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 from from a diverse range of business, cultural, media, academic, social, government and military sectors. 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, which were renewed at the Sandhurst Summit in January 2018. The first edition was launched in June 2017 with a promotion of 32 Young Leaders. The second edition launched in April 2018 with a new promotion of 25 Young Leaders. 

Franco British Young Leaders

Since its launch last year, 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 Young Leaders 2017 were invited to meet with UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron at the UK-France Summit in January 2017.

2017 and 2018 cohorts gathered for the second residential seminar held in Paris on June 13-16. The residential seminar aims to set the tone for the programme: activating connections, discussing shared challenges, visiting unique locations and meeting senior leaders across a variety of fields. 

To find out more about the Young Leaders programme and the residential seminar click here:

2018 Report
2017 Report

This programme is all about long-term relationships and friendships, and finding out how people approach the common challenges and issues we face as well as the opportunities we have in our two different countries. It’s about opening up our minds to different ways of approaching things, which you know sometimes get very boxed in to your way of working, and your profession. Meeting people from different backgrounds just gives you that perspective.”

Marcie Hopkins, Head of International Office,
The British Library, Young Leader

There can be no time in the last 50 years where these relations are more important than they are today. I hope that, in 40 years time, those young people will still be meeting each other, talking about the issues that are of common interest to our two countries, and learning from each other.”

Baroness Blackstone, Chair Franco-British Council


Applications for the Franco-British Young Leaders Programme 2019 closed. A selection is being made and the results will be announced soon.

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The Franco-British Young Leaders

They are 57 Young Leaders (25 from the promotion 2018 and 32 from the promotion 2017) coming from different backgrounds on both sides of the Channel who are now part of the programme. They all share the same goal: gather forces to shape the future of the Franco-British relations.

All come with distinguished careers across a diversity of sectors, from sciences, to arts, politics, education, defence, finance, technology, energy, law or insurance. 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), Ambassadeur de France au Royaume-Uni; Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Conservative MP; Tristam Hunt, Director of the V&A Museum; Linda Jackson, CEO of Citroen, member of Groupe PSA Executive Committee, and Frederic Mion, Directeur de Sciences-Po.     

Focus on these 57 young talents who represent the future of the bilateral relations.

Agathe Cagé 2018 Présidente, Compass Label Journalism & Media
Ahmed Abdel-Hakam 2019 Senior Associate, International Arbitration and Public International Law, Eversheds Sutherland
Aida Todri-Sanial 2018 Chercheuse au CNRS, rattachée au Laboratoires LIRMM Science
Alexandre Holroyd 2018 Député a l’Assemblée Nationale Politics
Alexandre Perra 2017 Secrétaire du Comité Exécutif, EDF Energy
Alice Ekman 2019 Head of China Research, French Institute of International Relations and Associate Professor, Sciences Po
Alison McGovern MP 2019 Member of House of Commons
Amélie Verdier 2017 Directrice du budget, Ministère de l’Economie et des Finances Finance
Andrew Bowie MP 2019 Member of House of Commons
Anne Claire Howard 2017 Executive Director, Bettercoal Energy
Antoine Forterre 2019 Co-CEO, Man AHL and Member of the Executive Committee, Man Group
Anushka Asthana 2017 Political Editor, The Guardian Journalism & Media
Arthur Muller 2019 Co-founder, Liegey Muller Pons
Aurore Bergé 2018 Députée à l’Assemblée Nationale Politics
Baptiste Maurand 2018 Directeur Général Adjoint, Grand Port Maritime du Havre Transport
Ben Goodwin 2019 Pilot, Royal Air Force
Beth Thompson 2018 Head of UK and EU Policy, Wellcome Trust Science
Bim Afolami 2018 Conservative MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Department for Transport Politics
Boris Saragaglia 2017 Fondateur et PDG, Spartoo Entrepreneur
Calvin Bailey 2017 Pilot-Wing Commander, Royal Air Force Military
Camille Bonenfant-Jeanneney 2017 Directrice Generale, Compagnie Generale de Chauffage Urbain Energy
Catherine Boullay 2017 Journaliste, réalisatrice pour Envoyé Spécial Journalism & Media
Célimène Daudet 2018 Pianiste Internationale Culture
Céline Vallot 2018 Responsable d'équipe, Institut Curie Science
Charles Consigny 2019 Lawyer at the Paris Bar
Charles Ebikeme 2019 Sciene and Innovation Officer, International Science Council
Christophe de Cacqueray 2018 Directeur de Covea Innovation Lab, Covea Finance
Clemence Bernard 2019 Research Associate, King's College London
Clément Beaune 2017 Conseiller Europe et G20, Présidence de la République Politics
Clo’e Floirat 2019 Art critic, author and cartoonist
Constance Vidot 2019 Investment Professional, Vitruvian Partners
Daniel Hamilton 2019 Managing Director, FTI Consulting
David Mackintosh 2017 Former Member of Parliament, House of Commons Politics
David Wahl 2017 Directeur Général, Scientia Education Education
Edouard Guigou 2019 Managing Director, Eurazeo
Emma Barnett 2019 BBC Journalist
Eugenie de Naurois 2019 Head of Corporate Affairs, City of London Corporation
Faisal Islam 2017 Political Editor, Sky News Journalism & Media
George Merrylees 2018 Partner, Irwin Mitchell llp Law
Georgina Wright 2019 Senior Researcher, Institute for Government
Gilles Vanderpooten 2017 Directeur, Reporters d’Espoirs Entrepreneur
Guillaume Coube 2019 Marine Nationale, Ecole de Guerre
Henry Newman 2018 Director, Open Europe
Ines Leonarduzzi 2019 Chief Executive Officer, Digital for the Planet
Isabelle Millat 2018 Responsable de la division Sustainable Investment Solutions - Global Markets, Société Générale
James Dacre 2017 Artistic Director, Royal & Derngate Theatres Culture
James Jones 2018 Documentary maker
James Parker 2019 Commanding Officer RAF Scampton, Royal Air Force
Jean Pascal Sibiet 2017 Président, Franco-British Connections Education
Jean-Jacques Barberis 2018 Membre du Comité Exécutif, Amundi
Jeanne Dubarry de Lassalle 2017 Co-fondatrice et Presidente de OKOTYG Entrepreneur
Jessica Pennetier 2019 Head of Public Affairs and Institutional Relations, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Johanna French 2018 British Army Exchange Officer
Julie de la Sablière 2018 Présidente, Little Wing
Julien de Saint-Quentin 2017 Officier de Marine, Marine Nationale Military
Laela Elizabeth Pakpour Tabrizi 2017 Group Chief Financial Officer, MotorK Transport
Levison Wood 2019 Broadcaster, author and photographer
Lt Col Ludovic Sommerlat 2019 Cavalry Officer, French Army
Luke Selby 2019 Head Chef, HIDE Above Restaurant
Marcie Hopkins 2017 Head of International Office,The British Library Culture
Mathieu Nebra 2017 Co-fondateur et PDG, OpenClassrooms Education
Melissa Bouchard 2017 Cardiology Registrar Medicine
Nabila Ramdani 2019 Freelance journalist, columnist and broadcaster
Nathanael Mason-Schuler 2019 Advisor for Financial Service and Investment, Private Office of the French Prime Minister
Nicolas Hazard 2017 Fondateur, INCO Entrepreneur
Ning Li 2018 Founder,
Olivia Gregoire 2019 Member of National Assembly
Olivier Cotinat 2018 Co-Fondateur, SchoolLab et MoHo Education
Olivier-Remy Bel 2017 Ministry for the Armed Forces, Ministère des Armées
Paul Esmein 2017 Directeur du Cabinet, Covea Finance
Raphael Rodriguez 2017 Directeur de recherche, CNRS Science
Richard Hughes 2018 Acting Chief Economic Advisor HM Treasury
Richard Parks 2017 Extreme Sports athlete Sports
Robert Simmons 2018 British Army Exchange Officer
Robin Rivaton 2017 PDG, Paris Region Invest Entrepreneur
Ross Bailey 2015 Founder, Appear Here
Sarah Whitley 2019 Associate and Soliciter, Gide Loyrette Nouel
Sebastian Payne 2019 Whitehall correspondent and columnist, Financial Times
Simon Day 2017 Co-Founder, Apptivism Entrepreneur
Sophie Spencer-Small 2019 British Army Officer
Stephen Parkinson 2017 Political Secretary to the Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street Politics
Sylvestre Frezal 2019 Director, Covea
Tanguy Sene 2019 Basel Policy Lead, Bank of England
Thibault Lavernhe 2018 Commandant de la Marine Nationale Military
Thomas Kitching 2017 Reader in Astrophysics, University College London Science
Tilly Spencer 2018 Head of Gas Operations, EDF Energy
Tom Shinner 2019 Director of Eu Exit domestic policy, UK Civil Service
Vicki Rowlands 2019 Head, Multilaterals Strategy Joint Home Office/Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK Civil Service
Virginie Duby-Muller 2017 Député de Haute-Savoie, Assemblée Nationale Politics
Wes Streeting 2018 Labour MP
Zvi Wohlgemuth 2017 Managing Director, Société Générale Finance

Our Partners

With grateful thanks to all of our generous partners in both countries.

Corporate Donors

Private Donors

Jean-Luc Allavena and Jenny & Joseph Oughourlian

Institutional Partners