Alumni Highlights

Alumni, we would love to hear from you! Send us your photos and notes from the field. We’d like to assemble a database for contacting one another and would even love to see if/when you visit, connect with one another, etc. Expect to receive some email communications in the new year as well as an increased alumni presence on facebook!

Alumni News


Zineb DJELFAOUI (2013-14) Algeria: Zineb jumped right back into her extension work in Ouargla, Algeria. Additionally, she is now teaching English at her local university. She recently was an active part of her local celebration of World Food Day where she worked with local Aquaculturists and handicraft artisans (the items are made from date palm fronds) to display their wares and attract local investors.

Armel NGANZI KOPIALO (2013-14) Central African Republic: This summer, Armel led a workshop in conflict resolution in CAR. Armel writes: “Together with the US Embassy Armelin CAR, we organized a meeting with the youth and I led an activity on leadership and entrepreneurship for peace building. I was able to talk about my experiences in the US and how my experience can help to bring peace back in CAR through youth involvement. It was an amazing experience.” Armel now works in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the Eastern Congo coordinator for the Capacity Building for Responsible Mineral Trades (CRMT) funded by USIAD. He is establishing a traceability system for conflict-free minerals in five eastern provinces (North and South Kivu, Maniema, Orientale and Katanga).


Fakhir Mustafa MOHAMMED (2013-14) Kurdistan, Iraq: Since returning to Iraq in June, Fakhir has applied conflict resolution skills developed in Humphrey seminars and in his professional affiliation with the Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) to issues surrounding farmers’ access to stream water for irrigation in his region. He writes the work had a “big positive impact on farmers’ relationships”, which led to more conflict negotiation work. Just recently, that translated into a new position as the camp coordination management Officer for internal displaced persons & refugees in his region.

Gyuserb KIM (2013-14) South Korea: Kim is now a graduate student in engineering at UC Berkeley. His family resides in Davis and can be spotted at farmers’ markets and local events. Tahawar

Tahawar HUSSAIN (2012-13) Pakistan: Tahawar attended a USAID and IUCN workshop on Gender and Renewable Energy in September in Washington, D.C. The event convened 44 experts on diverse topics under the umbrella of gender, large-scale renewable energy, and climate change mitigation. The workshop was geared toward building new knowledge and guidance on gender considerations in low emissions development planning and the renewable energy sector beyond the household level. The workshop was part of the Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) initiative. The purpose of GECCO is to leverage advancements in women’s empowerment and gender equality through, and for, the benefit of climate change and development outcomes. Tahawar gave a talk on Pakistan's energy sector, status of renewable energy, and the attempts to develop gender-responsive energy policies. 

Sightings in the Field


Tehut Tesfaye SIDELIL (2010-11) Ethiopia: Mark Bell and Jim Hill had the opportunity to meet with Tehut while on an agricultural visit to Addis Ababa. 

Have You Checked Out the Alumni Map Yet?

Once again we would like to highlight our interactive alumni map. Just click on the country and scroll to see the names, areas of expertise and the link to the web pages of our diverse Humphrey Alumni. Individual web pages are currently available for Fellows in the program starting in 2009-2010.

Humphrey Alumni: UC Davis Wants to Connect with You!

Our University continues to grow and is always making more connections abroad. Some of you have been able to connect with UC Davis faculty and international programs abroad – we want to help make more of those connections happen.In 2011, the Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) appointed the first International Alumni Officer for the campus – Ginger Welsh. Ginger’s position is to work with and support UC Davis alumni and the alumni networks outside of the United States. On the CAAA website for International Alumni Programs, you can find a list of active alumni networks. A few of the networks listed are not as active as they would like, in part because they don't have a leader in the region. If you are from one of those groups or your home country is not listed and you are interested in helping lead the alumni network in your current country of residence, or if you know others who may have an interest, please contact us.The information we are looking for:

  • Your current work title & organization

  • Field

  • City & country where you presently live

  • Would you like UC Davis to contact you to take part in events or activities in your area?

Alumni leaders help connect their fellow UC Davis alumni by planning events, serving as a resource to others who might want to learn more about the campus, assisting with an event if a faculty member is traveling to their country and by representing UC Davis around the world. There is no large time commitment required and it could be a great opportunity for continuing friendships and professional growth beyond your fellowship year. If you are interested in being involved, or have additional questions, please contact the Humphrey Program with the information above and we will help connect you.