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Diana Putman ’78 Named USAID Mission Director for the Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted September 15, 2011
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Diana Putman ’78, Ph.D.  ’85, was sworn in as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s mission director to the Democratic Republic of Congo in late July. “Putman will oversee a $306 million program that focuses on bolstering peace and stability; protecting civilians; strengthening governance institutions; and supporting economic recovery, growth, and the provision of basic […]

Golden Baobab Prize Founder Deborah Ahenkorah ’10 Wins Echoing Green Fellowship

Posted June 10, 2011
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The Echoing Green Foundation, which supports emerging visionaries of social change from around the world, has awarded a 2011 Echoing Green Fellowship to Deborah Ahenkorah ’10 of Accra, Ghana. Ahenkorah’s Golden Baobab Prize, an award for children’s literature by and about Africans, is one of fifteen projects Echoing Green has selected for the fellowship in […]

Global Fund for Children Founder Maya Ajmera ’89 Named Henry Crown Fellow by Aspen Institute

Posted May 9, 2011
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Maya Ajmera ’89, the founder of the Global Fund for Children, has been named a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow, joining a select group identified as “the next generation of community-spirited leaders” by the Aspen Institute. Each year, the Institute selects 20 Crown Fellows, “accomplished entrepreneurial leaders” who are “looking toward the broader role they might […]

Diana Putman ’78 Wins Award for Constructive Dissent

Posted February 16, 2011
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At a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State  last June, the American Foreign Service Association presented an award for “constructive dissent” to Diana Putman ’78, an official at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was planning a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo focusing on […]

Maya Ajmera ’89 to speak on her journey from Bryn Mawr to global social entrepreneurship

Posted November 24, 2008

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Katherine Houghton Hepburn Center will present a talk by Hepburn Fellow Maya Ajmera ’89, the founder and president of the Global Fund for Children, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ely Room of Wyndham Alumnae House. The Global Fund for Children (GFC) makes small grants to innovative community-based organizations working with […]

Laurie Roberts Belton ’83 to lead World Teach

Posted November 12, 2008

Laurie Roberts Belton ’83 has become the executive director of World Teach, a nongovernmental organization based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. World Teach places volunteer teachers in host communities across the globe. Roberts Belton, who majored in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr, comes to World Teach from Earthwatch Institute, […]