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Lisbon | Portugal
April 1-3 | 2020

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About the Programme .

The Young Leaders Programme is a special programme track of the URBAN FUTURE global conference, taking place annually during the conference days. Up to 50 Young Leaders are chosen to be part of it after running through an online application process.

During the conference, Young Leaders have access to all that the conference has to offer – plus exclusive programme and networking options specifically tailored to their needs. The aim of the programme is to get ambitious young changemakers aged 30 or younger involved into the discussion about how our cities of the future should and will look like.


What to expect?

The Young Leaders Programme offers you a special programme track tailored to your needs as a young changemaker on top of the regular conference programme of UFGC. We’re creating exclusive programme options for you that will push you, inspire you, provide you with a head full of new perspectives, and a strong network to follow whatever career path you have chosen for yourself.


This means that on top of all conference sessions, formats such as the following await you:

Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats

These are discussions in small groups of 6-8 attendees. In very “honest” and personal sessions, community, business and city leaders share very private experiences (eg. of being a politician) and you can bug them with your questions. In these sessions, there’s a strong focus on personal experiences, skills, motivation and how to deal with frustrations along the way.

Skill Workshops

Skill Workshops

During these sessions, we’re connecting you with renowned experts from all over the world – on the topics of leadership, communication or presentation skills, for example. These workshops are focused on fostering skills and knowledge crucial to young leaders, paving their way and getting them involved.

Braincycling Sessions

Braincycling Sessions

This is where you can get together with your fellow Young Leaders and discuss your own projects – to broaden your horizon and channel different approaches and perspectives on topics that are essential to your vision of changing cities for the better.

Networking Options

Networking Options

We’re giving you exclusive networking options at the conference – for example at the official VIP and speakers’ reception, and will make sure that you get enough presence during the conference days: we want all conference participants to know who you are and get to know you! This is your chance to get connected to almost 3.000 CityChangers!

Application for 2020 .

Our call for applications for the Young Leaders Programme 2020 will start in December 2019.

Applications will be submitted via an online form, to be found here.

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If you have any question, drop programme director Cornelia a line.

Cornelia Forsthuber

Meet the Young Leaders Alumnis .

47 Young Leaders from all around the world were chosen to join the first edition of the Young Leaders Programme happening during UFGC19 in Oslo.



came from 32 cities in 17 countries

were 51% female and 49% male

engaged in topics like water, energy, built environment & architecture,
urban food, behavioral change, raising awareness, mobility or new work

founded a network for young urban CityChangers:
The Future Urban Leaders Network


Curious to know more? Here’s our 2019 Young Leaders Gallery, featuring all 47 programme participants including their names, cities, topics, quotes and LinkedIn profiles so you can get in touch with them:

Project Officer, Fuenlabrada City Hall | Fuenlabrada |Spain
Alessio Sevarin

Founder and CEO, UP-Ride OG | Graz | Austria
Alexander Yacine

Scrum Master, Lecos GmbH | Leipzig | Germany
Amanda Lona

Urban planner, Hvaler kommune | Skjærhalden | Norway
Anastasia Wraa

BREEAM coordinator (Sustainability manager), AF Gruppen | Oslo | Norway
Antonella Amesberger

Architect, ATP Wien Planungs GmbH | Vienna | Austria
Aroosha Zahid

Assistant Urban Designer, De Zwarte Hond | Groningen | Netherlands
Collin Wagenmakers

Data Science Student / Videographer Wagenmakers Media | Eindhoven | The Netherlands
Cynthia Zurita Véliz

Student/Consultant, Universidade de Lisboa | Lisbon | Portugal
Daniel Borup Jakobsen

Councillor, Aalborg Municipality & Group Marketing Manager, CompanYoung Group | Aalborg | Denmark
Diana Marcela	Diaz Castro

Consultant, Steer | London | United Kingdom
Emilie Hernes Vereide

MSc Student / Climate pilot, Klimaetaten | Oslo | Norway
Eva de Bruijn

City Council Member & Social Designer, GroenLinks Eindhoven | Eindhoven | The Netherlands
Eva Paola Campos Cantu

Student, Uis | Stavanger | Norway
Fabian Lohmar

Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft, Zentrum für Logistik und Verkehr | Essen | Germany
Fruzsina Nagy

Intern, Metabolic | Amsterdam | The Netherlands
Håkon Aarseth

Product Manager, NAF | Oslo | Norway
Hauk Are Fjeld

Climate pilot, The city of Oslo, Filmproducer, Haukeblikk Film & Student, University of Oslo | Oslo | Norway
Helen Hepher

Urban Designer and Planner, David Lock Associates | Milton Keynes / London | United Kingdom
Ignacio Foyatier

Architect, Edilizia DC | Rosario | Argentina
Isabell Eberlein

Board Member, Changing Cities e.V. | Berlin | Germany
Jamie Wylie

Masters student in Environmental Management and Policy. Lund University | Lund | Sweden
Ján Slimák

Department of Strategy and Projects Officer, City of Bratislava | Bratislava | Slovakia
Jean Paul Brice Affana

Founder and Coordinator, Vital Actions for Sustainable Development (AVD) | Yaoundé | Cameroon & Bonn | Germany
Jenny Ueland

Civil Architect, Nordic - Office of Architecture | Oslo | Norway
Jonathan Naraine

Architect & Food system designer, The Foodprint Lab | Gothenburg | Sweden
Kelly	Delaney

Masters Student, Lund University | Lund | Sweden
Lisa Gassler

Marketing Manager, Venuzle GmbH | Graz | Austria
Ludwig Pannach

Senior Consultant, MHP - A Porsche Company | Berlin | Deutschland
Luisina Perassi

Architect, Humankind & El Desafío Foundation | Rosario | Argentina
Marius Ronde

Group manager, ÅF Engineering | Lillestrøm | Norway
Martha Andrea Lund

Landscape architect, Rambøll | Oslo | Norway
Matt Stewart

Founder, Yarra Pools, Melbourne & MetaDada Festival, Berlin | Berlin | Germany
Matteo De Vos

Ecosystems Campaigner, Greenpeace Belgium | Brussels | Belgium
Natalia Makovetskaya

Director of participatory planning department, Strelka KB | Moscow | Russia
Nour Ghadanfar

Master of City Planning Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge | United States
Olav Soldal

Student, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) | Ås | Norway
Ole Erik Lunder

Student, Norwegian University of Life Science & Climate pilot, Oslo Municipality | Oslo | Norway
Pietro Rosso

Building Engineer and Architect | Calice Ligure (SV) | Italy
Saara Ilvessalo

Chair for the Urban Environment Committee, City of Turku | Turku | Finland
Samantha Suppiah

Sustainability Specialist, White Arkitekter | Stockholm | Sweden
Siddharth Sareen

Postdoctoral research fellow, Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation, University of Bergen | Bergen | Norway
Stian Backe

PhD Candidate | Trondheim | Norway
Tarek El Azzouzi

European Development Coordinator, Futureproofed | Leuven | Belgium
Valentin Kranz

Student Research Assistant, WZB Berlin Social Science Center | Berlin | Germany
Vanessa Mueggler

Director of New Initiatives, GI Quo Vadis | Montreal | Canada
Zarrin Fatima

Research Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | Espoo | Finland