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ontarioCYS alumni John Kielty alerted us to an upcoming themed issue of iAM eMagazine of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation entitled ‘State of the World’s Youth’. Contributions were sought on issues including ‘youth unemployment’, ‘youth migration’, ‘education’, ‘maternal health’, and ‘disability and accessibility’, and could take the form of audio, video, art as well written work.

John also used the occasion to inform us about his career since graduating from the ISS with a major in Children and Youth Studies in 2009. Since the CYS programme is embedded in the MA in Development Studies, John was well-equiped to take up a position as community relations and cultural heritage manager at the Rio Tinto managed Oyu Tolgoi mine in the South Gobi desert, Mongolia. His responsibilities included responding to the daily social and environmental challenges surrounding the building of the mine’s infrastructure and managing implementation of long term sustainable development programs. Working with nomadic culture presented unique challenges around access to water, animal grazing and local employment and required constant dialogue, and meetings with herders and local government to understand various requests and concerns in order to mobilize the company’s support to implement solutions.
Following his job in Mongolia, John now lives in Bogota, Colombia with his fiancé and ISS graduate Maria Paula Ballesteros and is exploring opportunities around corporate social responsibility / community relations in mining.


Febri with a shirt signed by the entire Manchester City football team, donated to an FMCH Indonesia fundraiser by Etihad Airways.

It’s time for the next installment of the ‘Where are they now??’, this time featuring…

Nur Febriani Wardi (Febri) – CYS, 2011, Indonesia

In February 2012, two months after graduating from ISS, Febri was appointed as the Manager of the Foundation for Mother and Child Health Indonesia, locally known as Yayasan Balita Sehat. The foundation works mostly in the area of health and education with low-income communities in Jakarta and West Timor. Programs include feeding for malnourished children, farming for nutrition, pre-schools, scholarships for primary school students, income-generating skills for mothers, etc.

Febri is responsible for managing public relations, donor relations, programs, and staff. She is also the country point person in relation to counterparts in India and the UK.

For more information on the Foundation for Mother and Child Health Indonesia, please see www.fmch-indonesia.org.

On a different note, Febri is writing a book based on her travel experience from Saudi Arabia to Europe for the biggest publisher in Indonesia! In the book, Febri, who traveled throughout Europe while at ISS, details the perspective of a Muslim woman traveller in mostly non-Muslim countries. It will be a light, fun book, launched (hopefully) by the end of this year. Unfortunately it is in the Indonesian language, but who knows? Maybe someday it will be translated to English!

To get an idea of her forthcoming book, visit Febri’s blog www.haramkelilingdunia.wordpress.com.


International Institute of Social Studies

ISS is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. It brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment.