an intensive week-long seminar, which, like the Zin program, entails tours and meetings with leading BGU researchers and diverse Negev residents. Toni Young, chair of BGU's Global Development Committee, explained that the result is a “cohesive group of informed leaders who return to their communities equipped with the tools and excitement to share what they learned about Israel and the Negev and inspire continued engagement with Ben Gurion University of the Negev.” Lola Damski, a Halutz fellow from Belgium, noted that the program taught her about being a role model, “showing the way and getting people to follow you,

while taking into account the diverse views of different people.” Sam Wattenbergh from Belgium added that a "true connection between people from different cultures and backgrounds is something that will let people become better leaders.” For others, the program provides concrete knowledge and a pathway to effect change. “I am fascinated by how the Negev has been cultivated using advanced irrigation systems and agricultural methods. I have read how every precious drop of water is directed at the plant it is nourishing and how Israel teaches other countries how to conserve water

in this way,” explained Dr. Natalie Lancer from England.

“BGU plays a huge role in the climate change arena,” Wattenbergh added. “I am

excited to be able to contribute to the fight against climate change through the program.” Lancer summed it up nicely: “Ben-Gurion University inspires young leaders with pioneering modern Zionist spirit to keep the desert blooming.” We look forward to working together with these inspiring young leaders to advance BGU’s goals and make a difference in the world.

"Ben-Gurion University inspires young leaders with pioneering modern Zionist spirit to keep the desert blooming."

Cohort VI of the Zin Fellows Leadership Program at BGU

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