Salzburg Global Pilots New Leadership Initiative




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Jun 30, 2021
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Salzburg Global Pilots New Leadership Initiative

Impact Fellows will perform a variety of roles within Salzburg Global and take part in cross-cultural learning and capacity building (From top row, left to right) Jihyun Park, Isabelle Weber, Allison Maier, Yohan Lee, Ga Young Imm, and Aaisha Dadi Patel

Salzburg Global Seminar is piloting a new initiative to engage the next generation of change-makers.

The Salzburg Global Impact Fellowship hopes to create a unique career development opportunity for promising individuals from around the world to build their professional experience and skillset.

The goals of the Impact Fellowship program are to:

  • Offer unique, global professional development opportunities for promising younger individuals from around the world;
  • Help them build their international professional experience and networks;
  • And Integrate the knowledge, skills, and perspectives of a diverse group of next-generation leaders into the work of Salzburg Global and our partners.

Opportunities also exist for cross-cultural learning, peer learning, capacity building, and mentorship. Impact Fellows will perform a variety of roles including administration, operations, program, development, evaluation, and communications.

Salzburg Global will also provide Impact Fellows with support for their next steps in their careers.
Each Impact Fellow, for now, will work remotely for a minimum of three months with the possibility of an extension. This policy will be reviewed as and when travel restrictions ease.

In April 2021, Allison Maier and Isabelle Weber became Salzburg Global’s first Impact Fellows. Maier has worked on the Education Policymakers Network. Weber, meanwhile, has been assisting the Salzburg Global LGBT* Forum, the Emerging Urban Leaders program, and the Parks for the Planet Forum.

Aaisha Dadi Patel joined Salzburg Global’s Public Affairs Team as an Impact Reporter in the same month. Based in South Africa, Dadi Patel reports on programs and writes features for publication in print and online, focusing on Salzburg Global Fellows and their work.

At the beginning of June 2021, Salzburg Global welcomed three new Impact Fellows supported by the Korea Foundation: Gayoung Imm, Jihyun Park, and Yohan Lee. Imm will work on Salzburg Global’s health programs, while Park will assist the Salzburg Global Finance Forum and the Salzburg Global Corporate Governance Forum. Lee will assist Maier on the Education Policymakers Network and programs that fall under the Culture, Arts, and Society multi-year series.

Jennifer Dunn, program development manager at Salzburg Global, said, “We are excited that the Impact Fellowship will provide a valuable opportunity for young leaders to develop their professional skills and experience in the international non-profit sphere.

“Salzburg Global Seminar has always been committed to the idea of enhancing the careers of our Fellows, and the Impact Fellow program will take this a step further and embed this concept deeper into our working practices. We are looking forward to benefitting from the diverse perspectives and enthusiasm of the Impact Fellows and are delighted to welcome them all to the Salzburg Global team.”

Shaping A Better World

The Salzburg Global Impact Fellowship is just the latest example of the organization helping to challenge current and future leaders to shape a better world.

To date, Salzburg Global’s Internship Program has welcomed hundreds of young people at the beginning of their careers who have since become established professionals in different sectors worldwide. The organization has made every effort to select a diverse group of interns and align their general and specific assignments to maximize their learning experience and the contribution they can make.

Jinsu Park, a former Salzburg Global Seminar – Korea Foundation Intern in 2017, said his time in Austria was “very meaningful” and allowed him to experience a new culture for the first time. He said, “[At Salzburg Global I] was surprised that people can communicate with each other without any restrictions, even though they have different cultures, different backgrounds, and different positions.”

Before arriving, Park said he could not have imagined an internship like the one he did. He said, “Fellows come here to learn other’s perspectives. This is important. It is a good chance to see how people communicate with each other without any background, without any positions, and any emotional purpose. That is what I think is meaningful for me. It is more meaningful because it was like a window for me. I had never seen this kind of culture before…

“It motivated me to challenge myself to go abroad... I was not sure that I could communicate with people in Western society in our society. [At Salzburg] I realized that even though I was not that good [at speaking], I realized that I could listen to them. I can understand what they want, and I can understand what they are saying. So maybe I can be better. I got [more] confidence about my communication skills and ability: 'Oh, I think I can do more. I want to do more.”

In 2019, Park returned to Salzburg Global Seminar as a Fellow for the Parks for the Planet Forum program, “Partnerships for Urban Wellbeing and Resilience: Harnessing Nature and Protected Areas for the Sustainable Development Goals.” He was invited to attend in his capacity as a climate change consultant at Eco & Partners. He also served as a committee member for the 2050 low carbon society vision forum launched by the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea.

Park said, “When I was an intern, I believed Fellows in programs talked to each other randomly. They also even tried to talk to interns or staff - everyone at Salzburg Global Seminar. When I was a Fellow, I realized that it is more random than I think. They just love to talk...”

“The reason why I came [to Salzburg] was to expand my perspective and my insight… diversity makes me more creative. From that moment, I started not to rush… I do not have the mind [now] that I have to be something, or I have to be someone. I can be anything – anyone – because there are tons of jobs that I can choose… I feel like I expanded my possibility because I did not have to try and be something. I just keep expanding my ability, skills, and network.”

In 2020, Salzburg Global Seminar and World Urban Parks launched the Emerging Urban Leaders program. As part of the application, candidates were asked to submit a project they would like to pursue. Park was selected to join the inaugural cohort after expressing his interest to look at the correlation between park utility and inequality in Asian cities.

Park is currently studying in London, England. He is majoring in environmental economics and climate change at the London School of Economics and Political Science. One benefit Park has had from interacting with other Salzburg Global Fellows is learning how change can be achieved all around the world. He said, “I realized that there are so many ways that I didn’t think about before.” Park’s interactions with Fellows have also made him more hopeful. He added, “Maybe it is our turn to change our society.”