The 2024 GEST Cohort Selected

19 September 2023
The fellows attending the 2024 GEST programme come from 14 different countries.
The fellows attending the 2024 GEST programme come from 14 different countries.

After a lengthy selection process during March-July 2023, as the GEST selection panel reviewed nearly 400 nominations from almost 50 countries, 23 candidates from 14 countries have been selected to attend the 2024 GEST academic programme. The candidates were required to submit a comprehensive application, including a short proposal for a final assignment, and shortlisted candidates were also interviewed by members of the selection panel. All the selected candidates fulfilled GEST’s prerequisites and requirements, and demonstrated a strong dedication to advancing gender equality in their home communities and/or their professional fields.

The selected group of candidates for the 2024 GEST programme represents local NGOs and CSOs, federal and local governments, universities, and research institutions. Furthermore, the cohort consists of individuals of different genders and abilities. The diverse group of fellows, from different countries, regions, and professions, enables transnational knowledge sharing and learning within the classroom.

Twenty fellows will each receive a full GRÓ scholarship to attend the programme while five fellows, who are enrolled in post-graduate programmes at GEST’s partner universities, will receive joint Erasmus+ and GRÓ scholarships. 

The GEST team looks forward to welcoming the 2024 GRÓ-GEST fellows in January.

The selected fellows in an alphabetic order for 2024 are:

Name in full


Current workplace and position:
Aklam Amanya
Uganda MA Student in Gender Studies at Makerere University
Anastase Ndagijimana Rwanda Youth Coordinator at Rwanda Men's Resource Centre - Men Engage Network
Baleseng Faith Maeneche South Africa PhD Student at the University of Western Cape
Benjamin Wilson Blay Ghana MPhil Student in Geography at the University of Ghana
David Kisotu Melubo Kenya Deputy Director of Finance at Narok County Government
Dina N. A. Almughrabi Palestine Project Coordinator at Juzoor for Health and Social Development
Dorcus Asiimwe Uganda Programs Manager at Michigan Fellows Africa Initiatives
Elizabeth Achola Mang'eni Kenya Senior Trade Development Officer at Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry and Kenya Network of Women and Girls with Disabilities
Enas B. A. Daryacoub Palestine Founder of SLETATE and Global Champion of SheDecides
Hameeda Syed India Community Engagement Leader at Dignity in Difference
Ibrahim Kadara Uganda Teacher at Pangea Educational Development (PED)
Innocent Uladi Malawi CfDD, Resilience and Livelihood Program Officer at Center for Democracy and Development
Linus Odhiambo Ouma Kenya Partnership and Fundraising Officer at Together for Better Foundation
Mialy Rakotondramboa Madagascar Project Manager at Geosystems et Développement
Mihitha Basnayake Sri Lanka Research Assistant at University of Colombo (De Soysa Hospital for Women)
Nikolina Gagić Bosnia and Herzegovina European Regional Masters Student in Democracy and Human Rights in South Eastern Europe at University of Sarajevo
Radhika Modi India Program Consultant at The Pad Project
Rajina Shrestha Nepal Advisor at SSEAP FRIDA (The Young Feminist Fund) Committee
Ramatu Issah Ghana MA in African Studies at the University of Ghana
Rukaya Issah Ghana Assistant Fisheries Manager at the Fisheries Commission
Sarmad Muhammad Soomar Pakistan Senior Instructor at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Aga Khan University, Pakistan
Tawonga Kwangu Msowoya Malawi Pepeta Malawi Coordinator at Katswe Sistahood
Varney Teddy Wilson Liberia Project Coordinator at Youth Crime Watch of Liberia