ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT ZACHARY VLESSING, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
University of Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania, United States | Advancing SDG 17 & UNAI 9
" Creating impact at scale has always been the driving force in everything I do. Tackling the Sustainable Development Goals is vitally important for our generation to create shared prosperity around the world and to avoid the pitfalls of prior generations. I look forward to being a Millennium Fellow and working with peers around the world to make progress on the SDGs a reality! "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Sustainable Development In Lithuania Research Presentation
I delievered a research presentation on the recent improvements in Sustainable Development in Lithuania. I travelled to Lithuania over the summer and completed my research paper from August-September. In October, I presented my research to the Lithuanian Non-Governmental Development Organization and their various stakeholders.
About the Millennium Fellow
Zachary Vlessing is a junior pursuing a dual degree in Finance and International Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is passionate about making an environmental and social impact at scale, building a skillset in business and political advocacy to tackle challenging problems that affect the global community.
He has worked as a summer intern for a wind energy company in New York, an environmental technology company in Vietnam, and most recently as a co-author for an ESG analytics company based in the UK. Zach is also a Wharton Research Scholar, researching the role of subjectivity in ESG Investing.
Zach has been active in social impact advocacy and policy as well. He was a Yale Young Global Scholar for Sustainable Development and a nationally ranked debater in high school. At Penn, he is the Head of Training for the Model United Nations team. This past summer, he has completed a Social Impact Research Experience grant from Wharton, traveling to Lithuania to explore the drivers of their progress on the United Nations SDGs.
He plans to use the Millennium Fellowship to organize an SDG Expert Network Forum in Lithuania in 2022, presenting his research to help guide the discussion of future opportunities in maximizing Lithuania's potential as a SDG Leader.