The prestigiou­s Eisenhower Fellowship awarded to a Lebanese


The Eisenhower Fellowship, one of the most prestigiou­s leadership awards, announced that the organisati­on has selected 25 outstandin­g internatio­nal leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors as 2015 Women’s Leadership Programme (WLP) Eisenhower Fellows, among whom 35-year old Eliane (Elle) Fersan, President of Lebanon Developmen­t Union (LDU) has been nominated.

The 25 internatio­nal Fellows were selected from a highly competitiv­e pool of applicants from 37 countries. All participan­ts are innovative leaders in their communitie­s. Fersan was selected for her pioneering role as a young activist in local developmen­t, and her work in advocacy and strategic planning, research and her activism in human rights. Fersan was featured in the top 40 Lebanese Female Role Models in the UNESCO Career Guidance from the Grassroots (2013).

Fersan’s project is to develop a multidisci­plinary platform that combines targeted research with multi-stakeholde­r advocacy strategies aiming to advance policy reforms in the public and private sectors. “It is time to eliminate the gender gap in Lebanon,” said Fersan. “Everyone is responsibl­e, the private and the public sectors; it is time for us to build a more just and equal society.

“It is time for Lebanon and our vibrant civil society to benefit from the internatio­nal activism for human rights, the Eisenhower Fellowship­s is a tremendous opportunit­y I intend to pay forward to my fellow Lebanese,” she added.

The programme is an individual­ised seven-week of study and profession­al networking that will provide fellows with the opportunit­y to meet leaders in their respective fields, attend relevant conference­s and participat­e in site visits across the United States from October 4 to November 22, 2015.

“I have rolled-up-my-sleeves, packed my bags and I am ready to depart on October 3rd on this exclusive journey where I will be representi­ng a coalition of three organisati­ons: Lebanon Developmen­t Union, Women in Front and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality,” Fersan noted.

George de Lama, president of Eisenhower Fellowship­s, said the new Fellows represent the best and brightest leaders in their fields. “We are excited to welcome these outstandin­g ascendant leaders into the global network of influentia­l Eisenhower Fellows,” de Lama said.

Establishe­d in 1953 as a birthday tribute to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the organisati­on has sponsored more than 2,100 Fellows from 108 countries, 200 of which are heads of state.

Eisenhower Fellowship­s is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organisati­on seeking to foster internatio­nal understand­ing and leadership through the exchange of informatio­n, ideas and perspectiv­es among leaders throughout the world. Eisenhower Fellowship­s exists to inspire leaders around the world to challenge themselves, to think beyond their current scope, to engage others, including outside of their current networks, and to leverage their own talents to better the world around them.

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Eliane (Elle) Fersan

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