Insights and analysis from leaders tackling the world’s most complex challenges

Recent interviews

Hrund Gunnsteinsdóttir

In January 2024, the ILC sat down with author and 2016 Yale World Fellow Hrund Gunnsteinsdóttir, who discussed her new book about Iceland’s concept of “InnSæi” and shared her insights on flourishing, leading, and innovating in an age of distraction and planetary crisis.

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Goodluck Jonathan

In a November 29, 2023 interview, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan opened up about the promises and pitfalls of his country’s sustainable development journey — and about his own political path. He passionately made the case for democracy in Africa, drawing on insights both from his time in power and his post-presidency work mediating election-related conflicts in West Africa.

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Kah Walla

In November 2023, the ILC sat down with Kah Walla, a Cameroonian politician, entrepreneur and social activist who ran for president in 2011. In her interview, Walla discusses her perspectives on strategies for social change in Africa.

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Evan Mawarire

In an October 24, 2023 interview, Zimbabwean democratic activist and Yale World Fellow Evan Mawarire opened up on courage, leadership— and whether the internet can be a force for positive change.

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Hyppolite Ntigurirwa

In October 2023, the ILC spoke with 2020 World Fellow Hyppolite Ntigurirwa, an artist, activist, and founder of Be the Peace, an organization focusing on the use of art to halt the intergenerational transmission of hate and to promote the power of cross-generational healing.

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Timothy Musa Kabba

In a September 27, 2023 interview, H.E. Timothy Musa Kabba, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Sierra Leone, shared his remarkable journey from child soldier to his country’s top diplomat, just as Sierra Leone takes up a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. He reflected on his personal story as well as UN reform, regional coups, the war in Ukraine, and climate security.

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Iván Duque

In a September 13, 2023 interview, former Colombian President Iván Duque shared what handling Covid-19 taught him about the fight against climate change; populism, polarization and the “radical center”; Latin America’s role in the new multipolar world order; balancing peace and justice in his country; and whether we need to update our approach to drug trafficking.

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Marvin Rees

In a September 20, 2023 interview, Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees talked about his journey from journalism to the ballot, how questions of identity shape his approach to politics, how to fix our broken political systems – and how he battles “eco-pessimism.”

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