Yale Announces 2022 Global Scholars

Yasmine Halmane, photo editor

Last Monday, the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs announced its 2022 cohort for the Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows program, made up of 16 individuals from around the world but brought together for their achievements in their respective fields.

Each year, World Fellows join the Jackson Institute’s International Leadership Center in August for an intensive four-month period of academic enrichment and leadership training. This year’s cohort includes, among others, a former Peruvian government minister, a BBC editor and the director of the African Development Bank. This cohort brings the program’s total to nearly 400 fellows, representing 94 countries, since its inception in 2002.

“In a time of geopolitical conflict, climate change and pandemic, the 2022 Global Fellows are incredible examples of the bold and visionary leadership needed in today’s world,” said Emma Sky, founding director of the International Leadership Center. News. “From an extremely competitive pool of thousands of applicants, we are excited to bring 16 leaders from around the world – from China to Belarus – to build their skills, expand their knowledge, and inspire and learn from Yale students. “

Holly Salter, who is deputy director of the World Fellows program, explained how fellows provide “a practitioner’s perspective on global issues,” which is important to the Jackson Institute’s mission.

Salter also noted that although the World Fellows program is managed by Jackson, visiting fellows play a role throughout the university.

“They serve as mentors to Yale students and host lectures and workshops throughout their time on campus,” Salter wrote in an email to The News. “World Fellows are leaders in their communities around the world and uplift and inspire those around them to make the world a better place.

Salter also mentioned that the 2022 cohort made history by including the first Belarusian and Uruguayan scholars to participate in the program.

Vera Kwakofi, editor-in-chief of BBC Africa News, told the News about the experiences that led her to become a 2022 Global Fellow.

“I’ve always been inspired by the power of storytelling,” Kwakofi explained. “As far back as I can remember, radio and news have always been a part of my life growing up.”

Kwakofi described how, as a child growing up in Ghana, his father would test his skills by having him recap major BBC stories when he returned from his travels. Being surrounded by journalism and storytelling pushed her to later join the media world through local Ghanaian radio. She eventually joined the BBC, where she worked for over 15 years.

Her work at the BBC, Kwakofi said, allowed her to see the direct impact she could have on people’s lives. She highlighted in particular the Ebola information programs that she personally set up with her team following the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as the most recent BBC investigation. Africa Eye from its team on corruption in driving licenses and technical inspection of vehicles in Kenya, which led to an immediate change in the process and new investigations.

“What is good in this period [of serving as an editor] is that I now have the power to directly shape and fund the journalism that we provide to our global audience and that is a huge privilege to have,” Kwakofi said.

Serving as a World Fellow will be unlike most Kwakofi has done in her career, but she noted her excitement to embark on the “new adventure.”

“I see it as validation of the work I have done over the years to support journalism in Africa,” Kwakofi said. “It’s also daunting because it means there’s even more expectation to do more — although it’s a challenge that I enjoy. I look forward to meeting my Yale colleagues and starting this new adventure that will allow me [to] learn from them and share ideas to better understand our world.

Another 2022 Global Fellow, Solangel Fernandez, spoke about her more than 15-year career as an architect, urban planner and urban economist in Peru. Growing up in a working-class neighborhood in the heart of Lima, Fernandez became interested in protecting the well-being of citizens, as well as the natural and man-made environment, through public and private investment. Fernandez studied at a public university in Peru before winning a scholarship to continue her postgraduate studies in England, where she worked for two years.

Fernandez also served as Peru’s Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation from November 2020 to July 2021, under the transitional government of President Francisco Sagasti. Meanwhile, Peru’s congress passed both the National Housing and Urban Planning Policy, aimed at improving the living conditions of Peruvian citizens, and the Sustainable Urban Development Law, marking a historic milestone for the country.

“Having visited all regions of Peru and reached its most remote villages, and seen the enormous challenges and risks that vulnerable families face due to the inaction of the State and its inability to plan accordingly, consolidated my commitment to continue working for a more sustainable and equitable country, especially around the implementation of public policies and actions in difficult times and in complex political situations,” said Fernandez.

Babatunde Omilola, who was also selected as a 2022 Global Fellow, is managing the African Development Bank’s COVID-19 response. He said that at Yale he looked forward to connecting and exchanging experiences with his cohort of Global Scholars, as well as working on strategies for an evolving development landscape in Africa.

Over the past 20 years, Omilola has tackled some of the biggest issues facing the world, from accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in more than 80 countries around the world to safeguarding lives and livelihoods in Africa through a multi-billion dollar COVID response. -19 pandemic.

“Through the Yale World Fellows program, I look forward to improving my ability to build consensus and harmonization among different stakeholders in promoting development and improving society while being sensitive to the surrounding political economy. , existing systems and ingrained social or cultural norms to change attitudes as well as policies,” said Omilola.

The Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program runs from mid-August to mid-December each year.


Miranda Jeyaretnam is the reporter covering the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and developments at the National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS for the YDN University office. She was previously an Opinion Editor for the Yale Daily News under the 2022 YDN board and wrote as a columnist for its opinion column “Crossing the Aisle” in Spring 2020. From Singapore, she is a student second year at Pierson College, majoring in English. .


William Porayouw handles international affairs at Yale and is part of the YDN business team. A native of Southern California, he is a freshman at Davenport College majoring in ethics, politics, and economics.

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