Young diplomats forum

12th edition - london, united kingdom

1st july - 5th july 2019 

The Young Diplomats Forum (YDF) is an intensive week long programme of practical sessions, workshops, policy exercises and institutional visits delivered by world leading experts.

Set up to recognise, enhance and develop the next generation of diplomats. This community of exceptionally bright and accomplished future leaders will gain further insight, tools and opportunities to engage with key stakeholders at a crucial time in their careers and broaden their connections to influence global leaders.

The 12th  Edition of Young Diplomats Forum (YDF) is a meeting of 100 young and aspiring diplomats from over 75 countries  covering every region in the world to tackle hot topics of international affairs.

Previous editions took place in Ankara (September 2013), Mexico (June 2014), London ( September 2014), Greece ( June 2015),  Croatia ( September 2016), Latvia ( September 2017) and Malaysia ( September 2018).

The proceedings and workshops of the forum engage young diplomats with Ambassadors, MPs, MEPs, Government officials, Media and Diplomacy experts on different issues of global affairs. In addition, the Young Diplomats Forum is a cultural and entertaining experience that create international friendship amongst participants and engage with institutions in the host country and connect with the place.

highlights of the week

  • Diplomacy in the 21st Century ambassadors and leading experts at the Global Diplomats Forum

  • Digital Diplomacy in collaboration with the Facebook Europe

  • Priorities of UK Foreign Policy at parliamentarian diplomacy with members of parliament

  • The role of think tanks in Foreign Policy in partnership with RUSI

  • The challenges to the UK-EU foreign policy at the EU representation office in London

  • Policy development workshop

  • Negotiations workshop

  • Smart Diplomacy workshop

  • Closing Ceremony at the House of Lords

Application process

Applications are now open. To apply for this year's Young Diplomats Forum in London, you will need to  send us a current CV and  personal statement that states your leadership aspiration: What impact do you want to have through your career? ( no more than 500 words) to:

Applicants will receive a response within 7-10 days of sending through their applications. ( For those who require visa’s it recommended to apply by the 5th of June to ensure you have enough time to organise your visa)

For more information about the application process, please feel free to contact us via email on or call us on +44(0) 208 853 3293

Application deadline is the 15th of June 2019

Applicants for 2019

With over 90 countries applying for this year’s Young Diplomats Forum. Click Here to see the list of countries.


The Participation fee is £995.  The participation fee includes shared accommodation from  the 30th June - 5th July 2019. Food (breakfast and lunch), receptions,  institutional and cultural visits are all included within the fee. For delegates not requiring accommodation, the participation fee is £695.

For delegates needing additional requirements for accommodation, including single rooms, please contact us for more information.


Delegates will be staying at the Intercontinental 02, Greenwich. Delegates will be staying in shared accommodation. If you require a single room, this will be an additional cost, depending on the rates offered by the hotel. Shared accommodation includes a twin room with 2 separate beds.

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  • Matthew Pennycook MP, Shadow Minister for Exiting the European Union

  • Dr. Corneliu Bjola, Associate Professor in Diplomatic Studies and Head of the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group, Oxford University

  • Ella Fallows, Politics and Government Outreach Associate Manager, Facebook Europe

  • Ian Murray MP, Member of Foreign Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons

  • H.E Jon Benjamin, Director of the Diplomatic Academy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • H.E. Dr Salih Husain Ali, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the UK

  • Pascale Frazer-Carroll, Associate Campaigns Director,

  • Lord Hannay, Former UK Ambassador to the United Nations and Member of the House of Lords International Relations Committee

  • Feng Jialiang, Deputy Head, Policy & Research, Embassy of China

  • Nabeel Goheer, Assistant Secretary General, Commonwealth Secretariat

  • Younes El-Ghazi, Chief Executive, Global Diplomatic Forum

  • H.E Dr. Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko, Ambassador of Russia to the UK (TBC)

  • H.E Baiba Braze, Ambassador of Latvia to the UK 

  • H.E Enna Park, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in London

  • Lord Collins, Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs, House of Lords 





Photo Gallery 

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Past Editions of the Young Diplomats Forum