Jean Bosco Nzeyimana from Rwanda participated in the 2015 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship, a program launched by President Obama five years ago. He is one of 500 young African leaders who spent the summer in the flagship fellowship program, and underwent six weeks of leadership training and a three-day summit in Washington D.C., and had the opportunity to meet the President.
Following the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Nzeyimana was one of 100 fellows selected to participate in an additional six-week U.S. Professional Development Experiences at a U.S. company, civil society organization, or public sector agency in the United States. Nzeyimana completed his internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he worked under Professor Rebecca Larson in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering to learn about digester research at UW-Madison. Aleia Mccord, PhD candidate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, facilitated his visit as his campus and community host.
Voice of America produced a video profile of Nzeyimana’s time on campus, in which Nzeyimana expressed the excitement of “meeting people, talking about businesses and exchanging ideas.”
“Yali Profile Jean-Bosco Nzeyimana,” Voice of America, 11/2/2015.