World Fellows Podcast Series

In this podcast series, World Fellows director Emma Sky talks with Fellows about their lives and work. To download and listen to all podcasts in the series, go to iTunesU or the World Fellows page on Soundcloud

Recent podcasts:

2019 World Fellow Ahmed al-Basheer 
Ahmed al-Basheer talks about how his life was changed by the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, why he became a comedian, the protests in Iraq, and his hopes for his country. Listen

2019 World Fellow Onur Burçak Belli
Onur Burçak Belli describes growing up in an Arab community in Turkey, why she became a journalist, covering the war in Syria, and the challenges facing journalists. Listen

2019 World Fellow Alex Muñoz
AlexMuñoz talks about why he became a human rights lawyer in Chile, the importance of freedom of expression, his work as National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Director for Latin America, and the protests in Chile. Listen

2019 World Fellow Nizam Uddin 
Nizam Uddin describes growing up in London, his time as President of the Student Union at SOAS, his work for the Prince’s Trust, and reconciliation post Brexit. Listen

2019 World Fellow Wanjiru Mukoma 
Wanjiru Mukoma discusses her childhood in Kenya, her career in improving health and well-being, and the progress in Africa in addressing HIV. Listen

2019 World Fellow Beverly Ho
Beverley Ho discusses her childhood in the Philippines, why she studied medicine, and why she focuses on public health. Listen

2019 World Fellow Olena Sotnyk
Olena Sotnyk discusses the Dignity Revolution in Ukraine, the Maidan protest movement, and why she became a politician. Listen

2019 World Fellow Elias Shoniyin
Elias Shoniyin, former Deputy Foreign Minister of Liberia, discusses the civil war, Ebola, and diplomacy. Listen

2019 World Fellow Cristina Vélez Valencia
Cristina Vélez Valencia discusses growing up in a country in conflict, the 2016 peace agreement between the Colombian government of President Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (the FARC), the economy, and social integration in Bogota. Listen

2018 World Fellow Pilar Velasco
Pilar Velasco, Spanish Journalist, discusses journalism as a public service: how it informs citizens, exposes corruption, and helps hold governments accountable. Listen

2018 World Fellow Elpida Rouka
Elpida Rouka discusses what the United Nations means to her after 15 years working in Jerusalem, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, and how she still finds hope despite losing friends in terrorist attacks and her brother’s suicide. Listen

2018 World Fellow Thynn Thynn Hlaing
Thynn Thynn Hlaing, an international development professional from Myanmar, describes the crisis in her country and her work for Oxfam in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Liberia. Listen

2018 World Fellow Sylvia Aguilera Garcia
Sylvia Aguilera Garcia, human rights expert from Mexico, discusses the “disappeared” in Mexico and her work to improve human rights. Listen

2018 World Fellow Ibrahima Amadou Niang
Ibrahima Amadou Niang, an activist, poet, and author from Senegal, discusses his passion for writing and his work promoting democracy in Africa. Listen

2018 World Fellow Sultan Al Qassemi
Sultan Al Qassemi, art collector and columnist, discusses his childhood in the United Arab Emirates, why the Arab Spring failed to bring about new political orders based on rights and justice, and his hopes for the Middle East. Listen

2018 World Fellow ElsaMarie D’Silva
ElsaMarie D’Silva, Indian gender activist and founder and CEO of Red Dot Foundation, highlights the extent of sexual violence against women in India, the impact of SafeCity, and why the future is female. Listen

2018 World Fellow Omar Mohammed
Omar Mohammed, Iraqi historian and creator of the blog “Mosul Eye,” describes how ISIS took over his hometown of Mosul, and how life is returning to the devastated city. Listen

2018 World Fellow Joy Olivier
Joy Oliver, South African social entrepreneur, explains what Nelson Mandela means to her, the impact of IkamvaYouth (a nonprofit that enables youth to pull themselves and each other out of poverty through education), and her new initiative growing medicinal cannabis. Listen

2002 World Fellow Jake Sullivan
Jake Sullivan, former Deputy Assistant to the U.S. president and national security advisor to the vice president, explains why he does not believe we are witnessing the end of Pax Americana, his belief in universal values, the impact of the information era, and why he is optimistic about the future. Listen

2017 World Fellow Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash
Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash was born in Mongolia. She studied law. She became Secretary of State of the Ministry of Justice of Mongolia - the first woman appointed in this position. She also worked as the legal adviser to the President of Mongolia and was involved in judicial reforms including the abolition of the death penalty. Listen

2017 World Fellow Raheel Khursheed
Raheel Khursheed describes growing up in Kashmir. He pursued a career in journalism. He then worked to democratize information, help governments do their jobs with accountability and transparency, and enable meaningful citizen engagement. He heads up News Partnerships for Twitter in India and South East Asia. Listen

2017 World Fellow Rita Sciarra
Rita Sciarra grew up in Calabria in the south of Italy. She has worked in Bolivia, India, Dominican Republic, and also Haiti after the earthquake. She is a big believer in the United Nations. Listen

2017 World Fellow Lorna Solis
Lorna Solis was born in Nicaragua, and came to the US as a refugee. She is the founder of Blue Rose Compass and Lynke. She helps refugees access university and the job market. Her work has been affected by Trump’s travel ban. Listen

2017 World Fellow Rema Rajeshwari
Rema Rajeshwari describes her childhood in Kerala. After she graduated from police training, she served as an assault commander with the Greyhounds, an elite special force. She has used her position to champion the rights of children and women. Listen

2017 World Fellow Jose Luis Chicoma
Jose Luis Chicoma, who served as Vice Minister of Small and Medium Industries, sets out his vision for the Peruvian economy. He discusses his work as director of a think tank in Mexico, working on issues of corruption and post-truth. He explains his interest in food security and his passion for natural wines. Listen

2017 World Fellow Annemie Turtelboom
Annemie Turtelboom was a teacher before she was elected a Member of the Belgian Parliament. She also served as minister of Justice, Minister of Migration and Minister of the Interior. Breaking many glass ceilings, she provides advice for young women contemplating careers in politics and public service. Listen

2017 World Fellow Taras Shevchenko
Taras Shevchenko studied law and economics in Kyiv. He was active during Ukraine’s 2014 Revolution of Dignity. He co-founded the Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR), a coalition of reform-oriented NGOs and experts. Listen

2017 World Fellow Abdul-Rehman Malik
Abdul-Rehman Malik reflects on the joy and inspiration he finds in Islam. He explains why some Muslims may chose the path of fundamentalism and salafism; whereas others go towards spirituality and Sufism. He also discusses the work he has been involved in to bridge cultures and divides. Listen

2017 World Fellow Chude Jideonwo
Chude Jideonwo discusses his book: How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald Trump. Chude explains his interest in media and communications. Chude is setting up a new initiative to promote joy. Listen

2017 World Fellow Ibrahim Ajami
Ibrahim Ajami is the son of a Lebanese father and a Liberian mother. He spent his whole life in Liberia growing up in a country immersed in civil war. He was a medical student during the Ebola epidemic. He hopes to one day be the Minister of Health in Liberia. Listen

2016 World Fellow Gernot Laganda
Gernot Laganda reflects on how international organizations address aid, development, and climate change. Listen

2016 World Fellow Joshin Raghubar
Joshin Raghubar talks about the challenges facing South Africa and his work as a social entrepreneur. Listen

2016 World Fellow Sughra Ahmed
Sughra Ahmed, former chair of Islamic Society of Britain, talks about growing up Muslim and British, and the role of religion in society. Listen

2016 World Fellow Mustafa Haid
Syrian human rights activist Mustafa Haid talks about the civil war in Syria and how to end it. Listen

2016 World Fellow Kanbar Hossein-Bor
Kanbar Hossein-Bor, talks about his childhood in Iran, arriving in the UK as a refugee, and his current work as a British diplomat. Listen

2016 World Fellow Belabbes Benkredda
Belabbes Benkredda, the founder of Munathara Initiative, a debating forum in the Arab world, discusses the post-truth era and how to protect the public sphere. Listen

2015 World Fellow Finbarr O’Reilly
Finbarr O’Reilly discusses his career as a journalist, the psychological toll of covering war, and his new book, “Shooting Ghosts: a US marine, a combat photographer, and their journey back from war.”  Listen

2015 World Fellow Mina Al-Oraibi
Mina Al-Oraibi, Editor in Chief of The National, the Abu Dhabi-based English language newspaper, discusses her career in journalism. Listen