The Franco-British Young Leaders Programme
The Franco-British Young Leaders programme aims to deepen understanding and collaboration between France and the UK and create lasting bilateral dialogue at the highest level with a give back/give forward ethos at its core. Its objective is to build a generation of 21st century leaders who will keep the Franco-British relations at heart and shape its future across all sectors of our societies and economies.
Each year, the Council selects a group of young talented French and British individuals under 40, with distinguished careers across a variety of sectors from sciences to arts, politics, education, journalism, the military and finance. Joining the Young Leaders programme allows them to share their own experiences and ideas and bring their leadership qualities to the Franco-British relations. It also gives them access to a transformational network with access to excellence on both sides of the Channel.
Announced by David Cameron and François Hollande in March 2016 at the Amiens Summit, the Franco-British Young Leaders programme is managed by the Franco-British Council in France and in the UK. It is supported by both governments and funded by generous public and private partners in both countries. Building on its success from the past two years, the Council welcomed 34 new Young Leaders - 17 British and 17 French nationals - as part of its programme 2019. This new cohort joins an alumni network of 57 Young Leaders from 2017 and 2018. Together they will share the same goal: continued dialogue in the current political context and work together to shape the future of the Franco-British relationship across all sectors of our societies and economies.
Since its launch in 2017, the Franco-British Young Leaders network has become increasingly active with the ambition to show how France and the UK can collaborate to shape solutions to social and economic global challenges.
The 2018 and 2019 cohorts gathered for the third residential seminar, held in London on June 26-29, which included discussions and an engagement with personalities on key issues related to the Franco-British relationship.
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'A fantastic opportunity to meet a wonderful bunch of people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. A great way to share ideas, opinions and most importantly, build new relationships.'
Johanna French, British Army Exchange Officer, Young Leader 2018
'It is amazing to see how well the Franco-British Young Leaders work together to help shape the future of the relationship between our two nations. I am proud to launch the third of these programmes. Once again, we have been able to select young people of a great talent and ability. They reflect the dynamism and the diversity of future leaders in both our countries. I am convinced that our Young Leaders programme has a long and fruitful future.'
Tessa Blackstone, Chair of the Franco-British Council
Applications for the Franco-British Young Leaders programme 2020 will open on Monday 13 January 2020 and close on Sunday 9 February at 23.55 GMT. Applications will be accepted before the opening date but won't be processed until the application process has opened.
The Franco-British Young Leaders
All Young Leaders come from distinguished careers across a diversity of sectors. They were chosen via a highly selective jury that included this year prominent personalities from both countries: Edward Llewellyn OBE (Co-Chair), British Ambassador to France; Jean-Pierre Jouyet (Co-Chair), French Ambassador to the United Kingdom; Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Conservative MP; Tristam Hunt, Director of the V&A Museum; Linda Jackson, CEO of Citroen and Frederic Mion, Directeur de Sciences-Po.
This year's cohort includes personnalities such as the head Chef of Hide Above restaurant, the co-founder of a European political campaign strategy start-up, an explorer, a Royal Air Force pilot, an art critic, etc. Focus on this network of Young Leaders who represent the future of the bilateral relations.
With grateful thanks to all of our generous partners in both countries.
Jean-Luc Allavena and Jenny & Joseph Oughourlian