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  • Bangladesh

AustraliaAwards alumnus Pallab Chakma is now a fierce advocate for indigenous rights and fighting for his community’s equality through his current role as the Executive Director of the Kapaeeng Foundation in Bangladesh.

  • Philippines

Joji Ilagan-Bian pursued strong collaboration between the TVET sectors of Australia and Mindanao in the Philippines. She established foundations and schools in Davao City, including the first international school in Mindanao, that allows students to earn globally-recognised certifications.

  • Australia Awards
  • Philippines

Dr. Jose Rafael “Raffy” Marfori is at the forefront of the Philippine war against COVID-19 as he handles multiple priority work at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Dr. Marfori works behind the scenes in and outside the walls of PGH – the country’s COVID-19 Referral Centre – to respond to the crisis.

  • Australia Awards
  • Philippines

Australia Awards alumnus Dr. Rene Abesamis led a multidisciplinary research on how marine protected areas can help restore coral reef biodiversity and productivity. He was recently recognised for his contributions to Philippine and global marine science.

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  • Cameroon

Developing new and better-quality maize varieties is one-way Cameroon can improve health through better diets and increased farmer incomes, especially in rural communities. It is a challenge Cameroonian alumna, Hortense Noelle Mafouasson, is determined to tackle.

  • Australia Awards
  • Mongolia

Successful business is critical in any nation’s development. #AusGlobalAlumni working in the private sector continue to play active roles in developing the economy and creating jobs.

  • Australia Awards
  • Mongolia

Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) has been delivered since 2014. WLP aims to enhance participants’ abilities to compete equally in the workplace and cultivate them to become the next generation of Mongolian leaders.

  • Australia Awards
  • Mongolia

The Australia Awards alumni in Mongolia are making an impressive contribution to the development of Mongolia through their services in Central Bank of Mongolia. Nearly 10% of the Central Bank of Mongolia employees are Australian alumni. They are shaping the operations of the Central Bank of Mongolia for ensuring stability of the financial sector

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  • All Countries

Completing a New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship program in Myanmar provided Mish Khan with the opportunity to connect with different world views and develop a deep understanding of the aspirations and complexities of Myanmar.

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  • All Countries

Leesa’s New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grant ignited her passions for international business and building Australia’s ties with the Indo-Pacific. Five years on from her 2014 NCP Mobility Grant, she continues to benefit from her NCP experience.

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  • South Africa

Underprivileged students living in rural communities and poor township populations in South Africa face many educational challenges. These challenges prevent them from gaining skills needed to blossom in life. It is a situation South African alumnus, Khulile September, is determined to change in his home province of Eastern Cape.

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  • Kenya

The existential threat of COVID-19 to humanity is real with every part of the world affected. Kenya and the rest of Africa are no exception and are working quickly to enforce stringent measures to instil radical change in behaviour to contain the virus.