As has been ably demonstrated by this guy, it can’t hurt to ask when are wanting to give your students real experience with key players. He has just managed to set up a skype chat with Kevin Rudd. In the past he has managed to land a chat with Aung San Suu Kyi. I don’t know whether it is his appealing love of plaid, his gratuitous flattery (he apparently called Kevin Rudd the ‘most socially networked and digitally interactive politician on the entire planet’) or his audacity to just ask but whatever he is doing definitely seems to be working.
If you have a burning desire to connect your students with world leaders, experts in your field, inspiring people or a bunch of other students, why not ask? Can’t hurt.