Class of 2014

2014 Yale World Fellows

A robotics engineer, an award winning actress and director, a Syrian peace activist, a 2012 candidate for President of Iceland and 12 other multitalented, global leaders have been named 2014 Yale World Fellows. This year’s cohort brings the total number of Yale World Fellows since the program’s inception in 2002 to 257 Fellows, representing 83 countries.

“Like prior cohorts, this year’s Fellows are dynamic, high impact practitioners committed to effecting positive change,” said Yale World Fellows Director Michael Cappello, professor of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. “Through the Fellowship, Yale will provide these global leaders the valuable opportunity to take a step back from the intensity of their work and to develop a strategic vision for elevated impact at the national and international level.”

Yale World Fellows is Yale 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.

“It is a privilege to welcome these impressive leaders to campus,” said Yale President Peter Salovey. “Each year, World Fellows enrich the educational experience of Yale students through participation in classes, delivering presentations on campus, and individual mentoring. Through their experiences on the ground, they also provide valuable context and practical perspectives that inform the scholarly pursuits of Yale faculty seeking to address today’s most pressing global challenges. This innovative program continues to represent the very best of Yale’s efforts to educate and inspire future leaders.”

For multimedia bios of the 2014 World Fellows, click here.

Biola Alabi
Managing Partner, Biola Alabi Media Consulting
Ahmad "Rafay" Alam
Founding Partner, Saleem, Alam & Co.
Thora Arnorsdottir
Senior Editor, Icelandic National Broadcasting Service
Shu "George" Chen
Financial Editor and Mr. Shangkong Columnist, South China Morning Post
Nandita Das
Actor, Director
Susana Edjang
Economic, Social and Development Affairs Officer, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations
Salvatore Iaconesi
Principal and Co-founder, Art is Open Source
Christopher Lockyear
Operations Manager, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)
Paula Moreno
President, Manos Visibles
Vivianne Naigeborin
Strategic Advisor, Potencia Ventures
Rami Nakhla
Peace Activist, Syria
Dayo Olopade
J.D./M.B.A. Candidate, Yale University
Alejandro Pacheco
Head of Early Recovery, Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction Unit, United Nations Development Programme, Haiti
Miguel Pulido
Executive Director, Fundar, Center for Analysis and Research
Mara Revkin
J.D/Ph.D Candidate, Yale University
Parmesh Shahani
Head, Godrej India Culture Lab
Alexander Verbeek
Strategic Policy Advisor on Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Amira Yahyaoui
President and Founder, Al Bawsala