A Liberian doctor, a Cameroonian educator, and a Nigerian entrepreneur are among the sixteen globally engaged leaders who comprise the 2017 World Fellows welcomed to campus. The Yale World Fellow Program, which began in 2002, is Yale’s flagship global leadership development initiative that cultivates and empowers a network of professionals committed to service through innovation. Each year, the program invites a group of inspiring mid-career professionals from a wide range of fields and nations to participate in an intensive four-month period of academic enrichment and leadership training.
Since it’s inception, this program has welcomed 56 World Fellows from 17 African nations in the fields of education, medicine, business, governance, media and sustainability amongst others. This year, we are pleased to welcome Melvis M. Ndiloseh, Ibrahim Fawzi Ajami and Chude Jideonwo to the World Fellows Program. “It’s wonderful to welcome an exceptional trio of Africans working tirelessly to effect positive change in their communities,” said Eddie Mandhry, Director For Africa in the Office of International Affairs. “They are exemplars of the ingenuity, dynamism and agency that is critical to the social, political, and economic transformation of Africa.”
Melvis Ndiloseh is a Cameroonian educator, human rights activist, and the C.E.O of the Foundation for Peace and Solidarity, a Cameroon-based pan-continental non-profit which works to reconcile conflict-ridden communities through human rights and peace education, and consolidate deployable African human capacity for conflict management and humanitarianism across the continent. She is youngest and sole female English-speaking Senior Lecturer at the prestigious International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC), where she regularly lectures diplomats and students alike on the African human rights system, peace and security issues. Internationally, she has served as a highly solicited independent consultant on human rights electoral governance and peace with the African Union, UNECA, EU and IIDEA amongst others. Ndoliseh currently holds a Ph.D. in Politics and Human Rights from Scuola Superiore ‘Sant’ Anna’ di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento.
Ibrahim Fawzi Ajami, a medical doctor and public health educator deeply rooted at the crossroads of curative and preventive medicine, is the first Liberian professional to participate in the World Fellow’s Program. He is Founder of the Medical Consortium Outreach Program (M-COP), a local NGO in Liberia that delivers basic health care services to isolated rural communities. They provide testing and treatment, immediate referrals, raise awareness on public health issues and encourage community participation. Nationally, he works at hospitals around the country on curative and preventive medicine, as a Presidential Fellow assigned to the Minister of Health, and as a part time lecturer at the University of Liberia. Ajami completed his medical education at the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine in the University of Liberia.
Chude Jideonwo, named by Forbes as one of Africa’s 30 best entrepreuneurs under 30, is co-founder and managing partner of RED. A Nigerian media company that inspires young Africans to action, RED consults for global brands such as Facebook, Uber and the British Council, and has successfully managed communication for three successful African presidential campaigns. Jideonwo’s work and interests lies in deploying the media to amplify social movements that shake up political, cultural and faith establishments, and return power to the hands and will of citizens. Beyond his company, Jideonwo wears many hats as a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, on the boards of the Oando Foundation and Microsoft 4Afrika, as a research fellow at Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy, and as a faculty member at the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University. Jideonwo is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School, the Strathmore Business School in Kenya, and holds an MSc in Media and Communications from Pan-Atlantic University.
Along with the entire Yale community, the Yale Africa Initiative would like to enthusiastically welcome these incredible educators, activists and creatives to campus.
To learn more about the world fellows program and the current participants, please visit: worldfellows.yale.edu