Victor Pinchuk Foundation Invites Applications for the Young Leaders Section at the 15th YES Annual Meeting

20 July 2018

The Young Leaders Section is a discussion platform for young people to share ideas, learn from international and local professional experience and develop practical solutions to solve critical modern challenges.

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation and Yalta European Strategy (YES) invites applications from students and young leaders from all regions of Ukraine to participate in the Young Leaders Section at the 15th YES Annual Meeting, which will take place on September, 13-15, 2018, in Kyiv.

Since 2012, YES has annually invited 100 students and young professionals, including alumni of the Foundation’s scholarship programs Zavtra.UA and WorldWideStudies, to participate in the Section in order to inspire Ukraine’s brightest and most active youth. Five hundred of the best Ukrainian students and young leaders have participated in the Young Leaders Section at the YES Annual Meetings since its launch.

Section participants will have the opportunity to discuss pressing Ukrainian and global challenges with leaders, experts, politicians, businessmen and civic activists from all over the world.

Important dates:

  • August 6 – registration deadline. The registration form is available here.
  • August 6 to August 16 – interviews with selected applicants (online, in-person, Skype, telephone);
  • August 26 – official notification of the contest results.

The core criteria to select the young leaders are active civic participation, leadership potential, participation in social projects and strong motivation to support initiatives that aim to bring positive changes for the future as well as knowledge of English language.

Speakers at the Young Leaders Sections have included leading Ukrainian and international politicians, opinion-makers and civil society leaders, such as Tony Blair, Richard Branson, David Cameron, Valdis Dombrovskis, Robert Gates, Elton John, John Kerry, Vitaliy Klitschko, Bernard-Henry Lévy, David H. Petraeus, Petro Poroshenko, Condoleezza Rice, Karl Rove, Kevin Spacey, İldem Tacan, Muhammad Yunus, Fareed Zakaria and others. 

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Christopher Pincher
Christopher Pincher
Minister of State for Europe, United Kingdom, 16th YES Annual Meeting, 2019
«Russia’s attempt to play the strongman and imprison Ukraine in its supposed ‘sphere of influence’ harks back to a very unhappy and dark age that we all thought had been consigned to the history books.»