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Posted on: August 21, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Emergency Management Selected to Host Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Jonase Koetlisi at his desk at Emergency Management office.

Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management (MCDEM) is pleased to announce that it has been selected to host Jonase Koetlisi, a Fellow from Lesotho, Africa participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in August and September 2017.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking opportunities. The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. These young leaders represent the diversity of Africa, including equal numbers of women and men, individuals with disabilities, and people from both urban and rural areas.

The Fellow hosted by MCDEM is part of a larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows that were hosted at 38 academic and leadership institutes across the United States earlier this summer. These exceptional young leaders met in Washington, D.C., at the end of their institutes for a Summit, and 100 were competitively selected to spend six weeks in professional development training with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and government agencies.

At home, Jonase has over five years of professional experience in the field of emergency medical care. He is currently employed by Letseng Diamond Mine as a Paramedic in the Department of Health and Safety. He is also part of a private emergency medical services company in the capital town of Lesotho, Maseru.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program that is supported in its implementation by IREX. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit and join the conversation with #YALI2017. For press inquiries, contact


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