Lord Holme

In memory of the former Chairman of GlobeScan and LEAD International, the late Richard Holme, GlobeScan provides an annual grant to an individual or groups of candidates from developing nations with a commitment to sustainable development.

Meet the Recipients

Gabriel Neira Voto 2014

Gabriel Neira Voto

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Gabriel Neira Voto, from Rio de Janeiro, was awarded the Lord Holme Memorial LEAD Bursary in 2014/2015. Gabriel has worked on participatory community engagement methods to create livelihoods in the favelas in Brazil while also protecting the local biodiversity. Since graduating from the Leading for Sustainability Programme, his team’s project Movimento Preserva Laboriaux has won a public award from the city hall, Rio 450, Ações Locais.

Gabriel says of his experience with LEAD: “The course was an amazing opportunity to me professionally and will open up brilliant and coherent opportunities for us in our project, with regards to the quality of work and methodologies applied, but also with the access to the LEAD network, which is huge and rich. I also developed my understanding of sustainability as a serious consideration for businesses and for us as society, and it is no longer perceived as an environmental issue alone. The implications of this shift are significant, and subsequently, industry, political and social leaders are determining ways to embed sustainability throughout their business operations and strategic goals. I feel more confident to do such a shift in my life and work and to facilitate others to do the same.”

Shamim Haider 2013

Shamim Haider

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In 2013 we provided £7000 to cover travel expenses and tuition fees for Shamim Haider from Lahore, Pakistan, a Manager for Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research with the Rural Community Development Society. His organisation works for Institutional development through social mobilization, capacity building and poverty alleviation in rural communities. We felt that his goals and the fact that he works in social research were in perfect alignment with the Foundation's vision.

In his application Shamim said that "It is my mission to create a linkage between public and private sector and make poor people aware of their rights and responsibilities. Once the people are aware of their roles and responsibilities they will be ideally positioned to take control of their development." 






Seven Senegalese and Gambian LEAD Africa Fellowship Participants 2012

Seven Senegalese and Gambian LEAD Africa Fellowship Participants

In 2012 GlobeScan provided air fares for seven Senegalese and Gambian LEAD Africa Fellowship participants to attend the Pan-African Session in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Pan African Session was the culmination of the African-led training program equipping new leaders with the necessary tools and networks to achieve change. The 2012 theme was ‘Population and Climate Change: Towards Climate Compatible Development for Africa.’

Profiles of 2012 Recipients:

Mamadou Falilou Sarr, Director, CONCEPT

Mamadou Falilou Sarr has a background as a development worker with an overall 16 years of experience working with local Senegalese and international NGOs, as well as private consultancy groups, in different fields covering women’s and children’s rights, international security, democracy and governance, organizational development, and jobs creation. Having already received a Bachelor degree in applied economics in 1994 and a Master’s degree in project man¬agement in 2009, he completed a Master’s in international public policy at the University of Tsukuba in 2011. As a Director at CONCEPT, he is the Political Affairs Specialist and is leading the setting up of the African Center for International Peace and Development.

Victoria Abiosseh George, Chartered Certified Accountant, Partner at PKF Gambia

Victoria Abiosseh George is a Chartered Certified Accountant with experience in maintaining accounting systems, financial statement audits, financial state¬ment compilation, corporate governance review, establishment of internal audit functions, corporate and business tax consulting, and special assignments, including due diligence and working with various consultancies delivering high-management reports. She is recognized for her ability to identify continuous change actions to enhance quality of work. She is currently working as a partner at PKF Gambia.

Christella Ngo Innack Elouga, Program Associate, PNUD-GEF

Josephe Clotilde Christella Ngo Innack Elouga has an engineering degree in food industry (food technology option) and an MBA in management and business creation. She is currently Associate Program Officer of the Energy and Environment team at the UNDP Regional Centre in Dakar. She previously worked as administrative assistant at the UNDP Regional Centre, Assistant Coordinator of Enda Third World Youth Action Team, and as Production Manager at Phytopharma, Dermo-cosmetic laboratory in Dakar. She evolved in the informal sector, processing and selling local fruits and poultry.

Matar Sylla, Civic Engineer, Technical Manager, Programme National de Biogaz Domestique du Sénégal (PNB-SN)

Matar Sylla is a civil engineer having worked at both national and international major infrastructure projects. He is currently managing the Senegalese domes¬tic biogas project, implemented within the framework of the African Biogas Partnership Program (ABPP), taking place in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya.

Die Marie Faye, Human Resources Officer, Ministry of Education

Die Marie Faye is a French teacher by training and the Gender Focal Point of the Research and Training Group on Population. She monitors and coaches youths in summer and day camps. She has attended workshops on sexual and reproductive health (including family planning, abortion, and female genital mutilation) and is a member of the Steering Committee in charge of the Festival on Gender-based Violence Films.

Demba Baldeh, Educationist, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education

Demba Baldeh is an educationist specialized in mathematics and environmental studies. He holds a B.A. in development studies and management. He is in¬volved in community mobilization in Gambia.

Bassirou Kane, Head, Project Development Department, Agence Régionale de Développement (ARD) de Dakar

Bassirou Kane is the Head of Department for Project Attributions at the Dakar Regional Development Agency, in charge of technical and administrative support to local councils within the framework of the National Program for Local Development. He has a higher diploma in decentralization and territorial management.

Isa-Yunusa-Chedi 2011

Isa Yunusa Chedi

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Isa Yunusa Chedi is Head of the Kaduna Zonal Office of Nigeria’s National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agenxy (NOSDRA)

NOSDRA is a government environmental regulatory agency that is entrusted with the responsibility of regulating oil & gas activities in Nigeria. It is also the lead agency in oil spill management including Oil Spill Contingency Plan activation, monitoring of cleaning up and remediation of oil impacted site; oily waste management, etc.

As the Head of the zonal field office Yunusa is responsible for managing and coordinating all activities of the Agency at the zonal level. The Kaduna Zonal Office covers the entire northern Nigeria with the exception of three states (i.e. Adamawa, Taraba and some part of Kogi States). Yunusa is in charge of planning, coordination and implementation of the Action Plan of the zone. Yunusa is also responsible for allocation of resources for carrying out a particular task especially relating to regulation of oil and gas companies and an intervention between operating companies and host communities for the purpose of mediation and compensation for oil pollution within the jurisdiction of the Kaduna zone. He manages the GIS laboratory for the purpose of geospatial database update and data retrieve.

Yunusa visited GlobeScan’s head office after completing the Leadership for Environment and Development Fellowship at the LEAD International Session and spoke to the whole company about his experiences in environmental administration in Africa, commenting that the Fellowship had improved his leadership skills, ability to manage people and improved his approach to issues response, as well as providing him with pan-African contacts to coordinate with colleagues on the sustainability and environmental issues management agenda.

What did the LEAD training mean to you, and what impact has it had - personally and professionally?

LEAD Training is a program aimed at identifying potential world leaders with a view to ensuring that the concept of sustainable development is inculcated in them. Thus, having passed though the training at different levels, I came to realize how important the training is to me at personal and professional levels.Without doubt, the training has profoundly helped me in building self-confidence. It has also equipped me with the ability to visualise in a holistic manner complex problems; identify inter-linkages and eventually develop workable solutions. Another profound personal impact gained from the training is the need to ‘walk the talk’, i.e. to put my knowledge into action especially on sustainable development issues. I have also been utilizing the LEAD’s network in obtaining information from other countries on some issues that has to do with good governance and environment. LEAD Training has also added another dimension to my approach to work with other people. I came to realize how important it is to carry each member of my team along. And how imperative it is to identify the needs of communities before implementing a community project.LEAD training for me therefore, is a learning experience that has helped in changing my general attitude and behaviour toward people and the environment.