2016 YDF Ad

2015 YDF AD


Hear from past delegates of the Young Diplomats Forum 

How to Apply?

To apply, simply email us a personal statement that is no longer than 500 words. Tell us about yourself, your interests and your plans for the future. Include a current CV and send it to: Upon receiving your application, we will aim contact you within 3 weeks to inform you of the outcome of your application. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please feel free to contact us via email:, or call us on +44(0)208 853 3293

Participation Fees

The Participation fee is £775.  The participation fee includes accommodation (Double Room) from  the 10th of July to the 15th of July. Food (breakfast and lunch), receptions, transportation during the forum and institutional and cultural visits are all included within the fee.

Past YDF Events

   YDF Greece 2014


 YDF Greece 2014

YDF UK 2014

      YDF London 2015  


    YDF London 2015


YDF Turkey 2013

In their words

Hear from some of our YDF Alumni below:




11TH-15TH JULY 2016

The Young Diplomats Forum (YDF) is 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.

Our Forum will present an opportunity for interaction and the development of skills for future senior diplomats and future leaders. The Young Diplomats Forum is set up to recognise, enhance and develop the next generation of diplomats and leaders. This community of exceptionally bright and accomplished leaders will gain further insight, tools and opportunities to engage with key stakeholders at a crucial time in their careers and broaden their connection to influential stakeholders.

The YDF will play host to an exceptional elite of young diplomats from across the world in a weeklong event that develops their skills and knowledge in areas around international affairs.

The forum includes exciting field trips, interactive workshops, simulations, case studies, presentations and speeches from leaders from the diplomatic world. The event will excel in facilitating exchange of ideas and fostering international relationships.

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The Forum will tackle pressing and topical issues related to international affairs from the perspective of young global leaders. It will stimulate and facilitate an advanced exchange of ideas, build trust and become a catalyst for change on a regional and global arena.

Our 2016 programme is varied from foreign policy, to sport and public diplomacy, to energy security and other topics.

The participants present the main actors of the Forum as they form the majority of the presenters and panellists. They will have to carry out research on the various topics for a choice of workshops and present them.


Participants will be staying at the new Holliday Inn Express which opened in June 2015.

Holiday Inn Express-London ExCeL 1018  Dockside Road, London E16 2FQ


"Being a part of the Young Diplomats Forum in Querétaro Mexico this year, I not only had the opportunity to learn the insights of modern day diplomacy from successful politicians and diplomats, but also met the smartest and the most wonderful young people from all over the world.

Some of the knowledge we gained from the lectures might fade away one day, but I am sure the friendships we built in this one week will last for a life time and will be the growing network of future leaders who will always share the passion of making our world a much better place to live."

Garanfil Hasanova - Azerbaijan
Columbia University - USA

"It was a great experience to be mixed with a lot of international, intelligent open-minded people from all over the world and to discuss various international topics, it enabled me to see things from different perspectives and angles. Having a well organized schedule with interesting activities and lectures was a great way to learn about and explore Mexico at the same time. Also having the last day off to experience the great history of Mexico and having some final time to communicate with other participants was a very nice idea as well. Being located in a nice hotel, seeing the well functioning infrastructure and the experiences/cultures in Queretaro and Mexico City completely changed my understanding of Mexico. The YDF was very nice in the sense that it enables me to experience the Mexican culture, learning about political affairs and relationship while being together with a lot of international people, who I think have a better understanding of global matters than the average person."

Marc Feth - Germany

RaboBank - Netherlands

"Thank you for organizing this event in Mexico. This is the first time I experienced the diversity of Mexico culture, deepened understanding of diplomacy, and met brilliant people from around the globe. This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get together to question, debate, and learn from each other.

Moreover, this forum spurred me to consider how government engagement with non-state actors relates to broader national initiatives and interest, including economic statecraft, global development, trade and investment promotion, good governance, strengthened civil society, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Coming from China, I am amazed by the cultural richness of western civilization. This forum is a wonderful opportunity for me to bridge the gap between the western and eastern culture and have more understanding in the regional context".

Xiaoxue Du - China

New York University - USA

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