2014 New Voices Fellows


2014 New Voices Fellows

Championing Africa’s next agriculture revolution, fighting for coral reefs and the global environment, pioneering new family planning strategies, leading African research on malaria vaccines. New Voices and bold ideas.

2014 Fellows (from left): Adebisi Alimi, James Arinaitwe, Yetnayet Asfaw Demessie, Nafi Chinery, Anick Supplice Dupuy, Utibe Effiong, Myshkin Ingawale, Sisonke Msimang, Jacqueline Musiitwa, Ramadhani Noor, Jensi Sartin, Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Evans Wadongo


Who We Are

About the New Voices Fellowship


Who We Are

About the New Voices Fellowship

The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

About Us


The New Voices Fellowship at the Aspen Institute is a groundbreaking initiative designed to bring more expert voices from the developing world into the global development discussion.

The Fellowship, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, offers development experts from Africa and other parts of the developing world a year-long program of media support, training, research and writing under the guidance of experienced mentors and trainers.

The program will help Fellows to sharpen their messages, elevate their stories, focus their media targets, and communicate their insights across a variety of media platforms – illuminating crucial grassroots perspectives for a broad worldwide audience.
Fellows can be drawn from a variety of development disciplines, ranging from public health and education to poverty alleviation, agriculture, sanitation and community activism.  Ideal candidates are experts in their fields who have a deep understanding of broad development challenges and a passion for communicating their views.





Our Board of Advisors


Our Board of Advisors


Olusoji Adeyi

Coordinator, Public Health Programs, Human Development Network- World Bank

Dr. Adeyi is the Sector Manager for Health, Nutrition and Population (Eastern and Southern Africa) at the World Bank in Washington, DC. He is responsible for the World Bank’s support for country-led policies, strategies, operations and partnerships in the sub-region.  The Bank’s work in Africa emphasizes improved governance, improved competitiveness of human capital and reduction of vulnerabilities from short- and long-term effects of poor health.

Dr. Adeyi was founding Director of the Affordable Medicines Facility-Malaria (AMFm) at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  An innovation in the architecture of financing medicines for malaria through the commercial private sector, NGOs and the public sector, AMFm combines a global buyer subsidy with support for implementation at the country level.


Peggy Clark

Vice President of Policy Program, Executive Director, Aspen Global Health and Development, Aspen Institute

Peggy Clark is the Vice President of Policy Programs, Executive Director of Aspen Global Health and Development, and Director of Artisan Partners @Aspen.  As Vice President of Policy Programs, Peggy provides strategic oversight and guidance to the Institute’s 28 policy programs.  As Executive Director of Aspen Global Health and Development, Peggy leads programs promoting breakthrough solutions to global development. Previously, Peggy helped to found Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative with Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and served as Managing Director.
Peggy has been a leader in founding and shaping the microfinance field internationally, and in 1995 received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Microenterprise Development from President Bill Clinton.


John Donnelly

Communications Advisor, Office of the President, World Bank

John is the communications advisor for World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. He was vice president and senior editor at Burness Communications and founder of Long Tail Media.
Prior to that, John was a journalist for 25 years, winning many awards in the past decade for his coverage of global development issues. He worked for the Boston Globe, covering foreign affairs from Washington and global health and development issues based in South Africa. He was the Middle East correspondent for the Miami Herald, where he also extensively covered Haiti. Mr. Donnelly is the author of A Twist of Faith: An American Christian's Quest to Help Orphans in Africa, an also has written and produced books for Harvard University, the World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins University, Management Sciences for Health, and the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research.


Dan Green

Deputy Director, Strategic Partnerships, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dan manages the media and information grants at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He leads a diverse, international team with experience in education, global health and development, advocacy and journalism.

Prior to joining the foundation in January of 2011, Dan was Senior Vice President at Home Front Communications, a media and digital consulting firm based in Washington, DC, and spent 17 years with ABC News, 12 of those with Nightline as a producer and senior producer. Dan’s career at ABC started at its southern Africa bureau where he covered the final years of apartheid, famine in Somalia and the burgeoning AIDS epidemic in Zambia. His work earned him a Columbia DuPont Award, three Emmy’s, NABJ’s top honors, RTNDA Unity Award and a Peabody.


Musimbi Kanyoro

President & CEO, Global Fund for Women

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, a public foundation which seeds, strengthens links and supports the capacity building of women’s rights organizations in every part of the world. The Global Fund for Women’s grants help expand the choices available to women and ensure that women’s voices are heard at local, national and international levels.

Dr. Kanyoro serves on the Global Committee of the Council on Foundations, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Leaders Council, the UNFPA/IPPF High level taskforce for Reproductive Health. She also serves on the boards of Intra Health, CHANGE, and CARE and between 1998-2007 served as the General Secretary (CEO) of the World YWCA, whose national member association in 120 countries have an outreach to 25 million women and girls.


Courtney Martin

Founding Director, Solutions Journalism Network

Courtney E. Martin is the Founding Director of the Solutions Journalism Network, along with New York Times columnists David Bornstein and Tina Rosenberg. In addition, she is the leader of the Op-Ed Project’s Public Voices Fellowship Program at Yale University–coaching minority academics to become thought leaders.

She is also a founding partner in Valenti Martin Media, a communications consulting firm focused on making social justice organizations more effective in movement building and making change  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor, The American Prospect, The Nation, Glamour, Mother Jones, Utne, and a variety of anthologies, among other publications.


Dele Olojede

Publisher, NEXT

 Dele Olojede is the publisher of NEXT, which provides news and informed opinion for Africans to further the common good.  A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a former foreign editor at New York Newsday, he is also is a frequent public speaker on the good society, a moderator of the Aspen leadership seminars, and serves on the board of the Africa Leadership Initiative. 

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Dele in 2010 was honored as an exemplar of ethical business leadership by the Global Forum for Ethics in Business. Fast Company has named him to its list of the 100 Most Creative People. He is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Anna Deavere Smith

Board of Trustees, Aspen Institute

Anna Deavere Smith is an American actress, playwright, and professor. Currently, she teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and serves on the board of the Aspen Institute. She formerly taught in the drama department at Stanford University. 

Smith is best known for her "documentary theatre" style in plays such as Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, both of which featured Smith as the sole performer of multiple and diverse characters. Fires in the Mirror dealt with the 1991 Crown Heights Riot. Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 dealt with the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Both of these plays were constructed using material solely from interviews and other pieces of the archive. In 1993, Newsweek declared her "[t]he most exciting individual in American theater."


Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah 

Communications Specialist, African Women's Development Fund

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is a Feminist Activist, Communications Professional, Entrepreneur and a Writer. She is an award winning blogger whose opinion pieces are widely published in a range of online and offline media.
Nana has authored a ‘Communications Handbook for Women’s Rights Organisations’, is co-author of ‘Creating Spaces and Amplifying Voices: The First Ten Years of the African Women's Development Fund’, and editor of  ‘Women Leading Africa: Conversations with Inspirational African Women’. She has written for a number of magazines including BBC Focus on Africa, New African Woman, and DUST magazine.

Nana holds a Diploma in Performance Coaching, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, is a graduate of the University of North London with a BSc (Hons) in Communications and Cultural Studies and holds a MSc in Gender and Development from the London School of Economics.

New Voices Team


New Voices Team


Andrew Quinn

Andrew came to the Aspen Institute after spending more than 20 years as a foreign correspondent with Reuters, reporting on everything from post-Tiananmen China to the Baghdad trial of Saddam Hussein. His most recent assignments included a stint as Southern Africa bureau chief during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and more than three years traveling the world with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as Reuters' State Department correspondent. Andrew holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of California-Berkeley, and was a 2008 Nieman Global Health fellow at Harvard University. At Aspen, Andrew is leading the New Voices Fellowship initiative which aims to train and support a new cadre of experts from developing countries to communicate effectively and play a larger role in championing solutions and setting priorities for global development work.


Rachael Strecher

 Rachael Strecher joined the New Voices team after completing a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. In this capacity, she created and managed media projects aimed at making cancer research accessible to clinicians, patients and others affected by cancer. Prior to her position at NIH, she earned her MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan. During this time she conducted research at the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities (SexLab) and with a Ford Foundation-funded study focusing on sexuality and residential instability in Detroit. Before beginning her career in public health and development, Rachael worked as a photojournalist for the Associated Press and other publications internationally. During this time, she covered stories primarily in the Middle East. 


Caroline Nganga

Caroline Nganga joined the New Voices team in November 2013 from ICF International where she worked for 6 years as a senior specialist providing project administration and coordination support to multiple international and Federal public health contracts.  Prior to that, she worked as a staff and welfare officer at Liverpool VCT Care and Treatment (LVCT) in Nairobi, Kenya.  LVCT is an indigenous Kenyan non-governmental and not-for-profit organization leading the push for universal HIV testing, counseling and treatment. A native of Kenya, Caroline graduated from the United States International University (USIU) Africa in Nairobi with a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration.