Professional Exchanges, Forwarding Civil Society and International Development


During Global Diaspora Week 2014, Atlas Corps hosted a panel discussion on the value of professional exchanges as they relate to the advancement of development. The purpose of Atlas Corps is to engage international leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in six to 18 month professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global change makers. On October 16, 2014 in Washington, DC; this event showcased best practices of professional exchange programs around the world. Involving Atlas Corps’ Fellows from 60 countries, it shared experiences on: measuring impact of exchange programs; models of service and volunteering: skilled based volunteering, experiential approach; and cultural diplomacy.

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To address critical social issues, Atlas Corps develops leaders, strengthens organizations and promotes innovation through an overseas fellowship for skilled professionals.

The three panels consisted of:

  1. Models – Showcase of skills-based and experiential programs: Fabian Koss, Senior Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank; Gavin Cepelak, Director International Corporate Volunteerism, Pyxera Global; Luckmore Jalisi, Atlas Corps Alumni (Host: MSI), ActionAid Denmark.
  2. Impact – Measuring effectiveness of professional exchange: Corey Griffin, Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships, U.S. Peace Corps; Sally Blair, Senior Director of Fellowship Programs, National Endowment for Democracy.
  3. Citizen Diplomacy – Using exchange as a tool for diplomacy citizen diplomacy: Scott Beale, Founder & CEO, Atlas Corps; Meg Poole, Director of Global Service Leaders, Meridian International; Atlas Corps Fellow.

Click here to check out the event’s website. For more information visit www.atlascorps.org.