Future Leaders Connect - The global network for emerging policy leaders

Your chance to connect to a long-term network of emerging leaders from around the globe, who want to change the world through policy making.


Future Leaders Connect offers its members the opportunity to be part of a long-term global network of emerging policy leaders. As a member, you will travel to the UK for nine days of advanced policy and leadership development, in partnership with the University of Cambridge. You will discuss today’s biggest global challenges in the UK Houses of Parliament, meet inspirational leaders and visit world-renowned institutions. Following your time in the UK, you will have worldwide connections, a policy action plan for change and the skills, knowledge and networks needed to be an influential leader.  

You must be aged 18-35 to take part, be based in one of our participating countries and be able to demonstrate your policy knowledge and senior leadership potential. Participating countries include Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, Poland, UK and USA.  

Applications are now closed and will open again in 2020. 

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2018 winners

Dhikra Elhidri

Dhikra is responsible for a project with the Center for Applied Policies Research at the University of Munich in the framework of the program “Leading Change across the  Mediterranean,  Policy Advice and Strategy  Development”. Dhikra is an engineer in agronomic sciences. She worked with FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fishery and ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas) about women and youth empowerment in rural areas through Gender Sensitive Value Chain, improving Pastoral Policies, SGDs and inclusive approach. She worked with COSPE (Development Cooperation in Emerging Countries) about Social and Solidarity Economy/ Entrepreneurship. Dhikra worked at Grameen-Foundation in Seattle-USA with CSF-South in Southern Mediterranean and AID-MENA as a professional fellow. She is a trainer in Civic Education with Goethe Institut also a trainer in Advocacy and Policy Influencing with INTRAC. Dhikra wrote a policy paper about the economic violence against women farmer and she submitted it to the women committee in the parliament. After advocacy campaigns, appropriate transport to avoid mortal accidents is provided for them in several regions as a pilot initiative. She believes that progress desired by communities should be achieved through public policies as the most powerful approach.

Haythem Dellai

Haythem is the co-founder and general coordinator of Elite Center for civic engagement and local governance. He has been working as a trainer in conflict management and communication with local and international NGOs like Mercy Corps and GIZ since 2015. Academically, after finishing my undergraduate training in Anglophone history, politics, and literature, he studied political leadership, conflict resolution and human rights in Benedictine University in Chicago as part of the MEPI Student Leaders Program. An achievement that he is still part of is carrying on the mission of promoting the culture of civic engagement. He has also dedicated his efforts to help to provide dozens of capacity building training for free to more than 500 youth from different areas from Tunisia and in Elite Centre for civic engagement starting from 2017. His vision for global change is that only a well informed and a civically engaged generation of youth can restore and enhance social security in times crisis.

2017 winners

Alaeddine Oueslati 

Alaeddine is a Women Deliver Young Leader and a UN Empower Women Global Champion, working on advancing women’s rights, well-being, and economic empowerment in the MENA. He has worked for the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, Caux Initiatives of Change and UNICEF. He is the founder of several projects, such as the NASH Initiative and Voices of Youth Ukraine. He studied business administration with a major in global affairs at Tunis Business School and was named winner of the 120 Under 40 Award, led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He was also appointed Youth Media Professional by the African Union, where he worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as part of a think tank devoted to promoting the 2017 African Union youth campaign to harness the demographic dividend through investment in African youth, particularly women in rural areas. His global vision for change was one where everyone plays a role in climate action and alleviating poverty and hunger, and more importantly, establishing an effective global partnership that can help end all humanitarian crises.

Jihene Ferchichi

Jihene received an LL.M. degree in International Studies from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (USA), and a Masters degree in Business Law from the Faculty of Judicial Sciences (Tunisia). Jihene is a legal consultant in Tunisia and a deputy regional director of the International Chamber of Commerce of Paris. In 2012, Jihene interned with the Tunisian Presidential Cabinet and worked on drafting and reviewing laws with the legal advisor to the President of Tunisia. She coordinated the work of the Commission on the Presidential Grace in 2013. Jihene is active with civil associations working with children and on children’s rights. Her vision of an efficient global policy is focused on the protection of the rights of the child and combating trafficking in children, through realistic solutions to the deficiency of the Rule of Law in this filed. Jihene’s vision resumes in going back to the basics of the legislative process and rebuild a stronger link between lawmaking and the people in order to guarantee systematic, willful and genuine adherence. Raising awareness about realities, freedom and evolution of access to information and transparency throughout the legislating process are the three head chapters of such global vision.