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Humanitarian, Business, and Political Icons Join McCain Global Leaders Advisory Council

WASHINGTON, DC (November 18, 2021) The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University (McCain Institute) recently announced its new McCain Global Leaders Program, a 10-month fellowship aimed at continuing the legacy of Senator McCain’s character-driven leadership. A diverse group of 25 individuals from around the world will be selected for the 10-month fellowship, and an impressive roster of high-profile leaders have joined the program’s advisory council.

The bipartisan McCain Global Leaders Advisory Council consists of 18 proven leaders from five continents who have effected major change around the world. The council members will play a critical role in recruiting and mentoring those selected for the fellowship. Council members include University of Chicago Institute of Politics Director David Axelrod, former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, NBA Africa founder Dikembe Mutombo, CEO and Founder of The Soufan Center Ali Soufan, Executive Director and Head of the Philanthropy Centre for J.P. Morgan Jean Sung, Founder of the Women Peace Network Wai Wai Nu, CEO of World Central Kitchen Nate Mook, and more.

“The advisory Council is the vital link with our extraordinary next generation leaders,” said McCain Institute Executive Chairman and Co-Chair of the McCain Global Leaders Advisory Council Josette Sheeran. “With guidance from the Advisory Council, the McCain Global Leaders will build partnerships among emerging leaders to further fight for freedom, innovation, opportunity, and entrepreneurship.”

“Training and equipping the next generation of global leaders will be vital for the future of America’s allies and partnerships around the globe,” said McCain Global Leaders Advisory Council Co-Chair Elisa Massimino. “Our future cohorts of McCain Global Leaders will be well served by the Advisory Council’s unmatched expertise in such a wide range of fields.”

“With today’s hyper-divisive climate – not only here in America, but globally – we are in dire need of level-headed and inclusive leaders,” said David Axelrod, director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and McCain Global Leaders Advisory Council member. “I’m proud to be a part of the McCain Global Leaders Program and help build a network of rising stars that honors Senator McCain’s legacy.”

“We need leaders who recognize that planet scale challenges require global partnerships,” said Nate Mook, CEO of World Central Kitchen. “It’s so appealing that McCain Global Leaders will be tackling real challenges around the world, interacting with a diverse group of fellow young leaders and experienced advisors.”

View the full list of McCain Global Leaders Advisory Council members here and below.

Josette Sheeran, Advisory Council Co-Chair, USA

  • Executive Chairman, McCain Institute

Elisa Massimino, Advisory Council Co-Chair, USA

  • Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

David Axelrod, USA

  • Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics

Michelle Bekkering, USA

  • Director of National Engagement, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Joe Harper, USA

  • COO, REB Capital Management

Hannah Vaughan Jones, United Kingdom

  • Broadcaster and Journalist

James McCain – USA

  • McCain Family

H.R. McMaster, USA

  • Former National Security Advisor

Nate Mook, USA

  • CEO, World Central Kitchen

Dikembe Mutombo, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Humanitarian, Founder of NBA Africa

Wai Wai Nu, Myanmar

  • Founder and Executive Director, Women Peace Network

Kristina Reinsalu, Estonia

  • Programme Director, E-Democracy, E-Governance Academy

Katya Rimkunas, USA

  • Regional Deputy Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, International Republican Institute

Ali Soufan, USA

  • Founder, The Soufan Center

Jean Sung, Hong Kong

  • Executive Director and Head of the Philanthropy Centre, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Asia Pacific

Djordje Todorovic, Serbia

  • Senior Program Manager, National Endowment for Democracy

Justin Wein, USA

  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Representative David Price (D-NC)

Victoria Welborn, USA

  • Senior Program Manager, National Democratic Institute

Cindy McCain, David Axelrod, Nate Mook and Jean Sung filmed a video about the McCain Global Leaders program. Watch it here.

About the McCain Global Leaders Program
Structured as a 10-month fellowship and learning experience, each cohort of the McCain Global Leaders Program will include a global selection of 25 leaders who are working “in the arena” to advance democracy, human rights and freedom. The non-residential program, which includes both in-person and virtual programming, is designed to advance each participant’s personal and professional leadership journey and impact by providing training, resources and access to highly relevant regional and global networks with goal of preparing today’s leaders to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Mid-career professionals from all countries are welcome to apply. The application deadline is December 31, 2021. In the spirit of Senator McCain, the program looks for individuals with a clear commitment to and a track record of serving a greater cause. To learn more about the McCain Global Leaders Program or to apply, click here.

About the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University
Inspired by Senator John S. McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute for International Leadership is fighting to secure democracy and alliances, defend human rights, protect the vulnerable, and advance character-driven leadership, both at home and around the world.

About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

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Publish Date
November 18, 2021