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Meet Our New Humphrey Fellows

By Dateline Staff on September 26, 2016 in University

Our new Humphrey Fellows, 11 midcareer professionals from around the world, will formally introduce themselves to the campus community from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. this Friday (Sept. 30).

During this public forum, the fellows will talk about how they will use their time at UC Davis to help them in their work back home in the fields of natural resources, agriculture and environmental science.

The fellows arrived in August, welcomed by the Office of Global Affairs in coordination with International House Davis.

President Jimmy Carter established the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program in 1978 in honor of the late vice president and senator who had been a longtime advocate of international cooperation and understanding.

The program draws its participants — midcareer professionals — from designated countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eurasia. The fellows spend 10 months at universities across the U.S.

UC Davis has been hosting fellows since 1986 — a total of more than 250 from nearly 100 countries to date.

This year's fellows are from Belarus, China, Gabon, Iran, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Rwanda, Thailand and Tunisia. Among the fellows, Adnane Labacciof plans to return home, temporarily, in November for a U.N. climate change conference — the 22nd meeting of the Conference of the Parties — hosted by his country, Morocco.

Other fellows include two from Iran who work in water management; an environmental jurist from the coastal Central African country of Gabon, who, as a Humphrey Fellow, aims to assess U.S. wildlife and forest management systems to replicate relevant outcomes in his country; and a biochemical engineer from Mexico, whose interests as a Humphrey Fellow extend to projects related to waste management, natural resources conservation and community empowerment to mitigate climate change. See all the fellows’ biographies.

Getting acquainted

The fellows have been getting acquainted with the university and the Davis community, attending the Davis Farmers Market, for example, and helping with the annual Putah Creek cleanup and a GRID Alternatives solar installation. They also have been attending professional skills training in business writing and presentations, at UC Davis Extension’s Center for International Education.

You can see the fellows at International Festival Davis, Oct. 2, in the fashion show and flag parade. Organizers said the fellows look forward to additional cultural, social, professional and community service opportunities, say, as speakers or volunteers, throughout the year. See contact information in the "At a Glance" box above.

About the author(s)

Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or