Bouriez Family Fellowship for Francophone Africa Graduate Students
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 and previously 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. As a member of the 2021 Humphrey Fellows cohort at Cornell University, Afiavi specialized in gender equality and women economics empowerment in food systems. A recipient of the Bouriez Family Fellowship, Afiavi is currently enrolled in the MPS Global Development program with a concentration on gender and development. She intends to promote women’s inclusion and economic empowerment in agriculture to support Africa's achieve its objective of gender equality and women empowerment.