09 July 2021

Applications are now open for Future Leaders Connect, a six-week online global policy and leadership programme.

Run by the British Council, the opportunity will give young policy leaders aged 25-35 from Malaysia the opportunity to learn from experts and practitioners, discuss their policy ideas with UK Parliamentarians and network with some of the world’s most senior leaders.

In partnership with the internationally respected Møller Institute (University of Cambridge), Future Leaders Connect helps successful applicants develop their skills, expand their networks and, ultimately, make a difference through policy change.

Participants from Malaysiawill be joined by emerging leaders from around the world (including Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Vietnam, Ukraine and the UK) in a prestigious global network of next generation policy makers.

Future Leaders Connect alumni have already achieved impact through policy change – in civil society, enterprise and government – across 13 countries.


The programme will take place online from 11 October to 19 November 2021.

Applicants for this year’s programme must be aged 25-35. They must be able to explain their unique policy objectives and show they have what it takes to be a global policy leader. 

The deadline to apply is Sunday, 1 August 2021 23.59 (UK time). To find out more, visit https://www.britishcouncil.org/future-leaders-connect

Watch the video on YouTube and join the conversation online using #FutureLeadersConnect

Matthew O’Neill, from Northern Ireland took part in the programme in 2019:

A major reason I applied for Future Leaders Connect was its focus on policy and how to use policy as a catalyst for change. I also wanted to learn from other regions and countries and understand how I could integrate their approaches into my own work. I would say to prospective applicants, don’t let this year’s programme being online put you off. I would do it all over again - the value is in the people you meet and the global long-term network you join.

Kate Ewart-Biggs OBE (Chief Executive, British Council):

Future Leaders Connect is central to the British Council’s purpose of building understanding and trust. This year we will connect the world’s emerging leaders digitally, bringing together exceptional young people from across the UK and around the world to learn from recognised experts and practitioners, including UK Parliamentarians, and to learn from each other. It will be a fantastic experience in shared learning – giving tomorrow’s leaders a global outlook as they face new challenges.

Notes to Editor

For further information please contact:

Ikram Khasim
Head of Communications
E: Ikram.Khasim@britishcouncil.org

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