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Invitation to Press Briefing and Interview with President of Yale University on Partnerships in Nigeria and Africa

Yale University, a leader in higher education and one of the Ivy League colleges in the United States of America, invites journalists from Nigerian media to a press briefing and short Q&A session with Professor Peter Salovey, the 23rd President of the University.   From the 16th to 18th of January 2020, President Salovey through a series of events, will engage stakeholders in Nigeria across the fields of business, technology and leadership to, share knowledge, exchange ideas, and explore new partnerships.  

At the press briefing, journalists will engage President Salovey for 30mins and have a chance to discuss the University’s ongoing commitment to the continent through its Yale Africa Initiative partnerships, and the events lined up for Mr. Salovey’s second visit to Africa since becoming Yale President in 2013.

There will also be a short question and answer session to explore and respond to journalists’ area of interests.   The Yale Africa Initiative is a university-wide effort to prioritize and expand Yale’s commitment to Africa by strengthening relationships between Yale University and African institutions and creating educational opportunities for African students and scholars. Learn more about the programs, partnerships, and collaborations that comprise the Yale Africa Initiative at


Date: Friday, 17th January, 2020

Time: 11 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Radisson Blu, Victoria Island, Lagos

Host: Peter Salovey, President, Yale University

To confirm attendance, please email [email protected]


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Peter Salovey

Peter Salovey is the twenty-third president of Yale University and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology. He holds secondary faculty appointments in the School of Management, the School of Public Health, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and the Sociology Department. He became president of the university in July 2013.

President Salovey has led the development of new programs and facilities across the schools and departments of Yale, including restructuring the leadership of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and opening two new residential colleges, expanding Yale College enrollment by 15 percent. He is advancing innovative teaching on campus; amplifying Yale’s partnerships in Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world; and enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration and entrepreneurial opportunity for faculty and students. President Salovey is committed to increasing access to a Yale education for students worldwide regardless of their financial background.

Prior to becoming president, President Salovey served as the provost of Yale University from 2008 to 2013. As provost, he facilitated strategic planning and initiatives such as enhancing career development and mentoring opportunities for all Yale faculty members; promoting faculty diversity; creating the Office of Academic Integrity; establishing the University-wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct; developing the West Campus; and overseeing the university’s budget during the global financial crisis. Other leadership roles at Yale have included serving as chair of the Department of Psychology (2000 to 2003); dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2003 to 2004); and dean of Yale College (2004 to 2008).

After receiving an A.B. (psychology) and A.M. (sociology) from Stanford University in 1980 with departmental honors and university distinction, President Salovey earned three degrees at Yale in psychology: M.S. (1983), M.Phil. (1984), and Ph.D. (1986). Since joining the Yale faculty in 1986, he has studied the connections among emotion, health communication, and health behavior, with a special focus on emotional intelligence. He played key roles in multiple Yale programs including the Health, Emotion, and Behavior Laboratory, which President Salovey founded and is now the Center for Emotional Intelligence; the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; and the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program.

President Salovey has authored or edited over a dozen books translated into eleven languages and published hundreds of journal articles and essays. With John D. Mayer, he developed a broad framework called “emotional intelligence,” the theory that just as people have a wide range of intellectual abilities, they also have a wide range of measurable emotional skills that profoundly affect their thinking and action.

In addition to teaching and mentoring scores of graduate students, President Salovey has won both the William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College and the Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Pretoria (2009), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2014), National Tsing Hua University (2014), Harvard University (2015), McGill University (2018), and University of Haifa (2018). In 2013, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the National Academy of Medicine.

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