Newest class of Yale World Fellows to bring ‘creativity, energy, and vision’ to campus

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A Cuban performance artist, Indian conflict reporter, Ukrainian political activist (and rock star), and 13 other distinguished global leaders have been named 2015 Yale World Fellows.

Yale World Fellows is the university’s signature global leadership development initiative, and a core element of Yale’s ongoing commitment to internationalization. Each year since 2002, the university has invited a group of accomplished mid-career professionals from a wide range of fields and countries for an intensive four-month period of academic enrichment and leadership training. This cohort brings the total number of Yale World Fellows since the program’s start to 273 fellows, representing 84 countries.

“I am delighted to welcome this incredible group of activists, artists, policy makers and key global players to Yale,” said Emma Sky, incoming director of the Yale World Fellows program. “The fellowship was designed to provide people like these who are working tirelessly toward large scale change a valuable opportunity to take a step back from the intensity of their work, to learn from and exchange with the university community, and to develop strong relationships with like-minded peers.”

This year, the Yale World Fellows program has joined the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale, an organization that aims to inspire and prepare Yale students for global leadership and service.

“I’ve interacted with World Fellows regularly over the years and know the kind of creativity, energy, and vision they infuse into the university experience,” said Sky. “They are wonderful sources of inspiration and mentors for our undergraduate and graduate students.”

Biographies of this year’s Yale World Fellows, and more information about the program can be found on the World Fellows website.

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