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The Talloires Network of Engaged Universities in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation is pleased to present the 2021 cohort of Next Generation Leaders. The 2021 cohort has demonstrated a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others by practicing such values such as good citizenship and social responsibility by way of their civic engagement. The 2021 cohort will be working in groups focusing on:

  • Pandemic Recovery and Resilience
  • Innovations in Gender Equity
  • Structured Listening Methods
  • Civic Engagement Futures

For more information on the 2021 cohort, please see the below directory:

Next Generation Leaders Program Working Groups

Pandemic Recovery and Resilience

The effects of COVID-19 have reached every part of the globe, and this working group will examine university civic engagement strategies across the world for recovery and resilience. This group will explore different types of “resilience” (economic, political, social, cultural) in relation to pandemic recovery, and document the ways students and communities respond and adapt to public health and related crises.

Mohak Thukral - OP Jindal Global University (India)

Angel Solis - Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)

Clement Ngosong - Ashesi University (Ghana)

Khan Alkozee - Universidad Camilo José Cela (Spain)

Vuthlarhi Shirindza - University of Cape Town (South Africa)

Mahugnon Samuel Ahossouhe - International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (Burkina Faso)

Marc Nathanson - Stellenbosch University (South Africa)


David Niyitanga - University of Rwanda (Rwanda)

Promise Nyalungu - University of Venda (South Africa)



Innovations in Gender Equity

This working group will discuss strategies to address disparities in opportunity and discrimination due to gender. These conversations will highlight the role of gender in the policy and practices of universities as well as the role of universities and students in advocating for gender equity in collaboration with local leaders and community partners.

Adina Sulumbekova - American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan)


Cameron Noah Keighron - National University of Ireland (Ireland)

Daniel Patrick - Kenyatta University (Kenya)

Halima Dolif - Kenyatta University (Kenya)

Hellen Wanyora Irungu - Strathmore University (Kenya)

Ilaf Nasreldin Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Mustafa - Ahfad University for Women (Sudan)

Karen Estevez - Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)

Karla Jazmin Garcia Antonio - Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico)

Keila Zurisadai Contreras Santos - Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)

Patrick Oyenga - Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya)

Sarah Alharthey - Effat University (Saudi Arabia)

Structured Listening Methods

Individuals must consider multiple perspectives to work together to address societal problems and take collective action. This working group will explore controversial issues, a range of information about the issue, and discuss several possible actions. The group will examine the benefits of public deliberation – a structured approach for having productive conversations.

Akmaljon Akhmedjonov - Bard College (United States)

Duaa E Zahra Shah - National University of Sciences and Technology (Pakistan)

Faiza Arshad - Effat University (Saudi Arabia)

Farhana Shahnaz - BRAC University (Bangladesh)

Funwako Bakhile Dlamini - University of Cape Town (South Africa)

Harunah Damba - Makerere University (Uganda)

Mercy Koti Fri - Redemption Higher Institute of Biomedical and Management Sciences (Cameroon)

Stephen Mwangangi Munyoki - University of Nairobi (Kenya)

Civic Engagement Futures

This working group will consider the future of learning, teaching, and research and ways universities can be active and positive forces in their communities. Students in this working group will discuss how they successfully connect their academic interests to real world issues as well as the systemic barriers that hinder their efforts to collaborate with communities.

Claire McCann - Rhodes University (South Africa)

Fadi Salahedin - American University of Beirut (Lebanon)

Maria Gitau - Strathmore University (Kenya)

Maria Torres - University College Cork (Ireland)

Okidi Patrovas Gabriel - Makerere University (Uganda)

Philip Adebayo - American University of Beirut (Lebanon)

Paseka Elcort Gaola - University of Pretoria (South Africa)

Zukile Ntentema - University of Cape Town (South Africa)