The World Affairs Council Fellows Program offers a unique professional development opportunity to a small group of greater Seattle's business and community leaders. The Fellows convene monthly for in-person breakfast discussions with carefully selected high-caliber international experts who offer unparalleled insight into current global issues, in addition to meeting throughout the year for additional Council events and dedicated networking opportunities.
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- Monthly (September-June) off-the-record in-person breakfast discussions with international experts to build greater understanding of global issues with local relevance.
- Productive connections and dialogue between participants representing business, government, military, education, and non-profit sectors.
- Year-long WAC membership with further opportunities to participate in substantive policy discussions, invite-only events, and networking.
- Access to the extensive Fellows program alumni network where participants continue with quarterly breakfast discussions, drive ongoing conversations, identify new opportunities to strengthen their network, and serve as proactive leaders and bridge builders in their respective communities.
Each summer, the World Affairs Council selects a Fellows Program cohort from individual application submissions and nominations placed by sponsoring organizations, corporate members, Fellows Program alumni, and Council members. Selection is based on current and future leadership in the community, the candidate’s background and interest in international affairs, and ability to contribute to the discussions.
Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis during July and August.
The total cost for the program is $2,000 ($2,060 if paid via credit card). Fellows are frequently sponsored by their companies, but are welcome to self-fund as well.
Previous sponsoring organizations include:
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Boeing Company
- Bryant Christie
- Consulate General of Canada in Seattle
- Gates Foundation
- Holland America Line
- Goldman Sachs
- JP Morgan Private Bank
- Microsoft Corporation
- National Center for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
- Northeastern University
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Perkins Coie
- Port of Seattle
- Russell Investments
- U.S. Navy
- University of Washington
- Wells Fargo
- Washington Global Health Alliance
Read about the 2021-2022 cohort on our webpage here.
- Alice Hill, Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations
- Emma Belcher, President, Ploughshares Fund
- General Barry McCaffery, National Security and Terrorism Analyst, NBC News
- Barbara Slavin, Director of the Future of Iran Initiative
- Ambassador Douglas E. Lute, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
- Farah Pandith, Author, Foreign Policy Strategist, and former Diplomat
- Jon Czin, Director for China, National Security Council
- Ambassador Johnnie Carson, former Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs
- Suzan DelBene, U.S. Congresswoman
- Jean-Arthur Régibeau, Belgian Ambassador to the U.S.
- Chris Inglis, National Cyber Director and Advisor to the President on Cybersecurity
- Lina Yoon, Senior Researcher, Asia Division of Human Rights Watch
- Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Program at Brookings and former Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs, National Security Council
- Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense
Read about the 2020-2021 cohort on our webpage here.
- Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense
- Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security
- Lieutenant General Nina Armagno, U.S. Space Force's director of staff for headquarters
- Jacob Lew, former Secretary of the Treasury
- Ambassador Mike McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia
- Rose Gottemoeller, former Deputy Secretary General of NATO
- Leila Zerrougui, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General and former Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Ambassador Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross
- Ambassador Ronald Kirk, former U.S. Trade Representative
- Susan Thornton, former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Read about the 2019-2020 cohort on our webpage here.
- Gary Locke, former Washington State Governor, United States Secretary of Commerce, Ambassador to China
- Mark Suzman, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
- General (Ret.) Barry McCaffrey, U.S. Army; formerly Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
- Reza Marashi, Research Director, National Iranian American Council
- Daniel C. Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale
- Jeffrey Hall, Deputy Director, U.S. Policy and Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Ambassador (Ret.) Jimmy Kolker, former Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Ambassador (Ret.) William Burns, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Ambassador (Ret.) Deborah K. Jones, former U.S. Ambassador to Libya
- Reuben Culpin, Head of Field Office for the United Nations
Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
Read about the 2018-2019 cohort on our webpage here.
2022-23 Fellows Cohort
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