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Nitika Agarwal, ADEL 2014

Senior Policy Advisor, Her Majesty’s Treasury, UK

The participation to the Emerging Leaders Program encouraged me to articulate my own goals and vision to myself.


I now have a varied network of young professionals across the world, whom I have met with since, and I found the experience of presenting on stage with my peers in front of experts an extremely valuable learning experience."

Patricia Ahanda

Deputy Mayor in charge of Digital and Vocational Training, Champigny-sur-Marne, Paris Region

" En 2018 j'ai eu l'opportunité de faire partie de la promotion 2018 des Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders. Ce programme de qualité mis en place par Policy Center for the New South était une véritable formation intensive qui m'a permis de bénéficier d'outils, d'acquérir de nouvelles compétences en leadership, design thinking, prise de parole en public mais aussi de novelles connaissances en matière de relations internationales. 


Le travail collaboratif avec mes brillants collègues de promotion venant de différents horizons et pays,  a aussi contribué à l'enrichissement de mon réseau professionnel et personnel. Cette expérience m'a donné à la fois une plateforme unique pour faire entendre ma voix de millennial engagée pour plus de coopération entre les différentes nations, mais aussi permis de partager mon expertise dans un cadre de haut niveau. Je tiens à remercier toute l'équipe en charge de l'organisation, les différents intervenants aux parcours d'excellence mais aussi toutes les personnalités avec qui j'ai pu échanger pour leur disponibilité, écoute et conseils. Je suis fière d'avoir pu participer à ce programme et je suis impatiente de voir l'impact positif qu'aura la prochaine génération de jeunes leaders en 2019  ! "

Samira Azzam, ADEL 2014

Manager, Global Government Relations, Accenture

" The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program stands out for its networking. The 2014 Emerging Leaders have stayed in close contact, sharing their accomplishments and opportunities for collaboration. It is an alumni group that I am confident will maintain its strength into the future. "


Ali Belhaj Zahi, ADEL 2018

CEO and Co-Founder, EVOCRAFT, Tunisia

L’expérience que je viens de vivre dans le cadre de ce programme Emerging Leader va constituer une source d’inspiration dans ma vie professionnelle de jeune élue locale et d’entrepreneure. C’est la toute première fois que je participe à un programme qui offre autant de thématiques et qui met en liaison des jeunes de différents horizons. "


Touria Benlafqih

CEO, Empeople

" The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program is the perfect gathering for thinkers and doers to connect and collaborate, under the sharp vision of the Policy Center for the New South. The meeting gathers high level panelists and experts from all over the world and creates a wonderful space to challenge ideas and concepts. Being part of this community had opened doors for me to more networking and partnership collaborations, and had supported me in building the grassroots project I’ve been thinking about for long.


The biggest highlight for me during the program was the meeting with the OCP Group Chairman. The vision and the values with which he runs the biggest company in Morocco is very inspiring, and his encouragements to us, emerging leaders, to challenge the usual ways of doing business and creating high impact solutions to the world’s problems is tremendously empowering. 

I definitely recommend the program to all value-driven emerging leaders in the world, I can not speak highly enough of the professionalism and the friendliness of the Policy Center team and leaders, they’re the ones behind the great success of such program, and of the growth of the entire Emerging Leaders Community. "

Ryan Berger, ADEL 2014

Postgraduate Student, Columbia University, Canada

The ability to debate shared 21st-century challenges with an array of emerging leaders with diverse backgrounds - representing the North and South Atlantic, developing and developed countries, and the public, private and nonprofit sectors - made the program an immensely worthwhile and valuable experience. I recommend it to everyone. "


Alexandru Cosmin Buteica, ADEL 2015

Operations Analyst, World Bank, Romania

The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program provided me with the unique chance to meet bright people that have the energy and passion to lead their communities towards a positive developmental path. The various networking opportunities, seminars, and panels and crisis simulation exercises vibed-up my curiosity and understanding on complementary areas of my work.


I was honored to have the chance to exchange opinions and ideas on various topics, from political and economic thinking, to nowadays challenges with many high-ranked international officials. I trust that through the Emerging Leaders network one may collaboratively develop solutions or draw better paths for mitigating regional and global issues. "

Teocah Dove, ADEL 2015

Director of Donors and Partnerships, Caribbean Youth Policy Institute, Trinidad and Tobago

The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program (ADEL) stands as a signpost in my professional development journey due to the varied experiences I encountered. From the EL to the Atlantic Dialogues the context-rich contributions by panelist and members of the audience, served to re-educate me on the single story I knew of Africa.


Prior my participation, I was ignorant to the opportunities and potential that existed in Africa. The wealth of information expanded my knowledge set and allowed me the opportunity to engage with policymakers from the continent sharing my ideas on advancing the lives of at-risk and vulnerable groups. 

My highlight, was being given the opportunity to contribute to the forum on the last day on a panel of distinguished professionals. The opportunity introduced me to an audience that in large part would not have known me or my ideas. Following the panel discussion, I was approached by several persons who indicated interest in collaboration and kept in contact to date. The EPL allowed me the platform to give voice to my experiences and share my thoughts, the opportunity to make lifelong friends, the network to initiate global change and a life altering experience that has made an indelible mark on my professional journey. "

Mohamed El Dahshan, ADEL 2018

Managing Director, OXCON Frontier Markets and Fragile States Consulting, Egypt

I was encouraged to apply to the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program by Alumni who have long praised the value of the program. In addition, I was particularly keen on joining a world class  leadership program organized on the continent by an African institution; and indeed, the Policy Centre for the New South delivered with brilliance.


The program was very well designed, with particular sensibility to the African and North African contexts. Participants, too, were all of very high calibre; allowing for quality discussions, interesting exchanges,  even enriching disagreements. In addition, as the ADEL program dovetailed into the Atlantic Dialogues conference, the transition was seamless and the integration of ADEL participants into the conference well designed and well acknowledged; rather than being included in the program as token 'youth' participants, I particularly appreciated the recognition of their expertise by organizers and attendees alike. It is definitely an experience that I strongly recommend to those considering applying! "

Asmae El Hajji, ADEL 2018

Social activist and Phd researcher, Tariq Ibnou Ziyad Initiative (TIZI), Morocco

" Ma participation à la 8ème édition des Atlantic Dialogues Emerging leader Program (ADEL), est une expérience exceptionnelle. C’est l’exemple d’une initiative innovante, qui nous permet de faire entendre nos voix, et penser un monde meilleur ! Nous avons vécus beaucoup d’échanges et de partage entre des jeunes acteurs passionnés, et motivés pour contribuer aux changements positifs dans les différents domaines (politique, social, économiques etc…)


Pareillement, les panels inspirants, les ateliers et formations sont venus compléter notre ambition, avec des contenus et problématiques très pertinentes, dans un cadre de partage des expériences et des challenges communs ! Le programme nous a permis également de participer à un dialogue intergénérationnel et d’avoir une réflexion sur les grands enjeux autant globaux que domestiques de notre société. Ce programme est sans doute un succès, et une fierté pour notre pays ! "