Young Leaders Conference 2015

22 international young leaders participated in the Westerwelle Foundation’s second Young Leaders Conference, September 10 to 13, 2015, in Berlin. The annual conference is part the foundation’s Young Leaders Programme, which aims to globally support and connect leading minds from politics, business, science, media and society, and providing a platform for international exchange and engagement.

More than 130 young women and men from all over the world had applied for the Westerwelle Foundation’s Young Leaders Programme 2015. After an intensive selection process, the Westerwelle Foundation chose 22 women and men, between 25 and 40 years of age, and invited them to Berlin to take part in the second Young Leaders Conference. The participants come from Egypt, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Colombia, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Switzerland, South Africa, Uganda and the USA. Among them, start-up founders, social entrepreneurs, journalists, managers from the cultural sector, management and entrepreneurship consultants and government employees.

The three and a half day conference offered a diverse programme, with meetings, discussions and workshops covering topics such as international politics, social impact, founding a start-up, communication strategies as well as decision-making and team management. High-ranking and renowned decision makers from politics, business and society gave input at the conference. One of the highlights of the conference was the discussion with the President of the German Parliament, Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, who met with the Young Leaders at the Reichstag building. Also, the Young Leaders met the Head of the Department National and International Economic Policy in the Federal German Chancellery, Dr. Helen Winter. Further speakers were, amongst others: Dr. Hari Sven Krishnan, Chief Operating Officer of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, Béla Anda, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BILD newspaper, Matthias Treutwein, Founder and Managing Director of enpact e.V., Romy Krämer, Chief Programme Officer of The DO School, Christoph Seitz, Microsoft Berlin Center Lead, and Miriam Traunfelder, Senior Coach of 3K Coaching and Teambuilding.

The Young Leaders Conference 2015 was officially opened by Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Founder and Chairman of the Westerwelle Foundation. Numerous guests from politics, diplomatic corps, business and society attended the reception.

Further Information:

Presentation of the Young Leaders 2015.