Corey Holmes, the Department’s 144th Franklin Fellow, entered into duty on November 19 to serve in IRM’s Office of eDiplomacy. Among the projects Corey will advance is the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) Program, with a goal to recruit more diverse undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the program.
Corey possesses a range of unique skills and knowledge he has already begun to apply to the VSFS Program. His background includes work with international corporations and start-ups, as well as with international entrepreneurs. He spent 2009 in South Africa providing support to small businesses in the lead up to the World Cup there. His assignment with Enablis Entrepreneurial Network, a nonprofit that supports entrepreneurship in the developing world, helped facilitate sustainable growth, expansion, or joint ventures throughout South Africa. Following the Enablis assignment, Corey served as a management consultant to the Randburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry to implement strategic initiatives, including expanding its membership base. He accompanied South African President Zuma to India to deepen commercial ties between South Africa and India.
Following his return from South Africa, among other activities, Corey served as a SCORE counselor supporting business development in Detroit. He is passionate about foreign affairs, politics, international business, social responsibility, and community engagement. The list of Corey’s active volunteerism goes well beyond the above enumerated projects.
Corey received an MBA in global management from the University of Phoenix and a BA in business administration/accounting from Clark Atlanta University.
The Franklin Fellows Program welcomes Corey and he is certain eDiplomacy will benefit by the energy, thoughtfulness, and knowledge he will bring to this new assignment.