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.

Franco British Young Leaders

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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2018 Report
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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 are now closed.  

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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.

Agathe Cagé 2018 Présidente, Compass Label
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
Alexandre Holroyd 2018 Député a l’Assemblée Nationale
Alexandre Perra 2017 Directeur Exécutif du Groupe en charge de l'innovation, de la Responsabilité d'entreprise et de la Stratégie, EDF
Alice Ekman 2019 Senior Analyst in charge of China and Asia, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) 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
Andrew Bowie MP 2019 Member of House of Commons
Anne Claire Howard 2017 Executive Director, Bettercoal
Antoine Forterre 2019 Co-CEO, Man AHL and Member of the Executive Committee, Man Group
Anushka Asthana 2017 Editor at large, The Guardian
Arthur Muller 2019 Co-founder, eXplain
Aurore Bergé 2018 Députée à l’Assemblée Nationale
Baptiste Maurand 2018 Directeur Général Adjoint, Grand Port Maritime du Havre
Ben Goodwin 2019 Pilot, Royal Air Force
Beth Thompson 2018 Head of UK and EU Policy, Wellcome Trust
Bim Afolami 2018 Conservative MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Department for Transport
Boris Saragaglia 2017 Fondateur et PDG, Spartoo
Calvin Bailey 2017 Pilot-Wing Commander, Royal Air Force
Camille Bonenfant-Jeanneney 2017 Directrice Generale, Compagnie Generale de Chauffage Urbain
Catherine Boullay 2017 Journaliste, réalisatrice pour Envoyé Spécial
Célimène Daudet 2018 Pianiste Internationale
Céline Vallot 2018 Responsable d'équipe, Institut Curie
Charles Consigny 2019 Lawyer at the Paris Bar
Charles Ebikeme 2019 Policy Fellow, London School of Economics
Christophe de Cacqueray 2018 Directeur, Covea Innovation Lab
Clémence Bernard 2019 Research Associate, King's College London
Clément Beaune 2017 Conseiller Europe et G20, Présidence de la République
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, Director of the Franco-British Council
David Wahl 2017 Directeur Général, Scientia 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 Economics Editor, BBC News
George Merrylees 2018 Partner, Irwin Mitchell llp
Georgina Wright 2019 Senior Researcher, Institute for Government
Gilles Vanderpooten 2017 Directeur, Reporters d’Espoirs
Guillaume Coube 2019 Marine Nationale, Ecole de Guerre
Henry Newman 2018 Senior Brexit Adviser, Cabinet office
Inès 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
James Jones 2018 Documentary maker
James Parker 2019 Commanding Officer RAF Scampton, Royal Air Force
Jean Pascal Sibiet 2017 Président, Franco-British Connections
Jean-Jacques Barberis 2018 Membre du Comité Exécutif, Amundi
Jeanne Dubarry de Lassalle 2017 Co-fondatrice et Presidente de OKOTYG
Jérôme Batout 2017 Director General, Publicis Media
Jessica Pennetier 2019 Head of International Communications, Choose Paris Region
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
Laela Elizabeth Pakpour Tabrizi 2017 Group Chief Financial Officer, MotorK
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
Mathieu Nebra 2017 Cofondateur et CPO, OpenClassrooms
Melissa Bouchard 2017 Cardiology Registrar sub-specialising in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Nabila Ramdani 2019 Freelance journalist, columnist and broadcaster
Nathanael Mason-Schuler 2019 Advisor for Financial Services and Investment, Private Office of the French Prime Minister
Nicolas Hazard 2017 Fondateur, INCO
Ning Li 2018 Founder,
Olivia Grégoire 2019 Member of National Assembly
Olivier Cotinat 2018 Co-Fondateur, SchoolLab et MoHo
Olivier-Remy Bel 2017 Visiting Fellow, Atlantic Council
Paul Esmein 2017 Directeur général Offres et Services, Covea
Raphael Rodriguez 2017 Directeur de recherche, CNRS
Richard Hughes 2018 Acting Chief Economic Advisor HM Treasury
Richard Parks 2017 Extreme Sports athlete
Robert Simmons 2018 Royal Marines Commanding Officer
Robin Rivaton 2017 VC Investor, IDInvest
Ross Bailey 2018 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
Sophie Spencer-Small 2019 British Army Officer
Stephen Parkinson 2017 Member, House of Lords, Former Political Secretary to the Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street
Sylvestre Frezal 2019 Director, Covea and President, Appenin
Tanguy Séné 2019 Basel Policy Lead, Bank of England
Thibault Lavernhe 2018 Officier de marine, Capitaine de frégate, Commandant la frégate Surcouf
Thomas Kitching 2017 Professor in Astrophysics, University College London; CSA Emerging Technology Attache, FCO
Tilly Spencer 2018 Head of Gas Operations, EDF Energy
Tom Shinner 2019 Chief Operating Officer, Entrepreneur First
Vicki Rowlands 2019 Head of Engagement, Cabinet Office, UK Civil Service
Virginie Duby-Muller 2017 Député de Haute-Savoie, Assemblée Nationale
Wes Streeting 2018 Labour MP
Zvi Wohlgemuth 2017 Managing Director, Société Générale

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

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