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Distinguished Fellows

Inaugural Carnegie Distinguished Fellows

IGP’s Inaugural Carnegie Distinguished Fellows will be visiting SIPA throughout the 2023–2024 academic year, collaborating with faculty from across Columbia University on IGP publications, convening experts for campus-wide events, and engaging with students.

IGP’s inaugural cohort includes a diverse mix of high-profile practitioners from across a range of sectors, including a former head of state, high-ranking policy officials, diplomats, activists, and other distinguished leaders from across the globe.

2023–24 Inaugural Carnegie Distinguished Fellows

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Stacey Abrams

Ronald W. Walters Endowed Chair for Race and Black Politics at Howard University, Former Georgia House Minority Leader, Voting Rights Activist
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Michelle Bachelet

Former President of Chile and Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Shabana Basij-Rasikh

Cofounder and President of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA)

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Hon. Henrietta Fore

Former Executive Director of UNICEF; Former USAID Administrator

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Kim Ghattas

Author of Black Wave and contributing writer for The Atlantic magazine

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Michel Kazatchkine

Former Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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Sir Stephen Lovegrove

Former UK National Security Adviser; Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia SIPA

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David Miliband

President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee; 74th UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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Frank Mugisha

Prominent Ugandan LGBTI Rights Advocate



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Robert O’Brien

Cofounder and Chairman of American Global Strategies LLC; 27th US National Security Advisor

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Maria Ressa

Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Journalist; Cofounder, CEO, and President of Rappler

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Eric Schmidt

Cofounder with his wife Wendy, Schmidt Sciences; Former CEO & Chairman, Google

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John Sullivan

Former Deputy Secretary of State and US Ambassador to the Russian Federation
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Marie Yovanovitch

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine

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Our fellows come from across the political spectrum to work with people from different backgrounds, to engage and disagree in a respectful way, to build tolerance and empathy, and to be part of the solution and move the conversation forward.

Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo

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