The World Fellows
2012 World Fellows
Ahuja is a third-year law student at the Yale Law School. Prior to Yale, she spent six years working in Washington, DC, on U.S. policy towards South Asia. As the senior adviser on South Asia on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, she helped draft foreign policy legislation on Pakistan, negotiate the civil-nuclear deal with India, and lobby for the right of Sikh-Americans to wear turbans while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Previously, Ahuja served in the Department of State as a director on South Asia and in the Pentagon as a Presidential Management Fellow. She is a native of Sacramento, California.
Amakrane has more than a decade of experience in political mediation, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and regional political issues in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. He currently leads the Office of the Head of the UN-AU Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) – the world’s largest peacekeeping mission – where he also contributes to UNAMID's efforts to implement the signed peace agreement between the Government of Sudan and the armed Liberation and Justice Movement. Amakrane’s international career within the UN system began in the Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Since then, he has worked toward the stabilization of Iraq and served as Special Assistant to the UN Envoy to Myanmar. In addition, Amakrane has worked for Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, advising on Iraq issues ahead of the 2003 invasion. He also served on the Executive Board of Sciences Po Paris in 2002 and 2003.
Bakare-Yusuf is the co-founder of one of Africa’s most important new publishing houses, where she provides editorial and strategic direction in publishing and marketing. Her life’s work is to contribute to the transformation of the African continent through production of alternative narratives and knowledge. Cassava Republic Press helps to accomplish this by sharing stories written by and for Africans, in an effort to develop a reading culture across the continent. Several books published by the press have been included in Nigeria’s national curriculum; a series on the Millennium Development Goal subtly challenges perceptions of gender roles and introduces transformative ideas. A feminist and independent scholar, Bakare-Yusuf has worked as a consultant for ActionAid, Unifem, and the European Union.
Belaicha runs Numid-Invest International, a private investment firm that provides consulting services to foreign companies developing business opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. Numid-Invest also helps local small businesses find investors, raise money, and plan their strategic development, reflecting Belaicha’s commitment to the economic development and regional integration of North Africa. Belaicha previously served as Vice-President of Investments for Swicorp Private Equity in Tunis, where he gained transactional experience across the region in a variety of sectors, including consumer goods, insurance, and pharmaceuticals. Earlier, he worked as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in Paris.
Chauhan heads up a multi-disciplinary design and innovation consultancy working at the intersection of business, development, and culture. At Quicksand, he promotes design for social development by connecting the best practices of design with development programs to address the pressing and complex issues of social equity, public health, and education. In this capacity, he has worked with large entities such as Unilever and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to design products and services that promote sustainability and quality of life for low-income communities. An entrepreneur, educator, and mentor, Chauan is also a partner at the Box Collective, where he conceptualized and launched UnBox, the first interdisciplinary festival in Delhi bringing together leading voices from across the world for inspiration, debate and reflection.
Eckstein is a second-year student studying financial investments in energy and ecosystem services as part of the joint-degree MBA and Master of Environment Management (MEM) program between the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Previously, he consulted for the World Bank, UNFCCC Secretariat, and various national and regional government agencies to design and implement market-based climate change programs. He started his career serving in the pilot year of what is now a U.S. national program increasing the rates of college attendance and completion among low-income and first-generation secondary school students.
Leading journalist Escobar-Chavarría currently serves as Magazines Editor for Chile’s most important newspaper, where she oversees six weekly publications and writes columns and articles. She was the youngest person ever to serve as Editor-in-Chief for Caras magazine, where she led the publication to an increase in circulation and influence over the course of five years. Escobar-Chavarría has authored four books addressing issues such as women leaders in Chile and innovators. Her next book will focus on the leadership of the Chilean presidents during the country’s transition to democracy. Escobar-Chavarría’s work has also been published in international outlets such as the Washington Post and the Huffington Post.
Director, Laboratorio Para La Ciudad, Mexico City
Founder, Toxico Cultura
Lousteau is one of Argentina’s most respected economists, having served as Minister of Economy and Production and as President of the Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires. He currently runs LCG SA, a macroeconomic and political consultancy firm that advises large companies, governments, and politicians. He helped guide Argentina’s recovery through the 2001 political and economic crisis as an advisor to the governor of the Central Bank of Argentina during the monetary, financial and exchange rate restructuring process. He writes a weekly column for La Nacion, Argentina’s oldest and second largest newspaper, and has published three books, including the 2011 best-seller, Economía 3D.
Msimang works on human rights, good governance and transparency issues in Africa. She has global, regional and national experience, having worked for the United Nations as well as within the civil society sector and in private philanthropy. Until November 2012, she led George Soros' philanthropic efforts based in Johannesburg as the Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA). She now directs the Rights and Democracy programme at the Sonke Gender Justice Network, which has been a leading advocate of working with men and boys in promoting gender equality.
Muguongo is a feminist and a firm believer in human rights and social justice. She manages the only African activist-owned and -led LGBTI and sex worker rights fund on a continent where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by jail sentence in 36 countries, where transactional sex is largely illegal, and where the rights of transgender and intersex people are routinely violated. UHAI-The East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative makes grants and runs capacity-building and mentorship programs for LGBTI and sex worker organizations across East Africa. Muguongo’s mission is to nurture grassroots activism around sexuality, identity, and rights in Africa, moving society toward equality and non-discrimination. She previously worked for a variety of NGOs in East Africa, India, and Pakistan, where she managed community development projects.
Oulamine is strongly committed to legal reform in Morocco. In 2009, he created Droit et Justice, an NGO that promotes the rule of law and human rights in Morocco by advocating on behalf of vulnerable social groups and working pro bono for impoverished citizens with limited access to justice. Oulamine served as an election observer in Tunisia, as part of an effort by the Carter Center to demonstrate the support of the international community for democratic transition in that country. He is a senior attorney and founder of Oulamine Law Group and a member of the New York, Paris and Casablanca bar associations. Oulamine Law Group specializes in business, corporate law, and legal reform consulting. Earlier, he worked as an attorney in New York for Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, LLP. He has served as a legal advisor to USAID on the reform and modernization of the Moroccan judiciary, where he helped assess and draft amendments to Moroccan corporate, bankruptcy, and intellectual property laws.
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Steimer has served the French government for over a decade in the areas of agricultural policy reform, global food security, and EU affairs. From 2009-2012, he shaped the political strategy of the French Ministry of Agriculture, a department with a EUR 15.5 billion budget. Steimer successfully led high-level negotiations on the Agricultural Action Plan adopted by G20 Heads of State in 2011 and the first-ever signed Franco-German agreement on Common Agricultural Policy. Previously, he served as Deputy Director for European Issues in the French Foreign Service, where he planned, organized and coordinated the 2008 French Presidency of the EU. Steimer has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the French weekly economic newspaper Enjeux - Les Echos.
A business and social entrepreneur, Struebi founded Fairtrasa, a company that links small-scale farmers in Latin America to local and international markets. Fairtrasa supports the formation of farmer cooperatives, provides farmers with technical skills, and fosters community development through health and education projects. He has also established his own marketing companies in Europe and North America to sell these sustainable and fairly traded food products directly to all major supermarkets. Today, Fairtrasa represents over 3,000 small-scale farmers and operates offices in Mexico, Peru, Chile and Argentina. Struebi’s goal is to replicate Fairtrasa’s business model in other Latin American countries and beyond. He was recognized as “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” in Mexico in 2009, and as an Ashoka Globalizer Fellow and Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2011.
Lieutenant Colonel Sturgeon has more than 20 years of military leadership experience and international engagement across the spectrum of conflict, including war-fighting in the Gulf, peace support operations in the Balkans, and high-intensity counter-insurgency in Afghanistan. He currently works in the Ministry of Defence, shaping British defense reform following the Strategic Defence and Security Review. Previously, he established and ran the Afghan National Security Forces Transformation Program, which was unique in its comprehensive approach to training, logistics, leadership, and facilities construction. The resulting program became a fundamental element of the NATO strategy for achieving transition to Afghan control in the southwest of the country, and was recognized in the UK as ‘Programme of the Year 2011.’
Wen has held a variety of management positions at several of China’s major banks, and has extensive experience with banking reform in China. In his current position, he manages the Corporate Banking, International Trade Finance, e-Banking, Information Technology, and Research and Product Development departments of the China Construction Bank, Tianjin Branch. He is responsible for over 5,600 employees and has led successful reform, reorganization, and restructuring efforts resulting in increased competitiveness and market share for CCB. Previously, Wen worked for China CITIC Bank and Central Huijin Company Ltd., a shareholder of the Big 4 Chinese banks. There, he took part in the financial restructuring of ICBC, the largest commercial bank in China, and successfully helped ICBC develop a modern corporate governance structure.
With a background in advertising, human rights, and the women’s movement in India, Yadav’s focus is to empower elected women representatives at the grassroots level as key change agents in local government. She is currently responsible for developing and implementing program strategy across seven states in India. Her major accomplishments include the development of a blueprint for conducting a successful pre-election campaign for rural women to participate in village council elections and organizing elected women to form federations to access rights and entitlements. Yadav is vitally interested in the intersections of gender with politics, religion, caste, and class. She has also worked on women’s rights and gender issues at the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development and JAGORI, an NGO that provides resources and training for women in India.