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14.07.2017

Victor Pinchuk Foundation Invites Applications for the Young Leaders Section at the 14th YES Annual Meeting

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 14th YES Annual Meeting, which will take place on September, 14-16, 2017, in Kyiv. 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.

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.

Panel 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 5 – registration deadline. The registration form is available here.
  • August 5 to August 17 – 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.

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, Valdis Dombrovskis, Robert Gates, Elton John, Vitaliy Klitschko, Bernard-Henry Lévy, David H. Petraeus, Petro Poroshenko, Karl Rove, Mikheil Saakashvili, Kevin Spacey, İldem Tacan, Muhammad Yunus, Fareed Zakaria and others.

Yalta European Strategy (YES) is the largest social institution of public diplomacy in Eastern Europe, providing an open and equal dialogue on global issues affecting the European Union, Ukraine and other countries. This non-partisan organization was established in 2004 by the Ukrainian businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk.

The YES Annual Meetings have become an open platform to discuss and look for new ideas and views on paths to European, Ukrainian and global development. These meetings bring together over 350 politicians, diplomats, statesmen, journalists, analysts and business leaders from more than 20 countries. The dialogue on global challenges broadens the vision on the situation inside Ukraine and the prospects for the country’s development in the modern world and puts Ukraine on the international map.

Global opinion leaders present their visions of current and future global trends and how they impact on Ukraine. Among the speakers have been heads of state and government of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Turkey and others. Thought leaders and senior politicians who spoke at the YES annual meetings of YES were Kofi Annan, Carl Bildt, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Richard Branson, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Niall Ferguson, Joschka Fischer, Chrystia Freeland, Newt Gingrich, Herman Gref, Arkadiy Dvorkovich, Johannes Hahn, Paul Krugman, Alexei Kudrin, Leonid Kuchma, Juri Milner, Condoleezza Rice, Gerhard Schröder, Larry Summers, Radosław Sikorski, Javier Solana, Shashi Tharoor, Strobe Talbott, Donald Trump, Muhammad Yunus, Robert Zoellick, and others.

Official site: www.yes-ukraine.org

Contacts for media-inquires:
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel.: +380 44 494 11 48

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