Young Professionals Summit Convenes in Brussels
In conjunction with its annual Brussels Forum, the German Marshall Fund of the United States hosted its fifth Young Professionals Summit (YPS) March 21-23, 2014. YPS convenes 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, and also join the larger Brussels Forum. Sessions are designed to promote frank exchange among the participants and the most influential politicians, thinkers, journalists, and business representatives. This year’s program was attended by 90 emerging leaders from 41 countries.
The event kicked off Friday with an introduction by Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, Ambassador of the United States to the European Union, and an exciting panel discussion on transatlantic relations featuring Toomas Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia, and Marc Grossman, vice chairman of the Cohen Group.
On Saturday, YPS participants enjoyed hearing from a diverse array of business, government, and thought-leaders. Two highlights of Saturday’s program were the sessions “Russia and the West in the Midst of the Ukraine Crisis” and “Crisis Generation Today, Leaders Tomorrow: What World Will We Build,” both of which generated lively discussion between speakers and participants. Speakers and Brussels Forum participants appreciated the participants’ sharp questions and energy.
Following the program, participants continued the dialogue at Brussels Forum.
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