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Bouriez Family Fellowship for Francophone Africa Graduate Students

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The Bouriez Family Fellowship, administered by the Institute for African Development (IAD), sponsors exceptional students from Francophone Africa as they pursue professional training in law or global development at Cornell University.

Created by a generous gift from Pierre and Aurélie Bouriez, the Bouriez Family Fellowship supports graduate study for citizens of French-speaking African countries, fostering connections between Cornell and institutions of higher learning in Francophone Africa and advancing Cornell's mission to educate the next generation of global citizens.

Afiavi Caca (Calista) Akibode is from Republic of Togo in West Africa. She holds a master's degree in project management, and economic Development. Aiavi has worked as a technical advisor in entrepreneurship at the National Agency of Employment (NAE), in charge of the development of small-scale companies. Before joining the NAE, she has worked for International Labor Organization (ILO). Certified by ILO as an entrepreneurship trainer and coach, Afiavi has assisted many small enterprises in the framework of Vocational training and Youth Employment Program in agriculture with GIZ. Owner of Calia Expertise, an incubation center for women entrepreneurship, she has also successfully organized several activities to support women empowerment.  She has joined in 2021 Cornell University as a Humphrey Fellow where she specialized herself in “Gender equality women economics empowerment in food system”. Through this amazing experience she won the Bouriez Family Fellowship from Institute for African Development of Cornell University and become today a MPS student with a concentration on “Gender and Development” in Global Development/ College of Agriculture and Life Science (Cornell University) in perspective to make a deeper exploration of gender issues. Her future goal is to promote women’s inclusion and economic empowerment in agriculture to help her country achieve its objective of gender equality and women empowerment.

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