Yale’s International Leadership Center, part of the Jackson School of Global Affairs, has named its 2024 cohort of Emerging Climate Leaders. 

“We’re delighted to welcome a diverse, talented group of top clean energy and climate leaders to Yale,” said Paul Simons, a retired U.S. ambassador and the program’s founding director. 

Building on the experience of our successful first cohort, we look forward to building a strong network of practitioners from across government, the private sector, and civil society, all united by a passion to deliver innovative Global South solutions to pressing global climate challenges.  By bringing in Fellows from leading countries across the emerging world, we aim to create lifelong partnerships that help to bend downward the global emissions curve.”  

The six-month program offers an opportunity for 16 emerging climate and clean energy practitioners from across the Global South to strengthen their leadership skills, broaden technical proficiencies, deepen professional networks, and explore policy solutions with top global clean energy and climate change leaders. 

“I am so impressed by the caliber of the Fellows,” said Emma Sky, director of the International Leadership Center. “They include a Mexican social entrepreneur working on the intersection of climate and AI, an Indonesian non-profit leader leading a national campaign against single-use plastics, and a lawyer at South Africa’s central bank working to transition the country’s financial sector to a low-carbon economy. We look forward to helping increase the impact that they are already having in the world,” said Sky.

“I’ve recently returned from the COP28 conference in Dubai, where the inaugural cohort of Climate Fellows showcased innovative solutions to climate policy, technology and finance challenges. I have high hopes for what this new cohort will achieve together,” she added. 

The fellowship aims to develop a community of committed clean energy and climate change leaders from emerging and developing countries, enriched by engagement with top Yale faculty and researchers, and leading global authorities in the clean energy transition from the International Energy Agency and other prominent institutions.  

Fellows begin the program in April at the Yale campus in New Haven, taking part in a series of interactive sessions with prominent faculty and practitioners active in advancing climate initiatives that form the heart of Yale’s innovative Planetary Solutions program.  The fellowship then continues with a series of remote learning sessions featuring top international experts on the full range of policy issues associated with climate change and the clean energy transition. The program concludes in September with an in-person week in Paris, including dialogues with top international energy and climate change leaders. 

For more information about the fellowship, go to climatefellows.yale.edu