Young Professionals Network Class of 2024 Celebrates in End-of-Year Ceremony

June 28, 2024
Two YPN fellows talk at the closing ceremony. A banner with the Eurasia Foundation logo is visible in the background.

On Wednesday, June 26, Eurasia Foundation celebrated the end of the 2023-2024 season of the Young Professionals Network. Lisa Coll, EF president, and Hrachya Topalyan, senior director of civic engagement and leadership, delivered welcoming remarks. Coll spoke about the history of the Young Professionals Network, which launched in 2012 to carry on the legacy of Eurasia Foundation’s late board chair Sarah Carey.

Eric Boyle, senior vice president at ICF, stands at a podium in front of a Eurasia Foundation banner to address fellows at the closing ceremony.
Eric Boyle, senior vice president at ICF, delivers keynote remarks

Eric Boyle, senior vice president at ICF, delivered the evening’s keynote remarks. In his role at ICF, Boyle helps use cutting-edge solutions to address difficult business and public policy problems. He reflected on his career, which began while he was working in Central Asia and Ukraine in the international development sector. Fellows took interest in his transition from working in international development to the private sector. Boyle emphasized that deep understanding of a region’s history and current affairs is an important skill in any field—one that has impacted his career in both development and the private sector.

A group photo of all the YPN fellows who attended the closing ceremony and Eurasia Foundation staff.
The YPN Class of 2024 and Eurasia Foundation staff

Throughout the past year, YPN fellows have attended in-person and hybrid events with other esteemed experts who have worked in or studied the Eurasia region. Events included discussions of Armenia’s foreign policy with Dr. Michael Rubin, developments in Central Asia with Dr. Erica Marat, Georgia’s upcoming elections with Ambassador Kelly Degnan, and the war in Ukraine with Eric Green, as well as a mixer with fellows from the Rumsfeld Foundation’s CAMCA program.

Lisa Coll, president of Eurasia Foundation, sits at a table and looks at a YPN fellow with whom she is having a discussion.
Lisa Coll, president of Eurasia Foundation, converses with a YPN fellow

With their season complete, fellows will now join a network of YPN alumni to continue forging connections with peers who share their dedication to this critical region. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for these young leaders!