More than 330 emerging leaders have submitted their resumes and motivation letter in order to become a part of this year GLOBSEC Young Leaders´ Forum. The open call has reached young professionals from more than 50 countries – that is from all European countries, the Balkans but also from the Mediterranean region. GYLF is already well known in the transatlantic area as many applications also came from the USA and Canada. Young analysts, journalists, NGO founders, political representatives and other young activist proved their exceptional motivation to shape foreign and security policy in Bratislava. The Selection Committee had the difficult task to choose 30 exceptional young leaders. 



Vasco Batista

Assistant to EEAS/HRVP Federica Mogherini's Spokesperson, European Commission




David Jan Bosschaert

Student, College of Europe




Cristian Botan

Advisor - Chancellery of the Prime-Minister, Government of Romania




Jurate Cizauskaite

Lawyer, NATO HQ




Amy M. Coetzee

CEO, Global Voices 




Michelle DeFreese

International Research Fellow, Young Professionals for Foreign Policy 




Filip D. Djuranovic

Public Relations Adviser, Government of Montenegro




Victoria Grove

Student, University of Cambridge 

(Great Britain)



Szymon Jagiello

Journalist, Forbes Afrique




Holly Kilroy

Co-Founder & Head of Development, Security First




Brian P. Kirk

US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, Department of Defense




Marina Kostić

Specialist in International Politics, Institute for Political Studies 




Maksym Kyiak

Co-founder, Global Ukraine Foundation 




Ivan D. Lidarev

Advisor, National Assembly of Bulgaria




Antti-Pekka Manninen

Research Assistant, University of Turku 




Frantisek Markovic

Co-founder, Board Member and Contributor,




Zuzana Mjartanová

EU Energy Policy Specialist, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic




Anna Nádudvari

International Officer, Hungarian Youth Atlantic Council




Adrian J. Neumann

Research Fellow & Project Director, Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University




Farid Osmanov

Third Secretary, Regional Security Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs




Martin Quencez

Program Officer, German Marshall Fund of the US 




Ivana Radová

Ministerial Councillor at the Defense Policy and Strategy Division, Ministry of Defense 

(Czech Republic) 



Besim Salihu

President, Kosovo* Youth Atlantic Treaty Association




Anna Shkurko

Advisory Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.




Maxim Starchak

Editor-in-Chief of “Pathways to Peace and Security” journal, Institute of World Economy and International Relations




Aleksandar Vanchoski

Senior Researcher, Institute for Human Rights – Skopje 




Jiaoli Yang

Jr. Research Fellow, NATO Association of Canada




Rodica Zadnipru

Public servant, State Chancellery




Shorena Zakariadze

Deputy Head of NATO Integration Division, Ministry of Defence 






* This designation is without prejudice to positions and status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of indepence. 

** The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, following the EU and UN practice, always uses the provisional reference: The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.