WISE Emerging Leaders

About

WISE Emerging Leaders is a yearlong fellowship program that aims to cultivate the next generation of systems leaders in education with the tools, skills, community, and mindset required to transform their communities and change systems. 

WISE is seeking to collaborate with high impact organizations to nominate young education professionals from within their organizations or network to support their professional and personal development. In addition to completing a residential training provided by WISE, fellows will contribute to their organizations by applying their new skills on a project identified prior to or during the first residential session.

By working together with our community, we hope to empower a generation of education development leaders through combining knowledge with practical experience. The program is built on the conviction that empowering and mentoring young talent in education is integral to supporting and elevating innovation in education.

Further information about the program

Online Modules

  • Fellows will have the opportunity to partake in expert-led masterclasses and webinars on key education topics 
  • Monthly feedback and reflection webinars

First residential session

Fellows will participate in a 10-day residential session beginning of June 2020, which will be delivered by experienced facilitators. During the session, they will take part in a series of experiential workshops on topics such as:

  • Ethical and collaborative leadership 
  • Wellbeing and personal development 
  • Systems change in education and community building
  • Peer learning 
  • Collaborative project work
  • Personal and group reflection

Information about the residential session dates and site will be communicated to the selected cohort. WISE will only cover flights, accommodation, meals and in country transportation for the selected candidates for the residential sessions.

 

Project development

  • The selected fellows will identify a potential project with their organization or a new one during the first residential session to apply the learnings from the session throughout the rest of the fellowship. 
  • Participants will work with their organization to pilot and/or implement the selected project. 
  • WISE will support the project development process though tailored mentorship, training and networking opportunities. Please note that WISE does not dispense any funds to projects or individuals. 
  • Fellows will also be asked to submit monthly blog posts about their ongoing work and reflections for the WEL blog. The blog posts are mandatory and selected fellows may be required to participate in other media activities/events as identified by WISE.
  • Fellows will be asked to submit a final deliverable documenting their work at the end of the program.

 

Second residential session

Based on the work demonstrated by the fellow over the course of the program and final project deliverable, selected fellows will be invited to participate in a closing workshop and training during the last quarter of 2020. 

  • 15 January 2020 to 28 February 2020, 1 pm GMT – Nominations Open
  • March 2020 – Selection and Announcement of Cohort (shortlisted candidates will be interviewed)
  • April to May 2020 – Completion of online courses
  • June 2020 (Dates TBD) – Residential Session 
  • June to October 2020 – Project work, Project Support and Online Blog Assignments
  • September 2020 – Submission of Project Update 
  • Last quarter 2020 – Second residential session 

WISE invites representatives of institutions, organizations, programs and networks to nominate engaged candidates with outstanding academic/professional and/or personal experiences in the field of education from your organization. Nominees can be part of your extended organization or branches across the world. The nominator must have a project idea while nominating a candidate for the nomination to be eligible.

 

  • WISE is looking for 15-20 outstanding young professionals identified by their organizations to join the cohort. 
  • Nominees must be between the ages of 25 and 33, with demonstrated engagement in the field of education and potential for growth. 

  • Nominating organizations must identify a potential project for the nominee to undertake during the year and support the nominee in developing the project during the program.

  • Upon selection of the fellow, their host organization and WISE will finalize the project brief.

 

Completed forms in English should be submitted through the online portal by Feb 28, 2020, 1300 GMT.

    1. Candidates must be between the ages of 25 and 33 years of age.

       

    2. Candidates must hold a valid travel document.

       

    3. Candidates should be proficient in spoken and written English, and should be comfortable presenting and speaking in public.

       

    4. Candidates must be curious minded, flexible and comfortable in multicultural environments.

       

    5. The candidate has a strong profile showing a steady record of accomplishments in the field of education (academic, professional and/or personal). S/he has also been involved in education and/or development projects for at least 3 years.

       

    6. The candidate clearly demonstrates engagement in social issues and how s/he has sought to overcome them through innovative ideas, and initiatives.

       

    7. Candidates must demonstrate potential for growth within the nominating organization.
  1. Candidates must be able to travel and must commit to participating in all WISE Emerging Leaders program components.

  2. Candidates must be able to fully take part the residential session in June and last quarter of 2020 and organizations must support the fellows’ travel request for the duration.

  3. Candidates must engage in online modules, project development work and deliver blog submissions in line with the program deadlines.

  4. Candidates can only pursue projects that are supported by their organization, and approved by WISE.

  5. Nominator/organization support for the fellows will be required throughout the program for the successful delivery of the project.

  6. All nominators agree to respect final selection decisions made by the WISE Team. No appeal or claim can be considered. Should your application be unsuccessful, you can nominate again next year.

  7. By submitting the nomination form, you are acknowledging the aforementioned terms and committing to them.

  8. WISE reserves the right to publicize the selected fellows by means of any kind of communication (internal and/or commercial advertising), through any promotional media (press, magazines, catalogues, websites, etc.) and all over the world. This communication may be in the form of pictures, recordings (audio and video) and texts supplied by each of the selected fellows. Selected fellows agree to provide photos, bio and descriptions of their projects. They also acknowledge the right of the WISE initiative to use this material.

  9. By taking part in this competition, applicants agree that their personal details will be included in a database owned by the WISE initiative, which will be the exclusive custodian of the said details for the purpose of managing the specified competition. The WISE initiative will not sell or distribute applicants’ personal data to third parties. Applicants have the right to access and modify any personal data concerning themselves. Applicants also have the right to refuse to be included in a database and may exercise these rights at any time by making the appropriate request in writing to emergingleaders@wise.org.qa.

  10. WISE reserves the right to amend the program timeline and components at any time. If it does so, WISE will post an update on its website and notify all candidates.

  11. These rules for the WISE Awards are governed by Qatari law and, in the event of a dispute regarding their interpretation or performance, such a dispute shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent courts in Doha, Qatar.

  12. Nominating for the 2020 WISE Emerging Leaders program implies full acceptance of and respect for these rules by the applicants. Interpretation of these rules falls within the exclusive competence of WISE.

Online Modules

  • Fellows will have the opportunity to partake in expert-led masterclasses and webinars on key education topics 
  • Monthly feedback and reflection webinars

First residential session

Fellows will participate in a 10-day residential session beginning of June 2020, which will be delivered by experienced facilitators. During the session, they will take part in a series of experiential workshops on topics such as:

  • Ethical and collaborative leadership 
  • Wellbeing and personal development 
  • Systems change in education and community building
  • Peer learning 
  • Collaborative project work
  • Personal and group reflection

Information about the residential session dates and site will be communicated to the selected cohort. WISE will only cover flights, accommodation, meals and in country transportation for the selected candidates for the residential sessions.

 

Project development

  • The selected fellows will identify a potential project with their organization or a new one during the first residential session to apply the learnings from the session throughout the rest of the fellowship. 
  • Participants will work with their organization to pilot and/or implement the selected project. 
  • WISE will support the project development process though tailored mentorship, training and networking opportunities. Please note that WISE does not dispense any funds to projects or individuals. 
  • Fellows will also be asked to submit monthly blog posts about their ongoing work and reflections for the WEL blog. The blog posts are mandatory and selected fellows may be required to participate in other media activities/events as identified by WISE.
  • Fellows will be asked to submit a final deliverable documenting their work at the end of the program.

 

Second residential session

Based on the work demonstrated by the fellow over the course of the program and final project deliverable, selected fellows will be invited to participate in a closing workshop and training during the last quarter of 2020. 

  • 15 January 2020 to 28 February 2020, 1 pm GMT – Nominations Open
  • March 2020 – Selection and Announcement of Cohort (shortlisted candidates will be interviewed)
  • April to May 2020 – Completion of online courses
  • June 2020 (Dates TBD) – Residential Session 
  • June to October 2020 – Project work, Project Support and Online Blog Assignments
  • September 2020 – Submission of Project Update 
  • Last quarter 2020 – Second residential session 

WISE invites representatives of institutions, organizations, programs and networks to nominate engaged candidates with outstanding academic/professional and/or personal experiences in the field of education from your organization. Nominees can be part of your extended organization or branches across the world. The nominator must have a project idea while nominating a candidate for the nomination to be eligible.

 

  • WISE is looking for 15-20 outstanding young professionals identified by their organizations to join the cohort. 
  • Nominees must be between the ages of 25 and 33, with demonstrated engagement in the field of education and potential for growth. 

  • Nominating organizations must identify a potential project for the nominee to undertake during the year and support the nominee in developing the project during the program.

  • Upon selection of the fellow, their host organization and WISE will finalize the project brief.

 

Completed forms in English should be submitted through the online portal by Feb 28, 2020, 1300 GMT.

    1. Candidates must be between the ages of 25 and 33 years of age.

       

    2. Candidates must hold a valid travel document.

       

    3. Candidates should be proficient in spoken and written English, and should be comfortable presenting and speaking in public.

       

    4. Candidates must be curious minded, flexible and comfortable in multicultural environments.

       

    5. The candidate has a strong profile showing a steady record of accomplishments in the field of education (academic, professional and/or personal). S/he has also been involved in education and/or development projects for at least 3 years.

       

    6. The candidate clearly demonstrates engagement in social issues and how s/he has sought to overcome them through innovative ideas, and initiatives.

       

    7. Candidates must demonstrate potential for growth within the nominating organization.
  1. Candidates must be able to travel and must commit to participating in all WISE Emerging Leaders program components.

     

  2. Candidates must be able to fully take part the residential session in June and last quarter of 2020 and organizations must support the fellows’ travel request for the duration.

  3. Candidates must engage in online modules, project development work and deliver blog submissions in line with the program deadlines.

  4. Candidates can only pursue projects that are supported by their organization, and approved by WISE.

  5. Nominator/organization support for the fellows will be required throughout the program for the successful delivery of the project.

  6. All nominators agree to respect final selection decisions made by the WISE Team. No appeal or claim can be considered. Should your application be unsuccessful, you can nominate again next year.

  7. By submitting the nomination form, you are acknowledging the aforementioned terms and committing to them.

  8. WISE reserves the right to publicize the selected fellows by means of any kind of communication (internal and/or commercial advertising), through any promotional media (press, magazines, catalogues, websites, etc.) and all over the world. This communication may be in the form of pictures, recordings (audio and video) and texts supplied by each of the selected fellows. Selected fellows agree to provide photos, bio and descriptions of their projects. They also acknowledge the right of the WISE initiative to use this material.

  9. By taking part in this competition, applicants agree that their personal details will be included in a database owned by the WISE initiative, which will be the exclusive custodian of the said details for the purpose of managing the specified competition. The WISE initiative will not sell or distribute applicants’ personal data to third parties. Applicants have the right to access and modify any personal data concerning themselves. Applicants also have the right to refuse to be included in a database and may exercise these rights at any time by making the appropriate request in writing to emergingleaders@wise.org.qa.

  10. WISE reserves the right to amend the program timeline and components at any time. If it does so, WISE will post an update on its website and notify all candidates.

  11. These rules for the WISE Awards are governed by Qatari law and, in the event of a dispute regarding their interpretation or performance, such a dispute shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent courts in Doha, Qatar.

  12. Nominating for the 2020 WISE Emerging Leaders program implies full acceptance of and respect for these rules by the applicants. Interpretation of these rules falls within the exclusive competence of WISE.

For any further information, please contact emergingleaders@wise.org.qa

Partners

Recipes for Wellbeing
The Weaving Lab

2020 WISE Emerging Leaders

The 2020 WISE Emerging Leaders cohort consists of nineteen young men and women from 17 countries, representing diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Selected fellows include young professionals from organizations from the WISE community and social innovators actively engaged in delivering or designing education initiatives within their organization or networks. 

Selected fellows, aged 28-33, will participate in a series of collaborative and interactive modules on topics ranging from ethical leadership to social innovation delivered by WISE and Weaving Lab to increase the impact of their work and collaborate on pressing challenges. Through the fellowship, WISE aims to support and elevate the work of promising initiatives in education by developing young talent within such organizations.

Meet the Emerging Leaders

Marcos Roca

Marcos Roca

Argentina

Yussuf A. Sané Guinea-Bissau

Yussuf A. Sané

Guinea-Bissau

Teresa Wolverton

Teresa Wolverton

United States of America

2019 WISE Emerging Leaders

The 2019 Emerging Leaders cohort consists of 17 outstanding fellows from 13 countries, rigorously selected from a diverse pool of nominations received from the WISE community. The selected cohort comprises of fellows from organizations such as Camfed, Minerva Project, and HundrEd among others who have strongly demonstrated their commitment to the field of education.

The fellows embarked on a global education journey, which have included a series of expert-led webinars and master classes, and in person residential sessions in Germany and Doha and a project that they have developed and implemented with support from their organizations and WISE.

Meet the Emerging Leaders

Samantha Butters

Samantha Butters

United Kingdom

Sarah Grant

Sarah Grant

United Kingdom

Neagheen Homaifar

Neagheen Homaifar

United States of America

Danielle Kercher

Danielle Kercher

United States of America

Muneeb Khan

Muneeb Khan

Pakistan

Tamara Steen

Tamara Steen

The Netherlands

Amy Tran-Calhoun

Amy Tran-Calhoun

United States of America

Our community

Faculty and Experts

Ms Greta Rossi

Co-founder, Recipes for Wellbeing

Greta Ross is the lead facilitator for the WEL Residential Session. She is a changemaker involved in multiple not-for-profit initiatives. She is the co-founder of Recipes for Wellbeing, Akasha Innovation, and Pitch Your Failure. She also works for Ashoka as the Regional Coordinator of ChangemakerXchange in Europe and lead facilitator for the 2020 WISE Emerging Leaders Program. Greta holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations and is a qualified coach, facilitator, and fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Mr. Ross Hall

Mr. Ross Hall

Co-founder, Weaving Lab

Ross is co-founder of The Weaving Lab – a global community of people who are advancing the practice and profession of weaving learning ecosystems in which everyone is learning to thrive together.

Ross incubated The Weaving Lab while leading Ashoka’s education strategy. Before joining Ashoka, he designed the Learner Guide & Better World Programmes with Camfed, empowering young people across Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Ghana to be well and do good. This extended the Effective Education for Employment project that he led with Pearson, where he used it to evaluate the effectiveness of education systems and institutions internationally. Before joining Pearson, Ross spent 15 years designing and launching 20 businesses on five continents.

Dennis C. Roberts

Dennis C. Roberts, Ph.D.

Independent Consultant, Speaker, and Author

Dennis C. Roberts is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He last served as Assistant Vice President of Education for Qatar Foundation. During his seven years with QF he worked with Qatari and expatriate colleagues to create the student development and support services for its branch universities at Education City in Doha, Qatar. Prior to working abroad, he was Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Miami University. He is past president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and has been a member and presenter at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the International Leadership Association throughout his career. He has authored 6 books and over 50 book chapters and other articles on student affairs, student learning, and leadership.

2020 WISE Emerging Leaders mentors

  • Jennifer Adams, Founder and CEO of Educating Leaders Consulting
  • Gilad Babchuk, Co-Founder and CEO, Compass
  • Jo Besford, Director, Green Shoots, South Africa
  • Vicky Colbert, Founder and Director, Fundación Escuela Nueva, Colombia
  • Shelby Cosner, Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Educational Leadership, University of Illinois, USA
  • Mike Feerick, Founder and CEO, Alison, Ireland
  • Robert A. Filback, Professor of Clinical Education at Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, USA
  • Ross Hall, Co-Founder, Weaving Lab, UK
  • Deborah Kimathi, Executive Director, Dignitas Project, Kenya
  • Edward Keller, Co-founder and CEO, Smart Science® Education, USA
  • Nikita Khosla, Senior Director of Programs, Luminos Fund
  • Atif Mahmood, Founder and CEO, Teacherly, UK
  • Peter Mousaferiadis, Founder and CEO, Cultural Infusion, Australia
  • Bhagya Rangachar, CEO, CLT India, India
  • Borna Scognamiglio, CEO and Co-Founder, Pixis, Italy
  • Kristof Vanheusden, Founder and CEO of Innovation Wall, Belgium
  • Chelsea Waite, Research Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute, USA
  • Lydia Wilbard, National Director, Camfed Tanzania, Tanzania
  • Mary Young, Senior Advisor, Harvard University, USA

2019 WISE Emerging Leaders mentors

  • Bhagya Rangachar, CEO, CLT India, India
  • Safeena Husain, CEO, Educate Girls, India
  • Kate Wang, VP of Partnerships, MyCos, USA
  • Larry Rosenstock, Founder, High Tech High, USA
  • Stine Philipsen, Director, Global Scribes, Netherlands
  • Steve Cumming, Associate Director of Secondary Education and TVET, MasterCard Foundation, Canada
  • Tarek Chehidi, Sr Director, Teach for All, USA
  • Nayla Fahed, CEO, Lebanese Alternative Learning, Lebanon
  • Amber Oliver, Director, RobinHood, USA
  • Grace Atkinson, Executive Director, Jusoor, France
  • Anna Molero, Chief Government Officer, Teach for All, USA
  • ClearyVaughn-Lee, Founder, Global Oneness Project, USA
  • Mary Young, Senior Advisor, Harvard University, USA
  • Gwyn Wansbrough, Managing Director, PYE Global, UK