Insights Animation: Why Integrated Cities Produce More Startups

When you’re launching a startup, being in the right city—a place where you can find investors, scientists, and other entrepreneurs—can make a big difference. Research by Yale SOM’s Olav Sorenson and Sampsa Samila of IESE Business School identified another important factor in entrepreneurial success: being in a racially integrated city.

Sorenson and Samila found that in cities that are more integrated, venture capital investments are more effective in producing innovation and economic growth. There are more startups and those startups are more successful.

Four Students Selected as 2018 Sabin International Fellows

sabin fellows 2018

The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) has selected four 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 2018 Sabin Fellows are Indra Acharja ’19 M.F.S. (Bhutan), Anna Carcamo ’19 M.E.M. (Brazil), Sarah Omusula ’19 M.E.Sc. (Kenya), and Sneha Pandey ’19 M.E.M. (Nepal).

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.


India-China Relations in the Age of Xi Jinping

Chinese and Indian troops at standoff at India's border with Bhutan in summer 2017; India's Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi meet

The leaders of China and India, Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi, have nationalist tendencies with a pragmatic bend. Varying economic growth for the two rival nations and contrasting systems of governance – one increasingly authoritarian and the other democratic – have given China the upper hand as a power broker in Asia, suggests Shyam Saran, former foreign secretary of India and a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. China is taking a conciliatory approach for the time being due to unpredictability in the global economy and regional security. Saran analyzes how leadership influences the Chinese-Indian relationship: Xi and Modi rely on leader-to-leader engagement and focus on a “strategic and global dimension” beyond typical dynamics of bilateral relations. Both men explore numerous areas where compromise can be pursued, allowing both emerging powers to focus on pressing matters at home and abroad during a period of great uncertainty. – YaleGlobal

Yale Club of Hong Kong: Summer Boat Cruise

Date : Saturday 23-Jun-2018
Time : 11:00am
Venue : Aberdeen Marina Club & HK Geopark
Event fee for pay in advance : HK$300.00 (Member)
: HK$400.00 (Associate)
: HK$400.00 (Guest)
Sign-up Deadline : Friday 22-Jun-2018
Contact Person : Sam Wong:


Dear Yalies,
Please join us on a summer boat cruise to welcome new Yalies and summer interns (College, SOM, Graduate School, etc.) coming to Hong Kong.  We will be going to Sai Kung, where we will visit Hong Kong Geopark.  This is a spectacular part of Hong Kong that many people have not seen, and is only accessible by boat.  Given its significance and beauty, in 2011, UNESCO listed it as part of its Global Geoparks Network. For more information, see Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.
We will depart from Aberdeen Marina Club at 11:00 am.  As part of the cruise, a barbecue lunch will be served on board. And along the way, we will have some time to go swimming, so please bring your swimsuit.  We will probably arrive back at Aberdeen Marina Club at around 6:00 p.m.
WhenSaturday, June 23, 11:00 a.m.
Meet At:  Aberdeen Marina Club, 8 Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Cost: Yale Club Members, students and new Yalies coming to Hong Kong:  HK$300
          Non-Yale Club Members:  HK$400
Bring: Sunscreen, swim clothes, towel, and camera.
Food: The boat crew will serve barbecue, but we request everyone to bring their own drinks.
N.B. for current students / interns: Before signing up, please make sure to register for free as a YCHK Affiliate Member. That way you will be able to enjoy Member pricing for this and other events.
Given we are on a boat, space is limited, so sign-ups are first come first serve.  We request that only Yale alums, interns, and new Yalies coming to HK sign up at this time.  If you intend to bring family/guests or have any questions, please send an email to  We will put guests on a waitlist on a first come first serve basis, and we will notify you later if space is available.
Thanks to Teresa Ding (YC 07) and Linklaters for sponsoring our summer boat cruise!

Three Yale juniors win prestigious scholarships for study and research

Jane Zhang, Fernando Rojas, and Jonathan Greenberg.

Three Yale juniors have been announced as winners of prestigious scholarships for study and research.

Jane Zhang has been named a 2018 Udall Scholar, Fernando Rojas has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship, and Jonathan Greenberg has won a Boren Scholarship.

Ukraine and Russia: Peace, War and the Future

Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and enjoyed relative peace for more than two decades until February 2014. “Vladimir Putin’s gamble of using military force in Crimea and Donbas has changed the relationship drastically,” writes Volodymyr Dubovyk, associate professor of international relations and director of the Center for International Studies at Odessa Mechnikov National University. “Ukraine has achieved levels of consolidation previously unseen.” Still, the conflict drags into its fifth year, and time could erode opposition. Absence of pro-Russian parties and some progress with reforms sustain public opinion, and Ukrainians generally recognize that the conflict reduces resources for infrastructure, social services and job creation. In opting for hard power rather than soft power, Russia lost Ukraine’s moderate pro-Russian segment. Russia’s image as a benevolent neighbor may have been irreparably shattered, and that will influence future relations between the two nations. – YaleGlobal

Yale Club of London: Theatre Circle – ‘Notes from the Field’ with Anna Devere Smith plus Q&A

The Yale Club of London cordially invites you to:

Notes from the Field  

conceived, written and performed by

Anna Devere Smith

plus, post-show:Anna Devere Smith in conversation with Kwame Kwei-Armah (Director of the Young Vic) 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018
7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

7.00 Networking Drinks, Theatre Bar7.30 Performance (Latecomers will not be admitted)Post-show talkback in the theatre
The Royal Court Theatre
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8AS

Please note: Tickets are limitedIn the first instance please would members only book one pair,and contact May Gibson, should you require further seats?  Thank you.

YCL General Admission: £27.50 


About the Event: 

Drawn from over 250 interviews conducted with students, parents, teachers and staff, Notes From the Field is an Obie-Award-winning solo performance by writer and actor Anna Deavere Smith (West Wing, Nurse Jackie) that shines a light on a lost generation of American youth, chronicling their experience of being caught in a school-to-prison pipeline. A multi-award-winning dramatist with an honorary degree from Yale, this is Anna’s first appearance in London in over 25 years.
Anna is a multi-award-winning dramatist and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Fletcher Foundation Fellowship, and Fellow Award in Theatre Arts from United States Artists. As an actress, she has appeared in several films, including Philadelphia (1993), Dave (1993), The American President (1995), Rent (2005), and Rachel Getting Married (2008). Anna also had recurring TV roles on The Practice (2000), as Dr. Nancy McNally on The West Wing (2000–06), and as hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus in the Showtime dark comedy series Nurse Jackie.  She has received honorary degrees from many American Universities, including Yale.  This is Anna’s first appearance in London in over 25 years.
Following the performance, Anna will be in conversation with Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, which will be free to all ticket holders to that evening’s show.
Contact: May Gibson
Please note: Photos and other forms of recording may be taken at the event and used by the YCL website from time to time.