British Council on the lookout for future leaders

The Elders and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson with Future Leaders Connect members. Photo by: © British Council

The British Council launched applications last week for its Future Leaders Connect program which, now in its second year, aims to create a global network of aspiring policy leaders. Working with its overseas delegations in participating countries, the British Council is looking for young people with a lot of potential but not necessarily only those coming from the top universities or with an existing background in policy.

Karina Izquierdo, one of last year’s finalists from Mexico, has a background in architecture but was increasingly interested in urban public policy and saw that the program could help her work more in this space. Although she hadn’t initially considered herself a “leader,” Izquierdo says the program brought together young people from a range of backgrounds who were interested in or involved in politics, and in leading change in some way.

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