Applications for the 2021 class of Millennium Fellows are now open! Apply now through March 31!


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.


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.

2020 Fellows

Kara Mangone

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer of the Sustainable Finance Group, Goldman Sachs

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Sean Macrae

Investment Associate, Bridgewater Associates

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Jaclyn Levy

Director, Science and Research Policy, Infectious Diseases Society of America

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Arthur Simondet

Senior Analyst, LNG Origination & Deal Structuring, Cheniere

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David Dorosz

Deputy Mayor of Budapest for Climate and Development, City of Budapest

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Kadi Silde

Undersecretary for Defense Policy, Estonian Ministry of Defense

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Ivy Lau

Global Public Policy and Research Manager, PayPal

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Hanar Marouf

Political and Human Rights Officer, British Consulate General Erbil

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Emmanuel Matambo

Senior Researcher, University of Johannesburg

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Jose Ziebarth

Director of Special Projects, Brazilian Ministry of Economy

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Roberto Patino

Founder and CEO, Mi Convive / Alimenta La Solidaridad

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Merry Lin

Senior Advisor, National Economic Council, The White House

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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. All program costs (including flights) are covered, however 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.




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

Mon, Nov 26, 2018

Latvia struggles to form a government

The newly elected parliament is very fragmented and still—a month and a half after the election—is unable to produce a stable government, a phenomenon also seen in other European countries this year.

New Atlanticist by Rihards Kols

Democratic Transitions Elections

Fri, Sep 7, 2018

Europe’s new normal: Turning the migrant challenge into an opportunity

With inhospitable temperatures across North Africa and Central Asia, constant war and conflict in Middle East hot spots, and the advance of authoritarian regimes, today’s refugees don’t represent a temporary conundrum, but rather a new normal of European life.

New Atlanticist by Pete Seat

Climate Change & Climate Action Conflict

Thu, Aug 2, 2018

South Sudan must end the arbitrary detention of Peter Biar Ajak

We urge the government of South Sudan to end the arbitrary detention of Peter Biar Ajak, an alumnus of the Atlantic Council Millennium Fellowship, who was arrested in Juba July 28, 2018.

New Atlanticist by Frederick Kempe, Damon Wilson, and Daniel Bennett

East Africa