The program benefits greatly from an intellectual partnership among the Fundación Mujeres por África, the Yale Office of International Affairs, the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and the Greenberg Yale World Fellows Program. Fundación Mujeres por África President María Teresa Fernández de la Vega Sanz provides indispensable, visionary support..

Faculty Director

Emma Sky

Senior Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs; Director, Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program at Yale

Emma Sky is director of Yale's Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program and a Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics. She is the author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq. Sky served as advisor to the Commanding General of US Forces in Iraq from 2007-2010; as advisor to the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2006; as advisor to the US Security Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in 2005; and as Governorate Co-ordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003-2004. Prior to that, Sky worked in the Palestinian territories for a decade, managing projects to develop Palestinian institutions; and to promote co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians. In addition, Emma has provided technical assistance on poverty elimination, human rights, justice public administration reform, security sector reform, and conflict resolution in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Sky has published numerous articles including in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, Atlantic, Slate, Survival, Center for a New American Security, US Institute of Peace, the Guardian, and the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. Sky was educated at Oxford (UK), Alexandria (Egypt), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) and Liverpool (UK). Sky is an Officer of the British Empire.

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President, Fundación Mujeres por África

María Teresa holds a Law degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an "honoris causa" Doctorate from the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo. She has held various prominent roles in Spain, including Chief of Staff to the Minister of Justice, Director General of Services at the Ministry of Justice, member of the Supreme Judicial Council, and Secretary of State for Justice. María Teresa was member of the Spanish Parliament from 1996 to 2010, Deputy Secretary from 1997 to 1998, and Secretary General of the Socialist Parliamentary Group from 1998 to 2004. She was First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Presidency, and Spokesperson from April 2004 to October 2010. She has been Permanent Counsellor of the Spanish State Council since November 2010. María Teresa is an active collaborator with the feminist movement and in 1984 joined the first Governing Board of the Institute for Women and participated in drawing up the first Plan for Equal Opportunities. She is member of the Civil Society Advisory UN Women. María Teresa has been an associate lecturer in labour law at the Universidad Central of Barcelona and Madrid’s Universidad Complutense, as well as lecturer-tutor at UNED. She is the author of books and essays on labour law, human rights and the Council of Europe.

Edward Wittenstein

Director of International Relations & Leadership Programs, Yale Office of International Affairs

Edward (“Ted”) Wittenstein is Director of International Relations & Leadership Programs for Yale’s Office of International Affairs, where he works in partnership with faculty, deans, and other key university administrators to advance a wide range of Yale initiatives around the world.  A Lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, he also serves as Executive Director of Yale’s Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy and as Executive Director of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program.  Ted is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, who previously worked as Special Assistant to former Yale President Richard Levin and as Director of Special Projects for Vice President Linda Lorimer.  Before returning to work for Yale, Ted held a variety of national security positions at the Department of Defense, Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of State.


Leslie Powell

Associate Director for Leadership Programs and Europe, Yale Office of International Affairs

Leslie oversees the development of senior-level leadership programs and supports the work of Yale schools, centers, and faculty on key projects in Europe. Prior to joining OIA, Leslie directed outreach, media relations, and alumni affairs for the Yale World Fellows Program. Earlier in her career, she was a senior political risk analyst for Eurasia Group, a global advisory and consulting firm, and a contractor for NASA, serving as a liaison to the Russian Space Agency and other former Soviet agencies. Leslie has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and an A.B. from Harvard in Russian and Soviet studies.