Young Leaders Conference 2014

With 21 international talents Westerwelle Foundation hosted its first Young Leaders Conference in the beginning of December in Berlin. The Conference is part of the Young Leaders Programme of the Foundation, which aims to support and connect leading minds and entrepreneurs from politics, business, science, media and society and providing a platform for international exchange and engagement.

Many young women and men from all over the world applied for the first Young Leaders Conference (YLC), held from 4th to 7th December in Berlin. After an intensive selection process, Westerwelle Foundation invited 21 Young Leaders from Egypt, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Kenya, the DR Congo, Switzerland, Spain, Tunisia, Uganda und the USA to Berlin. It included start-up founders, social entrepreneurs, journalists, business consultants and engineers.

The three and a half day conference offered the diverse group of participants an equally diverse program, with talks, discussions and workshops covering topics such as social impact investing, founding a start-up, communications, building brands as well as decision-making  and team management. Renowned decision makers and successful leaders spoke at the conference including Patrick Döring, Chairman of Agila AG, Bernard Jan Wendeln, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BonVenture, Arndt Kwiatkowski, Founder of, Michael Götschenberg, Head of the MDR-Radio desk at ARD Headquarters in Berlin, Georg Streiter, Government Vice Spokesperson of the Federal Republic of Germany, Philipp Hartmann, Founder of Rheingau Founders, Jens Christmann, Head of Corporate Affairs at Wrigley Germany and the leadership coach Miriam Traunfelder. One of the highlights of the YLC was the meeting with Peter Hintze, Vice President of the German Bundestag, who personally took the time to welcome the Young Leaders. Moreover, during the welcome reception the Young Leaders had the unique opportunity to form contacts and expand their network through meeting with Ambassadors and representatives from embassies of their home countries.

For its Young Leaders Westerwelle Foundation offers an online alumni network to serve as platform for further personal exchange, cooperation and joint projects.   

Further Information

To read the presentation of our 21 Young Leaders click here.

To apply for the Young Leaders Conference 2015 click here.

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