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The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Announces 2023 Residents and Opens Call for 2024 Applicants

New cohort of Bellagio Center residents join ranks of more than 5,000 global changemakers spanning over six decades and 130 countries

NEW YORK | March 22, 2023 ― The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center announced the first cohort of 2023 residents selected for a month-long residency program in Bellagio, Italy, and officially opened a call for 2024 applicants with a registration period until April 26, 2023. Since launching in 1959, the Bellagio residency program has welcomed more than 5,000 artists, policymakers, scholars, authors, practitioners, and scientists from 130 countries, including 100 recognized as Nobel Laureates. The residency provides leaders with time in a remarkable setting to work, as well as connections to a growing network of past Bellagio Center residents around the world, all of whom have demonstrated a commitment to social impact aligned with the Foundation’s mission.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the first cohort of residents of 2023 to the Bellagio Center,” said Zia Khan, Senior Vice President of Innovation at The Rockefeller Foundation. “For decades, Bellagio has supported breakthrough ideas, innovations, and coalitions that address our biggest challenges. Like the residents before them, our amazing 2023 cohort will use this unique opportunity to think, work, and engage with each other in a very special setting. We’re excited for the big accomplishments and new friendships that will soon emerge. Our broader Bellagio community welcomes them.” ​​

For over 60 years, the Bellagio Center has supported many meaningful advances through its residency and conference programs and is globally renowned for fostering cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchange. Each year, the Bellagio Center residency program offers approximately 100 best-in-class thinkers and doers the chance to develop the ideas, art, policies, and breakthroughs that will help to promote the wellbeing of humanity by making opportunity universal and sustainable.

First Group of 2023 Bellagio Center Residents

Bellagio Center residents develop a wide array of solutions to pressing global challenges. The 2023 cohort includes an intentional focus on climate & green economies and gender equality, which reflects The Rockefeller Foundation’s commitment to addressing the climate crisis, and empowering women leaders. The residency cohort is diverse, being majority female with nearly half of residents coming from the Global South.

Climate & Green Economies

  • Chris Benner
  • Rosabelle Boswell
  • Amy Chester
  • Maria Alejandra Escalante
  • Alexandra Garita
  • Alex Godoy
  • Lesly Goh
  • Maja Groff
  • Josh Karliner
  • Ruth Nyambura Kilonzo
  • Shailendra Kumar
  • William Masters
  • Reema Nanavaty
  • Anita Nayar
  • Mary Nichols
  • Manuel Pastor
  • Alfonsina Peñaloza
  • Maureen Penjueli
  • Apiwat Ratanawaraha
  • Somini Sengupta
  • Nabeel Siddiqui
  • Kristina Skierka
  • Jeremy Tamanini
  • Zoé VanGelder
  • Mariama Williams

Equity & Economic Opportunity

  • Emily Arnold-Fernandez
  • Chye-Ching Huang
  • Rajiv Lall
  • Reuben Jonathan Miller
  • Lara Rabiu
  • Erica Smiley

Gender Equality

  • Ibtissam Bouachrine
  • Saker El Nour
  • Maria Floro
  • Gabriella Gomez-Mont
  • Caren Grown
  • Safeena Husain
  • Hina Jilani
  • Samantha Karlin
  • Markus Knigge
  • Sabrina Mahtani
  • Birte Meier
  • Ȃurea Mouzinho
  • Adebayo Olukoshi
  • Ai-jen Poo
  • Anita Ravi
  • Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch
  • Abril Saldaña
  • Crystal Simeoni
  • Theo Sowa
  • Meg Urry


  • Robert W. Blum
  • Clarence Braddock
  • Steve Davis
  • Sheri Fink
  • Conrad Keating
  • Diah Satyani Saminarsih
  • Carlos P. Santos-Burgoa Z

Human Rights & Global Security

  • David Carden
  • William Drozdiak
  • Greg Fischer
  • Alaa Murabit
  • Molly O’Toole
  • Kenneth Roth

Leadership, Law, & Policy

  • Nancy Gertner
  • Mona Lynch
  • Laurence Lien
  • Iddo Porat
  • Janet Salazar
  • Dariusz Wojcik

Responsible AI & Data

  • Julia Angwin
  • Payal Arora
  • Meredith Broussard
  • Afua Bruce
  • Kasia Chmielinski
  • Jim Fruchterman
  • Sam Gregory
  • James Guszcza
  • Ray Jayawardhana
  • Revathi Kollegala
  • Ojoma Ochai
  • Cathy O’Neil
  • Daniel Wolfe

Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Filmmaking

  • Sabika Abbas
  • Panch Alvarez
  • Gloriann Sacha Antonetty
  • Varda Bar-Kar
  • Diana Evans
  • Feras Fayyad
  • dream hampton
  • Ladee Hubbard
  • Rachel Kadish
  • Edie Meidav
  • Sungi Mlengeya
  • Elissa Blount Moorhead
  • Gabriela Ortiz
  • Jasmeen Patheja
  • Vaishali Sinha
  • Joel Toledo
  • Molara Wood
  • Emilia Yang

2024 Call for Applications

Beginning today, The Rockefeller Foundation is accepting applications for residencies in 2024. This year, in addition to a general open call for applications on any topic, the Bellagio Center Residency Program is prioritizing three themes: Reinventing Capitalism, Promoting Wellbeing, and Addressing Climate Change. These themes reflect the commitment of The Rockefeller Foundation to support leaders to innovate and discover new solutions to address our most urgent global challenges.

“The Bellagio Center is singular in its ability to attract and connect leaders that change the world,” said Sarah Geisenheimer, Vice President of Innovation at The Rockefeller Foundation. “We are looking forward to receiving applications for our 2024 residency program from leaders across the globe with breakthrough solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, reimagine economic systems to work for more people, and promoting wellbeing. We are proud that the Bellagio Center can host leading thinkers and doers to advance solutions to these pressing issues.”

The Rockefeller Bellagio Center Impact

Former residents include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, former Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa Dikgang Moseneke, renowned author Maya Angelou, and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson. The Bellagio Center also has a long history of convening the very best in their fields to solve the world’s most pressing problems, including meetings that led to the Global AIDS Vaccine Initiative and changing the course of philanthropy with “impact investing” in 2007. You can see the full list of 2022 residents here.

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