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 90 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.

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