Young diplomats forum

6th edition - LONDON 

11TH-15TH JULY 2016

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.

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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 20th JUNE. 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. For those who do not require accommodation, the fee is £500. See terms and conditions.


Participants will be staying at the Holiday Day Inn Royal Docks: 1 Silvertown Way, Canning Town, London E16 1EA

YDF - Join our growing Community 

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  • Contribute to the debate on the top of the global diplomatic agenda
  • Meet and interact with diplomats, ambassadors, ministers, members of the parliament, government's officials, journalists, academics, and diplomacy experts
  • Attend sessions at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, House of Parliament, Commonwealth of Nations Secretariat, British Council, European Union representation in London, British Council Headquarters and Facebook 
  • Increase your knowledge, contacts and skills sets to boost your career
  • Create a lasting legacy of Young Diplomats Forum 2016


  • Andrew Rosindell MP, Member of Foreign Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons
  • Lord Davies of Stamford, Member of the House Lords
  • Matthew Pennycook MP, Member of House Commons for Greenwich and Woolwich
  • Theo Lomas, Elections and Campaigns Specialist,  Facebook
  • H.E Dominik Furgler Ambassador of Switzerland to London
  • H.E Dr Ivan Grdešić , Ambassador of Croatia to London
  • Dr. Corneliu Bjola , Professor of Diplomatic Studies, University of Oxford
  • Sam Kiley, Foreign Affairs Editor , Sky News 
  •  Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor,   Channel Four
  • Lord Hannay, Former UK Ambassador to the United Nations and Member of the House of Lords
  • Jamie Angus, Editor of Today Programme, BBC
  • Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, The British Council
  • Nabeel Goheer, Director of Strategic Planning and Evaluation Division, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Hilary McEwan, Archivist Records Office, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Barrie Kelly, Chief Executive, Visit Greenwich 
  • Councillor Averil Lekau, Cabinet Member, Royal Borough of Greenwich
  • Simon Anholt, Founder of the Good Country
  • Tom Blake, Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament
  • Peter Grant MP, Member of Parliament for the Scottish National Party
  • Rebecca Walton, EU Regional Director, British Council 
  • Elisa Borry, Politics & Government / Southern Europe, Facebook

Programme highlights

  • Digital Diplomacy: In partnership with Facebook Europe at their headquarters
  • Public and Cultural Diplomacy: In partnership with the British Council
  • UK Foreign Policy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • The Role of Members of Parliament in UK foreign policy at the House of Commons with members of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee
  • Media and Foreign Policy with participation of BBC World Service, Channel Four and Sky News
  • The EU foreign policy at the EU representation office in London
  • The role of the Commonwealth of Nation Secretariat at their headquarters
  • Maritime Diplomacy in partnership with the International Maritime Organisation
  • Policy development, Negotiations, Smart Diplomacy, Multi Track Diplomacy Workshops with ambassadors and leading experts at the Global Diplomats Forum
  • Closing Ceremony at  the Chuchill Room, the House of Commons

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Past Editions of the Young Diplomats Forum