Sixteen global leaders named 2016 Yale World Fellows

An Austrian climate change expert, a Syrian human rights activist, a Chinese journalist, and 13 other game-changing global leaders have been named 2016 Yale World Fellows.

This cohort brings the total number of Yale World Fellows since the program’s start in 2002 to 291 fellows, representing 86 countries. This year marks the 15th cohort of Yale World Fellows.

“I’m delighted to announce the 2016 cohort of Yale World Fellows,” said Emma Sky, director of Yale World Fellows program. “They are wonderful sources of inspiration and mentors for Yale students.”

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, the university invites a group of exemplary mid-career professionals from a wide range of fields and countries for an intensive four-month period of academic enrichment and leadership training.

“From public servants and elected officials to human rights advocates, filmmakers, entrepreneurs and journalists, Yale World Fellows are diverse, creative and energetic. They join our YWF network, committed to making the world a better place,” Sky said.

The mission of Yale World Fellows is to cultivate and empower a network of globally engaged leaders committed to making the world a better place. The program is part of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, which prepares Yale students for global leadership and service through its master’s program in global affairs, master of advanced study program in global affairs, and undergraduate major in global affairs.

Yale World Fellows is committed to three main goals:

  • Leadership: To strengthen the knowledge and skills essential for global leadership
  • Service: To provide opportunity to serve others through sharing knowledge and experience, and collaborating on initiatives
  • Network: To grow a global community of people with shared values, connected to each other and to Yale

Visit for a list of the 2016 World Fellows and for more information on Yale World Fellows program.

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