Past Program


Participation by invitation only

Today’s democracies are facing a volatile period of rising nationalism, populism and challenges to the international liberal order. Countering these negative trends will take concerted efforts from leaders in governments, corporations and civil society. There is a vital role to be played by ordinary citizens, too. As citizen diplomats, they can support civil society and build understanding across borders.

To expand citizen diplomacy, Salzburg Global Seminar, as part of the Global Leadership Consortium (GLC) together with German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, held a three-day immersive learning program at its historic home, Schloss Leopoldskron, for directors of global leadership and fellowship programs to innovate together and strengthen the roles of their fellows as citizen diplomats and increase their collective impact.

The GLC was launched in 2012 and provides an informal peer-learning network for directors of more than 20 global leadership and fellowship programs working across borders. The February 2019 program at Schloss Leopoldskron was the GLC’s first-ever convening outside of the US and extended its reach to include bilateral leadership programs serving the US and Europe as well as other select regions.


Participant Profile

Participation is by invitation only, and the program is capped in number to facilitate networking and opportunities for collaboration.

Program Format

The program will include moderated panel discussions, interactive plenary sessions and in-depth group work and case study discussions.

Confirmed participants will be invited over the coming months to provide input to the meeting agenda, which will aim to inform each organization's design and implementation of fellowships for innovative, creative, and impactful practice, and identify potential synergies and multipliers across our networks.

Key Questions

Over the three-day program, participants will explore the following questions:

  • What is the pathway forward for inclusive leadership in Europe and the US?
  • What are the key challenges for citizen diplomacy?
  • What are the new priorities, approaches and innovations in global fellowship programs? How can we transform these ideas into action?
  • How can we tap into the potential of network science to expand collaboration between the GLC and our fellows?
  • How can better communicate our Fellows’ stories and expand outreach and recruitment to improve diversity and inclusion?


Participants will widen the GLC circle and consider new approaches for international engagement in global fellowship programs.

Program findings will be widely disseminated through the GLC’s partners’ respective networks.


List of Participants

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