Ishrat Sanjida

Ishrat Sanjida

Program Associate


Ishrat Sanjida serves as a program associate for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at IREX.

In this role, she supports and leads operations processes to ensure successful implementation of the Fellowship and to deliver a meaningful professional development and cultural exchange for all involved. She manages fellow data with focus on accuracy, communicates strategically with international stakeholders, consults with contractors to acquire most efficient platforms for the Fellowship, in addition to supporting the Fellowship application, selection, and placement process.

At IREX, she enjoys partaking in various trainings and workshops. She most recently completed the “Lean Impact” training which focused on solving an assigned issue through analyzation of the problem, related customers, and finding the most effective solution with time restrain. She also strives to excel her support to IREX through assisting other programs during welcome, mid-program and closing workshops.

Prior to joining YALI, Ishrat supported the Community Solutions program where she assisted in the implementation of communications and outreach, alumni programming and fellow recruitment of the program. She brings experience from various non-profit organizations and most recently returned from Trinidad & Tobago, where she supported the Bureau of Consular Affairs in the facilitation of legitimate travel to the United States and contributed to the protection of U.S. citizens abroad.

During her undergraduate studies, Ishrat studied abroad in Nicaragua through a social work program where she learned about various social and human rights issues facing the Latin American country. She graduated from the Ohio State University with a BA in International Studies, focusing on International Relations & Diplomacy, and a minor in Human Rights. Ishrat speaks Bengali, Spanish and hopes to become fluent in Hindi.