Monday 14 October 2019

Two delegates from Poland among 50 young leaders on British Council’s Future Leaders Connect programme in UK this month.

  • Ten-day programme brings together world’s brightest 18-35-year olds for advanced policy and leadership training at the Møller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge and UK Houses of Parliament.
  • Delegates to meet with UK parliamentarians, leading academics and policymakers, as well as prominent campaigners.
  • Delegates selected from 15,500 applications worldwide in competitive process where they pitched their innovative policy ideas for global change.

Two delegates from Poland are among 50 young people participating on the British Council’s prestigious Future Leaders Connect programme in the UK this month. The Polish delegates are: Antonina Lewandowska (ASTRA network coordinator and sexual educator for PONTON group) and Jan Zygmuntowski (board chairperson at Instrat and economist working in the fields of innovation, digital economy and sustainability). They were each selected through a competitive process based on their vision for improving their country and the world through policy making, and their potential to become a future senior leader.

In each year of the programme, applicants globally have consistently chosen access to education as their most important policy area. Other top issues highlighted have been sustainability, climate change and the environment, and youth opportunities.

Poland’s delegates will be joined by peers from Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, USA, plus the four nations of the UK: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The British Council’s Future Leaders Connect programme provides advanced policy and leadership development training, networking opportunities with prominent leaders and visits to famous UK institutions to build a distinguished network of emerging policy leaders from around the world.

Future Leaders Connect delegates have previously debated peace and education with former UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, and presented their policy ideas at 10 Downing Street, the British Prime Minister’s residence.

This year, delegates on the ten-day programme will receive advanced leadership training at the Møller Institute, University of Cambridge, where they will participate in a Cambridge College Union debate and meet law makers at the Inner Temple. In London, they will attend networking events at the UK’s Houses of Parliament and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

After the programme, Polish delegates will be part of a connected global network of emerging policy leaders made up of 150 exceptional individuals aged 18-35 from around the world. Through this network they will build valuable connections, develop their policy making expertise, and gain the skills to have national and international impact.

Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council, said: “We aim to build a long-term, international community of leaders whose global visions and values will help address the world’s biggest challenges. Through Future Leaders Connect, emerging leaders will benefit from some of the UK’s best expertise and collaborate with counterparts from all over the world, on their respective journeys to making the world a better, safer more prosperous place.”

British Council Poland Country Director Colm McGivern said: “This is an amazing opportunity for young Polish people to join a world class network and lead it from the front. You will meet some of the brightest young people from all around the world, leaders of the future like you. You will learn from each other, join a lifelong network, and be inspired by world-renowned figures who you’ll meet in London as part of the training.”

The British Council, partners and the delegates themselves will be sharing all the highlights of the programme on social media. Follow the #FutureLeadersConnect hashtag for updates on the programme throughout October.

A specially-designed British Council free online course, following the syllabus of the Future Leaders Connect programme, saw over 15,000 sign ups people from around the world when it launched earlier this year. The free course featuring speakers from the United Nations, UK House of Lords and The Elders will run again from 25 November and is open for registration now.



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About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

Ideas for a Better World: Leading Change Through Policymaking

The British Council’s free online course, Ideas for a Better World, which is based on the policy and leadership curriculum of Future Leaders Connect will start again on 25 November 2019 in collaboration with the Møller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge.


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