Nominate Young Leaders from North America and the MENA region passionate about reshaping the world

The European Young Leaders (EYL40) programme, led by Friends of Europe, brings together talented people under 40 years of age who have made their mark in a wide range of activities and who are headed for senior leadership in fields such as politics, science, business, media, NGOs, the arts and civil society.

From trailblazing biochemists to budding political leaders, from dot.com entrepreneurs to NGO ‘stars’ who are shaping the social and environmental policies of tomorrow, the European Young Leaders are a unique community that crafts innovative responses to European challenges and positively affects the lives of future generations. They form a powerful and tightly-knit group that meets each year for two seminars hosted in cities across Europe.

Building on this success, Friends of Europe is now inviting 20 Young Leaders from North America and 20 Young Leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to meet and discuss with their European counterparts in Tallinn on 14-16 September. The aim is to create synergies, promote structural dialogue and foster better mutual understanding between established leaders from the three regions.

In Tallinn, Young Leaders will discuss how people, politics and power interact in the early part of this century, and the effect of the relationship between the three on communities and citizens in Europe and globally. The seminar will provide an opportunity to consider how to remake Europe, what its relationship to the wider world and its close partners should be, and how digital is reforming democracy, geopolitics and the economy.

Travel and accommodation costs for the whole seminar are covered by Friends of Europe. English is the working language of the programme.

What are we looking for?

Friends of Europe is seeking nominations for established Young Leaders from the following countries:

North America:

Canada & the United States of America

Middle East and North Africa:

Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia & Turkey

How does it work?

There are two ways to suggest a candidate:

  1. Application: Send us your CV and a cover letter explaining why you believe that you should be considered for the seminar in Tallinn.
  2. Nomination: Send us the full name (and ideally contact details) of the candidate that you are nominating together with a short bio and reasoning why you are nominating them.

We would appreciate if you could send your applications/nominations by email by 27 March to:

Jean-Yves Stenuick
Programme Manager
Tel. + 32 2 893 95 25

If you would like to discuss your applications/nominations or would like further information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

The list of selected candidates who will have the opportunity to join our European Young Leaders in Tallinn will be announced in mid-June.

What kind of leaders do we have in mind?

  • Candidates must be between 30 and 40 years old;
  • Candidates must be nationals from one of the countries listed above;
  • Candidates are evaluated based on their potential to attain the highest levels of their chosen profession;
  • Candidates must have a record of important achievements and outstanding professional experiences;
  • Candidates are evaluated based on their ability to contribute to the enrichment of the programme as a whole;
  • Candidates must be committed to serve society at large through noteworthy contributions;
  • Candidates are required to be fluent in English as it is the working language of the programme.

The candidates need to be outstanding, willing to engage in the Tallinn seminar and ideally interested in Europe.

Over the years, the EYL40 programme has attracted high-profile and significant young leaders such as:

  • Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourg Minister of the Environment
  • Frédéric Mazzella, Founder and CEO of BlablaCar
  • Souad Mekhennet, Correspondent for the Washington Post and author of ‘The Eternal Nazi’
  • Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke, Founder & President of Women’s Worldwide Web