President Levin Announces Selection of 2006 Yale World Fellows

Yale University President Richard C. Levin announced today the selection of the 2006 Yale World Fellows.

The Yale World Fellows Program—the only program of its kind—aims to build a global network of emerging leaders and to broaden international understanding. The Program conducts a worldwide competition each year to select 18 highly accomplished men and women from diverse fields and countries for a four-month leadership program at Yale.

“The World Fellows Program is a crucial component of Yale’s continuing globalization efforts,” said Levin. “I look forward to welcoming this extraordinary new class of World Fellows to Yale.”

Selected from outside the U.S. at an early mid-career point, World Fellows come from a range of fields, including government, business, media, non-governmental organizations, the military, religion and the arts. This year’s World Fellows include the deputy CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the minister of finance of Costa Rica, the director general of the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office, the managing partner of Vietnam’s leading law firm and a top correspondent at Egypt’s most widely read newspaper. A complete list of 2006 World Fellows follows this release.

“The 2006 Yale World Fellows have a remarkable record of leadership and achievement,” said Yale World Fellows Program Director Daniel C. Esty, the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale. “Most exciting is their potential for future leadership on the global stage. I am confident that the Program will help them further develop that capacity.”

The just-named 18 World Fellows were selected from a pool of 1,200 nominees from 136 different countries. A multi-level selection process narrowed the field to 100 short-listed candidates from which the 18 World Fellows were chosen, 10 of whom represent countries new to the Program’s network. Since its inception in 2002, 88 World Fellows from 61 different countries have been accepted to the Program.

“I am honored to have been selected as a 2006 Yale World Fellow. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage Yale’s resources and learn from the other Fellows,” said Jessica Faieta of Ecuador, chief of staff to Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Mark Malloch Brown. “I know that the Program will benefit both me and my work greatly.”

From September to December, the 2006 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 Kofi Annan, John Negroponte, Jeff Sachs, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and 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 at which current and alumni Fellows meet to build a global network of world leaders as well as renew their ties to Yale.

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 facilitate the internationalization of the University.

Nominations to the 2007 Yale World Fellows Program are now being accepted online at:

2006 Yale World Fellows

Getachew Alemu – Ethiopia
Director General, Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office
Age 42
Alemu is a driving force behind the development of Ethiopia’s intellectual property system. His innovative approach to using intellectual property rights to advance socioeconomic development in Ethiopia is recognized as having valuable applications across the African continent.

Xenofon Avlonitis – Greece
Director, Department of Public Offerings, Hellenic Capital Market Commission
Age 37
Avlonitis has been a crucial participant in the development of the newly established Hellenic Capital Market Commission, the Greek equivalent to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He is responsible for the evaluation of public offerings for the Athens Stock Exchange as well as the monitoring of transparency requirements and coordination of IPO activities.

Mohamed Baba – The Netherlands
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, MEX-IT Intercultural Management
Age 34
Baba is a co-founder of MEX-IT, a consulting firm that works to overcome cultural barriers and promote successful integration of immigrant communities in Europe. Baba’s initiative in generating dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims has been acknowledged as contributing to the prevention of violence in Amsterdam after the murder of film director Theo van Gogh.

Saleh Barakat – Lebanon
Founder and Executive Manager, Agial Art Gallery
Age 39
A leading expert in contemporary Arab art, Barakat is the founder and executive manager of the Agial Art Gallery in Beirut. His work has created a market for contemporary Arab art worldwide. Barakat is currently developing an arts quarter in Beirut with the aim of establishing a financial and cultural center for Middle Eastern art.

Chantal Line Carpentier – Canada
Head, Environment, Economy and Trade Program, Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Age 39
Carpentier is the head of the Environment, Economy and Trade Program at the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). At the CEC, Carpentier negotiated the North American green purchasing initiative and secured a mandate to promote the development of renewable energy in North America.

Jessica Faieta – Ecuador
Principal Officer, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations
Age: 42
Faieta is chief of staff to Mark Malloch Brown, the deputy secretary general of the United Nations. She is a key figure in developing and implementing reforms at the United Nations.

David Fuentes – Costa Rica
Minister of Finance, Government of Costa Rica
Age 36
Fuentes is Costa Rica’s minister of finance. In his term as minister, and previously as vice minister, he negotiated significant fiscal reforms for his country.

Garentina Kraja – Kosovo
Correspondent, Associated Press
Age 28
Kraja is responsible for the AP’s news operations in Kosovo. She was one of the first journalists to report on the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army and her subsequent reporting helped to limit reprisal attacks on the Serb minority by ethnic Albanians.

Massimo Lapucci – Italy
Head, Mergers and Acquisitions, Ferrovie dello Stato Group
Age 37
Lapucci is the head of mergers and acquisitions for Ferrovie dello Stato, a holding company which includes the Italian railway system and has nearly 100,000 employees across the European Union. He is also chief advisor to the CFO of the company.

Nicola Newton-King – South Africa
Deputy CEO, Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Age 40
Newton-King is the deputy CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). She led the JSE’s initiative to develop the Socially Responsible Investment Index for the South African market and is responsible for negotiating and implementing the exchange’s major corporate transactions.

NGO Tung – Vietnam
Managing Partner, VILAF Lawyers
Age 37
Ngo is the managing partner of the leading law firm in Vietnam, VILAF. He is a strong advocate for an adversarial justice system and has pushed to adopt greater transparency and consistency in the application of law in Vietnam.

Imane Rtabi – Morocco
Founder and Managing Director, Maghrebnet
Age 37
One of the few female IT entrepreneurs in her country, Rtabi has been instrumental in developing Morocco’s IT infrastructure through her company, Maghrebnet.

Tomas Sedlacek – Czech Republic
Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Government of the Czech Republic
Age 29
Sedlacek began his career in politics as the economic advisor to then President Václav Havel. He now advises the minister of finance of the Czech Republic. In this position, Sedlacek has drafted and implemented legislation to significantly reform his country’s taxes, healthcare, and pensions.

Igor Shevchenko – Ukraine
Founder and Managing Partner, Shevchenko Didkovskiy & Partners Law Firm
Age 35
Shevchenko is the managing partner of one of the leading law firms in Ukraine. He is also the founder and former president of the Ukrainian Bar Association, which represented President Victor Yushchenko in the legal battle that preceded his victory in the 2004 presidential elections.

Sem Shikongo – Namibia
Chief Development Planner, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Government of Namibia
Age 34
Shikongo is Namibia’s chief development planner at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. As head of the international environmental conventions unit, Shikongo coordinates and implements the country’s obligations to multilateral environmental agreements. His work is seen as critical to sustainable development within Namibia and as a model for the rest of Africa.

Balázs Szekfü – Hungary
Advisor to the Minister of Economy and Transport, Government of the Republic of Hungary
Age 34
In his role as an advisor to the minister of economy and transport, Szekfü forms policies and programs that foster scientific innovation throughout Hungary. He is also one of the country’s best-known Internet entrepreneurs.

Oyungerel Tsedevdamba – Mongolia
Former Advisor to the Prime Minister, Government of Mongolia
Age 40
Tsedevdamba served as an advisor to Elbegdorj Tsakhia during his term as prime minister. One of her key roles in this position was to formulate and implement the government’s strategy to combat corruption. Most recently, Tsedevdamba was instrumental in the adoption of a new law requiring increased female representation in the Parliament of Mongolia. She plans to run for parliament in the 2008 elections.

Ezzat Youssef – Egypt
Deputy Head, Political Department, Al-Ahram
Age 38
Youssef is the deputy head of the Political Department for Al-Ahram, one of the most influential newspapers in the Middle East and the largest in Egypt. His objective reporting and analysis is a key part of the new wave of reformist journalism in Egypt.

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