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 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.

And take a look at their December closing ceremony in New Haven, when Yale bid farewell to this amazing class of change makers: 

Biola Alabi
Biola Alabi Media Consulting
Ahmad "Rafay" Alam
Founding Partner
Saleem, Alam & Co.
Thora Arnorsdottir
Managing Editor
Kveikur, RUV TV
Shu "George" Chen
Head of Public Policy, Hong Kong & Taiwan
Nandita Das
Actor and Director
Susana Edjang
Policy & Advocacy Specialist
Salvatore Iaconesi
Principal and Co-founder
Art is Open Source
Christopher Lockyear
Director of Operations
Action Against Hunger | ACF-USA
Paula Moreno
Manos Visibles
Vivianne Naigeborin
Strategic Advisor
Potencia Ventures
Rami Nakhla
Country Director
No Peace Without Justice
Dayo Olopade
Strategic Media Partnerships
Alejandro Pacheco
Strategic Adviser Latin America and the Caribbean
United Nations Development Programme
Miguel Pulido
Mara Revkin
Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science
Yale University
Parmesh Shahani
Godrej India Culture Lab
Alexander Verbeek
Strategic Policy Advisor on Global Issues
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Amira Yahyaoui
President and Founder