NWRA Participates in State Department Professional Fellowship Program

NWRA Participates in State Department Professional Fellowship Program

Arlington, VA –The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) will host a young professional as part of the Professional Fellowship Program (PFP) sponsored by the U.S. State Department and administered by Legacy International. For approximately four weeks, Ahmed Sahraoui will assist NWRA staff with various projects. He is an engineer with a background in environment and safety.

“We are pleased that Ahmed will join us for the next several weeks. We look forward to his contributions as a member of the NWRA team while he is with us. The Professional Fellowship program is an important opportunity for young men and women from foreign countries to meet new people and learn more about our culture and for us to learn about theirs. I encourage our member companies to participate in internship and fellowship programs. They are an incredible learning experience for the host and for the intern or fellow,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

The PFP links community leaders from the United States and six countries across North Africa and the Middle East. It is a two-way citizen exchange program designed as a capacity-building and professional development initiative that generates economic empowerment across the region.

“Hosting a fellow is a significant way to support the professional development and learning of emerging leaders from the Middle East and North Africa. Fellowships in American organizations support them in developing new skills, knowledge and work processes. Our fellows are working to address the most pressing social issues in their countries and communities,” said Mike DuVall, program manager for Legacy International.

The program is for early- to mid-career professionals with strong leadership skills, who are committed to making a lasting positive impact through their work in the civil society (NGO) sector. Information about the program can be found here.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association