Class of 2019

An open data innovator from China, a Nigerian Olympian and sports advocate, and a Chilean National Geographic environmental activist are among the 16 women and men who have been selected as 2019 World Fellows.

This cohort brings the total number of World Fellows since the program’s start in 2002 to 346 Fellows, representing 91 countries. This year marks the 18th cohort of World Fellows.

“I am honored to announce the 2019 World Fellows,” said Emma Sky, director of the Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program. “Their courage, ingenuity and passion will be an inspiration to us all at Yale.”

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 practitioners from a wide range of fields and countries for an intensive four-month period of academic enrichment and leadership training.

“I am delighted to welcome the 2019 World Fellows to the university,” said Yale President Peter Salovey. “It is wonderful that the program has been bringing remarkable leaders and trailblazers to Yale for 18 years. During their time on campus, they teach, conduct research, and participate in public service. And they remain engaged with Yale faculty, staff, and students long after the fellowship ends. These distinguished fellows become ambassadors for Yale and continue to share our mission to improve the world today and for future generations.”

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.

Simidele Adeagbo
Olympian, Advocate, and Entrepreneur
Ahmed Albasheer
Comedian
The Albasheer Show
Onur Burçak Belli
Journalist
Katrin Eggenberger
Head, Community of Chairpersons
Office of the Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
Feng Gao
Director and Co-founder
Open Data China
Beverly Lorraine C. Ho
Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health
Department of Health - Philippines
Nikita Lalwani
Associate World Fellow
Yale Law School
Nicolás Massot
Majority Leader
Chamber of Deputies - Argentine National Congress
Evan Mawarire
Founder
#ThisFlag Citizen's Movement
Wanjiru Mukoma
Executive Director
LVCT Health
Alex Muñoz
Pristine Seas Director for Latin America
National Geographic Society
Geng Ngarmboonanant
Associate World Fellow
Yale Law School
Ali Sharwan
Founder
Resilient Communities Organization
Olena Sotnyk
Member of the Parliament of Ukraine
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
Rebecca Sullivan
Author
Warndu
Diego A. Tituaña
Second Secretary
Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations
Neha Upadhyaya
Founder
GUNA Organics
Cristina Vélez Valencia
Secretary
Secretariat of Social Integration - Bogotá, Colombia