Young Global Changers


The Global Solutions Summit brings the next generation of problem solvers from around the globe to Berlin to contribute their views and ideas.

We know young people are dedicated to, passionate about and essential for shaping a better future. That is why, in 2017, the Global Solutions Initiative launched the Young Global Changers (YGC) program to attract students and young professionals dedicated to changing the world for the better. Each year, we draw upon their knowledge and skills to innovate and implement new solutions that can meet today’s challenges and the challenges of the future. YGC strives for diversity: Within the first year, the program welcomed 100 participants from 100 different countries. In the future, YGC will evolve into a permanent worldwide network as part of the Global Solutions Initiative (GSI).

Young Global Changers 2019

We once again invited outstanding young talents from around the world, who demonstrate academic prowess and who are engaged in society - in social, political or environmental activities - to participate in the Global Solutions Summit as well as our summer school from March 16-20, 2019 in Berlin.

Successful applicants became a part of the Young Global Changers community! While in Berlin, they connected with experts and policy leaders from think tanks and from across politics, business and civil society to share their ideas and know-how. During workshops and lectures, the participants worked with one-of-a-kind individuals from academia and the economic sector, as well as world-renowned thought leaders. The participants attended talks and discussions at the Global Solutions Summit and engaged with the content and ideas discussed.

Young Global Changers 2018

Over 2,000 early-career professionals from more than 160 countries applied for the YGC Summer School 2018. A jury selected 120 of them to come to Berlin, attend the Global Solutions Summit, and work on developing global solutions themselves. Our YGCs came from more than 80 countries and represent the next generation of global problem solvers.