Are you tired of hearing worn-out ideas on leadership and change?
Our podcast series Leading Views takes you beyond the Brussels Bubble and into the mind of a different type of leader. From politics to the arts and from business to civil society, each guest offers an alternative and fresh view on how to make Europe better.
28 March 2019
"We wanted to create a product for children that could contribute to creating a new world where gender doesn’t define how big you can dream and how far you can go."
The vast majority of children’s books don’t feature speaking female characters – and certainly not any with professional aspirations. Francesca Cavallo wasn't having that anymore. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a series of bedtime stories about the lives of historical women that burst onto the international scene two years ago. Here is what she told us.
26 February 2019
"Technology like blockchain, AI and machine learning have the ability to enable people to leapfrog"
Niall Dennehy co-founded AID:Tech, a company that has successfully harnessed the power of blockchain technology to improve humanitarian aid, provide digital identities to displaced people, and tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals – among many other things. We sat down with him to discuss how the blockchain can increase transparency and alleviate poverty in vulnerable communities.
15 November 2018
"We have to perhaps accept, reluctantly, that national populism is going to be with us for a long time certainly for the rest of our lives"
Matthew Goodwin, author of ‘National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy’ and professor at the University of Kent, is an expert on radicalisation, extremism, integration and populism. This European Young Leader shares his no holds barred take on where progressives went wrong, including the belief that populism is a new phenomenon. With the turbulent times in politics across the world, this interview provides timely and eye-opening lessons on how to tackle today's complexities.
4 October 2018
“If you are not inclusive when you build something, it does not work for all people”
Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon is the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing, and was just 20 years old when she received her Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford. She is the co-founder and CEO of Stemettes, an award-winning social enterprise which aims to educate and mentor young women and girls in STEM, and European Young Leader (EYL40). She shares her unique perspective on what we're getting wrong, and where we can do better – including sharing more diverse role models from STEM fields (hint: they weren't all old men!)
20 September 2018
"My journey to activism began when I was 12. It was the second uprising of Palestine"
MENA Young Leader Fadi Quran is a Senior Campaigner at Avaaz, the world's largest online activist network, and the founder and CEO of Tayara Energy, which brings wind energy to remote villages and refugee camps.
He provides a powerful narrative for peaceful activism - one that is crucial in today's tense global environment - and dreams of a world where a strong European Union and strong Middle Eastern Union can come together to become the beating heart of the world - in a way that transforms us.
12 July 2018
"The way people and politicians talk about the work of journalists and the reporters themselves has changed"
Investigative journalist and European Young Leader (EYL40) Bastian Obermayer won the Pulitzer for his extraordinary work uncovering the Panama Papers scandal.
His take on fake news and the role that politicians across the world are playing in creating a more dangerous place for journalists could not be more timely: as the tragic assassinations of journalists in Malta and Slovakia in the past year demonstrate, Europe isn't a safe zone anymore.
28 June 2018
"We need to promote the re-reading of the sacred scriptures of all religions with a focus on gender equality"
Sherin Khankan wants to deconstruct the patriarchal structure of Islam and is working with female leaders across other religions to join the fight.
From becoming Scandinavia's first female Imam and founding Europe's first female-led mosque, Khankan doesn't shy away from a challenge. Her latest passion project is ExitCircle, an NGO dedicated to providing support to people in physically and mentally violent relationships and suffering from religious social control.
14 June 2018
"Europe has a lot of technical talent, but for whatever reason, we are still not producing large successful technology companies at the same rate that the US is"
John Collison's trailblazing billion-dollar company Stripe, which he co-founded at only 19 years old, helps companies of all sizes do business online. The Irish entrepreneur and European Young Leader (EYL40) has a thing or two to say about the challenges Europe faces, and the advantages it has when it comes to tech and digital.
From how a transition year in high school led him to create his first company, to why Europe needs to take more risks in tech, Collison brings his unique perspective to Europe’s transition into the coming technological.
31 May 2018
"I don't think there is a problem with voters, there is a problem with politicians"
Kicking off the series is Jesse Klaver, Leader of the Dutch green party ‘GroenLinks’, Member of the House of Representatives and one of our European Young Leaders (EYL40). His accessible and down-to-earth style helped his Green Left party take the last Dutch elections by storm at only 30 years old. Nicknamed “The Jessiah”, Klaver rode a rare message of tolerance as he led his party to unforeseen success, more than tripling their number of parliamentary seats in the last election.
From how a book about President John F. Kennedy inspired him to get into politics to how the left can learn from populists, Klaver easily shows how he has managed to reinvigorate the political scene in the Netherlands and inspire more youth to get engaged.