Yale World Fellows mark a decade of training global leaders
One hundred and thirty Yale World Fellows from all 10 class years celebrated the program’s first decade at the “Return to Yale” forum Oct. 8-11.
Since its launch in 2001, the Yale World Fellows Program has trained a total of 205 leaders from 78 countries around the world in leadership and global affairs.
Also among those on hand to mark the 10th anniversary of the program were President Richard C. Levin; Dr. Michael Cappello, director of the program; and former director Daniel Esty, as well as members of President Levin’s Council on International Activities, and a host of other friends.
The forum’s central event was a debate on “Global Civics,” which extends the traditional notion of civics — the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a nation state — to a globalized, interdependent world. World Fellows Hakan Altinay, Marcelo Furtado, and Monika Halan were joined in the debate by Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, and Jackson Institute Senior Fellow Ana Palacio, senior fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Fellows also took part in a series of interactive workshops designed to advance their professional development and create linkages within the World Fellows network; among other workshops.
World Fellow Maria Corina Machado, an opposition presidential candidate in Venezuela, ran a workshop on running a political campaign with former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean. A number of World Fellows active in the energy and environment field launched a Task Force on Climate, Energy, and the Environment; as one of their first actions, agreed to jointly contribute to the planning process for the upcoming “Rio+20” United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.