Activities

The Millennium Fellowship is a transformative experience that blends the Atlantic Council’s expertise, networks, and convening power around global issues with world-class leadership development resources from the private sector and academia. Our 12-month “core” program is a part-time commitment including three weeks of required in-person events supplemented by virtual training, individual executive coaching, and bespoke community management and collaboration opportunities. The primary events include two leadership retreats, each lasting one week at the beginning and end of the program, as well as our annual study tour where fellows travel with a small cohort led by a senior expert to explore global challenges up close. Recent tours include Turkey and Greece at the height of the Syrian Refugee crisis, Colombia after the FARC peace deal, and Ukraine after the revolution of dignity. Beyond this, fellows also have access to a menu of optional events which take place around the world and throughout the year, including flagship conferences and galas from the Atlantic Council and our partners such as the NATO Summit, Concordia Summit, and Abu Dhabi Global Energy Forum, among others. For more information about program activities, our leadership curriculum, and previous tours, events, and trainings, visit the About the Program page.

Fellows

Every year, the Atlantic Council selects at least one cohort of twenty fellows through a competitive and open application process. Diversity is core to the program with every global region represented in each class and roughly one third from North America and Europe respectively. Each class also has a balance of public, private, and nonprofit perspectives. Public sector fellows include ministers and secretaries of finance and foreign affairs, senior advisors to heads-of-state and cabinet members, mayors, senior military officers, and other leading public officials. In the private sector, they include C-suite executives at fortune 500 companies, young CEO’s, groundbreaking entrepreneurs and leading voices in the media.

The nonprofit fellows represent a wide array of professions, including prominent civil society leaders, think tank experts, and activists; executives at multinational NGO’s and multilateral organizations; and award winning artists, authors, academics, journalists, and scientists, among many others. All 35 years of age or under, they are already leading at a high level with decades of impact ahead in their careers. For more information about fellows and alumni, visit our Fellows Page.

2021 Fellows

Alejo Czerwonko

Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer Emerging Markets Americas, UBS Global Wealth Management

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Alexandra Schmidt-Fellner

Manager, Knowledge & Insights, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

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Arkadiusz Marchewka

Member of Parliament of the Republic of Poland, Parliament of the Republic of Poland

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Charlie Shandil

Director of Five Eyes, Australian Government

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Chelsey Slack

Deputy Head, Cyber Defense Section, NATO Headquarters

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Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers

Minister of Education and Social Development, Government of Anguilla

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Dominique Carter

Assistant Director for Agricultural Sciences, Innovation, and Workforce, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President

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Erin Miles

Co-Lead of Equity Research, Bridgewater Associates

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Gurpreet Brar

Chief Operating Officer, Global Advisory & Global Client Leader, Edelman

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Jennifer Walters

Lead Speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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Jessie Rosa

Program Manager, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

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Julia Groeblacher

Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

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Kate Manahan

Head of Reward and Talent Enablement, Bridgewater Associates

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Salome Makharadze

Managing Director, Alternatives Capital Markets and Strategy Group, Goldman Sachs

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Sharif Abdelrazeq

Sustainability and Innovation Engineer, Consolidated Contractors Company

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Winnie Khattar

Head of ETF Market Structure, iShares, APAC, BlackRock

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Apply

Fellows are selected annually through a competitive and open application process. Candidates from any country and sector are welcome to apply, provided they are 35 years old or younger at the application deadline and demonstrate the passion and potential for shaping a more secure and prosperous global future. Applications open in the Winter and selections are made in the Spring with the program calendar beginning in the Summer. Fellows are required to pay annual dues which vary depending on their sector. For more details about the application, eligibility requirements and costs, please visit our FAQ Page.

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Mon, Jan 6, 2020

Shaping the global future together: the Council’s “Top fifteen hits” of 2019

We look back at the Atlantic Council's top work of 2019 galvanizing US leadership alongside partners and allies to tackle the most pressing challenges confronting our nation and our world.

New Atlanticist by Frederick Kempe

Africa Americas
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Mon, Dec 9, 2019

Millennium Leadership Program announces call for 2020 Millennium Fellowship applications

On December 9, 2019 the Millennium Leadership Program opened the 2020 Millennium Fellowship Application. Inviting individuals aged 25-35 years old to apply, this competitive process will see twenty spots filled by promising talent from the next generation of global leaders.

Press Release by Millennium Leadership Program

Mon, Jul 8, 2019

Greece embraces the center and continues course out of crisis

“Greece is now reinforcing the strength of the center in European politics, rather than fueling a move toward the fringes,” Atlantic Council Executive Vice President Damon Wilson said.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Elections Greece

Thu, Jun 20, 2019

Millennium Fellows attend 360/OS

On June 20-21, Millennium Fellows joined the Council in London at 360/OS. Ulrik Smed (2019) and Adeola Olagunju (2018) attended the event. After the close, Ulrik and Adeola joined EVP Damon Wilson, Associate Director Kate Koett, and Community Manager Sudeep Kalkunte for drinks. Though unable to attend the event, alumni fellows Joanna Kaminska (2013) and […]

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

United Kingdom

Wed, Jun 12, 2019

MLP Executive Education – Bancolombia

From June 12 to June 15, MLP hosted an executive education program and study tour for Bancolombia executives. The bank brought a mix of C-suite executives from flagship and subsidiary organizations including their Chief Executive, Juan Mora Uribe. Participants were hosted at the Council for a series of high-level meetings. MLP collaborated with many others […]

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

Colombia Economy & Business

Sat, Jun 1, 2019

Millennium Leadership Program 2019 Core Program

From May 3 to May 17, the 2018 and 2019 cohorts of Millennium Fellows traveled to Colombia for MLP’s annual Core Program. The 2019 cohort began with the Study Tour component that included meetings with seven ministers and cabinet members, two additional elected officials, six additional senior government and multilateral officials, and a nonprofit leader […]

Blog Post by Millennium Leadership Program

Americas Civil Society

Wed, Apr 24, 2019

A strong NATO could help alleviate the world’s migrant and refugee crisis

NATO’s ability to adapt to new emergencies in different geographies only proves that an international allied effort is needed now as much, if not more than ever.

NATOat70 by Priyali Sur

Migration NATO

Wed, Apr 3, 2019

MLP at NATO Engages

On April 3rd, a cohort of Millennium Fellows had the opportunity to attend and participate during NATO Engages. Zafar Hashemi shared his history with NATO beginning as a boy in Afghanistan and culminating in his current position with SIGAR. Pete Seat was asked to present his perspective immediately following Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s address to […]

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan International Organizations

Fri, Mar 29, 2019

Atlantic Council Welcomes 2019 Class of Millennium Fellows

WASHINGTON, DC – On March 29th, the Atlantic Council announced it’s 2019 class of Millennium Fellows. An Italian entrepreneur bringing revolutionary vaccination technology to market to eradicate polio and measles rubella; a senior advisor to the Prime Minister of North Macedonia that led landmark legislation to change the country’s name in 2018; the chief-of-staff of […]

Press Release

Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Why the Irish border matters

It remains unclear if the withdrawal agreement May has reached with Brussels will impact the life of her government, but it is clear that the Irish border has impacted the Brexit debate and will force the prime minister to turn to her party’s rivals to push the deal through Parliament.

New Atlanticist by Dan Haverty and Brendan Reaney

Democratic Transitions Politics & Diplomacy