Leadership Programs

Global challenges can only be met through collaboration – across national borders, academic disciplines, and societal groups. Therefore, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) empowers future leaders who are striving to foster international understanding and solve societal problems. Participants in its leadership programs have worked in politics and public administration, civil society, think tanks, academia, the media, and the private sector.

All of DGAP’s leadership programs believe that dialogue at an eye-to-eye level, interdisciplinarity, and cooperation are necessary to constructively and comprehensively address the complex political, economic, social, and environmental issues of our time.

Today, DGAP is home to an international alumni network of around 1,800 outstanding professionals who are breaking new ground in their fields and who are enriching DGAP’s policy work with their perspectives.

Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance

Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance is a year-long professional development program for 20 young leaders from eight countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine – who champion democratic transition in their societies and organizations. Through three international group seminars and their individual work on good governance projects, the fellows expand their knowledge of the rule of law and democratic governance, as well as deepen their skills in cross-sectoral collaboration and public innovation.

Deutsch-Französischer Zukunftsdialog/Dialogue d’avenir franco-allemand

Since 2007, this project has annually brought together ten German and ten French young leaders from diverse professional backgrounds to work on various topics of relevance for France, Germany, and European integration. Each year, a European partner country is selected to expand and enhance the Franco-German perspective.

German-Italian Young Leaders Dialogue – Spinelli Forum

DGAP and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) are promoting exchange between the younger generations of Germany and Italy. This forum will establish a permanent network for young leaders from the fields of politics, business, science, civil society, media, and culture in both countries. Participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts and political decision-makers in order to develop solutions to current European challenges and provide new impetus for a close partnership between Germany and Italy.

International Futures

International Futures is a two-week training program conducted by DGAP in cooperation with Germany’s Federal Foreign Office. It takes place within the four-month “Managing Global Governance (MGG) Academy,” which is held annually by the German Development Institute. The program aims to bring together young leaders from around the world in the fields of diplomacy and academia, as well as politics and civil society, to discuss the role of global governance in today's world and to build networks between them. Participating countries are Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, and Germany.

Promotion of Think Tank Work in the MENA Region

Over a period of three years, 88 mid-level professionals from Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, and Europe have participated in workshops in Berlin and in the capitals of these Arab countries. Participants engage in analysis of pressing political, socioeconomic, and security issues and receive training in policy-paper writing, communication, and advocacy. They draw up policy papers and their policy recommendations are then discussed with relevant decision-makers and senior experts.