The Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) is launching the 2022 edition of its Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders (ADEL) program, as part of the Atlantic Dialogues (AD) conference, which brings together eminent personalities from the Atlantic basin.
Each year, the Policy Center brings together 30 to 50 young leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 who have demonstrated leadership and initiative in their respective fields, and who aspire to drive change and achieve impact in the areas of politics, finance, business, civil society, research and media.
The ADEL program is tailor-made to enable young leaders to participate in shaping policy and building narratives.
For this 11th edition, 30 young leaders from 22 countries will join a community already made up of 350 former participants and will take part in seminars and workshops organized from December 11 to 13, 2022, the Policy Center announced in a press release.
In detail, more than 1,600 young people, aged 25 to 35, have submitted exceptional applications, says the PCNS, noting that this is indeed a sign of the success of the program and its Atlantic and Moroccan excellence. The selection process was based on four criteria, specifies the same source, namely the spirit of initiative, the leadership potential, the vision and the ambition to strengthen transatlantic ties.
Regarding the Emerging Leaders 2022, they include 18 women and 12 men, indicates the PCNS, among them are 10 Africans (including 4 North Africans), 7 Europeans, 6 North Americans, 6 South Americans and Caribbeans and 1 Asian, noting that these members are drawn from NGOs and civil society, the private sector, the public sector, international organizations, consultancies, think tanks, universities and the media.
To name but a few, Marianna Albuquerque (Brazil), Deputy Director of Projects at the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI), Salim Dehmej (Morocco), Economist at the International Monetary Fund, Strahinja Matejic (Serbia), Associate Director at the Eurasia Group, Winnie Mutai (Kenya), Climate Change Finance and Preparedness Expert at the African Development Bank, and Theodora Skeadas (USA), Public Policy Team Member at Twitter Inc.
According to the PCNS, the empowerment of young leaders, the promotion of intergenerational dialogue and the reduction of the North-South divide are the cornerstones of the ADEL programme.
Through this initiative, the Policy Center intends to foster exchanges between leading experts, senior officials and high-potential agents of change, both during the conference and beyond.
Indeed, speakers such as Obiageli Ezekwesili, former Nigerian Minister of Education, Claude Grunitsky, CEO of The Equity Alliance and President of TRUE Africa, and Larabi Jaïdi, Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, will be among the mentors of this year’s cohort.
On the other hand, this group will have the opportunity to exchange with alumni of the ADEL program, who will also be present in Marrakech, indicates the PCNS, noting that thanks to peer learning, participants will be able to strengthen their skills by sharing their experiences.