Connecting the leaders of tomorrow

The economic, social and environmental challenges of today need bright new thinking that will shape tomorrow.

EFI’s flagship Young Leadership Programme targets the leaders of the future, bringing young professionals together with experts to create a new space where change can happen.

The Programme has three main aims – empowering young talent; connecting young scientists and young professionals from business, government, civil society and the media; and building bridges by connecting Europe to other regions.

The YLP pilot was organized in 2014-2016 and two new editions will take place in 2018 (focusing on the Mediterranean), and in 2019 (focusing on Eurasia, in particular China and Russia). The Programme offers young professionals a unique opportunity to interact with global and regional leaders and network with peers. They will gain access to new information and knowledge on the forest-based bioeconomy, and develop leadership skills which translate that knowledge into strategies and effective action.

Young Leadership Programme Mediterranean Edition 2018

The Mediterranean, with its ecological and social specificities, has untapped potential to contribute to the leading role played by the forest sector in the global bioeconomy. New ideas and approaches are essential to improve the management of natural resources in this diverse and dynamic region, while sustainable and functional bioeconomy value chains must be created to realise the full worth of the region’s forests and support its rural livelihoods.

EFI’s Young Leadership Programme – Mediterranean edition (YLP-MED) provides training, knowledge sharing and networking on Mediterranean forest-based value chains and their contribution to a circular bioeconomy. Young professionals will interact with global and regional leaders, network with peers and develop strategic thinking on how to manage and use forest resources to address societal challenges.

The YLP-MED will take place from 26 November to 1 December 2018.

The venue is the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in Barcelona, Spain, where EFI has its Barcelona Office.

Apply here by 15 June.



Photo: patpitchaya -