Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr. was announced as the Fellow from Jamaica for the United States-based Eisenhower Fellowships’ 2014 Multi Nation Programme during a luncheon held at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel on Monday, October 14, 2013. Lyew-Ayee was chosen from a local batch of outstanding candidates which included Kimala Bennett, Yaneek Page and Rezworth Burchenson.
Dr. Lyew-Ayee is a 32 year old Senior Lecturer and Director of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute of the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, as well the Head of the University’s Department of Geography and Geology. He is well accomplished and sits on the boards of over a dozen organisations and societies. He is the author of two books, several refereed journal articles as well as articles for other publications and technical reports.
The Eisenhower Fellowships is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organisation created in 1953 as a birthday gift to President Dwight Eisenhower from a group of prominent U.S. business leaders. The organisation engages two groups of approximately 20 outstanding mid-career professionals from around the world between the ages of 32-45, helping them to achieve consequential outcomes across sectors and borders.
Within their honorary year, Fellows have an opportunity to take time out from their occupations to meet leaders and senior experts in their field, enhance their leadership skills, and become part of a global network of Eisenhower Fellows. The network fosters international cooperation, furthering what Dwight Eisenhower said was the purpose of the programme, which is to further in very practical ways mankind’s highest goal: peace with justice.
Currently, 49 countries are invited to send international Fellows to the U.S. Some countries are invited annually, some biannually, some every three years. International Fellows follow an intense programme specifically designed to support their professional development, consisting of meetings, conferences, speaking engagements and cultural events, typically visiting eight to ten U.S. cities.
Dr. Lyew-Ayee will be among International Fellows who will visit the U.S. for seven weeks, from mid-March to mid-May next year. During their travels, Fellows identify concrete projects that they undertake upon their return home. Projects range from ongoing collaborations with organisations encountered during the Fellowship travel to collaborative professional and philanthropic efforts with other Fellows.
Jamaicans who received Eisenhower Fellowships in the past include Horace Barber, Astill Sangster, Dr Earl Spencer Taylor, Dr Keith Panton, Jennifer Cox, Morin Seymour, Pauline Rosalind Gray and Sandra Glasgow.