New York: Two Indians are among 16 people
selected by the prestigious Yale University in 2012 as its
The Yale World Fellows Programme is the University`s
signature global leadership development initiative and a core
element of Yale`s ongoing commitment to internationalisation.
Ayush Chauhan, co-founder and Managing Director of design
consultancy company Quicksand and Ruchi Yadav, senior program
officer at The Hunger Project will join 14 others from
countries like Argentina, Chile, China, Kenya, Mexico,
Nigeria, South Africa and UK for an intensive four-month
period of academic enrichment and leadership training at Yale.
So far, nine Indians have been selected as Yale World
fellows since the inception of the programme in 2002 and with
the selection of two fellows this year, their number has gone
Among this year`s World Fellows are an executive with
China Construction Bank, a British military officer who served
in command and staff appointments in Afghanistan, an Algerian
private equity entrepreneur and a former Argentine minister of
Chauhan heads the multi-disciplinary design and
innovation consultancy, working at the intersection of
business, development, and culture. He is also a partner at
the Box Collective, where he conceptualised and launched
UnBox, the first interdisciplinary festival in Delhi bringing
together leading voices from across the world for inspiration,
debate and reflection.
Yadav, with a background in advertising, human rights and
the women`s movement in India, has focussed to empower elected
women representatives at the grassroots level as key change
agents in local institutions of government across seven states
in India. Each year, the university welcomes a group of
mid-career professionals from a wide range of fields and
countries for the Yale Fellow programme.
"The 2012 fellows were selected from a global pool
representing thousands of innovative difference makers. We are
proud to offer them this unique opportunity to develop their
leadership skills while enriching the Yale community through
active participation in campus life," said Michael Cappello,
director of the programme and professor of pediatrics at Yale
School of Medicine. Yale President Richard Levin said the
university community is always enriched by the World Fellows.
The 2012 World Fellows will enroll in a specially
designed seminar from August to December, taught by leading
Yale faculty, audit any of the 3,000 courses offered at the
University, participate in weekly dinners with distinguished
guest speakers, receive individualised skill-building training
and meet with US and foreign leaders.
This year`s cohort brings the total number of Yale World
Fellows to 221, representing 79 countries.
Yale said its World Fellows Programme aims to cultivate
and empower a community of globally engaged leaders committed
to positive change through cross-disciplinary dialogue and
action. Its three main goals are to provide advanced training
to emerging leaders from diverse disciplines and countries, to
link this network of world leaders to each other and to Yale,
and to expand and deepen international understanding at Yale.