The Fulbright NY Alumnus-in-Residence Program (FAIR)
The Greater New York Chapter launched the Fulbright NY Alumnus-in-Residence (FAIR) program in 2013, an initiative to help foster alumni projects that further the Fulbright mission of international understanding and have the potential for high impact. FAIR’s aim is to kickstart alumni in their post-Fulbright careers, allowing them to continue the work of international exchange through year-long support and thematic event programming. Each of our FAIR residents have created exceptional programs that have social entrepreneurship and international development as missions. Our inaugural FAIR resident (2013-2014) was Jeremy Xido, our 2014-2015 resident was Rebecca Davis and our 2015-2016 resident was Keith Ellenbogen. Meet this year’s FAIR resident, Jared Licina, below.
This year’s FAIR Resident: Jared Licina
Originally from Cape Town in South Africa, Jared attended NYU for a Masters Degree in Economics on a Fulbright Scholarship and was also a recipient of the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award. He currently works at Silverpoint Group Holdings, a global private equity firm, and has spent the last 8 years in the hedge fund industry in NYC and Dubai. He has special interests in the structure and efficiency of financial firms, as well as the potential benefits of the financial products in the space of risk management for sovereign and corporate entities.
In 2009, Jared founded Nascenta, which is a nonprofit organization that runs diversity workshops based on a lesson structure developed by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) to address the challenges in post-Apartheid South Africa and to build understanding of prejudices that drive decision-making and relationships. The methodology behind the workshop has garnered IJR the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. Jared witnessed the efficacy of IJR’s methods during a program for student leaders in social societies and student politics at the University of Cape Town in 2002. Inspired by the methodology and effectiveness of the program, Jared developed a similar program targeting high school students, which was run in 2004 and 2005 with support from the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Subsequently, he sought to bring a similar style of training and engagement to New York and the US, through creating Nascenta as a New York not-for-profit organization and has been running workshops since then.
Nascenta’s workshops teach students about diversity across different categories, as well as the discrimination and prejudice that is sometimes generated around them, and the best ways to understand and fight them. Through careful team-building techniques and open, nonjudgmental discussions, Nascenta seeks to get people to understand their own inherent biases, and the reasons underlying them. The method then teaches them to overcome the biases, both within themselves, as well as within society. Through feedback and a flexible approach, Nascenta customizes the program to adapt to specific communities, new techniques or current issues.