YYAS 2018 included the following lectures by Yale faculty members & local practitioners:


Session(s) attended


Topic and Notes

Eddie Mandhry

Rwanda, Ghana

Director for Africa, Yale University

  • Civic Engagement and Ethical Leadership
  • 2015, 2016 and 2017 speaker

Ian Shapiro


Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University

  • Democratic Competition: The Basics
  • 5-time returning speaker
  • Director of MacMillan Center

Brian Scassellati


Professor of Computer Science & Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

  • Robots that Teach

Sandra Sanneh


Senior Lecturer in Yale’s Program in African Languages, and Director of the Yale African Language Initiative

  • Language in Africa: Policies, Power and Preferences in a Globalized World
  • 2015 and 2017 speaker

Alex Asiedu


Chief Executive of Stanbic Investment Management Services

  • “Why should you come back? On returning to Africa after university abroad”
  • Yale World Fellow
  • 4-time returning speaker

Bo Hopkins


Lecturer, Yale School of Management, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Center for Engineering Innovation and Design

  • Harnessing the Power of Markets

Nicholas Alipui


Senior Fellow and Lecturer, African Studies and Global Health

  • The Impact of Climate Change on Child Health and Development in Africa in Context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Frank Minja


Assistant Professor of Neuroradiology at the Yale School of Medicine

  • The Future of Medical Imaging in Africa Is Now
  • 2017 speaker

Hatim Eltayeb


Dean of African Leadership Academy

  • Your life as a Movie: Being a Protagonist as well as a Supporting Character

Jill Harvis


Assistant Professor of French

  • Desert Futures: Reimagining the Sahara 

Michael Cappello


Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease), of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis

  • Comparing Infectious Disease Issues and Approaches in Africa and Abroad

Christine Ngaruiya


Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

  • Understanding Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)