IVLP Alumni Award for Social Innovation and Change

2021 Award

Congratulations to Saad Abid of Morocco and Raisa Banfield of Panama for being the recipients of the 2021 IVLP Alumni Decade of Social Innovation and Change Award.

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About the Award

Each year, Global Ties U.S. recognizes an alumnus or alumna of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) for high achievements in driving social change through innovation in their communities.

The award is offered each year at the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting, thanks to the contributions of Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor, an IVLP alumnus and Honorary President of Via-Circulo Jefferson in Spain.

Nominees must be past participants of the IVLP who demonstrate a significant difference they are making in their local or national community by addressing one of the following four areas derived directly from their IVLP participation:

  1. Fostering economic prosperity and entrepreneurship
  2. Advancing civil society and human rights
  3. Working to promote alternatives to violent extremism
  4. Combating climate change

Nominations may be submitted by anyone in the Global Ties Network, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassies, as well as anyone who has interacted directly with the IVLP participant while on the program, including interpreters and liaisons. Self nomination by IVLP alumni is also encouraged.

Awardees by Year


Runcie Chidebe, Founder, Project PinkBlue (Nigeria)


Mine Atli, Activist, KAYAD (Cyprus)


Sophie Lamprou, Founder, Impact Hub Athens


Rebeca Gyumi, Founder and Executive Director, Msichana Initiative