Campus Community Invited To Meet New World Fellows

Members of the Yale community will have the opportunity to meet this year’s World Fellows during the annual World Fellows Night celebration on Thursday, Sept. 18.

All of the 18 World Fellows will create displays about their countries and their work, and there will be food and entertainment. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 5 p.m. at Betts House, 393 Prospect St.

The World Fellows are professionals from around the globe who spend the fall semester on campus in intensive leadership training in order to increase their influence and impact in their home countries, become part of a global network of emerging leaders, and inspire dialogue and debate on international issues at Yale.

Other campus events featuring World Fellows include:

Hot Issues. “Hot Issues” is a weekly current-events discussion series held on Fridays at noon at Betts House. This is a brown-bag event with a different guest speaker each week. On Sept. 12, the guest speaker is Dr. Seth Berkley, president and founder of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. The full list of speakers and dates can be found at

World Fellows in Conversation. The World Fellows in Conversation series on Thursday evenings will feature groups of World Fellows discussing international issues that are crucial to their work and lives. The series, which begins on Oct. 2, takes place at 7 p.m. at a different residential college each week. The first conversation will take place in Ezra Stiles College. The event is open to the Yale community. Check for a schedule of the weekly conversations.

Yale World Fellows Global Leadership Series. This series of discussions will take place around the world and will feature alumni World Fellows and others. The series began with a panel discussion on the post-modern media in Paris on Sept. 4. Panelists included 2006 World Fellow Stefaan

De Rynck, editor-in-chief for media monitoring and editorial contents at the European Commission; 2007 World Fellow Sharmila Nebhrajani, chief operating officer of the BBC’s Future Media & Technology Unit; and Jim Bitterman, senior correspondent for CNN Europe and co-president of the European American Press Club. The Global Leadership Series will extend the Yale World Fellow Program’s reach and impact beyond New Haven to points all around the world, drawing on the expertise and perspectives of the more than 100 alumni World Fellows who have participated in the program since 2002.

The 2008 World Fellows and their home countries are Imtiaz Ali (Pakistan), a special correspondent for the Washington Post and Geo TV; Marwa Al-Khalifa (Bahrain), director of The Crown Prince Training Program for Youth; Orzala Ashraf Nemat (Afghanistan), founder and chair of the Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan; Emmanuel Asiedu (Ghana), head of Stanbic Investment Management Services Ltd.; Sandra Breka (Germany), head of the Robert Bosch Foundation’s Berlin office; Gilbert Doumit (Lebanon), senior partner of Beyond Consulting and Training; John Haffner (Canada), senior adviser of strategic planning for Ontario Power Generation; Nicola Harrington (United Kingdom), deputy director of policy and communications for the United Nations Development Programme; Gavin Hood (United Kingdom), senior adviser of the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office; James Kondo (Japan), vice chair and president of the Health Policy Institute; Precious Lunga (Zimbabwe), epidemiologist for the U.K. Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit; Felix Maradiaga (Nicaragua), founding executive director of the Civil Society Leadership Institute; Ibidapo Oyewole (Nigeria), executive director of the Centre for African Policy & Peace Strategy; Adi Pundak-Mintz (Israel), partner in Gemini Israel Venture Capital Funds; Jesús Franco Gamboa-Rocabado (Bolivia), special policy adviser for the High Court of Electoral Affairs; Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine), a member of Parliament; Oya Ünlü Kizil (Turkey), director of corporate communications for Koç Holding; and Jingjing Zhang (China), director of litigation for the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims. (Profiles on the fellows are available at

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