For Immediate Release Susan Solomon, Public Affairs Officer, 796-0999 October 13, 2021
PRESS RELEASE: Mandela Washington Fellows Meet Vice President Dr Isatou Touray
(Oct. 12, Banjul, The Gambia) Charge d’Affaires (CDA) Marissa Scott presented members of
the Mandela Washington Fellowship 2021 cohort to the vice president of The Gambia Dr Isatou

The Mandela Washington Fellowship 2021 cohort are Burama Dampha, Ida Faal, Aji Sainey
Kah, Lala Touray, Esther King, Amadou G. Jallow and Samba Jaiteh. They completed the
fellowship in the following subject areas: Business Leadership, Public Management and Civic
CDA Scott explained that the Mandela Washington Fellowship chooses established young
leaders with a proven record in initiating and promoting positive change in their communities.
Vice President Dr Isatou Touray congratulated the fellows on their achievements and gave
examples from her own work and activism to encourage them to continue bringing positive
change in their communities.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s fellowship was virtual and fellows demonstrated
outstanding resilience. Secretary of State Blinken in his remarks at Mandela Washington Summit
recognized Amadou Jallow, a Public Management fellow, for his goal of creating a regulatory
framework for clean energy technologies in The Gambia.
Since inception in 2014, The Gambia has named 51 Mandela Washington Fellows. The Mandela
Washington Fellowship (MWF) for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S.
Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The Young African Leaders Initiative
(YALI) is the United States’ signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

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