Application Deadline: January 5, 2015.
When: March 20-22, 2015
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Brussels Forum’s Young Professionals Summit (YPS) is an annual flagship event of the German Marshall Fund of the United States where the future generation of leaders meets with the most influential politicians, thinkers, journalists, and business representatives to discuss pressing policy challenges for the transatlantic community. In addition, the program will feature sessions on leadership training and peer-to-peer learning.
The German Marshall Fund selects young professionals age 33 and under emerging in all sectors who possess the following characteristics:
• Leadership capacity in their community or profession;
• Interest in policy issues affecting transatlantic relations;
• Intellectual curiosity;
• Professional growth;
• A commitment to transatlantic and global engagement.
The Agenda and Format
The Young Professionals Summit will be held March 20-22, 2015 in Brussels. The Summit convenes about 70 high-potential young professionals with the goal of fostering dialogue between generations and building new connections across sectors and nations. Participants first engage in a tailor-made program, and also join the larger Brussels Forum on Saturday night, March 21 and Sunday, March 22.
YPS sessions are designed to promote frank exchange among panelists and participants.
Snapshot of Speakers 2010-2014
Carl Bildt, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister, the United Kingdom
Joyce Chang, Managing Director, Emerging Markets Strategy, JP Morgan
Iain Conn, Chief Executive of Refining and Marketing, BP
Lyse Doucet, Presenter and Correspondent, BBC News
Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, European Commission
Rosalind Hudnell, Vice President, Human Resources, Director, Communications and Diversity, Intel Corporation
David Ignatius, Columnist and Associate Editor, Washington Post
Toomas Ilves, President, Republic of Estonia
Fawzia Koofi, Member, Afghanistan Parliament
Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres, Secretary of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade, Brazil
Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation
Mahmoud Salem, Blogger and Writer, Egypt
Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State, United States
Mosharraf Zaidi, Campaign Director, Alif Ailaan, Pakistan
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