For the first time, a female representative of Ukraine, a member of the Ukrainian parliament from the Samopomich faction, Olena Sotnyk, received a scholarship of the global leaders program 2019. Olena is one of the sixteen outstanding people chosen for this prestigious global leadership program at Yale University, which is the top school in the United States.
Every year, Yale University invites a group of exemplary practitioners from a wide range of industries and countries for intensive four-month academic education and leadership training. Olena will be one of 346 scholarship holders representing 91 countries of the world.
The World Fellows is Yale University’s global leadership development program and is a key element of Yale’s ongoing commitment to internationalization. Previously, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, leader of the Okean Elzy band, Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, Taras Shevchenko, co-chairman of the board of the Reanimation Package of Reforms, and Ihor Shevchenko, former Minister of Ecology, were scholarship holders from Ukraine.
The mission of the scholarship program participants is to develop and expand the network of globally involved leaders who are striving to make the world a better place.
Why did Olena deserve it? She is a member of the permanent delegation of Ukraine to PACE and the first Ukrainian woman in the Bureau of Women Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Sotnyk is the head of the Verkhovna Rada subcommittee on bringing Ukrainian legislation in line with the EU legislation and is a member of the provisional investigatory commission on attacks on public activists.
At Yale, Olena will strengthen the skills necessary for global leadership, will share knowledge and experience, and develop a global community of people who share values of leadership, as well as Yale University’s ones.