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Emerging Leaders 2015

OCP Policy Center’s Leadership and Youth Initiatives program focuses on promoting a spirit of policy entrepreneurship, innovation, and global engagement. It strives to drive young leaders, with proven experience in leadership and with social or economic concern, to achieve their ambition and strengthen their skills, through structured leadership development programs and through discussions and debate with senior government, corporate and civic leaders.

These initiatives aim at bridging the generation gap, building a large interconnected community of leaders which will help strengthen Morocco’s global connections and actively engage the Moroccan Diaspora. It is also a platform gathering young leaders with different backgrounds and from different regions, to share their experiences and discuss their ideas and challenges.

Through a flagship Leadership program being currently discussed, The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders and The Volunteer Program, OCP Policy Center is dedicated to connecting with rising leaders of future generations.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the OCP Policy Center are organizing the 2015 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program, a unique opportunity for rising leaders, taking place October 28-November 1, 2015, in Marrakesh, Morocco. The program will precede and include The Atlantic Dialogues Conference.

About The Atlantic Dialogues Conference

Launched in 2012, The Atlantic Dialogues is a leading annual forum for decision-makers to discuss global issues and partnerships, with an emphasis on the Southern Atlantic and transatlantic relations beyond North-North lines. This high-level gathering is a unique opportunity for leaders from the four continents of the Atlantic to debate the changing dynamics across the wider basin and help shape the transatlantic agenda.

The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program

The 2015 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program will bring together 40 rising leaders from around the Atlantic Basin. Over the two days of the program, sessions combine creative thinking, professional leadership training, peer-to-peer learning, and opportunities for networking and exchange. The emerging leaders will then be invited to participate in The Atlantic Dialogues conference. The organizers will provide selected emerging leaders the opportunity to contribute to panels during The Atlantic Dialogues based on their expertise and experience in order to foster real intergenerational dialogue. The 2015 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program will conclude with a closing session on November 1, 2015.

Call for Application

This call for applications is open to ascending leaders who have demonstrated leadership in their sector, are dedicated to strengthening ties across the Atlantic, have a desire to effect real and lasting change, and engage with and have an impact on the regional, transatlantic, and global agenda.

Applicants must be between the ages of 23 (inclusive) and 35 (inclusive) on the day that applications for the fellowship open, which is July 13, 2015. Candidates must be citizens of a participating country — for more see below — and need to speak English proficiently. Candidates should be available for the full five days of programing.

Candidates must be citizens of countries in these regions: Africa; North, Central, or South America; the Caribbean; or the European Union.

Applicants should send their current resume or CV in PDF format and a personal statement of no more than 250 words explaining the reasons for their application and how they will contribute to and benefit from the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program

GMF and the OCP Policy Center will accept applications until August 8th, 2015. If you have any additional questions, please email Madeleine Goerg at and Nisrine Ouazzani at

For the selected applicants, the organizers will be pleased to cover hotel, meals, and local travel during the event. We also have limited funds available for travel assistance for the selected emerging leaders.

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Related Event


Wednesday, October 28


Welcome and ADconnect Introduction

19:00-20:00 Ice Breaker - Exploring Leadership Values

20:00-21:00 Networking Dinner             

21:00-22:30 Seeking Investment Opportunities in Africa: Conversation with Ezana Bocresion, Senior Non-Resident Fellow, OCP Policy Center


Thursday, October 29

08:30-20:00 Simulation Exercise – Responding to a Pandemic in the Atlantic Space

20:00-21:30 Dinner Conversations chaired by representatives of The German Marshall Fund of the United States and OCP Policy Center


Friday, October 30

9:30-11:30 Strengthening Your Leadership Portfolio: Strategies for Maximizing Your Impact, Career Growth, and Networking

11:30 Transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel

12:00-12:30 Address by Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO, OCP Group and President, OCP Foundation

12:30-13:30 Networking lunch

13:30-15:00 Workshop – Emerging Leaders Town Hall

Afternoon Atlantic Dialogues


Saturday, October 31

All day Atlantic Dialogues


Sunday, November 1

Morning Atlantic Dialogues

13:45-14:15 Emerging Leaders - Debrief