Five young Kenyans will be among 50 global finalists in the inaugural Future Leaders Connect program, an initiative of the British Council that seeks to create a pool of outstanding policy leaders who can create positive differences in their home countries.
The programme which is targeting young professionals aged 18-35 years at the entry and mid-level career is keen to cultivate a pool of future thought leaders by developing their skills in leadership and policy making. It will also uplift participants’ career profiles and professional skills, increasing their employability status while feeding firms with high-quality human resource for growth. The exposure will also see them make valuable connections to boost their career growth.
‘’The initiative is part of the British Council’s commitment to better life for future generation through sound global policies. It is also the council’s plan to promote social economic ties between the United Kingdom (UK) and the world,’’ said Tony Reilly, Country Director, British Council.
The five Kenyans and who were unveiled today at a Nairobi hotel from will be given an opportunity to engage with leading public figures in the country and share their personal vision on how to address global challenges with a public audience. The global project which is in its first edition saw at least 2200 eligible Kenyans apply, with only 10 being shortlisted. The criteria for the selected candidates includes individuals with:
1.Talent and ambition to be a Future Leader.
2. In their early or mid-level career stage.
3. Passion and interest in the area of policy making.