Yale University President Richard C. Levin has announced the selection of the 2007 Yale World Fellows.
The Yale World Fellows Program represents a unique initiative among U.S. universities and a core element of Yale’s commitment to be a leading global university. Aiming to build a worldwide network of emerging leaders and to broaden international understanding, the Program conducts a competition each year to select 18 highly accomplished early mid-career men and women from government, business, the media, and civil society organizations representing countries across the world for a 4-month leadership program at Yale.
“I am very pleased to introduce this extraordinary group of men and women to the Yale community,” said Levin. “The World Fellows Program attracts outstanding talent, and Yale will benefit greatly from the Fellows’ presence on campus.”
This year’s World Fellows include a top television news broadcaster in China, a policy adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Chief Operating Officer of the BBC’s New Media unit, members of parliament from Singapore and Ukraine and one of Southeast Asia’s most critically acclaimed playwrights. A complete list of 2007 World Fellows follows this release.
“The 2007 Yale World Fellows not only have remarkable records of leadership,” said Yale World Fellows Program Director Daniel C. Esty, the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale, “but they promise to achieve even more in the future. It is exciting that they will be joining a growing network of global leaders trained at Yale.”
The 18 World Fellows for 2007 were selected from a pool of 970 applicants from around the world. Four represent countries new to the Program’s network. Since its inception in 2002, 107 World Fellows from 66 different countries have come to New Haven.
“This is a tremendous opportunity,” said Nicolas Ducote, a 2007 World Fellow who founded the leading public policy think tank in Argentina. “I am looking forward to learning as much as I can so that I can be a more effective leader at home, and to sharing my experiences with my Program colleagues and the Yale community.”
From August to December, the 2007 World Fellows will engage in a specially designed seminar taught by some of Yale’s most eminent faculty; take any of the 3,000 courses offered at the University; participate in weekly dinners with distinguished guest speakers; receive individualized skill-building training; and meet with U.S. and foreign leaders. Past World Fellows have met with then-U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, development expert Jeffrey Sachs, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, among others.
The Program covers all of the World Fellows’ expenses—tuition fees, housing, travel and health care—and grants them a $30,000 living stipend. In addition, all World Fellows, both past and present, are invited to a biennial Return to Yale Forum, where past and current Fellows meet and build a global network of world leaders as well as renew their ties to Yale. The next Forum will take place October 24–27, 2007.
The Yale World Fellows Program has at its core three main goals: to provide advanced global leadership training to emerging leaders from a diverse set of fields and countries, to link these world leaders to each other and to Yale in a tangible way and to expand and deepen international understanding at Yale.
Nominations to the 2008 Yale World Fellows Program will be accepted online May 1–December 31, 2007, at: www.yale.edu/worldfellows.
2007 Yale World Fellows
Mitsuru Chino – Japan
Mehmet Daimaguler – Germany and Turkey
Qian Dong – China
Nicolas Ducote – Argentina
Muluemebet Hunegnaw – Ethiopia
Maria Lisitsyna – Kyrgyzstan
Penny Low – Singapore
Marlene Malahoo Forte – Jamaica
Denis Mizne – Brazil
Elvira Nabiullina – Russia
Sharmila Nebhrajani – United Kingdom
Andriy Shevchenko – Ukraine
Huzir Sulaiman – Malaysia
Ashraf Swelam – Egypt
Ernest Titanji – Cameroon
Amit Wanchoo – India
Yue Yuan – China