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Join International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumna Jalal Naser as he discusses his volunteer work and advocacy efforts in Bahrain as well as how the IVLP broadened his horizons. One of Jalal’s proudest achievements is being a founding member of the Bahraini IVLP Alumni Association (B-IVLP) that is dedicated to connecting IVLP alumni and providing them with opportunities to leverage their IVLP experiences. The Zoom information will be included your registration confirmation within 48 hours before the event. Jalal participated in the 2013 "American Youth: Inspiring Leadership and Civic Participation" IVLP, a session that brought young leaders across the U.S., including to Indianapolis. Jalal Naser is a prominent figure in the Bahraini nonprofit community and a resource management consultant. His volunteer work has benefited many people in Bahrain, from students who receive eyeglasses to organizations who benefit from his advocacy efforts. In 2013, Naser developed many skills that he uses in his work today as an IVLP participant. He believes that the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) experience gave him more confidence in his client presentations. He credits his IVLP for allowing him to quickly receive a promotion. Naser also gained an appreciation for the importance of a global perspective, and he increased the global reach of the Bahrain Statistical Society by including non-Bahrainis as friends of the society. Through the IVLP he was able to reach statisticians in Jordan and Algeria. Since 2018, Naser has been an active researcher for the DC-based Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). He developed a policy paper that was utilized as part of the Bahraini national agenda and was a member of CIPE’s steering committee for a CIPE-sponsored private sector initiative. One of Naser’s proudest achievements is becoming a founding member of the Bahraini IVLP Alumni Association (B-IVLP). He worked with fellow IVLP alumni and created the organization in 2019. B-IVLP is connecting IVLP alumni in Bahrain to provide opportunities to leverage their IVLP experiences. B-IVLP also provides resources to Bahrainis who are selected for an exchange program so they are well informed and can gain maximum benefit from their experience. Jalal Naser is a civil society leader who is building global awareness on a daily basis and connecting Bahrain to contacts around the world.Find out more »