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.

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Ambroise Brenier - 2020 World Fellow - Episode 43

Ambroise Brenier explains what led him to become an environmentalist and his work for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Madagascar and Papua New Guinea.

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Stephanie Busari - 2020 World Fellow - Episode 42

CNN correspondent Stephanie Busari discusses why she became a journalist, how she obtained the ‘proof of life’ video that showed that the missing Chibok schoolgirls were still alive and which kickstarted crucial negotiations with Boko Haram that led to the eventual release of more than 100 of them.

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Jorge Soto - 2020 World Fellow - Episode 41

Jorge Soto, a Mexican entrepreneur, discusses CitiVox, why he went to work for the government, why he set up the biotechnology company Miroculus, and whether it is possible to create an algorithm for the good of society.

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Evan Mawarire - 2020 World Fellow - Episode 40

Evan Mawarire, a Zimbabwean clergyman and activist, describes why he founded #ThisFlag Citizen’s Movement, how his Christian faith helped him withstand detention and torture, and his hopes for the future of Zimbabwe.

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Edwan Ngum Tah - 2020 World Fellow - Episode 39

Edwan Ngum Tah talks about her childhood in Cameroon, domestic violence, why she became a lawyer, her work as the Executive Director of the Center for Public Interest Law, and the conflict in her country.

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Ahmed al-Basheer - 2019 World Fellow - Episode 38

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.

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Burçak Belli - 2019 World Fellow - Episode 37

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.

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Alex Muñoz - 2019 World Fellow - Episode 36

Alex Muñoz 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.

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Wanjiru Mukoma - 2019 World Fellow - Episode 35

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

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Nizam Uddin - 2019 World Fellow - Episode 34

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.

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Olena Sotnyk - 2019 World Fellow - Episode 33

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

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Beverly Ho - 2019 World Fellow - Episode 32

Beverley Ho discusses her childhood in the Philippines, why she studied medicine, and why she focuses on public health.

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Elias Shoniyin - 2019 World Fellow - Episode 31

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

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Cristina Vélez Valencia - 2019 World Fellow - Episode 30

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.

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Elpida Rouka - 2018 World Fellow - Episode 29

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.

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Ibrahima Amadou Niang - 2018 World Fellow - Episode 28

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

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Sylvia Aguilera Garcia - 2018 World Fellow - Episode 27

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

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Thynn Thynn Hlaing - 2018 World Fellow - Episode 26

Thynn Thynn Hlaing, an international development professional from Myanmar, discusses the crisis in her country and her work for Oxfam in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Liberia.

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Pilar Velasco - 2018 World Fellow - Episode 25

Spanish journalist Pilar Velasco talks about journalism as a public service, how it informs citizens, exposes corruption and helps hold government accountable.

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Joy Olivier - 2018 World Fellow - Episode 24

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.

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ElsaMarie D’Silva - 2018 World Fellow - Episode 23

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.

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Omar Mohammed - 2018 World Fellow - Episode 22

Iraqi historian Omar Mohammed, who blogs as Mosul Eye, describes how ISIS took over his hometown of Mosul, and how life is returning to the devastated city.

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Sultan Al Qassemi - 2018 World Fellow - Episode 21

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.

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Jake Sullivan - 2002 Associate World Fellow - Episode 20

Jake Sullivan, former Deputy Assistant to the US President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President, explains why he does not believe we are witnessing the end of Pax Americana, his believe in universal values, the impact of the information era, and why he is optimistic about the future.

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Raheel Khursheed - 2017 World Fellow - Episode 19

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.

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