This group is the tenth cohort to join YPN. Over the next nine months, these rising Eurasia experts and leaders will convene to engage in off-the-record discussions with seasoned professionals in diplomacy, policy, journalism, and government affairs. These discussions will focus on timely issues in the region and reflect the regional and industry interests of the fellows.
This year’s cohort represents a diverse array of professional backgrounds, including consulting firms, think tanks, universities, governmental, non-governmental, and international organizations. It includes fellows from the Atlantic Council, IRI, DAI, Boston Consulting Group, the Department of State, USAID, CIPE, NED, PEN America, NARUC, the Department of Commerce, The National Interest, Albright Stonebridge Group, Freedom House, the Uyghur Human Rights Project, IMF, Chemonics, and UNDP. The new cohort of 13 men and 12 women represent nine countries, including Belarus, China, Denmark, Georgia, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uzbekistan. All have extensive education, work experience, and language skills relating to the Eurasian region.
EF’s Board of Trustees established the Young Professionals Network in 2012 to honor EF’s late board chair, Sarah Carey, for her pioneering spirit and deep connection to Russia and the Eurasia region. EF identifies rising leaders who share Sarah Carey’s commitment to international engagement in the region and connects them with established professionals who can help mentor a new generation of politicians, diplomats, and analysts. During its ten year history, EF has welcomed 282 emerging professionals into the network.