HACEY’s Rhoda Robinson joins 23 others for AILA fellowship program


By Adenike Fagbemi

Executive Director of HACEY Health Initiative, Rhoda Robinson is one of the 24 fellows selected for the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA) fellowship at the prestigious Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC, USA.

Each year, a selected group of approximately 24 Fellows leverage their diversity to address the intellectual, ethical, cultural, and policy questions that are central to effective leadership in today’s world. Each Fellow amplifies their professional skills and leadership potential in a collaborative, cross-sector, and multicultural atmosphere.

Robinson, a seasoned advocate in health matters for women, has in the last 10 years been in the forefront of developing and implementing programs that empower women and girls and advocating for the inclusion of women and young people in development policies and action.

Reacting to this opportunity, Robinson said being part of the selected few globally, will afford her the opportunity to network, learn and exchange knowledge on improving leadership in her organization towards accelerating the impact of its health and productivity program in Nigeria.

“Our organization has been a leading voice in Nigeria and beyond its shores for the advocacy of a better life for women and young girls. With this interactive training at CSIS, HACEY Health Initiative will be more reinforced to carry out its vision, which is to create a healthy and sustainable society for all,” she said.

As the Executive Director of HACEY Health Initiative, she has helped develop various health initiatives and programs in making lives more meaningful for women and young girls in Nigeria.

Project Agbebi, a community health project aimed at reducing the incidence of pregnancy-related deaths and complications is one of such initiatives. Another one is SALVUS, a web-based platform designed to provide support for both male and female survivors of sexual violence.

Rhoda Robinson is expected to join 23 other international fellows in an intensive and interactive week of seminars and experiential learning, gaining a deeper understanding of the complex global dynamics and moral constraints they face as leaders.

The prestigious program brings diverse people from around the globe to train them to understand the various global issues and how to be effective leaders of today. The fellows will be exercising their professional skills and leadership qualities in achieving the aim of this program.

Since 2003, CSIS has welcomed over 210 AILA International Fellows from 49 countries, creating a vibrant and supportive network of alumni who continue to engage with one another on contemporary issues and leadership strategies.

CSIS draws from its network of world-class scholars and practitioners to create a wide-ranging, dynamic, and pragmatic approach to leadership, ethics, and global issues.

Some of the professionals selected alongside Ms Rhoda Robinson for the 2019 prestigious Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy are Dr Mario Aigner Torres, a consulting executive with more than 25 years of experience across technology sales and services; Wes Andrews, a diplomat who has been orchestrating international monitoring operations in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and Chloe Arensberg, a Washington-based senior producer for CBS News.

Others are: Marija Bateman who currently serves as the partnerships advisor for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) operational hub in Amman; Chris Benscher is a consultant on inter-country trade relations; Caroline Berson, is the director for stakeholder engagement and external affairs within Washinton based PepsiCo’s Public Policy and Government Affairs (PPGA) office.

The list also includes Robert Blair, a consultant and a fourth-generation farmer from Kendrick, Idaho and Tanya N. Blocker who recently accepted an offer to join the firm Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP (GRSM) as senior counsel, where her practice will concentrate on employment law.