President Peter Salovey Shares Thoughts in Bi-monthly Letter

The July/August edition of the Yale Alumni Magazine featured a letter from President Peter Salovey, which discussed the new Jackson School, a former Institute of Global Affairs that has been transformed into its own school within Yale University. Additionally, he writes about the Yale Africa Initiative, the Yale Institute of Global Health, and other international initiatives.

To read more, follow the link to the Alumni Magazine’s publication here.

Faculty member Steven Wilkinson named next director of the MacMillan Center

Steven Wilkinson, professor of political science and international affairs, has been appointed the next Henry R. Luce Director of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, Provost Ben Polak has announced. He will begin in his new post on July 1.
As described by an article by Susan Gonzalez,
A native of Scotland, Wilkinson received his first degree (in history) from the University of Edinburgh. He earned his M.A. in history at Duke University, where he also began his teaching career. He then taught at the University of Chicago, where he chaired the university’s interdisciplinary Committee on Southern Asian Studies, before coming to Yale in 2009.

For more information, read Gonzalez’s article linked here.

New Jackson Institute Senior Fellows Announced

Vanessa Kerry

Dr. Vanessa Kerry (MD, Msc) graduated with honors from Yale University and Harvard Medical School, and completed her Internal Medicine residency and Critical Care Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned her Master’s in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London Schools of Economics and of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is the co-founder and the CEO of Seed Global Health, which has helped train over 16,000 health professionals in five countries in Africa. Dr. Kerry is also a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and serves as the Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives at MGH Global Health. She directs the Global Public Policy and Social Change program in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School developing research and training on health system protection in crisis. Dr. Kerry has a number of prominent publications and has been featured on various media outlets. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur.

At Yale, Dr. Kerry will teach an undergraduate seminar on the politics of global health.

Francisco (Paco) Palmieri

Francisco (Paco) Palmieri served as the Acting Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs from January 2017 to October 2018, where he led the State Department’s efforts to advance U.S. foreign policy goals in the region.  He managed the successful 2018 Summit of the Americas in Peru, U.S. engagement with the Lima Group unifying 15 Western Hemisphere democracies in a multilateral diplomatic response to the crisis in Venezuela, the reorientation of U.S. foreign assistance in support of the Colombia peace process, the formulation and adoption of a new comprehensive U.S. political and economic Caribbean 2020 strategy for the Caribbean, the launch of the renegotiation of the 50-year old Columbia River Treaty with Canada, and the multi-agency response to the ongoing migration challenges emanating from Central America. He also was responsible for the daily management of the Bureau’s 53 overseas U.S. diplomatic missions, 12,000 employees, and implementation of the Hemisphere’s $1.58 billion foreign assistance and $290 million operating budgets.

Palmieri served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from January 2016 to January 2017 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean from January 2014 to January 2016. In this role, he was the principal U.S. negotiator on the Alliance for Prosperity plan adopted by El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Palmieri also served as the Director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs’ Office of Policy Planning and Coordination in 2011-2012.

At Yale, Palmieri will teach a graduate seminar on democracy, human rights, and U.S. diplomacy in Latin America.

John Podesta

John Podesta served as Chair of Hillary for America. Prior to joining Hillary Clinton’s campaign, he served as Counselor to President Barack Obama.

In 2008, he served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team, where he coordinated the priorities of the incoming administration’s agenda, oversaw the development of its policies, and spearheaded its appointments of major cabinet secretaries and political appointees.

He is the former Chair of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.  Prior to founding the Center in 2003, Podesta served as White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton.

He also recently served on the President’s Global Development Council and the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Additionally, Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including counselor to Democratic Leader Sen. Thomas A. Daschle (1995-1996).

At Yale, Podesta will teach a seminar on decision-making in the White House.

YPU Reunion: November 22nd

As forwarded from the YPU:

The Yale Political Union boasts over four thousand alumni, spanning seventy-five years, all fifty states and dozens of countries around the world. In 2007, the Yale Political Union Alumni Board was re-established and charged with the task of reconnecting enthusiastic alumni to the organization that shaped their college experiences, introduced them to their closest friends, and hosted their fondest memories of dear old Yale.

The YPU is organizing an alumni reunion on 22 November, the week-end of Yale-Harvard, for any that might be interested.

Please respond here to the YPU survey:

For information concerning the Alumni Association or the YPU Alumni Board, please visit the Alumni Association website or contact:

Holland Sullivan ‘01, President of the Alumni Board
April Lawson ‘09, Vice-President of the Alumni Board

both of whom can be reached by email via the Yale Alumni Directory

Alternatively, reach out to our President, Milan Vivanco, or the Director of Development, Kobe Rizk.

Singapore Upcoming DUAL Events

DUAL Updates

1. Thursday, 15 Aug, 2019 07:00pm – 10:00pm – DUAL Drinks
2. Friday, 16 Aug, 2019 07:00pm – 09:00pm – Columbia Business School Information Session for Interested Applicants
3. Thursday, 12 Sep, 2019 06:00pm – 09:00pm – DUAL LGBT Drinks
4. Thursday, 12 Sep, 2019 06:30pm – 09:00pm – INSEAD Wine Club – Riedel Wine Glass Masterclass: size and shape do matter!
5. Wednesday, 06 Nov, 2019 06:30pm – 11:00pm – Stanford Annual Dinner — “Innovation and Venture Investing in China and India”

1. Thursday, 15 Aug, 2019 07:00pm – 10:00pm – DUAL Drinks 

Do come down and join us for our monthly DUAL Drinks (3rd Thursday) at a venue with a great view! It will be a wonderful time to relax, catch up with old friends and meet new people!

Venue: Cook & Brew, The Westin Singapore, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961
Cost: Cash Bar. Happy Hour; $10nett House Wine, House Pour Spirits and selected cocktails
RSVP: Just Come! No need to RSVP!
Contact: Questions: please email Hau Yee at

2. Friday, 16 Aug, 2019 07:00pm – 09:00pm – Columbia Business School Information Session for Interested Applicants 

The Columbia Business School and its Office of Admissions cordially invite you to meet Katherine Bucaccio, associate director of admissions, and local alumni about the Columbia MBA program, student experience, and global network.

Venue: JustCo, #03-308, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
Cost: Free
Contact: Questions, please contact Ms. Ng Hau Yee at

Generously sponsored by JustCo and Hau Yee Ng CBS’89

3. Thursday, 12 Sep, 2019 06:00pm – 09:00pm – DUAL LGBT Drinks 

DUAL LGBT is for members and allies of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We’re having drinks at FRY Rooftop, a women-friendly venue with great views of the City and Chinatown. They’re giving us 15% off after Happy Hour. Come by yourself, or with others. We’re a welcoming bunch! We also have a Facebook (secret) group, where events get posted quicker. To join, please send a friend request with a message to

Venue: FRY Rooftop Bistro & Bar, 96B Club Street, Singapore 069464
RSVP: Email “Yes” to

4. Thursday, 12 Sep, 2019 06:30pm – 09:00pm – INSEAD Wine Club – Riedel Wine Glass Masterclass: size and shape do matter! 

Size and shape do matter for Wine tasting and appreciation! Join us for a unique wine and glass tasting experience where we explore how the different shapes and sizes of a glass can affect your perception of wines! Victor Ulrich, Vice President of Riedel Crystal Asia, will personally guide you through this exclusive masterclass using Riedel Performance, the latest Riedel collection of glassware. The price includes: -4 different wines comparison tasting (Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Oaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc) using 4 different Riedel varietal glasses -A demonstration of decanting -Lindt Chocolate pairing -At the end of event, participants will take home the glasses which they used for tasting (*) Some finger food (light buffet) will be provided. Please contact Mimi at +65 96571610 if you have any questions. Time: 6:30 – 7:00pm: registration and light buffet 7:00 – 9:00pm: Riedel Wine Glass Masterclass

Venue: INSEAD 1 Ayer Rajah Avenue Singapore 138676
Cost: DUAL members and a guest each pay: $150

Victor Ulrich bio Before joining Riedel, Victor ULRICH has distinguished in the French wine industry. Born and raised in Alsace and educated in Bordeaux, Mr Ulrich developed his passion and knowledge for wine while working at Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB) as a project Manager. He graduated from INSEEC Business School Bordeaux and Victoria University Melbourne. His career with Riedel started in 2013 as sales manager for Riedel in France. Victor rose through the ranks to become Riedel Country Manager France. Through the sustained successful growth of the business throughout the region, Victor was appointed the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Riedel Glass Works Asia Pacific. His responsibility is to oversee and secure the growth and market position of all brands under the ownership of Riedel Glass Austria and the Riedel family.

5. Wednesday, 06 Nov, 2019 06:30pm – 11:00pm – Stanford Annual Dinner — “Innovation and Venture Investing in China and India” 

Stanford Annual Dinner on 6th Nov with Koh Tuck Lye (MS ’99), Founding Partner and CEO of Shunwei Capital, and a Board member of Xiaomi and multiple companies. He will speak on “Innovation and Venture Investing in China and India”

Venue: PARKROYAL Hotel on Beach Road Singapore
RSVP: Registration at

DUAL is the Distinguished Universities Alumni League, an umbrella organization comprising members from the following 20 alumni clubs – Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University/Cornell University Hoteliers, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Imperial College, INSEAD, King’s College London, London Business School, London School of Economics, MIT, NUS MBA, Oxbridge Society, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California – Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University