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European Young Leaders Warsaw 2018

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About

The Warsaw European Young Leaders seminar focused on present challenges and future solutions, but the past cast a long shadow.

Opening sessions were held in the Palace of Culture and Science, a towering reminder of Soviet rule, and the seminar closed after an inspirational meeting with Holocaust survivor, Marian Turski, who shared his experiences of rise of Nazism and warned the Young Leaders not to take their freedom for granted. In between, the seminar explored contemporary issues stemming from the roots of populism and the meaning of “European values” in the 21st century, to cybersecurity and ocean pollution.

Held under the heading of ‘Make or Break Europe’, the Warsaw meeting was the first for the European Young Leaders class of 2018, who brought experience in fields ranging from politics, business and civil society to astrophysics, architecture and the military. The seminar included a public engagement session, bringing in members of the Warsaw public to join the Young Leaders for a brainstorm on concrete measures to restore trust between voters and politicians.

Recommendations that emerged from this session included: a call for more voter control over local-authority spending through participatory budget planning; stimulating political education from an early age; and more purposeful engagement between politicians and the public at local level.

The European Young Leaders (EYL40) programme was launched in 2012, with the goal of bringing together 40 of Europe’s brightest minds every year – aged 40 and under – to debate challenges facing the continent and search for solutions. The programme was initially conceived by Friends of Europe in partnership with EuropaNova.

Schedule

Schedule

2018 Class welcome lunch Expand 2018 Class welcome lunch

A moment to welcome the 2018 class of European Young Leaders to their first seminar and an opportunity for them to meet with their peers

Welcome and introduction to the seminar Expand Welcome and introduction to the seminar

Speakers

Geert Cami

Co-Founder & Secretary General at Friends of Europe

Michał Olszewski

Deputy Mayor of Warsaw, 2015-2016 European Young Leader

Tracing our roots Expand Tracing our roots

From Communism to Populism – How did we get here?

Authoritarians in Europe and the world are on the rise, and electorates are seduced by extremes that could bring down liberal democracy.To fight back, mainstream politicians need to grasp the causes of popular discontent and rebuild democracy’s moral foundations.

Speaker

Marcin Walecki

Head of the Democratization Department at the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR)

Group activity: Peer-to-peer exchange Expand Group activity: Peer-to-peer exchange

Peer-to-Peer Exchange

What makes a good leader? In this session, Young Leaders will be divided into groups of 8-10 to exchange experiences and insight from their leadership journeys. Each group will present a summary of their discussion to the wider group in five minutes.

Led by

Agnija Šeiko

Director, Padi Dapi Fish, 2017 European Young Leader

Coffee Break
Plenary session: Ethics, accountability & transparency Expand Plenary session: Ethics, accountability & transparency

What defines European values in the 21st Century?

Across the continent, populists on both sides of the political spectrum are rising;  economic inequality is increasing; the advent of digital technologies is speeding up the rate of change in our societies; even the nature of privacy and social interaction has been transformed in the early part of the 21st century. This rapid pace of change has created an atmosphere of uncertainty, for good or ill, facilitating social division and increased competition to establish a dominant narrative which is capable of directing the remodelling of European values, as has is being illustrated in Britain, Poland, and Hungary.

Has Europe lost the moral high-ground? What now defines European identity and values? In which areas should we seek to protect traditional European characteristics, and which are in need of a 21st century overhaul?

Introductory remarks by

Caroline de Gruyter

Author and EU Correspondent at NRC Handelsblad

Franziska Katharina Brantner

Member of the German Bundestag and Member of the European Parliament (2009-2013), 2012 European Young Leader

High-level Dinner: Women in Leadership Expand High-level Dinner: Women in Leadership

On the occasion of International Women’s Day and the 100 anniversary of the Suffragettes’ movement, this dinner will celebrate the legacy of women who have left an indelible mark on the progress of women.

European Young Leader contribution by

Alexandra Dariescu

Concert pianist, producer - "The Nutcracker and I”, 2018 European Young Leader

Dionysis Grammenos

Conductor, Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra, 2018 European Young Leader

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bak

Associate, Ferdinand Lassalle Centre For Social Thought, 2018 European Young Leader

Jesse Klaver

Leader of the Dutch green party ‘GroenLinks’ and Member of the House of Representatives, 2018 European Young Leader

Continue to DAY 2
Pleary session: Cities in the driving seat Expand Pleary session: Cities in the driving seat

How cities are leading the way forward on European cooperation

By acting at the local level to solve economic, social, and environmental issues, cities can bypass national political discord to create partnerships full of opportunities that accelerate action on issues affecting the daily lives of citizens across Europe. Cities are also teaming up, creating coalitions and sharing knowledge and innovative solutions to the greatest challenges facing Europeans. From climate change to migration, these strategic partnerships are rooted in substantial projects and initiatives that reflect cities’ ambitions, priorities and interests, giving them an increasingly prominent role in multilateral cooperation at the European level.
Where can cities have the greatest impact in bridging the gap between the EU and its citizens? Can European solidarity be reinvigorated at a city level? Does inter-city cooperation offer a more effective alternative to regional and international cooperation?

Introductory remarks by

Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz

Mayor of Warsaw

Nasima Razmyar

Member of Parliament and Deputy Mayor of Helsink, National Parliament, Finland, 2018 European Young Leader

Coffee break
Peer-learning roundtables Expand Peer-learning roundtables

Short conversations with Young Leaders on issues that matter to them, to gain expertise from this useful network. 

— 12.00 – 12.30

1 - Produced but never eaten – how to tackle food waste

Selina Juul

Founder and Chairman of the Board of Stop Wasting Food movement, 2018 European Young Leader

2 - Getting to the top - navigating challenges to equality and diversity in the navy

Helena Linder-Jess

Assistant Naval Attachée for the Embassy of Germany to the United States of America, 2018 European Young Leader

3 - Making sense of fake news

Clémentine Forissier

Associate and Co-Founder of Contexte, 2015-2016 European Young Leader

4- The Italian election – why it matters for Europe

Lia Quartapelle

Democratic Party Leader, 2018 European Young Leader

— 12.30 – 13.00

1 - Activating 21st century skills - enabling social inclusion through volunteering

Kamilla Sultanova

Owner, ConnectUz, 2015-2016 European Young Leader

2 - The “Startup Stack”- what European start-ups need to succeed

John Collison

Co-Founder & President of Stripe, 2018 European Young Leader

3 - Finding a new star – what space has to offer this century

Guillem Anglada-Escudé

Reader in Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London, 2018 European Young Leader

4 - The Rebound Effect— a clean energy conundrum

Lukasz Dziekonski

CEO, Montis Capital Fund, 2015-2016 European Young Leader

Lunch
Parallel sessions Expand Parallel sessions

PARALLEL I: CYBERSECURITY

A concern for European citizens and companies?

Cyberterrorism is fast-becoming one of the main concerns of European citizens. The shift from small-scale cyber-attacks to large-scale attacks on civilian infrastructure such as hospitals, power plants and financial services has heightened the public awareness of the vulnerability of data systems, leading to increased concern about the collection and handling of personal data, and the lack of transparency and accountability of companies and governments in the cybersphere. With much of its digital and technological infrastructure in the hands of private companies, how can Europe get ahead in ensuring that public data and resources are protected from cyber-attacks? Which areas of cyber-security should fall under the mandate of national and EU institutions, and which are the responsibility of individual citizens?

Introductory remarks by

Francesca Spidalieri

Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy

Ronan Murphy

Founder and Chief Executive of Smarttech247

Moderator

Katarzyna Pisarska

Founder of the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

PARALLEL II: OCEANS

The plastics paradox: a dilemma for consumers

The velocity of the consumption of plastic as a cheap, disposable commodity has been exacerbated by the rise of consumer-facing digital platforms which facilitate high-speed ‘click-to-buy’ purchases with round-the-clock delivery. In parallel, citizens and nation states are convinced of the need to tackle environmental damage caused and climate change linked to human activity. Supermarkets and small retail outlets are pressured to reduce and recycle  plastic waste whilst simultaneously feeding mass consumption. Meanwhile, oceans have become dumping grounds for all manner of plastic waste, which has now become such a blight on ecosystems that plastics are now found in the deepest and furthest reaches of the marine environment.

Introductory remarks by

Rashid Sumaila

Professor & Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Colombia and recipient of the Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in Science

Ulrike Sapiro

Director Sustainability & Stakeholders - Europe, Middle East & Africa, The Coca-Cola Company

Moderator

Dharmendra Kanani

Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

Coffee Break
Open session: What do citizens want? Expand Open session: What do citizens want?

Increasingly an antidote to the breakdown of relationship and trust between citizens and governments is to trial different forms of citizens’ participation, engagement and direct democracy. Across the world and in Europe there are examples where citizens are being engaged in co-deciding budgets, urban planning, healthcare standards and even a constitution. While it’s still early to tell it appears that this can have a revitalising effect on the relationship and provide greater confidence and trust among citizens about how they are governed but more importantly to have a stake in how their livelihoods develop and to play a part in improving how this takes place.

Key questions:
1/ Do you think your vote matters?
2/ Do you believe your political representatives will follow through their promises?
3/ Would you want to be involved in decision making at local, national and European level?

Based on these questions, the session will aim to identify 3 key recommendations for ways to improve the direct participation of citizens in European democracies based on the input of local Warsaw citizens, the European Young leaders and the voices and views of citizens across Europe through their engagement on the Debating Europe platform. These recommendations will also be translated into a series of live, pan-European debates on direct democracy and shared with EU decision makers in the lead up to the 2019 European elections.

This session is organised in partnership with:
Office of the Mayor of the City of Warsaw, Office of the Polish Ombudsman, Casimir Pulaski Foundation

European Young Leader contributions by

Stefania Kapronczay

Executive Director of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, 2018 European Young Leader

Sammy Mahdi

Chairman of the youth wing of the Flemish CD&V party, 2018 European Young Leader

Continue to DAY 3
Over breakfast: Pear-learning roundtables Expand Over breakfast: Pear-learning roundtables

Short conversations with Young Leaders on issues that matter to them, to gain expertise from this useful network. 

— 10.00 – 10.30

1 - One year on - are women changing the Republican party?

Meghan Milloy

Co-Founder Republican Women for Progress, 2017 North American Young Leader

2 - Voice building for the unheard by and for a new generation – fighting political apathy and changing a consensus

Nassira El Moaddem

Director, Bondy Blog, 2018 European Young Leader

3 - Could going off-grid help solve our housing problems?

Tomáš Žáček

CEO, Ecocapsule, 2018 European Young Leader

4 - AI for the greater good – how machine learning can have a positive social impact

Rebeca Minguela

Founder, Blink Booking, 2018 European Young Leader

— 10.30 – 11.00

1 - Designing urban places in China - money, culture and history

Beatrice Leanza

Cultural strategist and Co-Founder of B/Side Design, 2018 European Young Leader

2 - How a simple sticker can reduce pollution

Robert Shirkey

Executive Director of Our Horizon, 2017 North American Young Leader

3 - Time for an alternative approach to banking

Max von Bismarck

Chief Business Officer & Managing Director, Deposit Solutions, 2014 European Young Leader

Coffee break
A conversation with Marian Turski Expand A conversation with Marian Turski

Reflecting on the past to protect Europe’s future

Marian Turski is a Polish-Jewish historian and journalist. Having survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and two death marches in 1945, Turski has become an important personality of the Jewish community in Poland and for the memory of the Holocaust. Turski and his family were deported to the Auschwitz killing center in 1944, where his father and most likely his brother were murdered upon arrival. He was later transferred to the Buchenwald concentration camp, and was liberated at Theresienstadt after surviving a death march from Buchenwald. Since then he has had a distinguished career as a journalist, heading the historical section of the Polityka weekly since 1958 and has been involved in the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Project since its beginning.

Closing remarks and what's next
Lunch
Speakers

Speakers

Caroline de Gruyter
Caroline de Gruyter

Author and EU Correspondent at NRC Handelsblad

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Caroline de Gruyter is a well-known European affairs correspondent for the leading Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, currently based in Oslo. She is a regular commentator on the rise of populism, the use of the Internet in counter anti-immigrant and Eurosceptic messages on what the EU and its member states can do to create a greater sense of unity. An author of several books on Europe, she has been awarded three prestigious Dutch prizes and the Prix du Mérite Européen for political reporting of exceptional quality.

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Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz

Mayor of Warsaw

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Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz is a Polish lawyer, Professor of Jurisprudence and politician who serves as Mayor of Warsaw since 2006, the first female politician to hold this position. Before becoming Mayor of Warsaw, she was the Chairperson of the National Bank of Poland, the central bank of Poland and, later on, Vice-President of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Ronan Murphy
Ronan Murphy

Founder and Chief Executive of Smarttech247

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Ronan Murphy is founder and Chief Executive of Smarttech247, a leading international Cyber Security Operations Centre service provider. From small businesses to large enterprises, they offer original solutions to security challenges, ensuring peace of mind and business continuity to clients. Murphy has played a pivotal role Smarttech247’s innovative approach to security solutions, working daily with an elite team of engineers, support teams and sales executives who are building Smarttech247 into a global leader in managed security services. They were the first European facility to implement IBM Watson for cybersecurity purposes, using AI to track and improve response times for cyber breaches. The company now delivers managed security to some of the world’s leading companies and governments, operating from 3 international locations.

Ulrike Sapiro
Ulrike Sapiro

Director Sustainability & Stakeholders - Europe, Middle East & Africa, The Coca-Cola Company

Show more information on Ulrike Sapiro

Ulrike Sapiro is Director for Sustainability in Europe and responsible for Sustainability & Stakeholders in the Coca-Cola Public Policy Center for Europe, Middle East & Africa.  In her role, Ulrike leads strategy, policy, programs and stakeholder engagement across the Company’s strategic priorities, including packaging and  circular economy, water, sustainable agriculture and the system’s contribution to society, notably women and youth empowerment. Outside of her work at Coca-Cola, Ulrike is the President of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Program (SAI), Chair on the European Soft Drink Association, and an active member in the European Water Partnership.

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Francesca Spidalieri

Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy

Show more information on Francesca Spidalieri

In addition to her academic expertise in cyber leadership development, national cyber resilience and risk management, Francesca Spidalieri also holds the post of Co-Principal Investigator for the Cyber Readiness Index project at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies where she has worked to develop a practical blueprint for countries to understand and address their cyber vulnerabilities. Spidalieri is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Ponemon Institute, and regularly lectures on cyber-related issues across the United States.

Rashid Sumaila
Rashid Sumaila

Professor & Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Colombia and recipient of the Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in Science

Show more information on Rashid Sumaila

Dr. Rashid Sumaila is Professor and Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit & the OceanCanada Partnership at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, illegal fishing, climate change and oil spills. Sumaila has published extensively, and is winner of various honours and awards, including the 2017 Volvo Environmental Prize, 2017 Benchley Oceans Award in Science, and the 2016 UBC Killam Research Prize. Sumaila’s research has generated a great deal of interest, and has been cited by The Economist and The Boston Globe, among others.

Marian Turski
Marian Turski

Deputy Chairman of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland

Show more information on Marian Turski

Marian Turski is a Polish-Jewish historian and journalist. He has headed the historical section of the Polityka weekly since 1958 and has been involved in the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews project since its beginning. Having survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and two death marches in 1945, Turski has become an important personality of the Jewish community in Poland and for the memory of the Holocaust. As such, he is also a member of the Central Board of the Association of Jewish Combatants and Victims of the Second World War and Deputy Chairman of the International Auschwitz Committee.

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