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

British Council

Applications for Future Leaders Connect are now closed and will open again in 2019. 

Connect to a global network of emerging policy leaders

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. 

"I cannot describe a better experience, professionally or personally. It is a once in a lifetime experience." 

2017 member of Future Leaders Connect

As a member of Future Leaders Connect, you will travel to the UK for nine days (22 October - 31 October 2018) of advanced policy and leadership development, in partnership with the University of Cambridge. You will discuss today’s biggest global challenges in the UK Houses of Parliament, meet inspirational leaders and visit world-renowned institutions. Following your time in the UK you will have worldwide connections, a policy action plan for change and the skills, knowledge and networks needed to be an influential leader in your country and beyond. 

Connect to the University of Cambridge

You will stay at the Møller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge where you will futher develop your leadership skills and learn policy making expertise.   

You will develop a deep understanding in to the policy challenges faced by those from different countries and environments. By learning from each other and by working together, you will form your policy action plans, a collaborative leadership model and refine how you convincingly pitch your policy vision for global change.

Connect to the UK Houses of Parliament

During the programme, you will be connected to influential leaders at the UK Houses of Parliament and UK Government institutions. You will discuss with these leaders your innovative policy ideas to tackle some of today’s biggest global challenges. 

Connect to global leaders and world renowned institutions 

You will have exclusive opportunties to attend private meetings with inspirational global leaders and visit some of the UK's leading organisations.  

In 2017 Future Leaders Connect members debated peace and education with former UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, as well as other world leaders. Following discussions with UK politicians, they presented their innovative policy ideas at 10 Downing Street, the UK Prime Minister's residence. Members also talked exclusively with Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times journalist Thomas L. Friedman and visited the BBC World Service.

The place where Future Leaders Connect

We identify exceptional young leaders from around the world who we anticipate will play a significant role in policy making and politics in the years to come. If you are aged 18-35, have policy knowledge and the potential to be a senior leader, then this could be the opportunity for you. 

"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 

The costs of travel, accommodation and meals are covered by the British Council and the programme is fully accessible.

Watch videos from the Future Leaders Connect members to hear about their experience of the programme. 

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The Elders and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson with Future Leaders Connect members ©

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