Adeagbo Simidele, the Nigerian Olympian, sports advocate and entrepreneur is among the 16 women and men who have been selected as 2019 World Fellow at Yale University.
Adeagbo Simidele, represented Nigeria in Skeleton racing at the 2018 Winter Olympics, becoming the first person to do so.
This cohort brings the total number of World Fellows since the program’s start in 2002 to 346 Fellows, representing 91 countries. This year marks the 18th cohort of World Fellows.
Also included in the list is Kenya’s Wanjiru Mukoma, a health and well-being advocate who particularly works in HIV prevention and care, and cross-cutting issues of human rights, sexual, and gender-based violence.
Evan Mawarire, a Zimbabwean clergyman who founded #ThisFlag Citizen’s Movement to challenge corruption, injustice, and poverty in his country, is also included in the list. The movement empowers citizens to hold the government to account.
“I am honored to announce the 2019 World Fellows.
Their courage, ingenuity and passion will be an inspiration to us all at Yale.”
The World Fellows program is Yale University’s signature global leadership development initiative and a core element of Yale’s ongoing commitment to internationalization. Each year, the University invites a group of exemplary practitioners from a wide range of fields and countries for an intensive four-month period of academic enrichment and leadership training.
The mission of Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows program at Yale University is to cultivate and empower a network of globally engaged leaders committed to making the world a better place. The program is part of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, which prepares Yale students for global leadership and service through its master’s program in global affairs, master of advanced study in global affairs and undergraduate major in global affairs.