- The US group is part of 50 young people from around the globe meeting world leaders, parliamentarians and academics in the UK as part of the British Council’s Future Leaders Connect programme
- The nine-day programme includes advanced policy and leadership training at the Møller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, and visits to the UK Houses of Parliament and No.10 Downing Street, London
- Future Leaders Connect helps some of the world’s brightest 18-35 year olds sharpen their leadership and policy making skills
- This year’s 50 winners were selected from 16,000 applications worldwide.
Four winners from the USA are among the 50 young people meeting in the UK for the British Council’s Future Leaders Connect programme. The US members include Samuel Greene, Steven Pacheco, Luisa del Rosal and Vanessa Vardon. Each individual on the programme was selected based on their vision for improving their country through policy and their potential to be a senior leader in the future.
The US delegates will be joined by peers from Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia and the four nations of the UK.
Now in its second year, the British Council’s Future Leaders Connect initiative provides advanced policy and leadership development training, networking opportunities with world leaders and visits to famous UK institutions to help build tomorrow’s leaders from around the world.
The 2018 members are also participating in an evening of debate and conversation in London with Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile (2000-2006), Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, and other dignitaries from among The Elders. The Elders are an independent group of world leaders founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, working together for peace, justice and human rights.
After their UK trip, our US group will remain part of this global network of emerging leaders and gain access to connections and their global peers, receiving ongoing training and opportunities.
Sir Ciarán Devane, the Chief Executive of the British Council, explains: “Our aim is to build a long-term, international community of leaders, whose global visions and values will help them tackle the world’s next challenges. Future Leaders Connect is an opportunity for emerging leaders to collaborate with their counterparts from all over the world, and to benefit from some of the best knowledge that the UK has to offer on their respective journeys for change.”
Anybody interested in policy and leadership can also join the British Council’s Future Leaders Connect worldwide free online training course (MOOC) in early 2019 at: https://www.futurelearn.com/partners/british-council
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