Helmut Schmidt Young Leadership Forum

The InterAction Council launched the Helmut Schmidt Young Leadership Forum on the occasion of the 26th Annual Meeting, held in Stockholm, Sweden. The program invited 19 of the best and brightest young people from around the world.

The young people chosen were given the chance to learn from and interact with former world leaders to build on their own leadership capacities. They held their own seminars after the annual meeting and were asked to write papers on the themes of the annual meeting.  

List of Participants

Mr. Essam Abdulmuhsen A. Albakr, Executive Vice President & Planning and Development Director, DIGICOM (Saudi Arabia) 

Mr. Artemis Artemiou, Lawyer, Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates (Cyprus)

Ms. Katrin Bennhold, Correspondent, International Herald Tribune and New York Times (Germany)    

Mr. Haethum Samih Buttikhi, Assistant General Manager, Retail Banking, Jordan Kuwait Bank (Jordan)

Ms. Geeta Chandran, Classical Dancer, Choreographer, Dance Activist, Film/Television (India)

Mr. Rodrigo d’Araujo Gabsch, Diplomatic Advisor to Former President José Sarney (Brazil) 

Ms. Cynthia L. Hogle, Director, Foxhouse Communications (U.S.A.)

Mr. Athanasios Kontogeorgis, Lawyer (Greece)

Mr. Jae-Seung Lee, Associate Dean, Professor, Division of International Studies, Korea University (Korea)

Ms. Sally Alexandra Longworth, Joint Chairperson, Jus Humanis: International Human Rights Network (U.K.)  

Mr. Philip Lynch, Director and Principal Solicitor, Human Rights Law Resource Centre (Australia)

Mr. Hideki Makihara, Member of House of Representatives (Japan)

Ms. Carleen McGuinty, Policy Officer, World Vision (Canada)

Mr. Vitalis Ortese, Assistant Project Coordinator, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (Nigeria)

Ms. Najiwa Shihab, Anchor/Producer/Reporter, Metro TV (Indonesia)

Dr. Tan Wu Meng, Medical Officer, Singapore Health Centre (Singapore)

Mr. Basil LMB Waite, Senator, Government of Jamaica and Executive Chairman of Global Energy Ventures (Jamaica)

Ms. Åsa Westlund, Member of the European Parliament (Sweden)

Mr. Wei Zheng, Vice Chair, Department of Risk Management and Insurance, School of Economics, Peking University (China)