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.
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.
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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 perspectiv
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 2018 are now closed. Applications for the programme 2019 will open at the end of 2018.
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.
With grateful thanks to all of our generous partners in both countries.
Jean-Luc Allavena and Jenny & Joseph Oughourlian