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, three 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.
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How African tech is helping civil societies become more resilient
Author of Startup Lions; Entrepreneur and Founder of EMERGING Valley and StartupBRICS and 2020-2021 European Young Leader (EYL40)
- Passionate about all things digital, Samir founded EMERGING Valley as an international summit on African innovation to connect tech start-ups with investors, thinkers and decision-makers across continents.
How contagion works – Italy’s Corona experience
Bestselling Author, Theoretical Physicist and 2020-2021 European Young Leader (EYL40)
- Paolo is an award-winning Italian writer and theoretical physicist. His new book, “How Contagion Works,” is intended as a record of his experience during the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.
How robotics can revolutionise sustainability
Founder and CEO of Solenica, Inventor of the smart lighting robot ‘Caia’ and 2020-2021 European Young Leader (EYL40)
- Diva is the inventor of Caia–an AI-powered smart mirror which moves to reflect natural sunlight around your home. Solencia has raised over $1.1million, the majority coming from crowdfunding backers.
Samir is not only a French entrepreneur but also an author and a tech reporter. Passionate about all things digital, he founded EMERGING Valley as an international summit on African innovation to connect tech start-ups with investors, thinkers and decision-makers across continents. He also leads StartupBRICS, a company that provides insights on entrepreneurship in emerging economies. Samir is a former chronicler on African tech entrepreneurs for Le Monde and has also featured in the Huffington Post, Le Point and Les Echos. His book, Startup Lions, chronicles his experience travelling the African continent in search of the most interesting and innovative tech start-ups. With French President Emmanuel Macron’s initiative “Summit of the Two Shores of the Mediterranean”, Samir was amongst 10 selected to make proposals to relaunch European and Mediterranean cooperation.
Paolo is an award-winning Italian writer and theoretical physicist. His first novel, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, is a critically acclaimed worldwide bestseller, selling over a million copies and being translated into thirty languages. It also received an equally successful cinematic adaptation. Paolo also wrote the critically acclaimed The Human Body and Like Family. He has been widely recognised for his work and was the youngest winner ever of Italy’s most prestigious literary award, the Strega Prize, as well as the Premio Campiello, a highly competitive annual prize.
Diva is an Italian scientist and entrepreneur with a fervent interest in robotics and sustainability. She channelled her passion by creating a home robotics start-up Solenica and developed an AI-powered smart mirror that reflects natural light around the home. The idea to transform indoor spaces came to Diva while working towards her doctorate in Computational Biology in Cambridge, where she spent much of her days inside craving sunshine. Diva is also a graduate of the Singularity University programme on exponential technologies at NASA in 2010. She was awarded the Premio Giovane for the Environment and the Young Global Innovator Award by the MIT Tech Review for Italy, as well as the Pleiade International Award for Innovation and New Technologies.
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