meet sauve scholars alumni

Gerald Bareebe


Gerald  Bareebe

The mentoring and guidance I received during the course of my Sauvé year has served to deepen my commitment and struggle for the development of human rights and democracy in my country (Uganda) and Sub-Saharan Africa in general.

Gerald is currently (2014) a Trudeau Scholar and Massey Fellow at...

Handy Acosta Cuellar


Handy Acosta  Cuellar

Handy Acosta Cuellar is considered one of Cuba’s young leaders in the field of the environment and youth participation.

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1985, he began his environmental work at the community level at the age of 16. Four years later, he was volunteering for the...

Najme Kishani Farahani


Najme Kishani  Farahani

Civil engineer, transportation planner, educator, NGO manager, mountain climber and volleyball player – Najme brings this unusual combination of skills, and more, to the Sauvé Foundation.

Following her Sauvé year, Najme has pursued her career in Tanzania...

Tairah Firdous

Kashmir (India)

Tairah  Firdous

Growing up in Kashmir wasn’t easy. Tairah, like other children of her generation, lost her childhood to conflict. The experience of growing up in a militarized zone not only shaped her personally, but also defined her professionally.

While attending the University of...

Gioel Gioacchino


Gioel  Gioacchino

The belief that intercultural dialogue is a powerful instrument for international development is at the centre of Gioel's work.

Since 'graduating' from the Sauvé Scholars Program, Gioel has been characteristically busy. She is the executive director of Recrear, a Canadian charity working with a...

Micah Grzywnowicz


Micah Grzywnowicz

“You can’t fail if you are proud of what you do” is a motto that guides Micah’s actions, along with a core belief that everyone has a right to be who they wish to be.

Born and raised in Poland, Micah resides in Stockholm, Sweden.

After leaving Sauvé House, Micah...

Naomi Kincler


Naomi   Kincler

From maternal mortality in the slums of Mumbai to childhood obesity in the urban ghettos of the Bronx, Naomi has led a number of significant public health initiatives over the last eight years. Through her varied experiences, she has witnessed the constant need for new and innovative data to support and...

Guy Milongo

Democratic Republic of Congo

Guy  Milongo

Fatherless since birth, Guy Milongo grew up under difficult and often abusive conditions, both on the streets of his native Kinshasa and in the home.

 Despite these difficulties, he received support at critical times in his life, which empowered him to build a...

Mame Diarra Bousso Ndiaye


Mame Diarra Bousso Ndiaye

Social entrepreneur, activist for women's empowerment and youth participation, Mame is passionate about social justice and cultural diversity.

After her year in the Sauvé Scholar Program, she started the "Second Chance Academy" and the Solidarity Guarantee Fund that were her...

Thinh Nguyen


Thinh  Nguyen

Thinh Nguyen was born and grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam and is passionate about human rights. She graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, where she studied international law. Her interest in human rights was sparked by a university course on the topic. That spark eventually became a flame, prompting her...

Oluwatosin (Tosin) Omole


Oluwatosin (Tosin)  Omole

Oluwatosin (Tosin) was born in France and grew up in Nigeria. There, widespread poverty and inadequate health services made a deep impression on him at a young age and prompted him to study medicine and dedicate his life to improving the health of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Jonathan Sas


Jonathan Sas

Jonathan Sas is currently Director of Policy and Research at the Broadbent Institute. He credits his incredible experience at Sauvé as a key stepping stone on the path to his current role.

Jonathan came to the Sauvé Program after serving as Editor-in-Chief of...

“Leaders must dream of changing the world.

They must have an inspired vision of the changes they want to make and be prepared to consecrate all
their energy to that purpose. A capacity to communicate their objectives is indispensable to sustain
the enthusiasm of their collaborators and their perseverance in action.”
— The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Opening Speech to the National Conference for Young Leaders, June 2-8, 1991