This online debate is exclusively organised for European Young Leaders
One of the strengths of the European Young Leader (EYL) programme is the rich and various community that regularly interacts through the programme’s activities and channels. The exchange between EYLs enables an increased spread of knowledge and experience between classes and professions, while also laying the groundwork for close collaboration. This cross-pollination of perspectives is key to an unending cycle of peer-learning and reinforces the ability to self-question, the hallmarks of any good leader.
Peer-learning exchange sessions are a tradition at the European Young Leaders seminars whereby we hold informal small group conversations over breakfast and discuss one Young Leader’s expertise and experience. As we will not meet each other in 2020, we will organise two of these peer-learning sessions online instead, although without the shared breakfast.
In practise, four group conversations will run simultaneously with around 10 participants in each group to allow for a frank and insightful discussion. Every conversation is led by a EYL who introduces the topic, after which the discussion will involve all participating EYLs.
1. How access to information can help tackle gender-based violence
Founder of CHAYN and 2020-2021 European Young Leader (EYL40)
2. Refugees and Covid-19: Current and Future Implications
Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford and 2020-2021 European Young Leader (EYL40)
3. Sea rangers: an entrepreneurial approach to climate action
Wietse van der Werf
Founder & CEO of Sea Ranger Service and 2020-2021 European Young Leader (EYL40)
4. How tech is able to accelerate social change and global peace
Anne Kjær Bathel
Founder and CEO of ReDI School of Digital Integration and 2020-2021 European Young Leader (EYL40)
Hera is a Scottish activist, feminist and tech expert. Passionate about empowering women, she created CHAYN as a global project run by volunteers that crowdsources online resources to address gender-based violence. CHAYN has reached more than 300,000 people through its projects targeted to helping survivors of abuse. Hera is a fervent believer in the power of open source technology and open data as a tool to solve the world’s pressing issues. When she is not busy running CHAYN, Hera works with governments and civil society seeking to open data sets as a way to fight corruption.
Alexander Betts is a Professor of Forced and International Affairs at the University of Oxford, where is also the Associate Head of the Social Sciences and a Senior Fellow in Politics at Brasenose College. His research examines the political economy of refugee assistance, with a focus on Africa. Alexander also currently leads the IKEA Foundation-funded Refugee Economies Programme, which undertakes participatory research on the economic lives of refugees in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Prior to this, he served as director of the Refugees Studies Centre. Alexander has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian and is the author of “The Wealth of Refugees: How Displaced People Can Build Economies”, which explores policy solutions for the contemporary global refugee crisis.
Wietse is an award-winning Dutch social entrepreneur and conservationist, pioneering regenerative blue economy ventures. Wietse has received wide recognition for his innovative approach to mobilising businesses, governments and citizens to form uncommon partnerships for the social, economic and ecological regeneration of European coastal and ocean areas. His current venture, the Sea Ranger Service, trains unemployed young people from port cities with the help of navy veterans to manage Marine Protected Areas in European seas. A new type of professional sailing vessel has been developed for the Sea Rangers, with cost-effective sea operation and zero emissions.
Anne founded ReDI School, a vocational training programme that teaches programming and tech skills to migrants and seeks to fill vacancies in the German IT job market. With five schools throughout Germany and Denmark, ReDI hosts 1,000 students per semester, 65% of which are women and girls. She also founded the Berlin Peace Innovation Lab, which focuses on technology’s role in facilitating emerging and measurable social change towards global peace. Prior to this, Anne spent two years in Japan, researching open social innovation, and received the prestigious Rotary Peace Fellowship. She previously worked as a corporate social responsibility consultant, during which time Anne developed and implemented Samsung Electronics’ award-winning corporate social responsibility strategy for Scandinavia.
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