The Indo-German
Young Leaders Forum

A unique platform for bi-lateral exchange.
50 Young Leaders. Four days of professional and personal exchange.

Next annual flagship conference will take place in early 2018 in New Delhi.

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About the Initiative

The Indo-German Young Leaders Forum is a platform for bilateral exchange of the young and rising generation of India and Germany. The Forum's goal is to further promote this important geopolitical relationship by

1. Fostering dialogue between young Indian and German leaders from business, politics, science, media and culture
2. Establishing a lasting network of future decision-makers who are engaged and committed to fostering the Indo-German partnership
3. Keeping the exchange alive for future generations

The Indo-German Young Leaders Forum got officially endorsed by Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Modi during the joint closing statement of the 4th Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations in May 2017. It is further supported by a number of renowned personalities from both countries and counts several distinguished ministers, well-known business representatives, and prizewinning researchers from India and Germany in its Board of Trustees. Further, the initiative is officially supported by the Indian Embassy in Berlin and the German Embassy in New Delhi.

Official Curtain Raiser Event on 12th December 2016 at the Indian Embassy in Berlin

The initiative held its successful inauguration event at the premises of the Indian Embassy in Berlin on December 12th, 2016. 170 guests from various professional fields and cultural backgrounds followed the invitation to attend an exquisite programme followed by inspiring conversations.

The programme of the launch event comprised high-profile keynote speeches by His Excellency Mr. Gurjit Singh, Ambassador of India to Germany and Mr. Bernd Mützelburg, former Ambassador of Germany to India, followed by a panel discussion on “The Role of Education in Bringing Countries Closer together: Youth-led Engagement”. Moderator Oliver Müller, Managing Director at FTI Consulting and former correspondent of German business daily Handelsblatt, led the panel. The panel participants – five high-profile representatives from academia, business, and architecture – engaged in a vivid discussion.

A curtain raiser event for the India activities of the initiative will be held on 27th September 2017 at the premises of the German Embassy in New Delhi. Program and information related to the registration process will be announced soon.

Annual flagship conferences

The Indo-German Young Leaders Forum organizes an annual conference - alternately in Germany and India - to exchange ideas on current bilateral issues.

The next flagship conference of the Indo-German Young Leaders Forum will be held in early 2018 in New Delhi and will be attended by 50 selected, highly motivated, and talented participants between the age of 25 and 35 from both countries.