President Levin Announces Selection of 2005 Yale World Fellows

Yale University President Richard Levin announced Tuesday the selection of the 2005 Yale World Fellows.

Building on Yale’s reputation for training leaders (including four of the last six U.S. Presidents), and aiming to develop a global network of emerging leaders and broaden international understanding at the university, the Yale World Fellows Program brings 18 highly accomplished men and women from a diverse set of countries around the world to Yale each year for a 17–week leadership program.

“Now in its fourth year, the Yale World Fellows Program has created a vibrant network of leaders spanning more than 50 countries around the world,” said Levin. “With the selection of the 2005 World Fellows, that network includes 10 new countries: Panama, Venezuela, the Bahamas, Kenya, Armenia, Lithuania, Uzbekistan, Israel, Vietnam and Japan. I look forward to welcoming these future world leaders to Yale this fall.”

Selected from outside the U.S. at an early mid–career point, World Fellows come from a range of fields and disciplines, including government, business, media, non–governmental organizations, the military, religion and the arts. This year’s World Fellows include the vice president of a leading South Korean conglomerate, the chief of staff for the President of Lithuania, the Philippine Secretary of Energy, the director of Israel’s first legal advocacy group for Arab minority rights, the former Minister of Trade of Panama, the Chief Superintendent of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, one of China’s most influential television anchormen and the former governor of the third largest state in Venezuela. A complete list of 2005 World Fellows follows this release.

“The 2005 World Fellows have exceptional records of achievement and a proven capacity for leadership,” said Yale World Fellows Program Director Daniel Esty, a professor of environmental law and policy at Yale. “Building on their access to Yale faculty, alumni, visitors and students, these World Fellows will be prepared for even greater roles of leadership when they return home. In fact, over half of the 2004 World Fellows have already experienced noteworthy career changes since their program ended last December.”

This year, the Program selection process was intense—with hundreds of top quality applications for only 18 positions. Review committees representing six geographical regions around the globe helped to narrow the field. The final selection was made by a panel of Yale faculty. “I cannot adequately express my excitement about the opportunity to take part in this prestigious fellowship as a member of the World Fellows class of 2005,” said Nigerian human rights lawyer Hauwa Ibrahim, upon hearing of her acceptance to the Program. “I am looking forward to becoming a ‘world citizen’ after sharing experiences with the other fellows this fall.”

From September to December, the 2005 World Fellows will take part in a specially designed World Fellows Seminar taught by some of Yale’s most distinguished faculty; are able to take any of the 3,000 courses offered at Yale (including courses in management, law, history, economics and political science); and are provided with individualized skill–building sessions on public speaking, media training, conflict resolution and problem solving. The Program provides the World Fellows with tuition fees, housing, travel, health care coverage and a $30,000 living stipend.

Through a private weekly dinner speaker series and trips to New York and Washington, D.C., World Fellows have access to U.S. government officials, business leaders, international affairs experts, Yale alumni and other American and foreign leaders. Past World Fellows have met with Secretary–General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, former CEO of Procter & Gamble John Pepper, Washington Post White House Correspondent Dana Milbank and UN Millennium Project Director Jeffrey Sachs, among others.

While at Yale, World Fellows develop invaluable contacts with one another and U.S. academic and professional communities. World Fellows also have access to the extensive network of Yale graduates around the world. In addition, all World Fellows are invited to a biennial “Return to Yale” forum where current and alumni fellows meet and build a global association of world leaders, as well as renew their ties to Yale.

Reflecting on why he chose to take part in the Yale World Fellows Program, South African IBM executive and 2004 World Fellow Mteto Nyati said: “I decided to invest this time to take a step back from all the things I am involved in, develop new strategies and close knowledge gaps. At the end of the day, it was a very worthwhile investment. I have never been on any program that offers what this program offered.”

Other past World Fellows include a Ugandan member of parliament now running for president of his country; a Canadian army officer, subsequently promoted to brigadier general, now in charge of strategic planning for the Canadian Army; a deputy director for the German Environment Ministry, now chief of staff for the President of Germany; a Philippine congressman, elected vice president of his party; a councilwoman from La Paz, Bolivia, now the city’s director of human development; and a former head of the UNDP in Kosovo, now chief of staff for the UN’s Office of Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery headed by former U.S. President Bill Clinton (Yale Law School ’73).


2005 Yale World Fellows

Lusine Abovyan — Armenia
Title/Organization: Lawyer and former journalist, currently serving as a constitutional law specialist for the Armenia Legislative Strengthening Program charged with reforming the Armenian constitution.
Age: 31

Marianne Camerer — South Africa
Title/Organization: Director, Global Integrity, a project of the Center for Public Integrity, an NGO that tracks the state of corruption and accountability in twenty–five countries and conducts investigative research on public policy issues around the world.
Age: 35

Marvin H. Dames — Bahamas
Title/Organization: Chief Superintendent of Police and interim Assistant Commissioner of Crime, Royal Bahamas Police Force.
Age: 41

Bakhodir Ganiev — Uzbekistan
Title/Organization: National Coordinator for Regional Development Strategy, UNDP Sustainable Income Generation Program.
Age: 28

Paromita Goswami — India
Title/Organization: Founder and President, Shramik Elgar (Marching Army of Working People) for the indigenous and rural poor of Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts of Maharashtra, India.
Age: 35

Darius Gudelis — Lithuania
Title/Organization: Adviser and interim Chief of Staff to the President of Lithuania.
Age: 31

Irène Hors — France
Title/Field: China Governance Program Coordinator at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
Age: 36

Hauwa Ibrahim — Nigeria
Title/Organization: Lawyer specializing in human rights and, in particular, defense counsel in cases involving Islamic Sharia law.
Age: 38

Hassan Jabareen — Israel
Title/Organization: General Director of Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.
Age: 41

Joaquin Jácome Diez — Panama
Title/Organization: Partner, Jácome and Jácome, and Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Panama from 1999 to 2004.
Age: 39

KHUAT Thi Hai Oanh — Vietnam
Title/Organization: Director, Center for Health and Social Development, focused on HIV/AIDS through the local health development process–oriented NGO Institute for Social Development Studies.
Age: 35

Mi–Hyung Kim — South Korea
Title/Organization: Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Kumho Asiana Business Group, one of the largest conglomerates in South Korea.
Age: 41

Sascha Müller–Kraenner — Germany
Title/Organization: Director for Europe and North America at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, which works with the German Green Party to develop policy.
Age: 42

Henry Njoroge — Kenya
Title/Organization: Managing Director, UUNET Kenya Ltd and proponent of the expansion and development of the information technology sector in Kenya.
Age: 38

Vincent S. Pérez — Philippines
Title/Organization: Secretary of Energy, Philippine Department of Energy (2001–2005).
Age: 47

RUI Chenggang — China
Title/Organization: Anchor and Director at China Central Television (CCTV), the national television network of the People’s Republic of China.
Age: 28

Henrique Fernando Salas–Römer — Venezuela
Title/Organization: Vice President, Unión de Partidos Latinoamericanos, a coalition of Latin American political parties, and Governor of the State of Carabobo, the third largest state in Venezuela (1996 to 2004).
Age: 45

Kazushige Tanaka — Japan
Title/Organization: Deputy Director of the Energy Efficiency Division, Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Age: 35

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