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Yale University President Announces 2008 Yale World Fellows


New Haven, Conn. — Yale University President Richard C. Levin has announced the 2008 Yale World Fellows.

The Yale World Fellows Program represents a unique initiative among U.S. universities and a core element of Yale’s commitment to be a leading global university. Aiming to build a worldwide network of emerging leaders and to broaden international understanding, the program selects 18 highly accomplished early to mid-career men and women from government, business, the media and civil society organizations representing countries across the globe for a four-month leadership program at Yale.

“I am delighted to welcome this extraordinary group of men and women to the Yale community,” said Levin. “Yale will benefit greatly from their presence on campus, and we anticipate that the World Fellows will gain new perspectives on their own roles as future leaders.”

This year’s World Fellows include a Pakistani journalist reporting from the frontline of the war on terror, a groundbreaking Chinese public interest lawyer, a Zimbabwean epidemiologist working to develop methods for prevention of HIV infection in women and the founding Secretary General of Nicaragua’s Ministry of Defense. A complete list of 2008 World Fellows follows this release.

“The 2008 Yale World Fellows, while diverse in background, share both an outstanding record of accomplishment and unlimited potential for future success,” said the program’s director Michael Cappello, Professor of Pediatrics, Microbial Pathogenesis and Epidemiology & Public Health. “We are confident that this unique Yale experience will broaden their perspective and enhance their capacity to contribute as members of the growing network of global leaders trained at Yale.”

The 18 World Fellows for 2008 were selected from a pool of nearly 1,100 applicants. Four represent countries new to the program’s network. Since its inception in 2002, the program has welcomed 125 World Fellows from 69 countries to New Haven.

“This is a tremendous opportunity,” said Sandra Breka, a 2008 World Fellow who heads the Berlin office of the Robert Bosch Foundation. “I look forward to sharing my experiences with the other World Fellows and with the Yale community, and to learning how to become a more effective leader at home.”

From August to December, the 2008 World Fellows will engage in a specially designed seminar taught by some of Yale’s most eminent faculty; take any of the 3,000 courses offered at the University; participate in weekly dinners with distinguished guest speakers; receive individualized skill-building training; and meet with U.S. and foreign leaders. Past World Fellows have met with then-U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy, economist Jeffrey Sachs, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, among others.

The Yale World Fellows Program has at its core three main goals: to provide advanced global leadership training to emerging leaders from diverse disciplines and countries, to link this network of world leaders to each other and to Yale in a tangible way and to expand and deepen international understanding at Yale.

The Yale World Fellows Program also launches a new website on May 1 and begins accepting nominations for the 2009 Program that day, at:


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