The idea

The Munich Young Leaders program provides a forum for future decision-makers to strengthen their international networks and inspire new thinking. In this joint project of Körber Foundation and the Munich Security Conference the Munich Young Leaders discuss current foreign and security policy challenges with high-ranking politicians, officials and experts on the sidelines of the MSC.

Who are the Munich Young Leaders?

The program brings together 25 outstanding young representatives of governmental institutions, parliaments, think tanks, the media and the private sector from Germany, selected NATO member and partner states, as well as from states of strategic importance in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.

The Munich Young Leaders discuss current issues related to transatlantic foreign and security policy with high-ranking participants of the Munich Security Conference. Besides an individual program, the Munich Young Leaders also take part in the Munich Security Conference.

Speakers of previous years include the German Federal Ministers Wolfgang Schäuble and Ursula von der Leyen, Henry Kissinger, the Foreign Ministers of France, Poland and Iran – Laurent Fabius, Radosław Sikorski, and Javad Zarif – as well as Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Victoria Nuland, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, the Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. Department of State Anne-Marie Slaughter and Fu Ying, Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the National People’s Congress in Beijing.
The Munich Young Leaders program gives future decision-makers the opportunity to introduce new ideas into the security-policy discourse and to strengthen their international networks. They are under 40 years of age, have an outstanding knowledge in the field of foreign and security policy as well as strong social skills. Their command of the English language is excellent.

How are the Munich Young Leaders selected?

The German Embassies in selected states propose each up to three potential participants who fit the above profile. In coordination with the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Körber Foundation chooses the international participants out of the proposals submitted.

The German Munich Young Leaders are recruited in particular from the Körber Network Foreign Policy, a group of outstanding young foreign policy specialists of the German government, the German Bundestag, as well as of think tanks and the private sector. Please understand that unsolicited applications cannot be considered.

Further activities

Once a year all Munich Young Leaders classes gather for a reunion which is usually arranged and organized independently by a team of Munich Young Leaders alumni. During the reunion the participants discuss current foreign and security policy issues and have the opportunity to talk to high-ranking personalities of the host country. The reunions of the Munich Young Leaders took place in Berlin in June 2010, in Kyiv in June 2011, in Morocco in November 2012, in Bavaria in January 2014 and in May 2015 in Washington D.C. In the run-up to the NATO Summit from 30 June to 2 July 2016 the Munich Young Leaders gathered in Warsaw. The seventh Reunion of the Munich Young Leaders will take place in September 2017 in Moscow.

In cooperation with the renowned London International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), every year one of the Munich Young Leaders has the chance to attend the IISS Asia Security Summit – Shangri-La Dialogue and the IISS Regional Security Summit – Manama Dialogue.



Sam Sasan Shoamanesh, one of this year’s Munich Young Leaders of Körber Foundation and Munich Security Conference is thoroughly examining the Iran Nuclear Deal in terms of regional security architecture in an article published on

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The Munich Security Conference 2017, in which the Munich Young Leaders will participate, starts on 17 February. One of them, Alexandra Bell, a Truman National Security Fellow, is taking a close look at US-North Korea relations on FAZ-Online in advance.

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Munich Young Leaders

Who are the Munich Young Leaders? All Participants so far are listed here alphabetically with their current position.

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Round Tables

For the ninth time, young foreign and security policy experts from more than 20 nations, the Munich Young Leaders 2017, gathered in Munich from 16 – 19 February 2017. The Munich Young Leaders discussed a broad range of topics with high-ranking participants of the 53rd  Munich Security Conference and took part in its program. Find more information on the participants, the agenda and the participants’ impressions below:


Reflections on Russia in the World

How does Russia shape its role on the world stage? How is Russia perceived by foreign actors? And which positions define the debate within Russia’s civil society at present? These questions took center stage at the Munich Young Leaders Alumni Reunion held from 7th – 9th September in Moscow. For two days, the young leaders, comprising of more than 50 Russian and international experts from governments, parliaments, think tanks, journalism and businesses, spoke with members of politics, administration, civil society and economy.


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