Governance and Leadership

The Yale Office of International Affairs designs specialized programs in leadership and governance for public and private sector officials from all over the world. Here are some of our partnerships:


Leadership, Governance, and Globalization Forum for Strategic Impact for Senior African Women in Government

Established in 2015. This program was development in partnership with Santander Bank and the Fundación Mujeres por África. Participants, including women ministers, parliamentarians and other senior officials from African countries, are developing strategies for strengthening leadership among women in the context of globalization and started the process of building a network to support women’s leadership and governance for strategic impact.

Yale – Nigeria Leadership Program

Established in 2014. In partnership with the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI), Yale offers leadership seminars for both Fellows and Senior Fellows of NLI. NLI’s mission is to create a growing, global network of credible, accomplished community-spirited Nigerian leaders, committed to taking responsibility for driving positive change in Nigeria and Nigerian communities.

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Nigeria Leadership Initiative inducts new set of accomplished leaders (November 4, 2014)
Yale Programs Help Strengthen African Leaders, Businesses (December 10, 2014)

China – Yale Youth Leaders Dialogue

Established in 2013. Fosters discussion of principles of good governance among a distinguished group of emerging leaders from the All-China Youth Federation. The program instructs these young Chinese leaders in the methods and ideals of American governance at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as provide an international viewpoint on recent developments in the Chinese government and economy. The program offers some of the most politically engaged rising leaders of China with a comparative perspective on the best theories and practices of American government, and with an international context to Chinese political and economic development.

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Globalization was key focus at inaugural China-Yale Youth Leaders Dialogue (April 16, 2013)

CIDE – Yale Mexico Leadership Program

Established in 2012. The first leadership program conducted with a Latin American partner, this program continues to bring to Yale delegations of Mexican public and private sector leaders. Participants discuss crucial issues affecting contemporary Mexico with thought leaders and with one another. Recognized both nationally and internationally, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE) is one of Mexico’s most important centers of teaching and research in the social sciences.

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Mexican Leaders Gather at Yale (June 25, 2014)
Mexican delegation takes part in University leadership program (February 13, 2012)
International efforts expand in Latin America (February 13, 2012)

AmCham – Yale Argentina Judicial Leadership Program

Established in 2012. Argentine judicial leaders and representatives from the nation's private sector came to Yale through a partnership between Yale, the American Chamber of Commerce of Argentina (AmCham), and the Academy of Judicial Interchange and Studies (AIEJ). The program aimed to improve transparency and the rule of law in the Argentine judiciary; to encourage public-private dialogue and partnerships; to generate educational material for federal and national courts in Argentina; and to train Argentine judges on business issues. These are areas considered critical to Argentina’s economic stability as well as future growth.

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New partnership aims to strengthen Argentine judiciary (May 9, 2012)

World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders

Established in 2011. This multi-year leadership program co-hosted by Yale University and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum hosts participants designated by the World Economic Forum as Young Global Leaders in honor of their professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to help shape the future of the world. Young Global Leaders include representatives from business, government, civil society, arts and culture, academia and media, as well as social entrepreneurs; many are also Yale World Fellows. This leadership program focuses on building the participants’ understanding of global challenges and trends, risks, and opportunities; and enhancing their unique role as leaders within their own organizations, the World Economic Forum, and the broader global community.

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Yale Helps Young Global Leaders Make Strategic Impact (October 18, 2013)
Yale hosts program for Young Global Leaders (October 12, 2012)

Yale – Chinese Women's Leadership Development Program

Established in 2010. The Yale Chinese Women’s Leadership Development Program was a collaboration between Yale University and the All-China Women’s Federation to develop a management and leadership program targeted at senior-level women leaders. Senior Chinese women government officials, representing both the national and provincial levels, met their U.S. counterparts in Washington and New York, and attended a week of leadership seminars at Yale University.

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Chinese women delegates (May 12, 2011)

India – Yale Parliamentary Leadership Program

Established in 2007. Originally developed in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry and the India-U.S. Forum of Parliamentarians. It provides a space for Indian parliamentarians to engage in open dialogue with Yale faculty and with current and former U.S. government officials.  Issues of global import are discussed, including corruption in government, political developments in the Arab world, global economic governance, political and economic developments in China, and strategy, negotiation, and applied game theory.  Eighty-five members of parliament have attended this program in its seven years. In the current cabinet, eight members have participated in this program. The program is expected to begin again in 2016.

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7th India - Yale Parliamentary Leadership Program (2013)
Indian parliamentarians pondering global issues during leadership program (June 28, 2012)
Yale University Launches Leadership Program for India's Parliamentarians (October 9, 2007)

Japan – Yale Senior Government Leadership Program

Established in 2006. This program for legislative and senior ministry officials was made possible by the sponsorship of the Prime Minister.  Topics of discussion included economics, law, political science, management, history, public health, architecture, and forestry and environmental studies.

Central Party School – Yale Senior Government Leadership Program

Established in 2005. Organized by Yale in partnership with the Central Party School of the Community Party of China. The program provided senior and rising-star Chinese government officials with perspectives on U.S. governance at the federal, state, and local levels, among other topics. The program’s focus on issues of governance addressed pressing needs in China, and the Chinese leadership’s own proclaimed commitment to make China’s governance more law-based and effective.

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Yale training builds leaders (September 4, 2009)

China – Yale Advanced University Leadership Program

Established in 2004. The program was created in collaboration with the Chinese Ministry of Education to meet that nation's goal of transforming a small number of its institutions of higher education into "world-class universities." The program brings together presidents and vice presidents of China's leading universities to discuss issues that are key to an American university, including liberal education, peer review, competitive faculty appointment processes, and administrative practices ranging from fundraising techniques to strategic planning. The goal is to introduce the educators to models and best practices that Chinese universities might profitably adapt to their own needs.

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Yale to Host Chinese University Leadership Program (March 23, 2004)
Yale to host training program for Chinese university leaders (March 19, 2004)