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Young Professionals Summit

The application period for the 2015 Young Professionals Summit (YPS) is now closed. Applications for 2016 YPS will open in December 2015.

The summit convenes young professionals (ages 33 and under) from all sectors who possess the following characteristics:

  • Leadership capacity in their community or profession;
  • Interest in policy issues affecting transatlantic relations;
  • Intellectual curiosity;
  • Professional growth;
  • and a commitment to transatlantic and global engagement.

Active participation in the Young Transatlantic Network is considered an asset. Please note that travel and accommodation are not provided.

The Agenda and Format

The 2015 Young Professionals Summit will be held March 20-22 in Brussels. The summit convenes about 70 high-potential young professionals with the goal of fostering dialogue between generations and building new connections across sectors and nations. Participants first engage in a tailor-made program, after which they are invited to join the larger Brussels Forum on Saturday night, March 21, and all day on Sunday, March 22.

YPS sessions are designed to promote candid exchange among panelists and participants. Questions? Email

Snapshot of Speakers 2010-2014

Carl Bildt, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister, the United Kingdom
Joyce Chang, Managing Director, Emerging Markets Strategy, JP Morgan
Iain Conn, Chief Executive of Refining and Marketing, BP
Lyse Doucet, Presenter and Correspondent, BBC News
Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, European Commission
Rosalind Hudnell, Vice President, Human Resources, Director, Communications and Diversity, Intel Corporation
David Ignatius, Columnist and Associate Editor, Washington Post
Toomas Ilves, President, Republic of Estonia
Fawzia Koofi, Member, Afghanistan Parliament
Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres, Secretary of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade, Brazil
Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation
Mahmoud Salem, Blogger and Writer, Egypt
Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State, United States
Mosharraf Zaidi, Campaign Director, Alif Ailaan, Pakistan