European Leadership Programme
25 June 2020
The programme aspires to contribute to the reform of the spiritual, social and political life in Europe, reorienting it towards a quest for the common good, in line with the long Jesuit tradition in forming leaders to change the world.
It is a semester-long fellowship for a dozen postgraduate fellows with a traineeship in the EU ecosystem in Brussels, either inside the EU-institutions or in the private sector. Fellows live in a community over the five month long period in one of the ELP houses. They do community service in Brussels city while meeting the decision-makers of the Union and other influencers from the member-states. They have a chance to develop their leadership skills, delve into EU policy and advocacy. The programme offers a comprehensive formation experience encompassing five modules: immersion in the administrative and political setting of EU institutions, fireside discussions and workshops with practitioners, voluntary work in a marginalized community in Brussels, spiritual training and coaching, and living all the above experience in a community of sharing.
This is the third graduation ceremony to celebrate the completion of the programme by the third cohort of Fellows of the Spring of 2020.
Keynote address by Shéherazade Semsar-de Boisséson
Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson is director of Politico Europe. Previously she was owner and publisher of European Voice, the leading media in Brussels covering EU policy, which she acquired from the Economist Group in 2013. In December 2014, POLITICO and Axel Springer jointly acquired European Voice and Paris-based Development Institute International (Dii), France’s leading event promoter in the public affairs space, a business she co-founded in 1993. A native of Tehran and a French national, she graduated from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University in 1990 with a B.A. and a M.S. in International Finance. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University, Washington D.C. from 2013 to 2019. She is currently serving on the Advisory Board of Georgetown’s Master of Science in Foreign Service and on the Board of Directors of the French-American Foundation. From 2008 to 2010, she was also member of the Board of Directors of Femmes Forums, a leading women’s club in Paris. She is based in Brussels.
Acceptance speech by an ELP Fellow
Closing remarks by Botond Feledy, Secretary for Leadership at the Jesuit European Social Centre JESC