Board of Advisers


Global21’s Board of Advisers consists of academics, journalists, and other professionals. Each adviser meets individually with Global21′s Executive Board to provide guidance on the organization’s operational and developmental strategy.

Stephen Brill

Stephen Brill, a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, is the author of the bestseller The Teamsters. He founded The American Lawyer magazine in 1979, which expanded into a chain of legal publications. In 1991 he founded cable’s Court TV. After selling his interests in those businesses in 1997, he founded Brill’s Content, a magazine about the media, which closed in 2001. After September 11, 2001, Brill became a columnist for Newsweek and an analyst for NBC on issues related to the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. In 2009, Brill and two other media executives created Journalism Online to help newspapers and magazines charge for online access


Nayan Chanda

Nayan Chanda is the Director of Publications and the Editor of YaleGlobal Online Magazine at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. For nearly thirty years before he joined Yale University Chanda was with the Hong Kong-based magazine theFar Eastern Economic Review as its editor, editor-at-large and correspondent. In 1989-90 Chanda was a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. From 1990-1992 Chanda was editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly, published from New York.


Tom Herman

R. Thomas Herman is a journalist and teacher. He was on the staff of The Wall Street Journal from 1968, when he graduated from Yale, until he retired in May 2009. From mid-1993 until May 2009, he wrote The Wall Street Journal’s weekly Tax Report. He continues to write a weekly column for The Wall Street Journal Sunday, a personal-finance section that appears in the Sunday business sections of many newspapers. Mr. Herman is teaching a Yale College seminar in the fall of 2010: “Behind the Headlines: The Press, Business and the Economy.” He taught a similar Yale seminar in 2006, 2007 and 2009. He taught a seminar on business and financial-news coverage at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in the spring semester of 2009 and 2010 and will be teaching there again in the fall of 2010.


Charles Hill

Charles Hill is a Diplomat-in-Residence and a lecturer in International Studies at Yale University. A career foreign service officer, Mr. Hill was a senior adviser to George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, and Ronald Reagan, as well as Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Hill served as Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to Rudy Giuliani, a Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential election.


Richard Levin

Richard Levin is a professor and American economist who has served as president of Yale University since 1993. He has made internationalization a top priority for Yale, and during his tenure as president he launched the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and created the Yale World Fellows Program that is building and training a world-wide network of emerging leaders. In 2008, President Levin was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He is also currently on the board of Science, Technology, and Economic Policy at the National Academy of Science and is a trustee of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, one of the largest Philanthropic organizations in the US.


Joanne Lipman

Joanne Lipman is an American journalist and editor. She was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine and website from 2005 to 2009. Previously she was a Deputy Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal, the first woman to hold that position. She is a frequent television commentator on business issues, appearing on CNN, CNBC, CBS and other news outlets. She has also contributed to the New York Times.


Ellen Lust

Ellen Lust-Okar, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1997, is Associate Professor of Political Science. She is also Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Modern Middle East Studies. Her research concerns the dynamics of political opposition, the formation of political institutions, and the links between foreign policy and domestic crisis, focusing on the Middle East. Her articles have appeared in International Interactions, Middle Eastern Studies, and edited volumes.


Zafar Sobhan

Zafar Sobhan shapes opinion through his influential positions at Bangladesh’s paper The Daily Star and the nation’s first “think magazine,” and is considered an outstanding social and political commentator of his generation. As Op-Ed Editor for The Daily Star since 2003, Sobhan commissions and edits all opinion, commentary, and analysis pieces and writes a weekly opinion column for Bangladesh’s most influential newspaper. Forum Magazine, which he also edits, is a monthly focusing on politics and economics. Sobhan also serves in positions of leadership in several non-profit organizations supporting youth training and development in Bangladesh. Prior to joining The Daily Star, Sobhan practiced law and taught school in the United States. In 2009, Zafar was part of the World Fellows Program at Yale, a signature international leadership program.