Hennepin County celebrates 10 years of collaboration with Humphrey International Fellows program


Key Collaborator: Ray Ideen

Ray Ideen, Administrative Leader for the Center of Innovation and Excellence for Hennepin County, coordinates the county side of the Hubert H. Humphrey (H.H.H.) International Fellowship Program and the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The H.H.H. International Fellowship Program offers a year-long opportunity for professionals from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience, gain professional enrichment, and obtain non-degree, graduate-level study at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Hennepin County partners with the International Fellowship Program at the Humphrey School to provide International Fellows with an overview of Hennepin County Public Policy and Administration. Hennepin County offers an in-depth, multiple-day orientation to its services and business lines, including personal welcomes from the County Commissioners, County Administrator, County Attorney, and Sheriff. Mr. Ideen has coordinated this partnership for the past 3 years.

With the Mandela Washington Fellowship, several county departments have hosted between one and four Young African Leaders to share knowledge on specific areas of interest. They have an opportunity to network with local government leaders at Hennepin County, and are provided a professional development session. Hennepin County hosted Mandela Fellows for the past two years and this experience has been a highlight of the fellowship experience.

“Our goal working with International Fellows at Hennepin County is to provide access to leadership and our work. We create opportunities to leverage and exchange knowledge of public management in local government, but we learn as much from them as they do from us. International Fellows bring a new perspective to the work we do and inspire us to think about our work from a global perspective.” – Ray Ideen

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