Aspen Global Innovators Group Announces Inaugural Class of Advanced Advocacy Leaders

February 22, 2024

Building a healthier future for all: Fellows to tackle global health and development challenges


Ladin Bacakoglu, Communications Associate

Washington, DC, February 22, 2024– The New Voices Advanced Advocacy Program (AAP) will champion five locally-rooted, globally networked leaders who are advocating for and building more equitable health and development systems. The cohort of leaders were selected from Aspen Global Innovators Group’s New Voices Fellowship-alumni community of nearly 200 fellows across 55 countries.

Over the past decade, New Voices Fellow-alumni have authored more than 2,000 Op-Eds, raised over $48 million in post-fellowship funding for their organizations, and positively impacted the lives of over 400 million people through development policy.  The launch of the Advanced Advocacy Program marks an exciting milestone for the Aspen Global Innovators Group and its commitment to empowering the next generation of proximate leaders with local and lived expertise in the global health and development sectors.

“As the world becomes increasingly complex and interdependent, there is an urgent need for continuing to invest in the leadership and advocacy visions of  innovative leaders with lived and learned expertise and groundbreaking, equity focused solutions within the global health and development landscape,” Lola Adedokun, Executive Director of the Aspen Global Innovators Group, said. “I am delighted to introduce this inaugural group of leaders  and warmly welcome them to the Advanced Advocacy Program. These leaders have proven their ability to make a profound impact on a global scale, and we are humbled to support them in furthering their impact.”

The fellows were chosen for their strategic vision and proven track record as global change-makers. The program will further invest in these leaders by providing individualized mentorship, storytelling and advocacy training as well as $20,000 in flexible funding to implement their advocacy plans. The fellows will execute plans to  build on their continuing success tackling critical global challenges and driving transformative change in their sectors.

Meet the 2023 New Voices Advanced Advocacy Program Fellows

  • Danjuma Adda– Past-President, World Hepatitis Alliance UK and Executive Director, Centre for Initiative and Development (Nigeria)
  • Francisca MutapiProfessor, Global Health Infection and Immunity, University of Edinburgh (Zimbabwe)
  • Koketso MoetiExecutive Director, (South Africa)
  • Renzo Guinto– Associate Professor, SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute, Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore and Former Director, Planetary and Global Health, St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine, Philippines
  • Roseline Orwa– Executive Director, Rona Foundation (Kenya)

These exceptional individuals embody the spirit of the Aspen Global Innovators Group and their collective expertise promises to contribute significantly to shaping a more equitable and sustainable world.


All awardees will comply with lobbying rules as described by the funders of the Advanced Advocacy Program and the Aspen Institute.

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Ladin Bacakoglu, Communications Associate

The Aspen Global Innovators Group

For over 30 years, the Aspen Global Innovators Group has empowered health and development leaders and innovators from 55 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Island States to design, champion and advocate for innovative programs, policies and partnerships that result in a safer, more equitable, and healthier future for all people and communities. Our network of 5000+ individuals and organizations has served 200 million people, improving health, well-being, and equity. We identify and amplify the voices of visionary, proven and impactful local leaders, advocates, and practitioners. Join us in building a healthier, more equitable future at

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization whose purpose is to ignite human potential to build understanding and create new possibilities for a better world. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve society’s greatest challenges. It is headquartered in Washington, DC and has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, as well as an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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