Population Action International and Atlas Corps Welcome Nigerian Nonprofit Leader

PAI awarded Distinguished Partner Award

March 12, 2012

Washington, DC – Atlas Corps is proud to announce the placement of its eighth Fellow, Mikang Longjan from Nigeria, at Population Action International (PAI). PAI is an organization that advocates for women and families in developing countries to have access to contraception in order to improve their health, reduce poverty and protect their environment. Atlas Corps is an organization that facilitates professional fellowships for the best of our world’s rising leaders.

As part of the Atlas Corps Fellowship, Mikang joins a network of more than 100 Fellows from 32 countries who have served at one of 50 organizations located in the United States and Colombia. Mikang is the ninth Nigerian nonprofit leader to participate in the Atlas Corps Fellowship.

Atlas Corps also recently recognized PAI as the first recipient of the Distinguished Partner in Global Service Award. This award is given to a partner who is held in high regard for their contributions to Atlas Corps, their commitment to our Fellows, and their passion for global service.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mikang to the Population Action International team,” said PAI Senior Research Associate Suzanna Dennis. “Her skills and experience from the nonprofit sector in Nigeria will bolster the work of PAI and its partners to hold governments accountable for their commitment to support women’s reproductive health.”

“We welcome Mikang to the Atlas Corps network with great enthusiasm and are so excited to place her at PAI,” said Atlas Corps Founder and CEO Scott Beale. “Now, more than ever, we see the value in building bridges across cultures and countries in our increasingly globalized world. Our work to address social issues, develop leaders, strengthen organizations, and promote innovation is achieving this goal by taking a new approach to facilitating international cooperation in the nonprofit sector.”

This class of Fellows hails from seven countries and makes up the eighth class of Atlas Corps Fellows since the organization was founded in 2006. The Fellows will contribute their average of six years of professional experience to organizations including Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, Habitat for Humanity, Georgia Forward, and Operation Smile.

Below is Mikang Longjan’s complete biography and a description of the participating organization.

Mikang Longjan, 33, Abuja, Nigeria

Mikang has over six years of experience in the nonprofit sector and holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Abuja and a Barrister at Law from the Nigerian Law School, along with professional certificates in Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management, Democratic Leadership, Intellectual Property Rights, Gender and HIV/AIDS. She is pursuing herMaster’s degreein Lawat the University of Abuja in Nigeria. Mikang started her career as a legal practitioner before venturing into the nonprofit sector. She has worked extensively on DFID,USAID, Global Fund, IHA and MSH projects. As a Program Assistant and later Program Officer with the National Democratic Institute, she organized and conducted trainings on legislative strengthening and anti-corruption mechanism for policy makers, staff of the legislature, CSOs and MDAs on pro-poor reforms and the achievement of the MDGs in Nigeria. Mikang worked with various CSOs in establishing the first ever CSO Liaison Office in the National Assembly. Additionally, Mikang worked at CiSHAN as the Manager, Human Rights, Gender and Advocacy before becoming the Director advocating for the rights of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and other health related issues. She has travelled to over 20 States providing technical assistance to CBOs/CSOs. She interned at Perchstone & Graeys, was the one-time Vice-President of the Legal Aid Council providing pro-bono services to prisoners and juvenile delinquents. She has been awarded various scholarships and awards including theSummerUniversity Program of the CEU and Open Society Foundation on Human Rights and Drug Policy and is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and FIDA.

About Atlas Corps

Atlas Corps, founded in 2006, is an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st century challenges. Their mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institution, featured inthe Washington Postas a model social entrepreneurship program, and recognized as a Top 10 International Voluntary Service Program by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, Atlas Corps engages experienced nonprofit leaders in 12 to 18 month fellowships to learn best practices, share unique insights, and return home to create a network of global changemakers committed to addressing some of the world’s critical social issues. Founded in 2006, 108 nonprofit leaders from 32 countries have served as Atlas Corps Fellows in Washington, DC, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Norfolk, and Bogota, Colombia. Atlas Corps plans additional national and international expansion in the next 12 months. For more information about Atlas Corps, please visit www.atlascorps.org.

About Population Action International

Population Action International advocates for women and families to have access to contraception in order to improve their health, reduce poverty and protect their environment. Their research and advocacy strengthen U.S. and international assistance for family planning. They work with local and national leaders in developing countries to improve their reproductive health care programs and policies. PAI shows how these programs are critical to global concerns, such as preventing HIV, combating the effects of environmental degradation and climate change, and strengthening national security. For more information, please visit www.populationaction.org

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CONTACT

Michael Khoo, VP for Communications, 202-557-3400, mkhoo@popact.org

Abby Flottemesch, Chief Development Officer, 202.263.4565, abby@atlascorps.org