Introducing the 2014-2015 Cohort

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a dynamic and innovative program that brings career professionals from around the globe to 16 universities in the US for professional development, non-degree coursework and technical training. UC Davis has been administering this program for over 20 years. It is funded by the Department of State and overseen by the Institute for International Education.

In August 2014 we welcomed 11 Humphrey Fellows who are outstanding individuals and leaders in government, academia, and the social and private sectors. The Fellows are here for 10 months, gaining experience and knowledge as well as enhancing their professional networks in the areas of agriculture, rural development, environmental sciences and renewable energy.

While here, the Humphrey Fellows attend classes, conferences and workshops; engage in community service projects; and serve as both disciplinary experts and cultural ambassadors, ultimately benefiting not just their home countries but also the UC Davis campus and Davis community at large.

The administrative offices of the UC Davis Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program are located on the second floor of the International House, Davis (I-House).



Home Country Position

Mr. Arnold Kojo Akah


Management Consultant
Performance Management & Evaluation
State Enterprises Commission

Dr. Idris Bexi Warsama


Geophysicist, Senior Environmental Consultant
Former Chief of Science Department of Earth
University of Djibouti

Mr. Gustave Cuma Cirhigiri

D.R. Congo

Agricultural Engineer/ Project Management Consultant
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Mr. Wanel Jean-Baptiste


Project Coordinator of Banana Production

Mr. Golota Isaac Lamah


Environmental Specialist
Rio Tinto Simandou

Mr. Umar Mehmood


Assistant Director Water Management
Government of Punjab, Pakistan

Mr. Othello K. Nyenkan


Civil Engineer/Environmentalist
Civil & Environmental Engineering Consultant

Mr. Alfred Tako Kenyi Odubasa

South Sudan

Agriculture Production Coordinator
Food Agribusiness and Rural Markets Project

Ms. Rensie Xhira Bado Panda

Papua New Guinea

Senior Policy Analyst - International Negotiations
Office of Climate Change and Development

Dr. Nivo Ranaivoarivelo


Program Director
CARE International, Madagascar

Dr. Dong Zhao


Section Chief, Senior Engineer
Public Meteorological Center
China Meteorological Administration (CMA)