Youth & Leaders Summit 2019

Fri, 2019-01-18 09:00 - Mon, 2019-01-21 18:00

The 4th edition of the Youth & Leaders Summit, dedicated to New Technology as a Disruptive Global Force took place on the 18th and the 21st of January 2019

The Youth & Leaders Summit is a unique concept where both Youth and current leaders discuss our society’s issues together. It is a platform where Youth can engage, raise their own voice, and challenge the leaders. This year’s topic is: "New Technology as a Disruptive Global Force" 

This edition of the YLS is dedicated to Kofi Annan, to whom we would like to make a tribute for his major role in the international scene.

Download the conference program and the speakers' biographies

Read the Executive Report of the conference.

Find the videos of the three panel discussions of the Summit here. 


Friday 18 January: Youth & Leaders Summit Student Simulation 

During this simulation, selected students will be given five minutes each to present their research on a certain aspect of the topic. A Q&A session will follow. The key findings of the three Student panels will be fed into the corresponding Leaders’ panels during the Youth & Leaders Summit. 

Amphitheater Leroy-Beaulieu Sorel, 27 Rue Saint Guillaume

09:00 - 09:15 : Welcome and registration

09:15 - 09:30 : Opening by Lakhdar Brahimi and Mark Maloney

09:30 - 10:30 : Panel 1: Technological challenges for a (more) secure world

With student panelists: Nicola Bressan, Vanessa Facon, Mathieu Joly and Wojciech Strupczewski, enrolled in the Master in International Security at PSIA

10:30 - 11:30 : Panel 2: Governance and ethics in the digital age

With student panelists: Abraham Collier (Master in International Public Management), Sara Furxhi (Master in International Security), Caroline Milliotte (Master in Advanced Global Studies), Alara Ucak (Master in International Security)

11:30 - 12:00 : Break

12:00 - 13:00 : Panel 3: Socio-economic implications of the technological revolution

With student panelists: Shashwat Koirala (Master in International Economic Policy), Jonathan Roulot (Master in International Energy), Marusa Rus (Master in International Public Management)

13:00 - 13:15 : Concluding remarks

13:15 - 14:00 : Cocktail reception


Monday 21 January : Youth & Leaders Summit - Kofi Annan Edition 

Amphitheater Emile Boutmy, 27 Rue Saint Guillaume


08:30 - 09:00 : Welcome and registration

09:00 - 09:10 : Welcome remarks by Frédéric Mion, President, Sciences Po

09:10 - 09:15 : Kofi Annan, a tribute by Lakhdar Brahimi, Chairman, Strategic Committee, PSIA, Sciences Po; Elder; former UN Special Envoy for Syria; former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Algeria

09:15 - 09:30 : Opening Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor.

09:30 - 10:00 : Keynote Speech by Gro Harlem Brundtland, Elder; former Prime Minister of Norway; former Director-General, World Health Organization; former UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. - Followed by a discussion with PSIA students and the audience

10:00 - 10:30 : Break

10:30 - 12:00 : Panel 1: Technological challenges for a (more) secure world

Moderator : Adam Nossiter, Paris correspondent, New York Times

    • Maria Chiara Carrozza, Professor of BioRobotics, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy; Scientific Director, Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi; former Minister for Education and Research, Italy
    • Carlos Lopes, former Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa; Professor, Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town; Visiting Professor, PSIA, Sciences Po
    • Dan Smith, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

PSIA Student Panel: Nicola Bressa, Vanessa Facon, Mathieu Joly, Wojciech Strupczewski
Followed by a discussion with PSIA students and the audience

12:00 - 12:30 : Keynote Speech by Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner for Competition - Followed by a discussion with PSIA students and the audience

Youth & Leaders Summit 2019 - Keynote Speeches - Panel 1 "Technological Challenges for a (More) Secure World" from Sciences Po on Vimeo.



14:00 - 15:30 : Panel 2: Socio-economic implications of the technological revolution

Moderator: Liz Alderman, Chief business correspondent in Europe, New York Times

    • Yann Algan, Professor of Economics; Dean, School of Public Affairs, Sciences Po
    • Houda-Imane Faraoun, Minister of Post, Telecommunications, Technologies and Digitalization, Algeria
    • Casper Klynge, Tech Ambassador for Denmark

PSIA Student Panel: Shashwat Koirala, Jonathan Roulot, Marusa Rus
Followed by a discussion with PSIA students and the audience

15:30 - 16:00 : Keynote Speech by Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group (by videoconference) 
In a conversation with Lakhdar Brahimi, Elder - Followed by a discussion with PSIA students and the audience

Youth&Leaders Summit - Panel 2 Socio-Economic Implications of the Technological Revolution + Keynote Speech Sir Richard Branson from Sciences Po on Vimeo.


16:00 - 16:30 : Break

16:30 - 18:00 : Panel 3: Governance and ethics in the digital age

Moderator: Steven Erlanger, Chief diplomatic correspondent in Europe, New York Times

    • Dominique Cardon, Professor of Sociology; Director, Medialab, Sciences Po
    • Peter Cowhey, Professor, Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Communications and Technology Policy, UC San Diego; Dean, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego
    • Valerio Riavez, political campaign strategist
    • Annika Silva-Leander, Head of Democracy Assessment and Political Analysis, International IDEA

PSIA Student Panel: Abraham Collier, Sara Fuxhi, Caroline Milliotte, Alara Ucak
Followed by a discussion with PSIA students and the audience 

18:00 - 18:15 : Concluding Remarks by Enrico Letta, Dean of PSIA

Youth & Leaders Summit 2019 - Panel 3 "Governance and Ethics in the Digital Age" from Sciences Po on Vimeo.



With the exclusive media partnership of the The New York Times.

And with the support of our partner SAP.

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