Aspen Young
Leaders Program

Are you a successful professional, aged 25-40, coming from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland or Slovakia? Then join our program for exceptional and open-minded leaders interested in tackling current social and political challenges. Or do you know someone like that? Then nominate her/him!

Next round of open call will be announced in December 2018!


Program for young leaders

The Aspen Young Leaders Program (AYLP) is designed for emerging leaders (aged 25–40) from Central Europe, in various professions such as politics, business, public administration, non-profit, the arts or sports. The Program’s main goal is to encourage its participants to reflect on the fundamental qualities that make a successful leader in today’s world. It also aims to help young Central Europeans network and discuss issues critical for society’s development.

Participation in AYLP  helped me to calm down. I gained perspective and learned to prioritize better. Thanks to that, I am more focused at my work and I feel stronger than before. – Mimi Hoang Lan Nguyen

Inspirational, disruptive or deep-diving workshops, moderated discussions and keynotes give the participants the opportunity to explore the challenges and conflicts that leaders must face in deciding policies and strategies for their organizations, communities and themselves.

Step away from daily routine, reflect underlying societal values

Taking place in the remote reaches of the Central Europe, the Program is consistent with the basic Aspen idea to step away from daily routine and reflect on underlying societal values. It offers various formal and informal activities to create an environment conducive to sharing ideas, learning and networking. The agenda includes lectures, trainings and case studies as well as leisure activities.

Highly interactive discussions address topics such as—but not limited to—leadership, ethics and personal development. Participants have the chance to meet outstanding professionals.

When I was invited to join Aspen network, it was one of turning points in my life. I learned to know different people with similar struggles, and I  imagined better what I want to achieve in my life. –Yemi A.D.

After completing the Program, participants become part of the Aspen Institute alumni network. They are invited to remain engaged in the Institute activities and its development as well as among themselves and they are further supported by the Institute.

Apply or Nominate a Young Leader!

Candidates who meet the criteria and wish to take part in the Program should fill in the application form. Please include the motivation letter, where you describe all the participation and selection criteria individually.

Do you know someone who is an extraordinary young leader and who do you think he/she should be part of the Aspen Young Leaders Program? Nominate her/him to take part in AYLP! Read more info about the nominations.


Apply now! | Nominate a leader!


Participation and Selection Criteria

Participation Fee

The program fee is 700 EUR. AICE can offer a discount in the form of scholarship to a limited number of applicants upon a request specified in the application. Please see more info on the participation fee.

Selection Process

The AICE representatives will select up to 30 participants best matching the selection criteria by creating a balanced mix of participants with respect to nationality, gender and professional background. Selected candidates will receive an invitation together with the Program agenda and organizational details.

Organizer a supporters

The Program is organized by the Aspen Institute Central Europe, the Central European partner of the international Aspen network, in cooperation with experienced leaders and expert moderators, acting as facilitators. The Program is supported by VIGO Investment and Direct Insurance.

See our AYLP Alumni or look at the past AYLP editions reports:

Past editions

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