Munich Young Leaders in New York City Photo: MSC/Kuhlmann

MYL Annual Meetings

Once a year all Munich Young Leaders generations gather for an Annual Meeting which is usually arranged and organised independently by a team of Munich Young Leaders. During the Annual Meeting, the participants discuss current foreign and security policy issues and have the opportunity to talk to high-ranking personalities of the host country.

Previous MYL Annual Meetings of the Munich Young Leaders took place in Washington, D.C., Kyiv, Warsaw, Rabat, Moscow and Madrid. In 2019, on the occasion of the ten-year anniversary of the programme, the alumni gathered in New York. After a two year break due to the pandemic, the group finally met again 2022 in Tallinn.

MYL Annual Meeting 2022 in Tallinn

After two years break due to the pandemic, the Munich Young Leaders (MYL) Alumni finally met again in person. The 10th Annual Meeting of the Munich Young Leaders took place from 1 to 3 September in Tallinn. Members of the network from over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and America met with high-ranking politicians from Estonia.

The conference programme began with a conversation with the Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas in the Riigikogu, the Estonian Parliament. Panel discussions on European and transatlantic security architecture and energy security followed. Another highlight was an all-female panel in the evening on international cooperation in cybersecurity with former Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid at the Vabamu (Museum of Occupations and Freedom), followed by a tour of the current exhibition on Estonia’s history as a digital nation.

The program was rounded off by a trip to the NATO base in Tapa. Here the MYL alumni discussed the current threat situation for NATO’s Eastern Flank with representatives of the Estonian Armed Forces and the Estonian Ministry of Defence.

The Annual Meeting was organized by Körber-Stiftung, the Munich Security Conference and Olga Sõtnik, Munich Young Leader from Estonia.

  • MYL at Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament)
    MYL at Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) all photos: MSC/Kuhlmann
  • Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia
    Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia
  • Panel Discussion with MYL Yulia Osmolovska and Manuel Muñiz Villa
    Panel Discussion with MYL Yulia Osmolovska and Manuel Muñiz Villa
  • Munich Young Leaders
    Munich Young Leaders
  • Panel Discussion with MYL Oleksiy Riabchyn (virtual), Julia De Clerck-Sachsse, Laura von Daniels and Sven Mikser
    Panel Discussion with MYL Oleksiy Riabchyn (virtual), Julia De Clerck-Sachsse, Laura von Daniels and Sven Mikser
  • Munich Young Leaders
    Munich Young Leaders
  • MYL walking through Tallinn’s Old Town
    MYL walking through Tallinn’s Old Town
  • Nora Müller, Körber-Stiftung welcoming Kersti Kaljulaid, former President of Estonia and MYL Rebecca Shrimpton, Merle Maigre and Phumzile van Damme
    Nora Müller, Körber-Stiftung welcoming Kersti Kaljulaid, former President of Estonia and MYL Rebecca Shrimpton, Merle Maigre and Phumzile van Damme
  • View of Tallinn
    View of Tallinn
  • Discussion with MYL Matthias Gebauer, Benedetta Berti and Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica
    Discussion with MYL Matthias Gebauer, Benedetta Berti and Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica
  • Munich Young Leaders
    Munich Young Leaders
  • Estonian soldier at Tapa Military Base
    Estonian soldier at Tapa Military Base
MYL Survey in Cooperation with Pew Research Center

Ahead of the MYL Annual Meeting 2022 in Tallinn and in cooperation with the Pew Research Center, we asked Munich Young Leaders on a range of issues in foreign affairs and international security.

MYL Annual Meeting 2019 in New York

On the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of the Munich Young Leaders (MYL) programme and the opening of the 74th United Nations General Assembly the Munich Young Leaders Alumni have gathered in New York City from 19 to 21 September 2019. About 90 Munich Young Leaders Alumni from Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States met to discuss the future of multilateralism and current issues of foreign and security politics.

At the opening of this event, the new publication „Multilateralism is Dead. Long Live Multilateralism!“ was launched at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters. Over the past few years, multilateralism has been deemed under attack. Yet, there are numerous instances and areas where multilateral cooperation continues to work successfully. In the publication, a joint project with the Munich Security Conference, the Munich Young Leaders present some of these multilateral best practices.

For three days, the experts from governments, parliaments, think tanks, media and business discussed current foreign affairs and security challenges with senior political experts and policy makers such as former Foreign Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, United Nations Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, former President of the United Nations General Assembly, and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

In the various sessions, the participants discussed multilateral cooperation against terrorism, in conflict prevention, and city cooperation in the fight against climate change, as well as foreign affairs and security challenges in Asia, the Middle East and the transatlantic relations.

The Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts was the highlight of the cultural programme of this year’s Annual Meeting.

  • Munich Young Leaders in front of the UN Headquarters
    Munich Young Leaders in front of the UN Headquarters all photos: MSC/Kuhlmann
  • Launch of the publication “Multilateralism is Dead. Long Live Multilateralism!” with Cale Salih
    Launch of the publication “Multilateralism is Dead. Long Live Multilateralism!” with Cale Salih
  • Launch of the publication “Multilateralism is Dead. Long Live Multilateralism!”  with Ottilia A. Maunganidze
    Launch of the publication “Multilateralism is Dead. Long Live Multilateralism!” with Ottilia A. Maunganidze
  • Launch of the publication “Multilateralism is Dead. Long Live Multilateralism!” with Rosemary DiCarlo
    Launch of the publication “Multilateralism is Dead. Long Live Multilateralism!” with Rosemary DiCarlo
  • Fireside Chat with Henry Kissinger
    Fireside Chat with Henry Kissinger
  • Munich Young Leaders Multilateral “Speed-Dating” at the Council of Foreign Relations
    Munich Young Leaders Multilateral “Speed-Dating” at the Council of Foreign Relations
  • Munich Young Leaders Multilateral “Speed-Dating” at the Council of Foreign Relations with Nasser Bin Nasser and Alexander Gabuev (left to right)
    Munich Young Leaders Multilateral “Speed-Dating” at the Council of Foreign Relations with Nasser Bin Nasser and Alexander Gabuev (left to right)
  • Discussion with Naz Durakoglu, Julia Friedlander, Amanda Sloat and Benedetta Berti (left to right)
    Discussion with Naz Durakoglu, Julia Friedlander, Amanda Sloat and Benedetta Berti (left to right)
  • Imen Ben Mohamed, Ronja Scheler and Fariz Ismailzade (left to right)
    Imen Ben Mohamed, Ronja Scheler and Fariz Ismailzade (left to right)
  • Discussion on Asia with Shruti Pandalai, Kevin Rudd, Lynn Kuok, Andrew Bishop and Myong_Hyun Go (left to right)
    Discussion on Asia with Shruti Pandalai, Kevin Rudd, Lynn Kuok, Andrew Bishop and Myong_Hyun Go (left to right)
  • In the streets of New York City.
    In the streets of New York City.
  • UN Ambassadors Session with Nicolas de Rivière, Rhonda King, Manuel Muñiz Villa, Jonathan Allen and Christoph Heusgen (left to right)
    UN Ambassadors Session with Nicolas de Rivière, Rhonda King, Manuel Muñiz Villa, Jonathan Allen and Christoph Heusgen (left to right)
  • Discussion on cities combating climate change with Kenneth Roth
    Discussion on cities combating climate change with Kenneth Roth
  • Discussion on counter-terrorism with Michèle Coninsx
    Discussion on counter-terrorism with Michèle Coninsx
  • Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts
    Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts
  • Discussion on Gender Equality with Ambika Vishwanath, Michael Kellner, Ann-Marie Slaughter and Delphine O (left to right)
    Discussion on Gender Equality with Ambika Vishwanath, Michael Kellner, Ann-Marie Slaughter and Delphine O (left to right)
  • Discussion on Gender Equality, Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook
    Discussion on Gender Equality, Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook

10 years Munich Young Leaders

2019

The 2019 class of MYL is the first with a majority of female participants and speakers. Christine Lagarde, Ivanka Trump, Kersti Kaljulaid and many others join the MYL for discussions at the MSC.

On the occasion of the 10 year anniversary the MYL alumni gather in New York City to discuss the future of multilateralism

Christine Lagarde with MYL
Christine Lagarde with MYL Photo: Marc Darchinger

2018

Among the interlocutors for the 10th class of Munich Young Leaders at the MSC are Tzipi Livni, H.R. McMaster, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

In September, King Philip VI attends the MYL Annual Meeting in Madrid.

MYL with King Philip VI in Madrid
MYL with King Philip VI in Madrid Photo: Marc Darchinger

2017

Speakers at the 2017 Munich Young Leaders programme at the MSC include Ursula von der Leyen, Anne Applebaum, and Fatou Bensouda.

The 2017 MYL Annual Meeting takes place in Moscow.

Noura Al Jizawi and Fatou Bensouda
Noura Al Jizawi and Fatou Bensouda Photo: Marc Darchinger

2016

In the run-up to the 2016 NATO Summit the Munich Young Leaders alumni meet for the MYL Annual Meeting in Warsaw to discuss the future of security and defence policy in Europe and beyond.

At the MSC, Victoria Nuland, Fu Ying, and Amos Gilad exchange views with the Munich Young Leaders class of 2016.

MYL in Warsaw
MYL in Warsaw Photo: Körber-Stiftung/Sawka

2015

For the 5th MYL Annual Meeting, the Munich Young Leaders cross the Atlantic Ocean. In discussions at the US Congress and the White House they exchange views on the future of transatlantic relations with policy makers in Washington, DC.

Among this year’s Munich Young Leaders interlocutors at the MSC are Kevin Rudd, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and Alexander Vershbow.

MYL in Washington, DC
MYL in Washington, DC Photo: Marc Darchinger

2014

On the occasion of 50 years of the Munich Security Conference and 55 years of Körber-Stiftung the Munich Young Leaders alumni gather in Wildbad Kreuth in Bavaria for the MYL Annual Meeting.

At the MSC, the 2014 class of Munich Young Leaders gets the chance to talk to Mohammad Javad Zarif, Saeb Erekat, Louise Arbour, and many others.

Mohammad Javad Zarif
Mohammad Javad Zarif Photo: Marc Darchinger

2013

The Munich Young Leaders network is growing: more than 100 promising foreign and security policy makers and experts have already joined the programme.

In their discussions at the MSC the Munich Young Leaders class of 2013 engages with Ng Eng Hen, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Faisal Ibn Al Hussein.

MYL at Munich Security Conference
MYL at Munich Security Conference Photo: Marc Darchinger

2012

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring the Munich Young Leaders alumni from Morocco host the MYL Annual Meeting in Rabat.

Speakers at the 2012 Munich Young Leaders programme at the MSC include Alexander Stubb and Ahmet Davutoglu.

MYL Alumni in Rabat
MYL Alumni in Rabat

2011

At the MSC the 2011 class of Munich Young Leaders engages with George Soros, Michèle Alliot-Marie, and Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

The Munich Young Leaders alumni gather in Kiev for the MYL Annual Meeting.

MYL at Munich Security Conference
MYL at Munich Security Conference Photo: Marc Darchinger

2010

The Munich Young Leaders programme enters the second year. At the MSC the 2010 class of Munich Young Leaders discusses the future of Euro-Atlantic security and global disarmament with Carl Bildt, Helga Schmid, John McCain, and many others.

The Munich Young Leaders classes of 2009 and 2010 meet in Berlin for the first MYL Annual Meeting.

Senator Joseph Liebermann and Senator John Mc Cain
Senator Joseph Liebermann and Senator John Mc Cain Photo: Marc Darchinger

2009

A group of 25 promising young professionals from 17 countries participates in the Munich Security Conference (MSC). They form the first class of Munich Young Leaders and meet with high-level politicians and experts, including Henry Kissinger.

Sawsan Chebli, Henry Kissinger and Melody Sucharewicz
Sawsan Chebli, Henry Kissinger and Melody Sucharewicz Photo: Marc Darchinger