MDP Mbaye & MHR Vergara 2019 MINN Summit Fellows


2018 MINN Summit Fellows

The MINN Summit Fellowship program seeks to foster diverse viewpoints at the MINN Summit, provide professional enrichment and networking opportunities, and build a long-lasting relationship between traditionally underrepresented communities and the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN).


Learn more about the Fellows program.

MINN is excited to announce the 2018 Summit Fellows:

Seyni Mbaye
Seyni Mbaye is a Master of Development Practice candidate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is the co-founder of the Senegalese School of Success, an NGO aiding Senegalese high school graduates that desire to pursue a post-secondary education find good quality institutions within their financial means. In addition, Seyni has worked in Mzuzu, Malawi where he served as a Business Management and Entrepreneurship Officer tasked with training youth in the city in entrepreneurship and assisting them in creating their own business ventures. He also worked, in collaboration with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST) and the Canadian Association for Participatory Development (CAPD), in Colombia to study the acceptability of the BioSand filter, a point-of-use water filtration system, from the users’ perspective. This study would inform the Colombian government whether to invest in the BioSand filter as a viable means to provide potable water to its rural population.

Ana Vergara
Ana Vergara is a Master of Human Rights candidate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. Most recently, Ana worked at the Amnesty International headquarters in Washington, DC as a refugee campaigner. Her campaign work specifically focused on asylum seekers at the southern border and family separation. Ana created story toolkits meant to empower immigrant and refugee voices. Her work was used as outreach material for Hollywood screenwriters such as those of Jane the Virgin and Queer Eye. Ana was previously an educator in South Korea and has also worked locally with refugee ESL adults. One of Ana’s passion projects is being a refugee special correspondent for a podcast meant to empower young professional women.

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