Sultan Al Qassemi on The MacMillan Report

This week Sultan Al Qassemi was featured on The MacMillan Report. In this feature, he discusses Modern Middle Eastern art and architecture. As biographied by The MacMillan Report,

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is a lecturer and researcher on social, political and cultural affairs in the Arab Gulf States whose articles have appeared in The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy, as well as other notable publications. Sultan’s tweets became a major news source during the Arab Spring, rivaling the major news networks at the time, and TIME magazine listed him in the “140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011.” He is also the founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, an independent initiative established in 2010 to contribute to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent and publicly accessible art collection in the United Arab Emirates. In 2018, 100 works from the collection were hosted on a long-term basis at the Sharjah Art Museum.

To watch The Report on Youtube, click here.

Six F&ES Students Selected as 2019 Sabin International Fellows

Pictured from left to right: Paul Hatanga ’20 M.E.M. (Uganda), Lysa Uwizeyimana ’20 M.E.M. (Rwanda), Daniela Hoyos Gaviria ’20 M.E.M. (Colombia), Shrabya Timsina ’20 M.F.S. (Nepal), James Ndung’u ’20 M.E.M. (Kenya), and Sandra Chiri Vargas ’20 M.E.M. (Peru).

The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) has selected six graduate students as Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows, with each Fellow receiving up to $40,000 of funding for their education and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.

The 2019 Sabin Fellows are Sandra Chiri Vargas ’20 M.E.M. (Peru), Daniela Hoyos Gaviria ’20 M.E.M. (Colombia), Paul Hatanga ’20 M.E.M. (Uganda), James Ndung’u ’20 M.E.M. (Kenya), Shrabya Timsina ’20 M.F.S. (Nepal), and Lysa Uwizeyimana ’20 M.E.M. (Rwanda).

Started in 2011 by the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, the fellowship provides scholarship support for students from developing countries, and postgraduate awards to those students returning to their home countries and regions to pursue environmental careers. Each Fellow is eligible to receive tuition assistance of up to $20,000 and another $20,000 in post-graduation awards within 18 months of graduation.

Since its inception, 60 F&ES students have received this fellowship, many of whom have since returned to their home countries to work on conservation, forestry, climate change, biodiversity, wildlife, and agricultural issues.

About the 2019 Sabin Fellows:

Sandra Chiri Vargas enrolled at F&ES after serving with the Peru Ministry of Environment’s National Program for Forest Conservation, where she worked directly with indigenous communities to help conserve their rainforests and promote sustainable development. She has seen firsthand the challenges that can undermine the Ministry’s efforts to conserve its mega-diverse ecosystems, including budget limitations, unclear forest land tenure, and weak surveillance and control of illegal activities. But she also believes these challenges can be overcome through strategic decision-making and innovative proposals. She came to Yale to strengthen her own skills and knowledge in order to become a leader in addressing these challenges. She aims to work in the government sphere, where she hopes to broaden the scope of Peru’s institutions and help promote intervention strategies that target regional objectives while still addressing local concerns.

Daniela Hoyos Gaviria aims to become a facilitator between the private and public sector in order to promote sustainable practices in Colombia. While Colombia has been rated the second-most biodiverse country in the world — and boasts the most amphibian species — a booming middle class and inefficient waste practices pose a threat to this irreplaceable landscape, she says. She wants to provide the kind of leadership needed to promote more sustainable business practices. Her goal is to foster partnerships with the private sector and promote new regulations and incentives to better involve this sector in environmental protection — such as innovative systems to reduce waste, taxes that encourage more efficient resource use, and improved circular economy systems, and innovation.

Shrabya Timsina is a life-long scholar of traditions, history, and biology whose curiosities have converged on his ancestral region of Karnali. Before F&ES, he familiarized himself with international organizations and local cultural institutions active in Nepal through work and study. At F&ES, his research has focused on understanding the distribution of Karnali’s flora that are associated with rich healing traditions. After graduation, he hopes to promote the establishment of community- and small-holder controlled agrarian and forest infrastructure to achieve self-reliance, cultural revitalization and ecosystem-protection in Nepal.

Paul Hatanga ’20 M.E.M. was a project coordinator for the Uganda Biodiversity Trust Fund of the Wildlife Conservation Society, which presented him with the Tellus Leadership Award that provided initial funding for him to attend F&ES. His passion for wildlife conservation stirred him to work on projects to save Chimpanzees in Uganda, an experience he extremely treasures. His study interests lie at the intersection of conservation and economic development, areas of concern as much of the African continent seeks to improve its infrastructure. This semester, Hatanga was part of an independent study focused on the environmental impact of China’s Belt and Road initiative on East Africa, and he will continue his own research this summer on the socio-ecological effects of road construction in Uganda’s Key Biodiversity Areas. He believes his findings will be valuable for governmental organizations and NGOs in Uganda, where Hatanga hopes to return upon graduation to continue his work and be with his family.

James Ndung’u ’20 M.E.M. was a research consultant for Grassroot Organizations Operation Together in Sisterhood (GROOTS) in Kenya, a nationwide movement of women-led community-based organizations that address poverty, food security, energy, and climate change adaptation. Kenya has experienced tremendous growth in infrastructure, health and industrialization, but many rural areas remain without adequate and affordable access to energy, water and food. Ndung’u hopes to work with those rural areas on the environment and development upon graduation, supporting policies that promote sustainable development and proper environmental resource management. He’ll take his next step toward that goal this summer, conducting an energy access assessment in Kiambu County, hosted by GROOTS Kenya and the County Government of Kiambu.

Lysa Uwizeyimana ’20 M.E.M. specializes in climate change mitigation and adaptation with a focus on developing countries, skills she honed as an environmental engineer and consultant for an environmental consulting firm in Rwanda. One of her major projects was helping draft the strategic environmental assessment of the mining industry in Rwanda with the goal of formulating recommendations for the country’s Ministry of Environment. Uwizeyimana enrolled at F&ES to study climate change science and solutions and expects to intern this summer at a U.S.-based organization working to assist businesses to set science-based targets and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This year, she joined The Forests Dialogue at Yale where she is organizing a dialogue around the restoration of a degraded landscape in Mangai, DRC. Upon graduation, she expects to return to Kigali to work for a multilateral organization or for an East Africa-based environmental and social consulting firm.

Henry L. Stimson Lectures on World Affairs: Britain and Europe in a Troubled World with Vernon Bogdanor

In April, Vernon Bogdanor will present “Britain and Europe in a Trouble World.” As stated by the MacMillan Center,

“Reserve but Proud Reserve. Britain Detached from Europe”

Vernon Bogdanor is a frequent contributor to TV, radio, and the press. In 2008, he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Award by the Political Studies Association for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies. His books include Devolution; The People and the Party System: The Referendum and Electoral Reform in British Politics; Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution; Power and the People: A Guide to Constitutional Reform; Devolution in the United Kingdom; The New British Constitution; and The Coalition and the Constitution.”

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Migration: A Case for Stay and Build

Migrants flee war, persecution, poverty and natural disasters while many others simply seek economic opportunity. The growing numbers challenge the open-door policies of host nations, fueling resentment and populism that targets migration. “And while there is a basic humanitarian obligation to absorb people in dire straits it is only realistic to recognize that no country – no matter how liberal and democratic – can or will accept an endless stream of people without conditions,” explains author Chandran Nair. “‘Brain drain’ and ‘brawn drain,’ taking able-bodied and educated people and under-employing them in developed ones, is clearly harmful to developing countries.” Nair makes a case for the world’s advanced economies to tackle the root causes of migration flows, especially their roles own in military interventions that have displaced millions. Likewise, Nair urges individuals to reconsider migration as the sole way to improve their lives. Instead, many more citizens could stay to build homelands and control destinies on their own terms. – YaleGlobal

Looking for Balance Between Conservation and Development in Africa

helen gichohi

Posed as a question, it sounds like a corny joke.

Why do they need to build the highways in Africa so high? So giraffes can walk underneath!

But for ecologists like Helen Gichohi, it’s a legitimate concern. As the African continent aims to modernize its infrastructure and diversify its economy in the decades to come, striking a balance between development and conservation — like building highways high enough above the ground for wildlife to migrate safely underneath — will be paramount.

“I often get asked, ‘Why are you being such an activist?’” Gichohi said during a recent discussion with students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). “Because I understand and believe that our continent must develop, but we must do it responsibly in order to secure the iconic wildlife species of Africa.” Gichohi, the former president of the African Wildlife Foundation, is this year’s Dorothy S. McCluskey Visiting Fellow in Conservation at F&ES, a role that welcomes conservation practitioners — particularly women from developing countries — to spend a semester at the School. The Fellowship recipient can pursue independent research, enhance collaborations between F&ES and environmental organizations, and expand professional training opportunities for students.


The Sustainable State

A review by Susan Froetschel

The world risks catastrophe by failing to practice sustainability. Only determined governments can come to the rescue, contends Chandran Nair in The Sustainable State.

Sustainability goes beyond the environmental consciousness and boasting common among businesses and even youth. Sustainable living requires sacrifice and revisions of society’s definitions for prosperity and even freedom. The world cannot afford China, India and other developing nations to pursue the West’s ruinous development path. Instead, emerging economies must devise systems that ensure survival and emphasize collective welfare over individual rights.

Yale Club of London: Registration now open for next Theatre Circle Event

Apologies, if you tried and were unable to register for this event yesterday. The issue has been corrected and the event is now open for members’ registration, so please try again.


by Martyna Majok (YSD ’12)

directed by Edward Hall

starring Adrian Lester

followed by Q&A with the cast

Thursday, 28th February 2019

6:30 Networking Drinks at Theatre Bar

7:30 Performance

Post show Q&A in the Theatre

Hampstead Theatre

Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage

London NW3 3EU

Please Note:  Tickets will be distributed on the night by May Gibson.


YCL General Admission: £35


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