS IN LIMBO AFTER IT WAS NARROWLY REJECTED IN A NATIONAL PLEBISCITE.

BUT BOTH SIDES SAY THEY DON’T WANT A RETURN TO HOSTILITIES. AND THE GOVERNMENT JUST UNILATERALLY EXTENDED THE CEASEFIRE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. SO FOR NOW BOTH SIDES ARE STANDING DOWN.

THAT MEANS THERE IS NOT A SINGLE CIVIL WAR RAGING TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA, NOT ANYWHERE IN THE HEMISPHERE.

FOR SOMEONE WHO SPENT YEARS CLOSELY FOLLOWING THE REGION'S LONG, TORTURED HISTORY OF BLOODY DICTATORSHIPS AND ARMED POLITICAL INSURRECTION, AS I HAVE, THIS IS NOTHING SHORT OF ASTONISHING. THE TREND IS SIMILAR ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHEAST ASIA.

YET AT THE SAME TIME, AROUND THE WORLD, MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ON THE MOVE ACROSS NATIONAL BORDERS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS SEEKING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND FLEEING WAR, DISEASE AND IMPOVERISHMENT THAN AT ANY TIME SINCE WORLD WAR II.

THE MIGRATION THAT HAS ATTRACTED THE MOST ATTENTION IS TAKING PLACE IN WHAT A LONGTIME AMERICAN CORRESPONDENT FRIEND OF MINE CALLS "THE ARC OF BIN LADEN," THE SWATH OF CONFLICT STRETCHING FROM THE NORTHERN HALF OF AFRICA ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST TO PARTS OF SOUTH ASIA.

WHILE THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS, NOTABLY UKRAINE, MOST OF THIS DISLOCATION IS TAKING PLACE IN THIS EXTENDED AND INCREASINGLY INTERCONNECTED REGION HOME TO A LARGE AND RAPIDLY GROWING PART OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION, IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO EUROPE.

THIS HAS IMPLICATIONS FOR EVERYONE, AS WE SEE IN YOUR POLITICS AND OURS.

FROM WHERE I SIT, BACK IN THE STATES, WE HEAR A CRY FOR EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP ARISING FROM EVERY REGION OF THE GLOBE....AMID A WIDENING POLITICAL AND SOCIAL DIVIDE THAT TRANSCENDS TRADITIONAL IDEOLOGICAL BATTLE LINES.

THIS NEW POLITICAL DIVIDE ERASES LONG-FAMILIAR PARTISAN DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN LEFT AND RIGHT, LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE.

AT THE RISK OF OVERSIMPLIFYING--BUT NOT TOO MUCH—WHAT WE’RE SEEING TODAY IS THAT ON ONE SIDE ARE THOSE LEADERS WHO WANT TO TURN BACK THE CLOCK TO A SIMPLER TIME, SLOW THE MODERN FORCES OF GLOBALIZATION AND, IN THE PHRASE OF THE MOMENT, PULL UP THE DRAWBRIDGE ON THEIR NATIONAL BORDERS TO LOOK AFTER THEIR OWN FIRST AND KEEP AWAY OUTSIDERS AND THE PERCEIVED POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC THREAT THEY REPRESENT.

IN AN AGE OF DEEP ANXIETY AND UNCERTAINTY, THESE NEW LEADERS PROFESS TO SEEK A RESTORATION....A RETURN TO AN IDEALIZED MOMENT IN THE PAST MARKED BY A COMMONLY SHARED BELIEF AND VALUE SYSTEM THEY SEE AT THE HEART OF THEIR NATIONAL IDENTITIES.

THEY FEAR THIS BELIEF AND VALUE SYSTEM--WHICH IN ITS RETELLING IS INVARIABLY, AGGRESSIVELY, NATIONALISTIC--IS BEING LOST IN OUR FAST-MOVING, MULTICULTURAL WORLD....AND WITH IT, WHAT THEY SEE AS THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE IN THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ORDER.

NOT SURPRISINGLY, SOME OF THESE LEADERS LOOK TO BLAME OTHERS FOR THEIR ECONOMIC SETBACKS AND SOCIAL DISRUPTIONS. FOR SOME OF OUR EUROPEAN FRIENDS, I WOULD IMAGINE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'VE SEEN THIS PART OF THE MOVIE BEFORE.

WE SEE IT AT HOME IN THE STATES, TOO. THE NEW YORK TIMES, IN A RECENT EDITORIAL, SAID THIS ABOUT THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN:

"THE NEXT PRESIDENT WILL TAKE OFFICE WITH BIGOTED, TRIBALIST MOVEMENTS AND THEIR LEADERS ON THE MARCH....IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AND ACROSS ASIA, IN RUSSIA AND EASTERN EUROPE, EVEN IN BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES, THE PRESSURES OF GLOBALIZATION ARE ERODING DEMOCRATIC VALUES, FRAYING ALLIANCES AND CHALLENGING THE IDEALS OF TOLERANCE AND CHARITY."

FACING THESE LEADERS WHO ARE PUGNACIOUSLY REACTING TO THE GLOBAL FORCES THEY SEE ARRAYED AGAINST THEM ARE THOSE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THE INEXTRICABLY LINKED NATURE OF OUR GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMERCE....

THOSE WHO EMBRACE THE POWERFUL PROMISE OF DEEPENING INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT AND WHO WELCOME THE OPEN EXCHANGE OF PEOPLE AND IDEAS THAT DRIVE INNOVATION AND ENRICH THE WAYS WE LIVE AND WORK AND PLAY.

EVEN IF THEY, TOO, ARE NOW REVISITING SOME OF THE ASSUMPTIONS OF THE LAST TWO DECADES ABOUT THE BENEFITS AND DOWNSIDES OF GLOBALISM AND HOW TO MAKE IT WORK BETTER FOR MORE PEOPLE.

IN NATION AFTER NATION, THE DYNAMICS OF THIS NEW DIVIDE ARE PLAYING OUT ALL AROUND US, WITH MOMENTOUS CONSEQUENCES FOR DEVELOPED AND DEVELOPING SOCIETIES ALIKE AS WE HURTLE THROUGH THE SECOND DECADE OF THE 21ST CENTURY.

ALL OF THIS HAS ENORMOUS IMPLICATIONS FOR EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIPS, PRESENTING NEW CHALLENGES BUT ALSO OPPORTUNITIES.

WHEN I LAST MET WITH YOU HERE IN IRELAND, I SPOKE OF OUR EFFORTS UNDERWAY THEN TO BUILD ON EF'S FORMIDABLE FOUNDATION AND ARTICULATE A NEW STRATEGIC VISION THAT COULD GUIDE THE ORGANIZATION FORWARD AS WE SEEK TO EVOLVE AND ADAPT TO THE CHALLENGES OF OUR TIMES….JUST AS EF HAS ALWAYS DONE.

OVER THE ENSUING MONTHS, TOM FRAWLEY, SUSAN BARAGWANATH, JUAN JOSE GUEMES AND MANY OF YOU HERE TODAY, AS WELL AS SCORES OF OTHERS FELLOWS AROUND THE WORLD, GENEROUSLY CONTRIBUTED YOUR THOUGHTFUL IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS.

YOUR BEST THINKING--AND THAT OF A LOT OF OTHER SMART PEOPLE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE EF--FUELED A COMPREHENSIVE BOTTOM-UP PROCESS THAT RESULTED IN A NEW FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN, EF'S FIRST IN 15 YEARS.

EARLIER THIS YEAR, WITH THE STRONG SUPPORT OF GENERAL POWELL, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES UNANIMOUSLY AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY APPROVED THIS NEW STRATEGIC DIRECTION, WHICH FEATURES AN INCREASINGLY REGIONAL APPROACH. OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE STRONGLY REAFFIRMED OUR NEW DIRECTION JUST LAST WEEK.

IT FOCUSES ON FIVE KEY OBJECTIVES, MANY OF WHICH WE FIRST DISCUSSED RIGHT HERE IN IRELAND TWO YEARS AGO.

OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, WE WILL STRIVE TO:

1) BROADEN, DEEPEN AND DIVERSIFY THE POOL OF CANDIATES WE CONSIDER FOR THE FELLOWSHIP EACH YEAR AND ENSURE THAT IT REMAINS A TRANSFORMATIONAL EXPERIENCE.

2) STRENGTHEN OUR GLOBAL NETWORK OF FELLOWS TO SUPPORT INCREASED ENGAGEMENT AND COLLABORATION WITHIN THE NETWORK. (ONE WAY TO DO THIS, WE BELIEVE, AS DO MANY OF YOU, IS INCREASINGLY TO THINK AND WORK REGIONALLY. I'LL RETURN TO THIS SHORTLY.)

3) GROW OUR USA PROGRAM AND INCREASE THE INTERACTION BETWEEN AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL FELLOWS. I CAME TO EF CONVINCED THAT IN TODAY’S WORLD, IT IS AS IMPORTANT, OR MORE, FOR YOUNG AMERICAN LEADERS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE REST OF THE WORLD AS IT IS FOR INTERNATIONAL LEADERS TO KNOW US. EVERYTHING THAT HAS TRANSPIRED SINCE THEN HAS SERVED TO VALIDATE THAT VIEW. TO THAT END, WE'VE OPENED NEW U.S. HUBS IN CHICAGO AND SAN FRANCISCO THIS YEAR, AND NEXT YEAR WE'RE LAUNCHING TWO MORE IN LOS ANGELES AND MIAMI.

4) HELP OUR FELLOWS CARRY OUT PROJECTS WITH MEASURABLE REAL-WORLD IMPACT, WITHIN THEIR COUNTRIES AND BEYOND THEIR BORDERS, INCLUDING MENTORING YOUNG PEOPLE BEHIND THEM. THESE ARE NEW CORE REQUIREMENTS OF THE FELLOWSHIP WE'VE ADDED SINCE THE LAST TIME I WAS IN IRELAND.

5) AND FINALLY, USE THESE PREVIOUS FOUR INITIATIVES TO PRESENT EF TO THE WORLD AS AN INNOVATIVE ORGANIZATION OF DIVERSE, DYNAMIC DOERS--THE KEY TO GROWING OUR ENDOWMENT AND PUTTING US ON A MORE FIRM LONG-TERM FINANCIAL FOOTING.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, ALL FIVE OF THESE OBJECTIVES ARE SIMPLY MEANS TO AN END: MAXIMIZING THE IMPACT OF OUR PROGRAMS, OUR ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE.

IN STRIVING TO IMPLEMENT THIS, WE FACE HEAD-ON THE REALITY THAT HAS BEDEVILED EF FOR DECADES: HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR GREATEST STRENGTH--OUR GLOBAL NETWORK OF EXCEPTIONAL FELLOWS--AND NOURISH IT BY ADDRESSING ONE OF THE ORGANIZATION'S MAIN WEAKNESSES--OUR LACK OF A CONSISTENT, COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO MOBILIZE OUR FELLOWS' ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT WITHIN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES AND REGIONS, AS WELL AS ACROSS THE NETWORK.

TOM AND OTHER FELLOWS AROUND THE WORLD IDENTIFIED AND ARTICULATED THIS DEFICIENCY, ELOQUENTLY AND PERSUASIVELY.

IN TRYING TO ADDRESS IT, WE QUICKLY REALIZED THAT ONE OF OUR CHALLENGES IS EF'S TRADITIONAL COUNTRY-CENTRIC APPROACH THAT SERVED IT SO WELL FOR SO MANY DECADES.

BUT IT DOES NOT ADEQUATELY EQUIP THE ORGANIZATION TO DEAL WITH RAPIDLY CHANGING DEMOGRAPHIC AND SOCIAL TRENDS TRANSFORMING THE ESTABLISHED ORDER AROUND THE WORLD.

PUTTING POLITICS ASIDE, THE REALITY IS THAT TODAY COMMERCE, CAPITAL, LABOR, TECHNOLOGY, THE ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH THREATS, DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS AND SECURITY ALL TRANSCEND NATIONAL BOUNDARIES.

EXECUTIVE AND SKILLED WORKERS IN THE U.S. AND OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES INCREASINGLY WORK FROM REMOTE LOCATIONS, AS DO THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD.

EVEN TERRORIST NETWORKS THAT DID NOT EXIST YEARS A FEW SHORT YEARS AGO WORK REMOTELY, RECRUITING THOUSANDS OF NEW ADHERENTS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE FROM THEIR COMPUTER SCREENS.

LIKE GOVERNMENTS, BUSINESSES, NONPROFITS AND ORGANIZATIONS OF ALL STRIPES AND COLORS, EF IS FINDING THAT IN THIS MULTICULTURAL GLOBALIZED WORLD, GEOGRAPHY NO LONGER DICTATES DESTINY AND NATIONAL BOUNDARIES MATTER LESS THAN REGIONS.

IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT, JUST ASK APPLE.

INCREASINGLY OUR FELLOWS SEEK FROM EF THE CONECTIONS, TOOLS, AND RESOURES TO WORK WITH OTHERS BEYOND THEIR BORDERS IN ORDER TO BE EFFECTIVE WITHIN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES.

LAURA STEFAN, A SENIOR ANTI-CORRUPTION OFFICIAL FROM ROMANIA AND FELLOW IN OUR WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP PROGRAM LAST YEAR, PUT IT THIS WAY: "TO HAVE AN IMPACT IN MY COUNTRY, I HAVE TO WORK REGIONALLY."

MANY OF OUR BEST FOLLOWS ALREADY LIVE AND WORK THIS WAY. MARTIN BURT OF PARAGUAY ACTIVELY COLLABORATES WITH FELLOWS IN THE U.S., THE UK AND NIGERIA TO EXTEND HIS POSITIVE IMPACT FAR BEYOND HIS COUNTRY.

JOHN DELLA VOLPE, A DEEPLY ENGAGED USA FELLOW FROM BOSTON, WORKS THE SAME WAY. SINCE HIS FELLOWSHIP, JOHN HAS FORGED PARTNERSHIPS WITH FELLOWS IN TAIWAN, SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA AND SOUTH KOREA. SOON HE WILL BE CONNECTING WITH OUR FELLOWS ALL AROUND THE WORLD IN A NEW PROJECT.

SUSAN BARAGWANATH, OUR DISTINGUISHED FELLOW OF THE YEAR LAST YEAR, WHO IS HERE WITH US TODAY, COLLABORATES WITH FELLOWS FROM ACROSS ASIA AND AROUND THE WORLD TO CHAMPION WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP AND EMPOWERMENT. SAME FOR SHAHID MAHMUD, OUR DISTINGUISHED FELLOW AWARD WINNER THIS YEAR, WHO IS BRINGING THE WORLD TO EF WITH HIS DESIGN AND DONATION OF AN ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL FOR ASPIRING CANDIDATES.

AN OUTSTANDING FELLOW FROM OUR WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP PROGRAM LAST YEAR, GEETHA THARMARATNAM, EMBODIES THE FACE OF THIS FAST-CHANGING MULTICULTURAL WORLD THAT INCREASINGLY TRANSCENDS TRADITIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES.

GEETHA IS A PRIVATE EQUITY EXECUTIVE BORN IN MALI, WHO HOLDS A SRI LANKAN PASSPORT, LIVES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM BUT HAS DONE MUCH OFHER INTERNATIONAL WORK IN AFRICA, WHERE SHE HAS FOSTERED WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS.

WE WILL SEE MANY MORE EXCEPTIONAL FELLOWS LIKE GEETHA IN THE COMING YEARS, OUTSTANDING LEADERS, COMFORTABLE IN DIVERSE CULTURES, WITH THE VISION, DRIVE AND RESOURCEFULNESS TO WORK WITH FELLOWS IN OTHER LANDS.

TO HELP US HARNESS THIS HUMAN CAPITAL--OUR MOST IMPORTANT ASSET AS AN ORGANIZATION--TOM FRAWLEY AND THE ENGAGEMENT GROUP HE HAS LED WITHIN OUR GLOBAL NETWORK COUNCIL OF FELLOWS HAS ADVOCATED CREATING NEW REGIONAL BODIES WITHIN THE NETWORK TO COORDINATE ACTIVITIES BETWEEN DIFFERENT COUNTRY CHAPTERS AND CATALYZE ENGAGEMENT.

SEPARATELY, FELLOWS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA HAVE ADVOCATED A SIMILAR APPROACH. WE BELIEVE THIS IS AN IDEA WITH GREAT MERIT THAT IS WORTH FURTHER EXPLORATION. ESPECIALLY SINCE IT COMES FROM YOU, THE FELLOWS.

SO WE WILL LOOK TO ALL OF YOU IN THE NETWORK FOR SPECIFIC IDEAS OF HOW THIS WOULD LOOK AND HOW WE MIGHT GO ABOUT IT.

IN RESPONSE TO REQUESTS FROM OUR FELLOWS AROUND THE WORLD, OVER THE LAST YEAR WE'VE TRIED TO SET NEW COMMON STANDARDS ACROSS THE EF NETWORK BY REDEFINING AND STANDARDIZING CRITERIA FOR FELLOWS SELECTION, FOR THE ROLE OF NOMINATING COMMITTEES, FOR THE EXPECTATIONS WE HAVE FOR EACH PROSPECTIVE FELLOW. OUR FELLOWS, WORKING THROUGH THE GNC, HAD A BIG ROLE IN THIS PROCESS.

REGARDING THE CREATION OF NEW REGIONAL SUB-ENTITIES WITHIN THE NETWORK, WE'RE QUITE COMFORTABLE WITH DEFERRING TO EACH REGIONAL GROUPING OF COUNTRY CHAPTERS AS YOU WORK THROUGH HOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS.

LET A THOUSAND FLOWERS BLOOM, AT LEAST FOR NOW, IS HOW I LOOK AT IT. THEN WE CAN FIGURE OUT IF THERE IS A MODEL, OR A COMBINATION OF MODELS, THAT MIGHT WORK BEST ACROSS THE NETWORK.

WE'VE SET UP A FRAMEWORK FOR THIS TO HAPPEN THROUGH THE GNC. NOW WE WANT THE IMPETUS TO COME FROM YOU, THE FELLOWS.

AT THE SAME TIME, BACK IN PHILADELPHIA, WE'RE TRYING TO SUPPORT THIS MORE REGIONAL APPROACH WITH A NUMBER OF DISTINCTLY REGIONAL INITIATIVES.

AS WE SPEAK, FELLOWS ARE TRAVELING ACROSS THE UNITED STATES FROM OUR GROUNDBREAKING AFRICA REGIONAL PROGRAM, THE FIRST IN EF'S HISTORY DEDICATED EXCLUSIVELY TO FELLOWS FROM MULTIPLE NATIONS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA.

EARLIER THIS WEEK, OUR AFRICA FELLOWS REGISTERED ANOTHER HISTORIC FIRST.

ON TUESDAY THEY WERE THE FIRST GROUP OF EISENHOWER FELLOWS IN 33 YEARS TO BE RECEIVED AT THE WHITE HOUSE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

IN ALL THE LONG, DISTINGUISHED HISTORY OF EF, ONLY THREE PREVIOUS SITTING PRESIDENTS MET WITH OUR FELLOWS AT THE WHITE HOUSE--EISENHOWER, JOHN KENNEDY AND, ONCE, BACK IN 1983, RONALD REAGAN.

THEN THIS WEEK PRESIDENT OBAMA WARMLY RECEIVED US IN THE ROSE GARDEN. THIS WAS THE CULMINATION OF A BEHIND-THE-SCENES EFFORT MANY MONTHS IN THE MAKING, WITH A DECISIVE PUSH BY GENERAL POWELL.

THE PRESIDENT TOLD THE FELLOWS HE HAD READ THEIR BIOS AND SALUTED THEM FOR THEIR WORK IN AFRICA AND FOR THEIR ROLE IN STRENGTHENING RELATIONS BETWEEN THEIR COUNTRIES AND THE U.S. HE WISHED THEM A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE IN THEIR TRAVELS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ENCOURAGED THEM TO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK WHEN THEY RETURNED TO AFRICA.

I GAVE HIM THE KEY TO THE EF HOUSE IN PHILADELPHIA AND TOLD HIM IT WILL ALWAYS BE HIS HOME, THAT HE SHOULD COME ON UP AND SEE US AFTER HIS RESPONSIBILITIES HERE WERE FINISHED.

AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, IT WAS AN UNFORGETTABLE OCCASION FOR THE FELLOWS. IT WAS ALSO AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE FOR EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIPS AND THE FUTURE OF OUR PROGRAM.

THE WHITE HOUSE VISIT SAID TO THE WORLD, HERE WE ARE. AND WHAT WE DO MATTERS. IT'S THE RESUMPTION OF A TRADITION THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO CARRY FORWARD, BACK TO THE FUTURE.

SIGNIFICANTLY, PRESIDENT OBAMA'S GRACIOUS GESTURE DRAMATICALLY UNDERSCORES OUR FUNDAMENTALLY NON-PARTISAN CHARACTER. FOUR PRESIDENTS NOW HAVE INVITED US INTO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S HOME, TWO REPUBLICANS AND TWO DEMOCRATS.

AT A TIME OF EXTREME POLITICAL POLARIZATION IN THE U.S., THIS HIGHLY VISIBLE ENDORSEMENT OF OUR NONPARTISANSHIP IS A KEY ATTRIBUTE FOR EF GOING FORWARD, A POWERFUL SELLING POINT WITH POTENTIAL FELLOWS, PARTNERS AND DONORS.

AND FRANKLY, IT WAS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS I CAME TO EF, HAVING SPENT MY ENTIRE CAREER HAPPILY HONKING OFF PEOPLE FROM BOTH PARTIES.

LATER THIS MONTH, WE HAVE ANOTHER MAJOR REGIONAL INITIATIVE ON THE EF CALENDAR--THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGIONAL UNCONFERENCE IN BALI, INDONESIA. THEY'RE EXPECTING A BIG TURNOUT AND THERE'S A LOT OF ENTHUSIASM ACROSS ASIA FOR THIS MEETING.

THEN NEXT FALL WE'RE GOING TO FOLLOW UP OUR AFRICA PROGRAM WITH A MIDDLE EAST REGIONAL PROGRAM, EF'S FIRST SINCE 2005. WE AIM TO GET FELLOWS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES IN THE REGION FORGING NEW BONDS AND WORKING TOGETHER ON PROJECTS THAT CAN BEGIN TO HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE REGION.

TWO WEEKS AGO, I HAD THE DISTINCT PLEASURE OF VISITING THE HEART OF ANOTHER VOLATILE REGION WHEN I WENT TO INDIA, WHERE I MET WITH FELLOWS IN DELHI AND THEN TRAVELED DEEP INTO THE NORTHERN STATE OF PUNJAB, A SHORT DRIVE FROM THE PAKISTANI BORDER.

I HAPPENED TO ARRIVE IN PUNJAB THE SAME DAY THAT INDIA STRUCK MILITARILY AGAINST SUSPECTED TERRORIST CAMPS ON THE PAKISTANI SIDE OF THE LINE OF CONTROL IN KASHMIR… IN RETALIATION FOR THE TERRORIST ATTACKS AGAINST AN INDIAN ARMY ENCAMPMENT THAT KILLED 18 SOLDIERS EARLIER THAT WEEK. SINCE THEN BOTH SIDES HAVE STAYED ON MAXIMUM ALERT.

MY FEW DAYS IN PUNJAB BRIEFLY TOOK ME BACK TO MY PAST LIFE AS A ROAMING CORRESPONDENT, GIVING ME A BRACING FIRST-HAND VIEW OF THE HIGH STAKES THE WORLD FACES IN A REGION BULGING WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WE'LL SEE HOW THIS LASTEST ROUND OF TENSIONS IN THIS COMBUSTIBLE REGION PLAYS OUT.

BUT ONCE AGAIN, AS IN IRELAND A GENERATION AGO, THIS TIME ON BOTH SIDES OF THE INDIA-PAKISTAN DIVIDE, EISENHOWER FELLOWS ARE WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES TO FORGE A BETTER FUTURE.

TODAY I'M DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR PAKISTANI AND INDIAN FELLOWS WILL BE CO-HOSTING FOR THE FIRST TIME AN EF REGIONAL CONFERENCE, A SOUTH ASIA REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN DUBAI, ON FEB. 25-28, 2017... THEY WILL BE JOINED THERE BY OUR FELLOWS FROM SRI LANKA AND BANGLADESH AND OTHERS THEY WILL INVITE FROM ACROSS THE NETWORK.

THIS INITIATIVE WAS PUT TOGETHER BY OUR FELLOWS SHAHID MAHMUD IN PAKISTAN AND RAMAN MADHOK IN INDIA, WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR MANY MONTHS TO ORGANIZE THIS HISTORIC GATHERING AND CAME TO ME WITH THEIR IDEA A FEW WEEKS AGO.

I FOUND TREMENDOUS SUPPORT FOR THE CONFERENCE AMONG OUR INDIAN FELLOWS IN DELHI, FROM FELLOWS ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE NETWORK AND FROM THE TRUSTEES WITH WHOM I RECENTLY SHARED THE NEWS.

I WENT TO SEE ONE OF THEM IN NEW YORK, VICTOR MENEZES, THE FORMER CHAIR OF OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

VICTOR IMMEDIATELY BEAMED A BIG SMILE AND SAID, "YOU HAVE TO GET THE IRISH FELLOWS THERE. THEY SHOULD BE ON A PANEL TO TALK ABOUT HOW THEY DID IT, HOW THEY WERE ABLE TO MAKE IT WORK."

VICTOR BELIEVES, AND I AGREE WITH HIM, THAT YOUR EXAMPLE WOULD BE ILLUMINATING AND INSTRUCTIVE FOR OUR INDIAN AND PAKISTANI FELLOWS AS THEY TAKE THEIR FIRST STEPS TOGETHER WITHIN THE EF FRAMEWORK IN DUBAI.

SO TODAY I CALL ON YOU, OUR IRISH FELLOWS, TO WORK WITH RAMAN AND SHAHID AND PLAN TO JOIN YOUR INDIAN AND PAKISTANI COLLEAGUES IN DUBAI TO RELATE HOW THE TIES YOU FORGED DURING YOUR ALL-IRELAND PROGRAM HELPED PEOPLE LIKE DAVID LAVERY AND PADDY TEAHON WHEN IT CAME TIME TO SIT ACROSS THE TABLE AND NEGOTIATE THE GOOD FRIDAY PEACE ACCORDS.

SO TODAY I CALL ON YOU, OUR IRISH FELLOWS, TO WORK WITH RAMAN AND SHAHID AND PLAN TO JOIN YOUR INDIAN AND PAKISTANI COLLEAGUES IN DUBAI TO RELATE HOW THE TIES YOU FORGED DURING YOUR ALL-IRELAND PROGRAM HELPED PEOPLE LIKE DAVID LAVERY AND PADDY TEAHON WHEN IT CAME TIME TO SIT ACROSS THE TABLE AND NEGOTIATE THE GOOD FRIDAY PEACE ACCORDS.

OUR INDIAN FELLOWS WERE EXCITED BY THE PROSPECT OF HAVING THEIR IRISH COLLEAGUES COME TO DUBAI WHEN I TOLD THEM ABOUT VICTOR’S IDEA.

SO THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR VOLUNTEERING.

SHORTLY AFTER DUBAI, NOT TO BE OUTDONE, OUR LATIN AMERICAN FELLOWS WILL BE HOLDING THEIR OWN REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN SANTIAGO, CHILE, IN APRIL, BRINGING IN EF COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE HEMISPHERE.

SO THAT'S FOUR MAJOR EF REGIONAL CONFERENCES IN FOUR IMPORTANT AREAS OF THE WORLD, IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS, BEGINNING HERE TODAY.

THE REGIONAL BUG IS SPREADING ACROSS EF, LIKE A HEALTHY VIRUS.

AND THAT'S JUST A START. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF OTHER EXCITING NEW INITIATIVES I WANT TO ANNOUNCE TODAY.

REINFORCING THE GLOBAL NATURE OF OUR ORGANIZATION, AS YOU KNOW, EF IS HOSTING OUR SECOND GLOBAL CONFERENCE IN TWO YEARS NEXT FALL, THE FUTURE OF WORK CONFERENCE THAT WILL BRING TOGETHER FELLOWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN MALAGA ON SEPT. 14-17, 2017.

WE'VE ENLISTED SOME WORLD-CLASS EXPERTS TO PARTICIPATE. KATHLEEN KENNEDY, PRESIDENT OF THE MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW, IS HELPING US PUT TOGETHER THE PROGRAM AND HAS GRACIOUSLY AGREED TO SERVE AS MC, PRO BONO.

WE'VE INVITED FORMER PRESIDENT FELIPE GONZLEZ OF SPAIN AND WE ARE TOLD HE IS TRYING TO ARRANGE HIS SCHEDULE TO JOIN US. FRANCISCO SANCHEZ, UNDERSECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, HAS SIGNALED HE WILL BE THERE. AND WE HAVE INVITED SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE FIELD, ROCK STARS FROM THE WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION WORKING TO ADDRESS THIS GLOBAL CHALLENGE TO SERVE AS KEYNOTES. AND WE’LL OF COURSE HAVE MANY FELLOWS FROM ACROSS THE NETWORK ON PANELS AND BREAKOUT SESSIONS. STAY TUNED.

BEYOND THE STAR POWER AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP OF THE CONFERENCE ITSELF, WE SEE THE MALAGA GATHERING, CO-HOSTED BY OUR FELLOWS FROM SPAIN AND JORDAN, AS A VEHICLE TO GENERATE A NUMBER OF CONCRETE NEW INITIATIVES TO MAXIMIZE THE IMPACT OF THE GATHERING.

ONE OF THEM IS A PILOT PROGRAM WE AIM TO LEAVE BEHIND IN MALAGA ITSELF, MODELED AFTER OUR USA FELLOW SISTER MARY SCULLION'S COMCAST TECHNOLOGY LAB IN PHILADELPHIA THAT TEACHES COMPUTER AND HIGH-TECH SKILLS TO AT-RISK YOUTH TO PREPARE THEM FOR COLLEGE AND THE WORK WORLD.

THE MALAGA CITY GOVERNMENT HAS SOME EU FUNDS TO FUND A SIMILAR PILOT, THERE IS A HIGH-TECH START UP SECTOR IN THE CITY--KNOWN AS MALAGA VALLEY, WITH COMPANIES LIKE GOOGLE, ACCENTURE, DELOITTE, VODAFONE AND OTHERS--WHOSE WORKERS THE CITY WANTS TO ENLIST TO PROVIDE THE INSTRUCTION FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE.

TO PULL ALL THIS TOGETHER, MALAGA CITY OFFICIALS TOLD ME THEY WANT EF TO HELP DESIGN THE PROGRAM. SO WE'VE INVITED SISTER MARY TO MALAGA AND WE'RE DELIGHTED THAT SHE'S GOING TO JOIN US TO HELP KICK-START THIS... A CONCRETE PROJECT WE WILL LEAVE BEHIND FROM THE CONFERENCE WITH A POSITIVE IMPACT IN OUR HOST CITY.

A SECOND CONCRETE IMPACT WE PLAN TO PRODUCE FROM MALAGA WILL HAVE A LASTING IMPACT ON EF ITSELF.

EVER SINCE I TOOK THIS JOB, I'VE HAD COUNTLESS FELLOWS, STAFF AND A NUMBER OF TRUSTEES URGE ME TO CREATE A YOUTH DIMENSION WITHIN OUR ORGANIZATION, AN EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIPS YOUTH PROGRAM.

FOR TWO YEARS I'VE BEEN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW EXACTLY WE MIGHT DO THAT AND WHAT IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE… NOW MALAGA PRESENTS A GROUNDBREAKING OPPORTUNITY.

OUR JORDANIAN FELLOWS SUGGESTED WE NEED TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE PANEL IN MALAGA OF YOUNG PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF WORK.

AND THEY'VE FOLLOWED UP BY QUIETLY INVITING CROWN PRINCE ABDULLAH TO BE A KEYNOTE SPEAKER.

WE DON'T WANT TO PUBLICIZE THIS FOR SECURITY REASONS. BUT THE CROWN PRINCE IS 18 YEARS OLD AND COULD HELP SPEARHEAD A TERRIFIC DISCUSSION AMONG YOUTHS THERE THAT WOULD ENERGIZE THE ENTIRE CONFERENCE.

THAT GOT US TO THINKING: HOW COULD WE KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE?

THEN IT HIT ME: HAVE THE EF COUNTRY CHAPTERS AROUND THE WORLD CREATE YOUR OWN AFFLIATED YOUTH NETWORK.

SO TODAY I'M DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT EF WILL BE CALLING ON EVERY COUNTRY CHAPTER IN OUR GLOBAL NETWORK TO SELECT ONE YOUNG PERSON AND SPONSOR THEIR TRAVEL TO MALAGA.

WE'RE THINKING IN TERMS OF A PROMISING YOUNG PERSON BETWEEN 18 AND 25.

WE WILL BE SENDING EVERYONE IN THE NETWORK SPECIFIC CRITERIA FROM PHILADELPHIA, SO IT CAN'T BE YOUR NEPHEW OR YOUR DAUGHTER OR YOUR NEIGHBOR’S KID.

AND THEN WE WILL GIVE THEM ALL A HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: TO COME UP WITH A PROJECT RELATED TO THE FUTURE OF WORK THEY CAN WORK ON IN MALAGA WITH OTHER YOUTHS AND WITH EF'S GLOBAL FELLOWS.

FROM THIS GROUP WE'LL FORM A PANEL OF SOME OF THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST TO PRESENT SOME OF THESE IDEAS AND TALK ABOUT THE LARGER ISSUE FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE.

OUR GOAL IN MALAGA IS TO BE ABLE TO CREATE A CONCRETE PILOT PROJECT IN EACH REGION OF THE WORLD FROM THE IDEAS THAT EMERGE FROM THE CONFERENCE.

GIVEN THAT WE HAVE 43 COUNTRY CHAPTERS, PLUS SIX USA CHAPTERS, IF OUR FELLOWS FULLY ENGAGE, WE WOULD HAVE BETWEEN 40-50 YOUNG PEOPLE CHOSEN BY THE EF GLOBAL NETWORK TO BE WITH US IN MALAGA.

THUS AT THE END OF THE CONFERENCE WE WILL HAVE, VOILA! THE FIRST COHORT OF THE EISENHOWER YOUTH NETWORK.

A NEW NETWORK OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO CAN SERVE AS MENTEES UNDER THE NEW EF REQUIREMENT THAT ALL FELLOWS MUST MENTOR SOMEONE YOUNGER BEHIND THEM… A NEW NETWORK OF YOUNG PEOPLE WE WILL SEEK TO INTERACT WITH OUR FELLOWS AND INTEGRATE INTO FUTURE EF EVENTS… A NEW NETWORK OF EISENHOWER YOUTH WHO CAN GROW AND WITH OUR FELLOWS' HELP, MAKE AN IMPACT OF THEIR OWN.

THE FELLOWS AND TRUSTEES AND POTENTIAL SPONSORS AND PARTNERS WITH WHOM WE'VE DISCUSSED THIS HAVE BEEN TREMENDOUSLY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE IDEA.

BUT WE WILL NEED YOUR ACTIVE HELP TO MAKE IT A REALITY.

WE ALSO NEED YOUR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN ANOTHER EXCITING NEW INITIATIVE I'M DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY. IN THE COMING MONTHS, WE WILL BE UNVEILING A NEW TOOL TO HELP EF BECOME BETTER KNOWN IN THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD:

THE FIRST ANNUAL EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIPS OPINION POLL OF GLOBAL LEADERS.

WE WILL REACH OUT TO ALL OF OUR FELLOWS IN OUR GLOBAL NETWORK IN EARLY DECEMBER TO MEASURE YOUR VIEWS ABOUT WORLD AFFAIRS, YOUR EXPECTATIONS AND PRIORITY OBJECTIVES FOR THE NEXT AMERICAN PRESIDENT, YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHAT ROLE THE UNITED STATES SHOULD PLAY TO BE A FORCE FOR GOOD IN YOUR COUNTRIES AND REGIONS.

THEN WE PLAN TO RELEASE THIS POLL WITH APPROPRIATE PUBLIC FANFARE IN MID-JANUARY, RIGHT BEFORE THE INAUGURATION OF THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

OUR USA FELLOW JOHN DELLA VOLPE WHOM I MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY, IS HEAD OF POLLING AT THE INSTITUTE OF POLITICS AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY AND CEO OF A PRIVATE MARKET RESEARCH COMPANY IN CAMBRIDGE.

JOHN IS GENEROUSLY DONATING HIS COMPANY'S TALENTS AND TIME TO CONDUCT THE POLL AND HE WILL HELP COORDINATE OUR INTERNATIONAL MEDIA OUTREACH.

THIS NOTION OF A BRANDED EISENHOWER POLL BORROWS SHAMELESSLY FROM THE CHICAGO COUNCIL ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS' ANNUAL POLL ON AMERICANS' VIEWS OF THE WORLD, AN ANNUAL EVENT THAT IS WIDELY COVERED BY MAJOR AMERICAN NEWS ORGANIZAITONS.

THIS WAS A BRILLIANT IDEA THE COUNCIL HAD MORE THAN 15 YEARS AGO THAT HELPED BRAND THAT ORGANIZATION--BASED IN THE AMERICAN HEARTLAND, THE TRADITIONAL BASTION OF U.S. ISOLATIONISM--AS A THOUGHT LEADER IN CHRONICLING HOW AMERICANS VIEW THE WORLD.

IT STRUCK ME WHEN I CAME TO EF THAT WE HAVE THE INVERSE: A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE OF MORE THAN 1,500 INFLUENTIAL GLOBAL LEADERS WHOSE VIEWS OF THE WORLD AND THE U.S. ROLE IN IT WOULD BE COMPELLING TO AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES, HELPING BRAND US FOR OUR DYNAMIC THOUGHT LEADERSHIP.

AS PART OF THIS DECEMBER SURVEY THAT WE WILL BE SENDING OUT TO ALL OUR FELLOWS, WE WILL ALSO INCLUDE A SECOND SET OF CONFIDENTIAL INTERNAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF OUR FELLOWS' WORK AROUND THE WORLD.

THESE RESPONSES WILL COMPRISE THE KEY DATA THAT WE NEED TO COMPILE FOR AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF OUR STRATEGIC PLAN: A DATA-DRIVEN COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION OF THE IMPACT OF OUR PROGRAMS.

WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF PROGRAM EVALUATION TO PUT TOGETHER THE FRAMEWORK AND METRICS FOR THIS EVALUATION AND WILL BE HIRING AN OUTSIDE FIRM NEXT YEAR TO ENSURE THE CREDIBILITY OF ITS FINDINGS.

THIS IMPACT EVALUATION WILL GIVE US A POWERFUL NEW ELEMENT OF THE EF STORY THAT WE CAN PRESENT TO POTENTIAL FUTURE DONORS, SPONSORS AND PARTNERS.

THEN, EARLY NEXT YEAR, SHORTLY AFTER WE RELEASE THE FIRST OF WHAT WILL BE AN ANNUAL EF POLL OF GLOBAL LEADERS, JOHN WILL HELP US PUT TOGETHER ANOTHER GLOBAL POLL.

THIS ONE WILL REACH OUT TO EXECUTIVES, OFFICIALS AND WORKERS AROUND THE WORLD, WITHIN AND OUTSIDE OUR GLOBAL NETWORK, WITH THEIR VIEWS AND HOPES AND FEARS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF WORK, FOR THEM AND THEIR CHILDREN.

THIS EF GLOBAL POLL ON THE FUTURE OF WORK WILL BE TIMED FOR RELEASE IN CONNECTION WITH OUR CONFERENCE IN MALAGA NEXT SEPTEMBER, FURTHER HELPING US MAXIMIZE ITS IMPACT AND BRANDING OUR ORGANIZATION AS RELEVANT THOUGHT LEADERS ON VITAL SUBJECTS OF GLOBAL IMPORTANCE.

THE SUCCESS OF ALL FOUR OF THESE NEW INITIATIVES I AM ANNOUNCING TODAY--BOTH OF THESE BRANDED EF POLLS, THE DATA-DRIVEN EVALUATION OF OUR PROGRAMMATIC IMPACT, AS WELL AS THE CREATION OF A NEW EISENHOWER YOUTH NETWORK--WILL DEPEND IN LARGE PART ON THE ENGAGEMENT OF ALL OF YOU, OUR FELLOWS.

FIRST WE URGENTLY NEED TO HAVE EVERY SINGLE FELLOWS' CURRENT EMAIL AND OTHER CONTACT INFORMATION, AND WE NEED IT YESTERDAY. YOU WILL SEE A MESSAGE FROM ME TO THAT EFFECT NEXT WEEK.

THEN WE NEED YOU ALL TO EXERT MAXIMUM PEER PRESSURE ON YOUR EF COLLEAGUES TO ENSURE THAT WE OBTAIN THE MAXIMUM FELLOWS' RESPONSE TO THESE SURVEYS--PARTICULARLY THE FIRST ONE, THE POLL OF GLOBAL LEADERS AND A MEASURE OF YOUR IMPACT.

SO WE HAVE AN AWFUL LOT GOING ON. AS YOU ALL KNOW, IT'S NOT EASY TO BRING CHANGE TO A HIGHLY TRADITIONAL, CULTURALLY HIERARCHICAL ORGANIZATION.

BUT I'M GRATIFIED TO SAY THAT WE'VE RECEIVED OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FROM OUR FELLOWS NETWORK AND FROM THE BOARD FOR OUR NEW STRATEGIC DIRECTION AND FOR ALL OF THESE SPECIFIC INITIATIVES, INCLUDING OUR INCREASINGLY REGIONAL APPROACH TO OUR GLOBAL PROGRAMS AND OPERATION.

FITTINGLY, BUT NOT SURPRISINGLY, THIS FLURRY OF REGIONAL MEETINGS TO BRING TOGETHER FELLOWS FROM ACROSS THE EF NETWORK BEGINS HERE TODAY, WITH YOU, OUR IRISH FELLOWS.

I AM THRILLED THAT YOU HAVE SEIZED THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GATHER OUR COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE CONTINENT TO DISCUSS SUCH A TIMELY AND SUBSTANTIVE TOPIC—THE FUTURE OF EUROPE--WITH RAMIFICATIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD.

THANK YOU FOR ALL FOR YOUR PASSION AND FOR YOUR HARD WORK TO STRENGTHEN YOUR ENGAGEMENT WITH EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIPS, AND WITH EACH OTHER.

I FIRMLY BEIEVE THAT IN THIS TIME OF RISING TENSIONS AND UNCERTAINTY, THE WORK OF EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIPS AND THE CITIZEN DIPLOMACY EMBODIED BY ALL OF YOU IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER.

EISENHOWER FELLOWS BUILD BRIDGES AND TEAR DOWN THE WALLS THAT DIVIDE US.

ONCE AGAIN, YOU LEAD THE WAY.

THANK YOU FOR INVITING ME TO BE HERE WITH YOU TODAY.


Iniziative, nuovi contatti e organizzazione del prossimo EF Day

October 28, 2016

Cari tutti,

volevo aggiornarvi sulle iniziative che stiamo prendendo, su alcuni importanti contatti che abbiamo attivato per allargare il network della nostra Associazione e sull’organizzazione del prossimo EF Day.

Partendo da quest’ultimo, siamo in contatto con l’Ambasciata USA che, come ricorderete, prima dell’estate ci aveva detto che avrebbe pianificato gli eventi da supportare a Settembre.

Il feedback che abbiamo avuto, è che l’EF Day rientra tra gli eventi di loro interesse ma definiranno i dettagli nelle prossime settimane. Appena ricevuti gli aggiornamenti, fisseremo con loro un appuntamento, sperando che il supporto sia fattivo e concreto come per gli anni passati!

Sempre in Ambasciata, con Rosalba abbiamo incontrato Gloria Berbena, Minister Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs, che si è detta estremamente interessata alle attività dell’Eisenhower e con cui ci incontreremo nuovamente nelle prossime settimane per definire i dettagli della collaborazione sull’EF Day ed, eventualmente, per organizzare un incontro con altri fellows.

Grazie a Francesca Fedeli, abbiamo preso contatti con due importanti Associazioni: la Fondazione Bassetti, con il Direttore scientifico Francesco Samorè, e Ashoka Italia, con Enrica Cornaglia (Venture and Communications di Ashoka Italia).

Per maggiori dettagli potete visitare i rispettivi siti Ashoka e Fondazione Bassetti.

In particolare, con Enrica Cornagli di Ashoka Italia mi sono incontrata ieri per esplorare eventuali sinergie tra le Associazioni e gli esiti dell’incontro sono stati assolutamente positivi e proficui: con entrambe le Associazioni, infatti, selezioniamo profili di altissimo livello per le fellowship e, con l’obiettivo di ampliare la platea di candidati, nel prossimo futuro metteremo a fattor comune i candidati che riterremo possano essere di interesse di una o dell’altra Associazione.

D’altronde, che l’obiettivo sia comune e condiviso, lo dimostra proprio Francesca Fedeli, prima fellow di Ashoka e poi Eisenhower!

Nel prossimo futuro esploreremo anche la possibilità di organizzare eventi in comune. Nel frattempo, per darvi il polso della fattiva collaborazione, il 22 novembre parteciperò a Milano al loro evento annuale: EVERYONE A CHANGEMAKER - Fai la tua parte!, in cui verranno presentati gli imprenditori sociali di Ashoka Italia.

Con Francesco Samorè, direttore scientifico della Fondazione Bassetti, ci incontreremo non appena possibile, essendo lui a Milano e io a Roma, sempre al fine di avviare comuni sinergie.

Sempre sul questo fronte, grazie a Rosalba abbiamo preso contatti con un partner di un importante studio legale internazionale per verificare il suo interesse a farci dasponsor finanziatore: stiamo aspettando una risposta e vi aggiorneremo non appena avremo un suo (speriamo positivo!) feedback.Ancora, vi segnalo che a Dublino – dove sono andati Pino e Rosalba - si è discusso di "regionalizzare" i chapters nazionali, dando vita ad un hub Europeo che possa fare da veicolo per discutere problemi, elaborare progetti e soluzioni comuni.

Al momento si sta ragionando su una bozza di possibile organizzazione, se qualcuno fosse interessato la facciamo circolare. Anche su questo vi terrò ovviamente aggiornati.

Infine, il 14 novembre Rosalba sostituirà Antonio al GNC a New York: per commenti o proposte potete prendere contatti direttamente con lei.

Bene, mi sembra che per il momento sia tutto, vi terrò aggiornata sugli sviluppi delle iniziative descritte e vi auguro un buon ponte (per chi lo farà!)

Un abbraccio a tutti,

Camilla Sebastiani


Uno schema per il futuro Eisenhower Fellows' European Network

October 28, 2016

Cari tutti,

come saprete meglio di me, è da tempo che si parla di "regionalizzare" i chapters nazionali. A Dublino abbiamo discusso e deciso di dar vita ad un hub Europeo che possa fare da veicolo per discutere problemi, elaborare progetti e soluzioni comuni.

Mi sono proposta per una bozza iniziale di struttura da cui partire per continuare la discussione. Prima di inviarla ai nostri colleghi irlandesi che me l'hanno richiesta, ve l'allego per eventuali commenti.

Grazie e a presto,

Rosalba Striani

Scarica il documento Initial thoughts on the future EF European Network.pdf


Principi guida per i National Chapters

October 28, 2016

Cari Fellows,

In vista del meeting svoltosi recentemente a Dublino, la Presidenza di Filadelfia ha fatto pervenire un documento dal titolo esplicito "National Chapters Guidelines", nel quale vengono indicati i principi guida di struttura, funzionamento, obiettivi delle Associazioni dei singoli paesi.

Uno dei capitoli del documento dedica attenzione alla "governance" dell'Associazione. Riporto di seguito il testo, in inglese.

A presto,

Giuseppe Cassano

Leadership Committee

In order to provide administrative support for the local Eisenhower Fellowships Chapters, countries should consider appointing a Leadership Committee. The Leadership Committee might comprise the following positions:

  • President - with lead responsibility for Chapter business:
  • Secretary - with lead responsibility for convening the Fellows and organizing the program of Chapter events;
  • Treasurer - with responsibility for managing the Chapter's finances;
  • National representatives (if any) of the RF Global Network Council, President's Advisory Council, Chairman's Fellow Circle and the Board of Trustees should also be members of the Leadership Committee.

Intervista a John Della Volpe

October 28, 2016

Cari Fellows,

vi segnalo questa interessante intervista in cui John Della Volpe descrive cosa i giovani pensano sul futuro degli Stati Uniti d'America.

Buona visione,

Giuseppe Cassano


Il Presidente della EF Association Spagnola in visita a Roma

November 8, 2016

Cari Fellows,

Il 4 novembre scorso il Presidente della Associazione degli EF di Spagna Javier Cremades ha incontrato a Roma il suo omologo italiano Giuseppe Cassano oltre che la Segretaria Generale Camilla Sebastiani e Maurizio Meschino. Di seguito è la mail inviata a Filadelfia con la notizia dell'incontro.

Dear Diane,

I am pleased to inform EF about the visit of Javier Cremades - President of the Spanish EF Chapter - and his wife Arancha, to Rome.

The Italian EF Chapter has had the pleasure to organize, on the evening of November 4, a meeting and dinner at the Circolo Canottieri Aniene, one of the best private Clubs in Rome, of which I am a member.

To the dinner, besides Javier and myself, have participated Camilla Sebastiani, general Secretary of the Italian Association, and Maurizio Meschino, senior Fellow, all with their partners.

The meeting has been very friendly and the discussion has been on the activities and functioning of our Associations: a very useful experiences exchange.

Javier has also described what is going on about the organization of the September 2017 Conference in Malaga, to which the Italian EF Chapter intends to send a numerous group of Fellows.

It has also been decided to evaluate possible future forms of cooperation between the two Spanish and Italian Associations.

Definitely a fruitful and promising meeting, in the EF spirit.

All the best

Giuseppe Cassano


Benedetta Craveri nominata membro dell'Accademia dei Lincei

November 14, 2016

Cara Benedetta,

è con grande piacere che ti invio, a nome della Associazione italiana degli Eisenhower Fellow, oltre che mio personale. le più vive congratulazioni, insieme con gli auguri più cari.

La tua nomina a membro dell'Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, di cui abbiamo letto appena ieri, non solo premia la docente e la studiosa, ma anche l'autrice e scrittrice di libri che riescono a raggiungere - al di là degli specialisti cui sono primariamente diretti - anche il vasto pubblico dei lettori, per i temi trattati, pur nel rigore della Storia, e per la brillantezza del racconto.

Tutti noi desideriamo esprimerti la grande gioia con la quale abbiamo appreso la notizia e comunicarti la soddisfazione e l'orgoglio di tutti noi per la presenza nella nostra Associazione di una studiosa cui sia stato attribuito il più elevato riconoscimento culturale del nostro paese.

Un forte abbraccio

Giuseppe Cassano

Presidente

Associazione italiana degli Eisenhower Fellows


Carissimo Pino, carissimi Amici,

lasciatemi dire quanto le vostre congratulazioni mi tocchino. Piena di ammirazione per tutte le vostre interessantissime iniziative che rendono così viva la nostra associazione mi sento anche terribilmente colpevole per non essere in grado di apportarvi il minimo aiuto e l'idea che questa mia nomina possa costituire un piccolo contributo al nostro buon nome mi fa davvero piacere.

Un abbraccio grato a tutti voi,

Benedetta


Dear George,

I am particularly pleased to let you receive a very nice news regarding an Italian Fellow.

Benedetta Craveri, 1981 Fellow, has been appointed member of the prestigious Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. The Accademia is the most ancient Scientific Academy of the world. It was created in 1603 and accounts among its past members Galileo Galilei and Albert Einstein.

Benedetta teaches French Literature at the Naples Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa and, as visiting professor, at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She is today one of the most known Italian scholars of French literature and history. She has written a number of very successful books on the intellectual life of the French 18th century.

In France she had already been appointed "officer" of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Now she has got the most prestigious Italian cultural appointment. We are proud Benedetta is an active member of our EF Italian Association.

All the best

Giuseppe Cassano


Message and announcement from EP President George de Lama

February 1, 2017

Cari Fellows,

non so se abbiate ricevuto questa comunicazione a firma il Presidente De Lama: nel dubbio la pubblichiamo qui sul nostro sito web, in quanto trattasi, a mio giudizio, di un importante documento che ribadisce la filosofia, la missione, gli obiettivi della Eisenhower Fellowships.

Penso dobbiamo essere orgogliosi di far parte di questa grande famiglia.

Un abbraccio

Giuseppe Cassano

Presidente

Associazione italiana degli Eisenhower Fellows


Dear colleagues of the Eisenhower Fellowships global family,

For more than six decades, Eisenhower Fellowships has worked to build bridges, connecting leaders of all faiths and nationalities around the world in President Eisenhower’s belief that dialogue between men and women of good will creates understanding that allows confrontation to give way to cooperation.

In today’s angry, anxious and often unsettling times, this mission and these fundamental principles continue to guide and illuminate EF’s work as an independent nonprofit organization, as they have through countless global crises and times of conflict in years past, during 11 successive U.S. administrations, both Republican and Democrat, through wars hot and cold.

The Eisenhower Fellowships mission and the core beliefs that inspire us to work towards a world more peaceful, prosperous and just, are not passing fancies or fashionable slogans. They are the enduring values that forge our common bond, bringing together leaders of all ethnicities, skin colors and religions to collaborate across national and cultural barriers, be they Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Taoist or any other creed.

Once again this spring, EF will welcome to Philadelphia in our Global Program Fellows from Pakistan and India, from Israel and Indonesia, from mainland China and from across the Taiwan Strait in Taipei. This is what we do, and this is who we are.

In this distinguished tradition, I am delighted to announce that Eisenhower Fellowships will host a historic Middle East and South Asia (MESA) Program this fall, inviting Fellows from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and for the first time, Myanmar.

This program is as an expansion of our planned Arab Middle East Program this fall, driven by intense interest from South Asia and highlighted by Eisenhower Fellowships’ exciting move to welcome a new country into our global network, Myanmar.

This robust program will bring together the largest cohort of Middle East Fellows in one EF program since 2005 and build on the momentum forged by our Pakistani and Indian Fellows in their work organizing a South Asia Rising conference in Dubai in February with Fellows from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. At the same time, we look forward to bringing into our global network EF’s first group of Fellows from Myanmar to help them maximize their impact this year.

This ground-breaking initiative advances EF’s strategic objectives, intensifies our work in the Middle East and provides a dynamic new initiative with EF’s historic entry into Myanmar. The fall program follows on the heels of our EF global conference on the Future of Work on Sept. 14-17 in Malaga, Spain, co-hosted by our Spanish and Jordanian Fellows. This vibrant gathering will bring together Eisenhower Fellows and prominent experts from all nations to address this issue of pressing importance in every region of the world.

A glance at the latest headlines tells us that much remains to be done. Eisenhower Fellows in every corner of the Earth today are embracing the challenge, rolling up their sleeves and getting down to work. We stand with you in the firm belief that the vision and mission of Eisenhower Fellowships are more important than ever.

Warmest regards,

George

George de Lama | President

Eisenhower Fellowship


Diane Shoemaker va in pensione

June 23, 2017

Dopo più di 30 anni di stretta collaborazione con i Fellow di tutto il mondo e di profonda amicizia con quelli italiani, Diane Shoemaker va in pensione. Qui di seguito la mail inviata a Diane dal Presidente Cassano e la risposta commossa della stessa

Dear Diane,

we have got the sad news about your close leaving EF. George has written very nice words on you, and very true: you are certainly the more beloved among the EF Staff, for having had and maintained strong, frequent and often affectionate contacts with many of us. And so doing, you have given strenght to the Network and, especially, reinforced its link with the Fellowships.

This means preserving among the fellows the "EF spirit". Look at the enclosed picture: six Italian Fellows, with their families , last week gathered at Antonio Colombo's country house, for enjoing a day of friendship: as you see, three generations of Fellowships were represented: a very recent one (Ludovica Rizzotti and Camilla Sebastiani - EF 2009 and 2010), an intermediate one (Maurizio Meschino and Antonio Colombo - EF 1979 and 1988) and, finally, the oldest one (myself and Mario Vivalda, 1968 and 1969)!

Is'nt it nice? We feel we are part of a big family and to share common interests and values. It is important to preserve the "EF spirit" because is on such basis that the Network may really work and survive.

We thank you for all, Diane, and we do hope to have occasions for still meeting and staying together.

Giuseppe Cassano


Dearest Giuseppe,

Thank you so much for your kind words re: my upcoming retirement. I am deeply touched by your remarks.

I am counting my many blessings bestowed upon me at EF.You may know all too well that 30 years goes by in a flash and it's hard to fathom that you are no longer 30 years old, but 30 + 30.

What an incredible ride it has been. My life and that of my family has been greatly enriched through the EF Network. To have true friends all around the globe and to have made some small contribution in connecting inspired, committed global leaders like you who work together to ensure that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts is a rare gift for which I will be forever grateful.

The EF spirit is indeed remarkable and to have witnessed first-hand how strong it is among the Italian Fellows has been a true joy for me. Rome and Florence are two of my most favorite cities in the world. You have shown me that the incredible treasures there are not only the magnificent works of art, but just as special and meaningful--you the Eisenhower Fellows and families.

It is wonderful to see the photo you sent of several Fellows and family members enjoying each other's company while deepening the relationships and bonds that exist across the generations. I am remembering with great gratitude and pleasure the incredible EF European Regional gathering in Rome in 2014, special EF dinners at the home of Antonio and Elizabeth Colombo, EF lunches and dinners at your club on the Tiber River and visits to the Uffizi and home of Cristina Acidini in Florence. How very fortunate I am!

Thank you all for contributing to some extraordinary memories and for your fellowship and friendship.

Looking forward to staying in touch

Warmest regards,

Diane


Robert Gates nuovo Presidente della Eisenhower Fellowship

July 10, 2017

Cari Fellows,
l'ex Segretario alla Difesa Usa Robert Gates sarà il 9° Presidente del board della Eisenhower Fellowships.
A questo link la presentazione del nostro nuovo Chairman che succederà a Colin Powell a partire dal maggio 2018.

Un caro saluto

Giuseppe Cassano