Yale University Convenes Forum of Emerging Global Leaders

Yale University will host more than 100 emerging leaders from around the world at its “Return to Yale Forum,” October 28-31, 2009. The participants are all Yale World Fellows, a select group of global professionals from a range of fields who have undergone intensive leadership training at Yale.

“The Return to Yale Forum” is a biennial reunion at which World Fellows meet to debate some of the world’s most critical problems and strategize on joint actions to address issues such as climate change, public health, human rights, and globalization. The Yale World Fellows Program, which began in 2002, is the University’s signature leadership development initiative.

M. Shafik Gabr will serve as the Forum’s keynote speaker. He is Chairman and Managing Director of the ARTOC Group for Investment and Development, a multi-disciplined investment holding company headquartered in Cairo, Egypt. He is also Chairman and a founding member of Egypt’s International Economic Forum. He serves on the Egypt-U.S. Presidents’ Council and the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. Gabr was previously the Chairman of the Arab Business Council, and a member of the Executive Board of the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris), the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum, and the World Bank’s Council of Advisors for the Middle East/North Africa Region. He was a founder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and served as its first Egyptian President. He is also Chairman of the Mohamed Shafik Gabr Foundation for Social Development.

The two other headline speakers are Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of MercyCorps, a leading global humanitarian and development organization; and Walter Russell Mead, the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and award-winning author of Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World.

To schedule individual interviews and other media opportunities, please contact Kianti Roman in the Yale Office of Public Affairs.

Yale University maintains a full radio and television broadcast studio with full satellite transmission capability.

The following forums on October 29 are open to the public:

“What Trade Agenda for the 21st Century?”
School of Management, Room A-51, 60 Sachem Street, 3:30-5 p.m.
Followed by a reception in Steinbach Lounge, 52 Hillhouse Avenue

Olivier Cattaneo, Senior Trade Specialist, The World Bank
Carmen Dominguez, First Secretary for Economic Affairs, Embassy of Chile to Peru
Emmanuelle Ganne, Counselor, Accessions Division, World Trade Organization
Hiddo Houben, Head, Trade Section, European Union Embassy, Washington DC

“After the Fall: Prospects and Pitfalls for International Development Post-Economic Crisis”
Sudler Hall, Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street, 3:30-5 p.m., followed by a reception

Nicola Harrington, Deputy Director for Policy and Communications, United Nations Development Programme
John Hendra, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Vietnam
Muluemebet Chekol Hunegnaw, Director of Programs, Africa Area, Save the Children
Paul Kwengwere, Water Sector Facilitator, Government of Malawi

“Af-Pak: A Way Forward?”
Yale Law School, Room 120, 127 Wall St., 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Followed by a reception in the Alumni Reading Room, 127 Wall Street

Imtiaz Ali, Senior Fellow, US Institute of Peace, Pakistan
Orzala Ashraf Nemat, Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation, Afghanistan
Alexander Evans, U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Pakistan
Gavin Hood, UK Legal Advisor, British Embassy, Washington DC

“What Progress Toward the Millenium Development Goals for Health?”
Yale Medical School, Harkness Lounge, Harkness Memorial Hall, 367 Cedar Street, 3:30-5 p.m., followed by a reception

James Kondo, Vice Chairman & President, Health Policy Institute, Japan
Precious Lunga, Epidemiologist, U.K. Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit
Rozina Mistry, Director for Community Health and Health Promotion, Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan
Ali Othman Sindi, President, Emergency Management Center, Iraq

For a full list of World Fellows attending, please visit: http://opa.yale.edu/media/pdf/World_Fellows_Forum_2009.pdf

For more information on the Yale World Fellows Program, please visit www.yale.edu/worldfellows.

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