Abdullah Al-Awadhi, Legislative Fellows Program, participant
Abdullah, who is the Chief of Staff for Kuwaiti parliament member Dr. Aseel Al-Awadhi, was placed in the office of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, where he worked closely with the staff, learning about media strategy, policy formulation, and working with stakeholders. Abdullah returned home to Kuwait to institute the first ever internship program into the Kuwaiti Parliament, seeking to inspire college age students in Kuwait to choose civil service as a career.
He also implemented a social media campaign for Dr. Al-Awadhi, the first of it’s kind, inspired by the use of Twitter and Facebook that he saw in the U.S. Congress.A peaceful world becomes increasingly possible when citizens are engaged in their communities, know their rights and responsibilities, and there is strong rule of law.“Kuwait is in the midst of a changing political, economic, and social environment… being the youngest chief of staff to 1 of 4 women parliamentarians I am committed to raising the level of professionalism amongst support staff for MPs. Through the exposure of Legacy’s programs I gained new ideas on how to run an office effectively and increase the accessibility of the MP to the people. I am also interested in inspiring other young people to pursue careers in public service.” -Abdullah Al-Awadhi, Kuwait
Abdullah was one of Legislative Fellows who participated in Legacy’s Legislative Fellows Program 2009-2011 (LFP) which is designed to link community leaders from the US with their counterparts from Kuwait and Oman. This two-year program identifies and supports social innovators from the Arabian Gulf, build capacity in local Civil Service Organizations (CSO) and strengthening mutual understanding of the legislative and policy making processes.