Future Leaders Connect - the global network of emerging policy leaders ©

British Council

Connect to the opportunity to develop skills and create positive change through policy making

At the British Council we are committed to developing future leaders. To prepare for the world ahead of us the next generation of leaders must be skilled, innovative and globally connected people, able to make and respond to change with effective policy making. 

An international outlook is vital for the future leaders of all countries, if they wish to overcome the challenges they will face.

Sir Ciarán Devane - Chief Executive British Council

Future Leaders Connect offers its members the opportunity to be part of a long-term worldwide network of emerging policy leaders. You will have the chance to discuss some of the biggest global policy issues in the Houses of Parliament in London, develop your leadership skills, learn from inspirational policy leaders and make positive policy change in your country and beyond.

Connect to a residential programme of learning and development

You will take part in a residential development programme over a number of days. Based at a world class dedicated residential leadership development and conference centre, The Møller Centre at Churchill College in Cambridge. Here you will enhance your existing leadership skills and learn policy making best practice. Working as an international group, together you will combine your individual expertise to collectively address some of the world’s greatest global challenges.

Additionally, during your stay in the UK, you will have the opportunity to meet and engage with UK Parliamentarians, visit world leading institutions and attend private meetings with inspiring leaders and policymakers.

Connect to the UK Houses of Parliament 

Finally your visit will end with a one-day immersive conference in the UK Houses of Parliament themed Fast Forward: Preparing for the World Ahead of Us. The conference will be an interactive day of discussions and debates with UK Parliamentarians addressing some of the world’s most urgent issues.

Connect to a long-term network of emerging leaders from around the globe

You will stay actively connected to the network once you return home, taking advantage of opportunities to further develop your skills and to share and learn from your peers across the global network.

Becoming a member of Future Leaders Connect

Why should you apply to become a member of the British Council’s Future Leaders Connect?

  • Become a member of a long-term network, connecting with other future leaders from across the world
  • Access to a nine day programme of leadership and policy skill development
  • Enhance your professional development
  • Opportunity to have your voice and ideas heard in the UK Houses of Parliament
  • Attend private meetings with some of the UK’s most senior leaders
  • Visit world famous leadership institutions
  • Learn from senior policy experts and campaigners
  • Access to future opportunities from the British Council

Each year we will recruit more members for Future Leaders Connect. In 2017 there are 50 spaces available. This year we welcomed applicants from the following countries; Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, UK and USA.

Applications are now closed and will open again in 2018.


  • Future Leaders Connect - Literature Review (Adobe PDF 2MB)