What is Future Leaders Connect?

Future Leaders Connect is a pioneering policy and leadership programme for exceptional individuals from around the world, who are aged between 25 and 35. 

We are building a global network of emerging policy leaders connected over the long term to realise substantial change on today’s global challenges. With 150 members so far and tens of thousands of people involved in our online community, Future Leaders Connect is bringing people together to lead change through policymaking. 

“The impressive British Council’s Future Leaders Connect members were motivated, passionate and eloquent in their proposals to change their societies for the better. They reminded me that the rest of us have a responsibility to ensure that the coming generations have every chance to meet their potential to the fullest extent.” 

Ban-Ki Moon, Deputy Chair of The Elders, former UN Secretary-General and former South Korean Foreign Minister

By taking part in a six-week policy and leadership development programme, designed by UK experts, based on the needs of young, global policy leaders, members have a unique opportunity to further their skills and access international networks and ultimately make a difference through policy-making. Members will:

  • Develop an action plan to bring their policy change forward
  • Join a network of exceptional policy change makers from around the world and discuss today’s biggest global challenges
  • Learn about leadership styles and approaches, and build the international networks needed to be an influential leader.

"I can’t describe a better experience, professionally, or personally. Be ready to change the world, because it you have a policy, if you have a vision, then this is the programme for you."

Future Leaders Connect member

What does it mean to be a member?

Being a Future Leaders Connect member is a long-term commitment. You will be connected to the British Council in your home country and asked to participate in local, national and international opportunities over the following months and years, as part of your ongoing professional development as a policy leader. You will also be connected to existing Future Leaders Connect members from around the world, an impressive network of leaders who are leading change. Almost all Future Leaders Connect members continue to be in regular contact with the network, accessing the exclusive ongoing opportunities and working together. 

We are looking for exceptional individuals with the ideas, energy and commitment to work collaboratively with all members of the Future Leaders Connect and senior leaders. The programme aims to be representative of the countries in which it operates, and we encourage applications from all sections of society.  

You can learn more about the experiences of our international network of 150 members on our dedicated YouTube channel.


Future Leaders Connect members present their policy ideas to a UK Minister at Number 10 Downing Street  ©

British Council 

What do we mean by policy?

Policy - a set of ideas, plan, course or principle of action which is officially agreed to by a body or an individual.

What do we mean by policymaking?

Policymaking - discussion, debate and influence that leads to the establishment of a policy.