Young Global Changers

The Think 20 Summit GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, mandated by the German G20 Presidency, brought young visionaries from around the globe to Berlin in order to involve the views and ideas of the next generation into global problem-solving. The Young Global Changers scholarship programme aims at people with a passion for change and a background in social volunteering, academia, technology, start-ups, journalism or blogging.

Over 1300 early-career professionals from all over the world applied for the programme. A jury selected 100 of them to come to Berlin, attend the Think 20 Summit and work on global solutions themselves. 

The selected Young Global Changers are on average 28 years of age, have very diverse academic and professional backgrounds and represent 100 different countries. 

Babatunde (28), Nigeria

Elle (18), Ireland

Joonseok (32), South Korea

Over the course of four days, from 28 - 31 May 2017 Young Global Changers took part in a number of high-level side events and got an extraordinary opportunity to meet Nobel Laureates and present their ideas and projects to renowned experts of world-leading think tanks. They experienced the conference through an innovative design thinking process and developed global solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our planet.

The scholarship programme is supported by several Enabling Partners: PwC; Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises; Berlin Partner; Google; HPI School of Design Thinking; Volkswagen; Allianz Stiftungsforum; Konrad Adenauer Foundation; BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt; Steelcase Education; System 180; and WeQ Foundation.

Applications for the 2017 scholarship programme are now closed.

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