About Eisenhower Fellowship Sri Lanka

The Eisenhower Fellowships Association of Sri Lanka (EFASL) was formally set up in August 2004 in order to continue to retain vital national links amongst the 16 existing fellows who want to share their wealth of experience with other fellow Sri Lankans.

Several programs and meetings are held annually in Sri Lanka which aims to promote various ideas and discuss key topics such as Corporate Governance, Role of Civil Society, International Relations, Transparency and many others in relation to Sri Lanka and the rest of the world. Furthermore it aims to promote new initiatives brought about by the global HQ of the Eisenhower Fellowships based in Philadelphia, U.S.A. such as the recent South Asia Single Regional Program in 2004, which selected Fellows from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India, and which led to the formation of a successful planning committee for a South Asia Region Conference in 2006 in Sri Lanka.

Eisenhower Fellowship US - Overview

Every spring, Eisenhower brings 25 Fellows from selected countries around the world to the United States; another group of 20 Fellows from one country or region arrives each fall. Fellows of both programs spend two months following individualized agendas that take them to an average of 10–12 cities for 60–80 meetings with NGO leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, journalists, opinion makers, and government officials.

The USA Program, which draws Fellows from Philadelphia, the Research Triangle in North Carolina, New England, and one agricultural Fellow, sends 10 to 15 Americans abroad annually for four to eight-week programs of similar professional enrichment.

These travels expose Fellows to different ideas and innovations in their fields of interest. Representing a rich cross-section of politics and professions. Fellows also encounter a wide range of international perspectives. They end their trips connected to a network of leaders throughout the world.

History

Eisenhower Fellowships was founded in 1953 as a tribute to Dwight D. Eisenhower from his friends as he assumed the U.S. presidency. Its purpose and design reflect his conviction that greater understanding among individuals fosters greater understanding among nations, contributing to the peace and progress of all countries and all people.

From the start in 1953, Eisenhower Fellowships has been inspired by the belief that informed individuals are the hope of every nation and by a mandate to share knowledge with others around the globe. Some 1600 Fellows from 106 countries have participated in Eisenhower Fellowships since it’s founding. Of these 19 Sri Lankans who have represented Sri Lanka as part of the Multi National program (MNP) for Sri Lanka, which commenced in 1957, 4 Sri Lankans were nominated for the South Asia Single Region Program (SRP) in 2004, and one Sri Lankan is represented in the EF’s Alumni Advisory Council (AAC).

These travels expose Fellows to different ideas and innovations in their fields of interest. Representing a rich cross-section of politics and professions. Fellows also encounter a wide range of international perspectives. They end their trips connected to a network of leaders throughout the world.

Eisenhower Fellowships Association of Sri Lanka
Current Committee (2013/14)

New committee members appointed for the year 2014 at the Annual General Meeting held on November 30, 2013.

Eisenhower Fellowships Association of Sri Lanka
Committee 2008/09

New committee members appointed for the year 2008

CONSTITUTION OF
EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIPS ASSOCIATION OF SRI LANKA

This constitution has come into force on December 07,2004 upon its adoption by the Eisenhower Fellows who met on December 07, 2004 at Queens Court, TransAsia Hotel, Colombo and shall be the constitution governing the affairs of the Association.

  • 1. The name of the association is “Eisenhower Fellowships Association of Sri Lanka”.
  • 2. The objects for which the Association is established are: -
    • a)
      To establish an Association of Sri Lankan Eisenhower Fellows to engage in developing and supporting all activities connected to Eisenhower Fellowship Inc. Philadelphia
    • b)
      To provide support, information and counseling to persons involved in the Eisenhower Fellowships
    • c)
      To encourage networking with International and Regional Eisenhower Fellows.
    • d)
      To achieve the goals of the Eisenhower Fellowship.
  • 3. The Association has powers
    • a)
      To establish an office and employ, appoint, engage, remunerate and dismiss such persons and staff as may be necessary in order to archive the aforesaid objectives;
    • b)
      To receive fees, grants and payments for the furtherance of its objectives;
    • c)
      To engage in all activities that are necessary in the opinion of the governing council (or any other equivalent body) that are necessary to archive the aforesaid objective but shall not engage in any partisan political activities;
    • d)
      To institute, conduct, defend, intervene in or compromise legal proceedings by and against the Association or its officers.
  • 4. Governing Council
    • a)
      The Governing Council shall consist of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and three Council Members/general office bearers annually elected by membership. All office bears shall be eligible for re-election for the same post or any other.
    • b)
      The Governing Council shall be entitled to temporarily appoint other member for any post in the event of an elected office bear being unable to discharge his or her functions for a prescribed period;
    • c)
      Secretary shall convene all meetings of the Council or members.
    • d)
      The quorum of the Council is three and the general meeting one third of the paid members.
    • e)
      The Council may invite the attendance of any Eisenhower Fellow, Trustees of the Fellowship, Staff of the Eisenhower fellowship or any outsiders for any meeting of the Council or General Meeting.
  • 5. General Membership
    • a)
      Annual membership of a member is Rupees Five thousand unless otherwise determined by the general membership.
    • b)
      All General Meetings are open for members as well as the Spouses and if so permitted by Council any family members of a Member.
    • c)
      General Meeting is the highest body of the Association.
    • d)
      The Secretary with the agenda and accounts first being communicated to all members shall convene Annual General meeting.
    • e)
      Any member of the association may be expelled for his or her misconduct seriously affecting the good name of the association but expulsion shall be consequent to an inquiry conducted by an officer appointed by the Council.
    • f)
      Resignation of any member or office bearer shall be effective upon its acceptance. However, no acceptance or refusal is forthcoming for two weeks, the resignation is deemed to have been accepted.
  • 6. Amendment of the Constitution
    • a)
      This Constitution may, from time to time, be amended by two third of the General Membership on a proposal submitted by the Council. Any draft Amendment shall be circulated to members at least two weeks prior to the General Meeting.
  • 7. Notice
    • a)
      All notices required to be given to the members may be communicated electronically or any other form to an address or electronic address indicated by Members to the Secretary.