Virtual seminar on cultural intelligence & policy leadership

The Young Mediterranean Voices programme, in partnership with the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies MEDAC – University of Malta (MEDAC) is announcing a call for participation to young leaders from the Euro-Med region, for the third edition of the “YMV Malta Leadership Seminar”, taking place virtually from 25 to 29 January, 2021.

The Young Mediterranean Voices Leadership Seminar is an initiative of the Anna Lindh Foundation, supported by the European Commission (DG European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations) and co-organised with MEDAC, the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid and a consortium of international partners.

Despite COVID-19 limitations and mobility restrictions, we are excited to engage a group of selected participants in a 5-day programme that will include: formal and non formal education tools, dialogue and networking activities and a combination of innovative methodologies, together with a variety of occasions for interaction.

Capacity-building sessions will tackle topics related to cultural intelligence, leading-through-values, media narratives and policy formulation, as well as practicing advocacy with global, regional, and local political leaders.

Although in-person meetings in Malta are not possible, we are maintaining the high level of learning and engagement of past editions of the workshop. The virtual nature of the sessions allows us to have access to policy-makers we would not have been able to in other times. We are also happy to include a mentorship element. A group of participants will start working with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on topics of their own interest. Their work and recommendations will be shared with selected European Parliament individuals and committees.

For interested individuals, check the criteria below, and submit your expression of interest.


Deadline to apply: 15 December, 2020.

Application criteria

  *   Age Range: 18-30 years old.

  *   Active involvement in local / regional / global Civil Society or activist or artistic activities

  *   Proven capacity for engaging in policy advocacy on the local/regional/global stage.

  *   Interest of the socio-political environment at a local and national level.

  *   Capacity and capability to reach out to communities.

  *   Active interest in Euro-Mediterranean issues/culture.

  *   Knowledge around youth sector issues.

  *   Proven research and analytical skills.

  *   Strong English speaker, and comprehension.

*   Added value: Experience on virtual exchange debate/dialogue; familiarity with the Young Mediterranean Voices programme; interest on diversity; knowledge of other languages of the Mediterranean.

Participants from all the countries of the ALF network are encouraged to apply.

An established rotation model for Euro-Med states in 2018-2020 is in place whereby youth representatives from all Member States will be eligible to participate in one regional call during the 3-year programming cycle. Gender, age and geographical balance among chosen participants will be ensured.

Please note: Past participants of the ‘YMV Leadership Seminar’ have been considered for studying at MEDAC.

The Young Mediterranean Voices programme

Young Mediterranean Voices is the flagship debate and dialogue programme connecting civil society, education and policy-makers across the Southern Mediterranean region and Europe. The programme is coordinated by the Anna Lindh Foundation, co-founded by the British Council, and developed in partnership with the Center for Mediterranean Integration, Friends of Europe, the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, MEDAC and Soliya. The programme is funded by the European Commission (Directorate General of Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations) and co-funded by the Government of Finland, World Bank Group and the British Council.