European Young Leaders


What do a microbiologist, an entrepreneur, a journalist and a Member of Parliament have in common?

They are all European Young Leaders who are engaged in making Europe a global champion for a better world.

The European Young Leaders (EYL40) programme, organised by Friends of Europe, is a unique, inventive and multi-stakeholder programme that aims to promote a European identity by engaging the continent’s most promising talents in initiatives that will shape Europe’s future.

The programme is supported by renowned and solid foundations such as the Fondazione Cariplo and the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.

The European Young Leaders represent promising European leadership from all over the continent, with a wide variety of backgrounds including politics, business, civil society, academia, arts, science and the media.

Every year, they meet for two three-day seminars in symbolic European cities, joined by decision-makers, stakeholders and key European actors to discuss issues of common concern and develop concrete proposals and recommendations to tackle the challenges facing Europe and its citizens.

The European Young Leaders now represent a network of more than 180 alumni.

The programme was initially conceived with EuropaNova, a Paris-based think-tank.

Meet the European Young Leaders
Mehdi Hasan
Broadcaster, Journalist and Presenter at Al Jazeera International
Michal Štencl
Founder & CEO of Sygic
Muna Duzdar
Secretary of State for Diversity, Public Service and Digitalisation
Myriam François
International News Correspondent for TRT World
Neza Kogovsek Salamon
Director of the Peace Institute
Owen Jones
Columnist for the Guardian
Ozan Yanar
Member of Parliament, Finland
Sebastien Pilard
Member of the Pays de la Loire Regional Council
Silvia Console Battilana
Co-Founder & CEO of Auctionomics
Virginia Raggi
Mayor of Rome
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