Two Indians selected as Yale World Fellows
Two Indians, Monika Halan and Sonali Kochhar -- have been selected for the prestigious Yale World Fellows, which is Yale University`s signature global leadership development initiative.
Washington: Two Indians, Monika Halan
and Sonali Kochhar -- have been selected for the prestigious
Yale World Fellows, which is Yale University`s signature
global leadership development initiative.
Monika Halan is editor of Mint Money, India`s
second-largest business newspaper, which has an exclusive
partnership with the Wall Street Journal.
She is a media personality who is well known for her
A medical doctor and clinical researcher, Sonali
Kochhar is Medical Director, India, Institute for OneWorld
She leads efforts to develop safe, affordable, and
accessible drugs and vaccines for diseases prevalent in the
developing world, including HIV/AIDS.
She previously served as the medical director for the
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.
In all 16 talented individuals have been selected for
World Fellows for 2011.
This year`s World Fellows include an executive at the
Johannesburg Stock Exchange; a director at the World Economic
Forum; the director of the World Health Organization`s
tuberculosis control program in China; a policymaker in
Afghanistan`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and the executive
director of Greenpeace Brazil.
"We received more than twice as many nominations this
year than ever before, evidence of the growing reputation and
global awareness of this unique opportunity for leadership
development," said the program`s director Michael Cappello,
professor of pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine.
"The 2011 fellows were carefully selected from an
incredibly deep and talented pool of international leaders. We
are delighted to welcome them to Yale this fall," Capppello
This year`s cohort brings the total number of Yale
World Fellows to 171, representing 77 countries.
"I am thrilled and humbled," said Gavin Sheppard, a
2011 World Fellow and innovative cultural entrepreneur from
Canada who uses art and music as tools for youth inclusion,
capacity building, safer cities, and economic growth.
From August to December, the 2011 World Fellows will
enroll in a specially designed seminar 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 individualized skill-building
training; and meet with US and foreign leaders.
Past World Fellows have met with then-UN secretary
general Kofi Annan, World Trade Organization director-general
Pascal Lamy, Supreme Court justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth
Bader Ginsburg, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, and former
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, among others.
The Yale World Fellows Program has at its core three
main goals: 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.