"Munich Young Leaders" Alumni gathering in Madrid for Annual Meeting

From September 27 to 29, the annual meeting for Alumni of the "Munich Young Leaders", a program of the Munich Security Conference and the Körber Foundation, will take place in Madrid. The Alumni, current and future leaders in the field of foreign and security policy, will meet with local decision-makers and experts to discuss Spanish perspectives on current global challenges.

Munich Young Leaders Alumni at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Moscow (Photo: Maria Andreeva)

The Munich Security Conference and the Körber Foundation are hosting the eighth Munich Young Leaders Annual Meeting in Madrid from September 27 to 29. The Munich Young Leaders (MYL) program is a joint initiative of the MSC and the Körber Foundation. It gives promising young professionals and future decision-makers – representatives of government institutions, parliaments, think tanks, the media, and the private sector – the opportunity to participate in the high-level debates at the Security Conference and introduce fresh ideas. The Young Leaders hail from Germany, select NATO member and partner states, as well as Asia and the Middle East. Among the more than 250 Alumni are several current and former ministers, members of parliament, editors, entrepreneurs, and commanding officers.

The MYL Annual Meetings take place in different locations around the world. At each meeting, Alumni meet with representatives of the local foreign policy community and discuss issues of current and regional importance with them and amongst each other. This gives both the established and future leaders among the Alumni the opportunity to expand their horizons and forge new personal and professional relationships. Previous reunions have taken place in Berlin, Rabat, Washington, D.C., Warsaw and, most recently, Moscow. More than 80 Alumni from all over the world will travel to Madrid for this year's meeting. A highlight of the three-day programme will be a meeting with King Felipe VI of Spain. Further, the participants will meet and discuss with a number of senior experts and decision-makers, among them the German Ambassador to Spain Wolfgang Dold, the Director of the National Intelligence Center, General Félix Sanz Roldán, former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana, and former Spanish foreign minister Ana de Palacio. At these and other meetings, topics such as the future of European integration, global economic trends, counterterrorism, and Spain's relationship with Latin America will be on the agenda.

Next year's MYL Annual Meeting will mark a special occasion: In September 2019, the MSC and the Körber Foundation will invite more than 300 Alumni to New York to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the programme alongside the UN General Assembly. On the sidelines of the UNGA session, we will also publish a report authored by MYL Alumni on reinvigorating multilateralism and global governance.

See here for additional information on the Munich Young Leaders and past MYL events.

18 September 2018, by MSC

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