Class of 2017

Class of 2017 World Fellows

A Liberian doctor, a Mongolian human rights lawyer, an Argentinean social entrepreneur and 13 other innovative and courageous leaders have been named 2017 World Fellows.

This cohort brings the total number of World Fellows since the program’s start in 2002 to 309 Fellows, representing 87 countries. This year marks the 16th cohort of World Fellows.

“The 2017 World Fellows are extraordinary individuals who share a commitment to open society and a belief that what unites us is far greater than what divides us,” said Emma Sky, director of the Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program. “They join our network of over 300 World Fellows, working to make our world a better place for all,” she said. 

The World Fellows program 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.

“I am honored and delighted to welcome these leaders and innovators to campus,” said Yale President Peter Salovey. “World Fellows have improved people’s lives, and their contributions have far reaching influence on society. They enrich our learning environment by sharing their expertise and experiences with our students and faculty. They have the opportunity to grow academically and personally as they interact with our community. This program is an example of Yale’s commitment to developing globally engaged leaders.”

The mission of 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 in global affairs and undergraduate major in global affairs. 

Ibrahim Fawzi Ajami
Medical Consortium Outreach Program
José Luis Chicoma
Executive Director
Ethos Public Policy Lab
DU Yang
Cofounder and Chief Analyst
China Philanthropist Magazine
Facundo Garretón
Member of Congress
Chude Jideonwo
Joy, Inc.
Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash
Veritas Consulting
Raheel Khursheed
Country Expert, India
Lin Kobayashi
Founder and Chair of the Board
International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK)
Abdul-Rehman Malik
Programs Manager
Radical Middle Way
Melvis M. Ndiloseh
C.E.O./Senior Lecturer
Foundation for Peace and Solidarity/International Relations Institute of Cameroon
Rema Rajeshwari
Superintendent of Police
Indian Police Service
Baljeet Sandhu
Founding Director
Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit
Rita Sciarra
Strategic Advisor, UNDP Mexico
United Nations Development Programme
Taras Shevchenko
Board Co-Chairman
Reanimation Package of Reforms
Lorna Solis
Founder and CEO
Blue Rose Compass & Lynke
Annemie Turtelboom
European Court of Auditors
Zoe Weinberg
Associate World Fellow
Yale Law School
Will Wright
Associate World Fellow
Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs