In 2021, ten young leaders from Northern Ireland were selected for our global policy programme – Future Leaders Connect.
They were among 63 delegates from thirteen countries taking part in a six-week online policy and leadership programme, ganing exclusive access to policy experts and training, alongside mentorship by UK think tanks and other senior leaders.
The programme was expanded in Northern Ireland to ten places instead of the usual two , thanks to the support of the Northern Ireland Office – with Northern Ireland delegates joining emerging leaders from Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Ukraine, Vietnam and the rest of the UK on the programme.
The participants were selected from over 9,000 applicants worldwide in a competitive process where they pitched their innovative policy ideas for global change. Policy ideas from the Northern Ireland delegates include changes to integrated education, climate action and mental health provision.