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Africa, the New Economic Frontier

From left to right: Oumarou BARRY, Cercle Andrew Young Sara DEVLIN, African Regional Services Deputy Director Pascal DUPEYRAT, Cercle Jefferson Prince OFORI-ATTA, Cercle Andrew Young

From left to right: Oumarou BARRY, Cercle Andrew Young Sara DEVLIN, African Regional Services Deputy Director Pascal DUPEYRAT, Cercle Jefferson Prince OFORI-ATTA, Cercle Andrew Young

Opening of the conference (DOS photo)

Opening of the conference (DOS photo)

Ahead of the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. on August 4-6, 2014, the Cercle Jefferson, the Cercle Andrew Young and Africa SMB have organized a conference on Africa, the New Economic Frontier on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the George Marshall Center in Paris, with the support of the Department of State. Approximately 120 guests attended this event.

Speakers focused on the economic relations between the United States of America and Sub-Saharan Africa. The continent is more and more courted by its historical partners and by emerging countries. Africa, a changing continent, might well become the new center of world growth. The conference included two sessions: « Africa – USA: Which Partnership? » and « Africa: Transforming Economies? ».

The Cercle Jefferson is an association which gathers participants to the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) nominated by the U.S. Embassy in Paris. The Cercle Andrew Young is an association which gathers participants to the IVLP nominated by the African Regional Services of the Department of State. The IVLP is a three-week exchange program to the U.S. for professionals. This Department of State’s flagship program started more than seventy years ago and more than 4000 world leaders participate each year, to exchange of themes such as media, civil society or foreign policy. 

France Fulbright Alumni in Tbilisi

July 11-12, 2014, Tbilisi
(Left to right) Massimo Cugussi, Ambassador Norland, and Andro Dadiani opened the all-Europe conference for alumni of U.S. government exchange programs. Photo: State Dept

(Left to right) Massimo Cugussi, Ambassador Norland, and Andro Dadiani opened the all-Europe conference for alumni of U.S. government exchange programs. Photo: State Dept

The President of France Fulbright Alumni participated in the European Network of American Alumni Associations (ENAM) conference held on July 11-12, 2014 in Tbilisi, with the support of the U.S. Embassy. On the evening of July 11th, Ambassador Richard Norland hosted a reception in honor of the 4th Annual ENAM conference. The next day, the conference was held in downtown Tbilisi on the theme of “Advancing American Values in Europe: Successes and Challenges.” Ambassador Norland addressed the conference and spoke of Georgia’s growing importance in the European community and on the international stage. The conference was hosted by the U.S. Government Exchange Program Alumni Association of Georgia (EPAG) and supported by the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi. Participants came from Georgia as well as 11 other countries around Europe. Massimo Cugussi, the head of ENAM, addressed the participants, as did Andro Dadiani, the head of EPAG, and several members of the Georgian government and representatives of civil society.

More on Facebook and on the U.S. Embassy in Georgia

Youth Ambassadors Take Action !

June 26-27, 2014
The Youth Ambassadors Alumni (DOS photo)

The Youth Ambassadors Alumni (DOS photo)

The association Youth Ambassadors Alumni organized its second annual reunion on June 26 and 27, 2014, with the support of the U.S. Embassy and the National Agency for Social Cohesion and Equal Opportunities (ACSé).

Approximately 60 participants attended. They were high school and university students, aged 16-24 years-old. They were selected when they were high school students for the Youth Ambassadors exchange program, a two-week trip to the U.S. on community service. As youth ambassadors, they represented France and participated in meetings and debates with associations and youth. They come from different regions of France: Aquitaine, Ile-de-France, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and Rhône-Alpes. Their alumni association was created in October 2012. Its members lead mentoring, social and cultural activities.

Youth Ambassadors alumni aimed at developing their association and their professional opportunities. They visited the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), prepared the future national and regional activities of the association, and organized a career forum at the George Marshall Center in Paris.

The Jefferson Circle Welcomes Newly Returned International Visitors

June 12, 2014
Cercle Jefferson

Cercle Jefferson

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, the Chargé d’Affaires Mark A. Taplin congratulated participants to the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) who traveled in 2013-2014, at the welcoming reception organized by the Jefferson Circle at the George Marshall Center, in Paris. Approximately a hundred guests were present.

Created in 2011, the Jefferson Circle is an association which aims at maintaining and strengthening relations among French alumni of the IVLP, and at creating a community Franco-American relations specialists. The name of the association is a tribute to a great American man who loved France: Thomas Jefferson.

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is led by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State. Each year, participants from all over the world travel to the United States to meet with their American counterparts and to discover the U.S.

Meet your Entrepreneurship Mentor!

May 17-18, 2014
Meeting in Berlin, Germany (DOS photo)

Meeting in Berlin, Germany (DOS photo)

Meeting in Berlin, Germany (DOS photo)

Meeting in Berlin, Germany (DOS photo)

“Entrepreneurship in a Borderless World” is the topic that brought together entrepreneurs, graduates and students from around the world for a special three-day meeting in Berlin, Germany.

Organized by the German and French Fulbright Alumni Associations, with the support of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassies in Paris and Berlin, this conference took place on May 16-18 and featured a variety of stimulating activities pertaining to the theme, “Entrepreneurship and Mentoring.”

What makes a venture successful? How do I make the transition from innovative idea to thriving enterprise? And what networks do I need to bring this to fruition? Over 140 entrepreneurs, economists and students from 22 countries explored these questions together through personal interactions and discussions. The conference participants were alumni of USG-sponsored exchange programs and came from Germany and France, but also from Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan, the U.S....

The conference was opened on the evening of Friday, May 16 with a reception at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, in presence of H.E. John B. Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, and H.E. Ambassador of France to Germany Maurice Gourdault-Montagne. On Saturday, May 17, the gathering moved to the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and on Sunday, May 18, to Microsoft Germany. Saturday, May 17 was dedicated to a panel discussion and networking events, such as the Mentor-Mentee “Speed Dating” sessions. In this workshop, future mentors and mentees were able to exchange ideas and experience, as well as receive feedback and guidance on specific enterprising projects. Depending on their project interests and ideas, participants were divided into four topic groups, which included: Technology; Social Innovation; Education; Law and Finance. Keynote speaker for this event was Monica Dodi, Co-Founder/Managing Director for the Women's Venture Capital Fund. On Sunday, May 18, Microsoft Germany gave presentations on its accelerator program and how it fosters innovation.

Check out the Facebook posts on the Berlin Conference 

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Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2014

AEIF 2014 finalists have been announced! Alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs, vote for your favorite projects!

Your vote counts!

The State Department created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. The competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects that utilize skills and knowledge they have gained through their exchange experiences. To participate, alumni must be members of the International Exchange Alumni (IEA) global online community and form teams of at least five IEA community members. Proposed projects must embody one of the AEIF themes. In 2013, 53 grants of up $25,000 were awarded to alumni teams to support their public service projects.

https://alumni.state.gov/aeif

 
Logo for International Exchange Alumni

Logo for International Exchange Alumni

The U.S. Embassy in France sponsors a variety of international exchange programs each year, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  These people-to-people exchanges are designed to enhance mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations.

The Department of State is committed to supporting alumni of these programs by providing resources that will help them to build upon their exchange experience.

Alumni Opportunities

U.S. government-sponsored (USG) exchange program participants and alumni living in France have a number of opportunities to be involved in post-exchange activities, and receive access to specialized resources such as:

 

Global Alumni Online Community

International Exchange Alumni is the State Department’s official website for alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. government.   The International Exchange Alumni online community recognizes the achievements of exchange alumni and provides them access to exclusive benefits including:

  • Funding: Access $33 billion in grant opportunities.
  • Networking:
  • Connect with more than 100,000 global alumni already registered on the website.
  • Chat with VIP guests during regular Digital Dialogue webchats.
  • Digital Library: Want to read the New York Times newspaper online or listen to it in 12 different languages? Now you can, as well as 20,000 other magazines and periodicals!

Alumni are encouraged to register for the site and gain access to these membership benefits. Only verified alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs are able to access these benefits.

Who Can Join?

You are an alumnus(a) of a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program if you have participated in at least one of the following programs:

  • Fulbright Exchange Programs
  • International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)
  • Voluntary Visitor Program
  • Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship Initiative
  • Summer Institutes for European Student Leaders
  • Youth Ambassadors
  • France Los-Angeles Media Exchange

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2014 Alumni Engagement Fund

  • Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund

    The 2014 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund launches on April 1: https://alumni.state.gov/aeif.

    The State Department created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. The competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects that utilize skills and knowledge they have gained through their exchange experiences. To participate, alumni must be members of the International Exchange Alumni (IEA) global online community and form teams of at least five IEA community members. Proposed projects must embody one of the AEIF themes. In 2013, 53 grants of up $25,000 were awarded to alumni teams to support their public service projects.

    The following themes were selected for AEIF 2014:

     Empowering Women

    Outreach to Underserved Communities

    Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment

    Expanded Access to Education

    Environmental Protection

    Government Transparency

    Freedom of Expression

    Conflict Resolution

    Citizen Security

    Promoting Civil Society 

    Get ready! The 2014 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund launches on April 1! Current and past exchange program participants are invited to compete to win up to $25,000 in support of their projects! Does your project have what it takes to win? http://goo.gl/Cs4Ple

    Calling all #ExchangeAlumni! #AEIF2014 is here! Gather your team and apply to win up to $25,000 http://goo.gl/xR5c4n