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

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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. 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. 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.

The place where Future Leaders Connect

Through Future Leaders Connect we aim to identify exceptional individuals (aged 18-35) who have the potential to be future leaders of their countries in the fields of politics and policy, and who will be amongst the shapers of global policy making in the years ahead. If you believe you are an emerging leader with an understanding of global issues and policy making then this could be the opportunity for you.

Watch videos from the Future Leaders Connect members to find out from them, what it is like to take part in the programme. 


Entreprenur Richard Branson with Future Leaders Connect members ©

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