2017 Fulbright Reception at the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta

On April 27, 2017, the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta graciously hosted a reception in honor of Fulbright alumni and current grantees based in the State of Georgia. The Honorable Consul General Louise Blais coordinated this effort, and the Canadian Consulate provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere. 

Although structured as a casual networking event, there were three brief but important speeches over the course of the event. The Consul General spoke first. She hoped more Canadians would pursue the prestigious Fulbright scholarship and choose the south of United States of America for their placement. She mentioned that while Canadians don’t have as much exposure to the southeastern United States, she found Atlanta to be a city with a rich and unique culture and full of opportunities. Her speech was followed by those from Dr Sandra McQueen, Vice President of Fulbright Association Georgia Chapter, and Mr. Kim Eger, Vice President of Fulbright Association, DC. They both emphasized the need for fundraising for the organization and involvement from the Fulbright Alumni. 

They said the potential shifts in the State Department’s budget elicit a need to work together to raise more funds for the Georgia Chapter to ensure continued Enrichment Programming and to continue promoting cultural exchange and collaboration. Additionally, Mr. Kim Eger announced that there is a new, lower membership dues structure for all young professionals under the age of 35 and he encouraged everyone to support Fulbright activities by becoming a member.

Fulbright alumni interested in learning more about membership can visit this page. “Fulbright Association is dedicated to promoting the flagship program for international educational and cultural exchange; enriching the experiences of visiting Fulbright students, teachers, and scholars in their host communities; and fostering a global network of Fulbright alumni“.

The event was wrapped up by an impromptu national anthem recitation by two Togolese fellows: Kokou Volley, Fulbright MPH student at Georgia State University and Brad Hounkpati, Georgia Fulbright Advocacy Director , in honor of their country’s 57th Independence Day.

It was a delightful event and it’s casual setting prompted exchange of introductions and ideas among the Fulbright alumni and current grantees.

Credit: Hafsa Fatima, Sue Levine, Omarwalid Noorzada, Yassine Ridouane and Andreea Voina

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Brad K. Hounkpati Agricultural Engineer, he served as an Agricultural Engineer at Nouvelle Société Cotonnière du Togo (West Africa). Prior to his Fulbright experience, he was previously Technical Coordinator for Peace Corps Togo in Natural Resource Management Program. He has also served in many roles with organizations working to support agriculture in West Africa, including FAO, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Cashew Espoir Ltd., and Plant Resource Of Tropical Africa (PROTA).

In addition to Fulbright Scholarship, he had been awarded other prestigious awards such as: the WARA travel grant, The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) Fellowships Award, the Global Programs Graduate International Travel Award and the Graduate Travel Grant from the University of Georgia and nonetheless the U.E Brady Award. His pairs know him as networker or a “to-go person”.

Fulbright Fellow 2011-2013 at University of Georgia (UGA). He is currently serving as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Entomology, UGA. Since 2011, he has been serving as the national contact for all Fulbright and Humphrey grantees from Togo. Inspired by his Fulbright experience, he later created BSBIZTOGO, Inc. & Grain de Sel Togo, Inc., two Georgian 501c3 organization to support underprivileged students in public universities in sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and other Fulbright scholars in the US. He has served as Membership Database Administrator, and Advocacy Director until 2017 before being elected as Vice President and Communication Officer of Fulbright Association Georgia Chapter in 2018

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