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THE Giulio Regeni Alumni Impact Award

“The virtue and the strength of UWC is that it provides small but powerful cells of innovation, catalysts for change, breaking barriers of habit and opening broader vistas of experience." – Nelson Mandela


Purpose and Philosophy

The purpose of The Giulio Regeni Alumni Impact Award is to recognize UWC-USA’s alumni who have made substantial contributions and created impact in the local, national or global community, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and professional career honor the UWC mission. This award further illustrates the great value of the UWC education beyond the two years at UWC-USA, and celebrates the lifelong connection and stewardship responsibility as alumni to UWC-USA.

About Giulio Regeni '07

Giulio Regeni '07 was an Italian citizen and a doctoral student at Cambridge University in the UK. He was conducting his Ph.D. research on the formation of independent trade unions, specifically the street vendors’ union, in Egypt after the fall of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, and democratic institutional development. He was in Cairo conducting field research when on 25 January 2016, the fifth anniversary of the “25 January Revolution”, he disappeared. His tortured body was found nine days later, on 3 February. 

Eligible Nominees

Any UWC-USA alumnus/alumna is eligible to be nominated for this award. Because the award is given for outstanding contributions and impact to the local, national, and/or international community, no compromises will be made that could diminish the significance of the award.

Method of Nomination

Nominations may be made for The Alumni Impact Award by any of the following individuals or groups noted below:

Any alumnus/alumna of UWC-USA;

Nominations will be accepted using the following guiding principles:

  1. The online nomination form must be completed.

  2. In addition to completing the nomination form, nominators are highly encouraged to provide supporting items that further distinguish the nominee. Some items can include, but are not limited to:

    • Letters of support

    • Newspaper and magazine articles

    • Personal stories

    • Awards or certificate of achievements

    • Other items of interest

  3. One nomination per individual will be considered.

  4. No limitations will be placed on the total number of nominations accepted for consideration.

  5. The name of the nominator will not be disclosed.

  6. If the current President and Board Chair are alumni, they may not be nominated, and may not nominate an individual.

  7. Letters of support may be submitted by anyone with the exception of the President and Board Chair of UWC-USA.

Submit your nomination here! (no later than Jan. 25, 2019)

Previous Award Winners

Leonoor "Noor" Cornelissen '10 (The Netherlands)

Originally from the Netherlands, Noor Cornelissen (UWC-USA '10) has lived, worked, and studied around the world. After graduating from UWC-USA, Noor continued studying for her Bachelor's degree in History and Political Science in Germany. Her thesis focused on the future of Palestinian refugees, for which she completed internships in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees as well as Human Supporters Association in Nablus, Palestine. She left Germany and continued studying in Geneva, Switzerland for her Master's in International Development with a focus on public health and gender. Her thesis explored the manner in which police forces handle gender-based violence claims in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2015 Noor started working for Médecins Sans Frontières at the Department of Humanitarian Affairs. Over the last three years, she has worked in the Democratic Republic Congo, in South Sudanese refugee camps on the border with Uganda, in detention centers in Libya, and on a Search-and-Rescue vessel on the Mediterranean Sea. During her year-long project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Noor set up the UWC Congolese National Committee. In its second year of operation, the NC received more than 80 applications for four fully-funded scholarships. After eight years away, Noor returned to the UWC-USA campus for the 2018 Annual Conference as a keynote speaker. 

Bhushan Tuladhar '87 (Nepal)

In one of the numerous articles about Bhushan Tuladhar, the Nepali Times refers to Bhushan as an "environmentalist with a can-do optimism". He is dedicated to incorporating and introducing new technology with existing traditional green practices in Nepal and other countries. His passion and commitment to sustainable “green living” is very deserving of the 2017 Impact Award. Bhushan views his experience at UWC- USA as a strong influence on his future vocation in life. The broad based education, exposure to outdoor activities and social work, and the overall international experience were all very influential in shaping his life and career path. After UWC-USA, Bhushan got his Masters in civil and environmental engineering at Cornell University. He returned to Nepal in 1998 and the Mayor of Kathmandu requested Bhushan to be one of his advisors. He established and headed the Environment Department of the city and served as a member of the city planning commission. He also led Clean Energy Nepal.

Bhushan is currently the chief technical advisor for South Asia for UN-Habitat’s Urban Basic Services Branch. He provides advice to UN-Habitat’s projects, mostly related to water and sanitation in South Asia. In recent years, Bhushan has been involved in various projects in Nepal and Pakistan. For the past three years, Bhushan broadcasts a weekly radio program on environmental issues. His programs and other interviews are accessible in YouTube.

Bhushan’s body of work has garnered awards and recognition through the years. He received the Kathmandu Environment Award from the Kathmandu Metropolitan City Office for his work on improving the city’s environment. He was formally recognized as an expert member of Nepal Climate Change Council chaired by the Prime Minister and the Board of Nepal’s Solid Waste Management Technical Support Centre. Bhushan was also elected to be a Board Member of Sajha Yatayat, a public transport cooperative. His efforts are directed towards improving the standard of public transport in Kathmandu. Sajha Yatayat revived an old public transport service provider and now operates 46 buses in Kathmandu.

The April 2015 earthquake posed a major challenge for Bhushan, his family, community and Nepal. Right after the earthquake, Bhushan humbly compared his work as like that of most people in Nepal. But in actuality, he was involved in relief efforts and until now assists with some reconstruction work. Besides helping with reconstruction of homes and schools, Bhushan is involved in assisting in the reconstruction and conservation of traditional settlements and cultural heritage in Kathmandu Valley.

Outside of work, Bhushan is the role model of green and sustainable living. He lives and practices his ideology of green living. He advocates for clean air and sustainable mobility options, such as walking, cycling and public transportation, in Kathmandu as well as other places in Nepal is his daily lifestyle and he promotes this through mass media, social media and other public forums. He is committed to promoting open defecation-free communities and sanitation campaigns all over Nepal. He is focused on waste recycling, particularly educating the youth. “The spirit of UWC is very ingrained in Bhushan’s life.”-quote from peer nomination

He is an active member of the UWC National Committee in Nepal for many years and has been involved in the selection of students, fund raising and other activities. From 2009 to 2011, he taught environmental systems and societies to the first batch of IB students when the program was launched at Ullens School Kathmandu, a non-profit school, by a fellow UWCer. Bhushan Tuladhar is a remarkable agent of change and is making an indelible impact in Nepal and beyond.

Quoting what he wrote, “green is not just a color; it is an attitude. It is a way you see life, it is a way you live life. And until you realize that, you are not going to go green.” Bhushan continued to write “There is a Chinese saying ­ ‘What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I become!’ And as Gandhi said ‘Be the change you want to see.” Bhushan has dedicated his life after UWC to a greater cause that has impacted the lives of many in Nepal. His active involvement in environmental causes is ignited by his belief that a positive change in environmental policies will ultimately affect human well-being and social equity in a green economy.

Dr Julie Lyn Hall, ’84 (United Kingdom)

Over a professional career spanning more than 25 years, Dr. Hall has made major contributions to global public health protection and the response to major natural disasters.

Dr. Hall's career to date has been one of service to the international community, exemplifying the mission of the UWC movement. It has required a commitment by her family to living in different countries and a willingness to move, sometimes at very short notice, as she has tackled new missions and challenges.

Dr. Hall’s most notable contributions include:

• Significant involvement in the development and implementation of surveillance and response systems to the SARS and avian influenza outbreaks in China from 2003 to 2007; and

• leading the World Health Organization’s response to Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, which killed almost 7,000 people, injured tens of thousands, devastated large parts of the Philippines and displaced 16 million people, in November 2013.

Dr. Hall’s contributions have been made in a number of senior roles, including in the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the UN Secretary General’s Office in Geneva, the Australian Government and, most recently, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

In her work, Dr. Hall has drawn on the experiences and capabilities she developed and demonstrated as a UWC student over three decades ago: most notably, her capacity to communicate and lead in cross-cultural settings, bridging across both the micro and macro, while maintaining a strong, calm determination and great resilience and integrity.

In June 2007, Dr Hall was awarded a MBE (Member of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. This award was provided in recognition of Dr Hall’s contribution to ‘health protection globally, especially in China’.

Dr Hall’s involvement in health and development commenced as shortly after her UWC graduation in 1984, when she undertook volunteer work for the Red Cross in Baguio City in the Philippines.

Dr Hall was WHO Coordinator for Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response Team in Beijing from 2003 to 2006.

Dr Hall was elected by her peers as a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in 2008, the highest level of membership of this distinguished organization (which is the standard setting body for specialists in public health in the United Kingdom).

In 2007 Dr Hall was appointed as a principal medical adviser by the Australian Government Department of Health. Among other things, this senior position saw her acting, on occasion, as the Chief Medical Officer of Australia, the most senior government health officer in Australia.

Dr Hall returned to the United Nations system in late 2008. In 2013 she was appointed World Health Organization Representative for the Philippines. It was in this role that Dr Hall led the international health response to one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever experienced globally. Dr. Hall drove the significant health response in the immediate aftermath of the typhoon and worked tirelessly in the months and year after the typhoon to help rebuild the health infrastructure, medical supply chains and maternal and child health care support to assist the approximately 16 million people this natural disaster affected.

Dr Hall’s deep and unique experience is recognized by her peers in international public health and she has presented internationally on the lessons learnt from the response to Typhoon Haiyan.

In late 2015, Dr Hall was appointed Head of Health of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, based in Geneva.

Dr Hall qualified as a medical doctor from St Thomas’s Medical School, London, in 1991. She subsequently undertook further specialist medical training in the UK and Australia. In 1998, Dr Hall completed a Masters in Public Health at James Cook University in northern Australia, focused on promoting public health in rural and remote communities.

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