NAFSA is proud to present our Global Dialogue Fellows who lead internationalization efforts at higher education institutions across sub-Saharan Africa. Since the program launch in 2014, NAFSA provided support to 27 fellows representing 21 higher education institutions in 14 countries.

Over the term of the fellowship, Global Dialogue Fellows develop and work to implement action plans to expand international capacity at their home institutions, including such projects as developing internationalization policies and strategies for their department and entire institution, establishing an international office, reviving and expanding existing and establishing new institutional partnerships, creating new international programs and resources, and organizing local and international events on internationalization.

Meet the current cohort of Global Dialogue Fellows and program alumni, and learn about who they are and what they do. If you are interested in connecting with any of them, please send us a request.

Abebaw Yirga Adamu

Abebaw Adama
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellow
Abebaw Yirga Adamu is associate professor of education and director of the Ethiopian Institute for Higher Education at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Previously, he was director of quality assurance at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, Addis...

Sarah Nyengerai

Sarah Nyengerai
Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe
NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellow
Sarah Nyengerai is a lecturer at the Bindura University of Science Education in Zimbabwe. As an international educator and social awareness writer, she is extremely passionate about aligning Innovative Social Responsibility initiatives with Sustainable Developmental Goals, publishing for such...

Ada Sonia Peter

Ada Peter
Covenant University, Nigeria
NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellow
Ada Sonia Peter serves as director, International Office and Linkages, at Covenant University in Nigeria. She oversees operations of the Directorate, supervises direct services to Covenant University students and scholars engaging in several study abroad programs and research collaborations. Her...

Yasmine Sy Sarr

Yasmine Sarr
Groupe Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Dakar, Senegal
NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellow

David Martin Ssekamatte

David Ssekamatte
Uganda Management Institute, Uganda
NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellow
David Martin Ssekamatte is currently a consultant and lecturer in monitoring and evaluation at the Uganda Management Institute. Previously, Ssekamatte worked with various education service and health related development organizations as program manager and monitoring and evaluation manager. He has...
Past Global Dialogue Fellows


  • Patrício Vitorino Langa, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
  • Patricia Mwila, University of Zambia, Zambia
  • Callixte Nizigama, Université Lumière de Bujumbura, Burundi
  • Geraldine Arbogast Rasheli, Mzumbe University, Tanzania


  • Gladys Attah-Gyamfi, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Khadidiatou Diallo, Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis, Senegal
  • Suzannette Glena Mangay, Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone
  • Gerald Kagambirwe Karyeija, Uganda Management Institute, Uganda
  • Johann Yaw Sekyi-Baidoo, University of Education-Winneba, Ghana


  • Zenebe Beyene, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Thomas Brighton Bhebhe, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe
  • Carla Marilia Teofilo Braga, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
  • Johannes Buabeng-Baidoo, University of The Gambia, The Gambia
  • Aurelia Kokuletage Ngirwa Kamuzora, Mzumbe University, Tanzania
  • Nomathemba Ndiweni, Lupane State University, Zimbabwe
  • Yemataw Wondie Yehualashet, University of Gondar, Ethiopia


  • Desalegne Mengesha Degefaw, University of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • Zainab Ali Iddi, State University of Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Jean Chrysostome Ngabitsinze, University of Rwanda, Rwanda
  • Nadia Nintunze, Université Lumière de Bujumbura, Burundi
  • Jane Wambui Njagi, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Alfred Anakalo Shitandi, Kisii University, Kenya