‘The Next Gen’ – annual topic at 11th Leaders Meeting Paris

‘The Next Gen’ – annual topic at 11th Leaders Meeting Paris

This year, Leaders Meeting Paris will address the concerns that young people are expressing en masse today. That’s why the networking event’s eleventh edition will be looking for answers to the question of how the leaders of today can ensure a better, healthier, more sustainable world for the next generation. The event will bring together 200 Belgian leaders to discuss the topic of “The Next Gen” on 8, 9, and 10 November.

The leaders of tomorrow are challenging the leaders of today. Sixteen-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg was the first to begin skipping school for the climate, inspiring young people all over the world, including Anuna De Wever and Kyra Gantois in Belgium. They demand that policymakers assume their responsibility in order to guarantee a better, healthier, more sustainable world for the next generation. Bepublic, the organization behind Leaders Meeting Paris, is also inspired by these young people’s concerns. That’s why the eleventh edition of their networking event will revolve around the topic the next generation (“The Next Gen”).

The next generation is faced with an incredible number of questions and wants to give the leaders of today a hefty wake-up call. We would like to engage in a debate about the different generations’ points of view, about the topics of today and tomorrow. Where do experienced policymakers stand with regard to the ideals of this young, inexperienced generation? Are their ideals as naive as some say they are?”

Jeroen Wils, Leaders Meeting Paris organizer


About more than just climate

The networking event doesn’t want to limit the topic to a climate debate. Featuring about 200 guests from the economic, social, political, academic, and cultural sectors, Leaders Meeting Paris is looking to establish a broad outlook on the future of the next generation. To achieve that, it’s calling on keynote speakers from a range of industries. Alain DehazeCEO The Adecco Group, Paul StoffelsVice Chair of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer Johnson & Johnson, Tom Palmaerts – Futurist & Trendwatcher, Wouter DuyckProfessor of Experimental Psychology UGent, and Peter AdriaenssensHead of practice Child & Adolescent Psychiatry University hospital Leuven are the first confirmed names. 

“We invite our keynote speakers to convey a message to the next generation. What do we want to pass on to the next generation in terms of education, innovation, mobility, healthcare, climate, etc.? How do we ensure the next generation can grow up in a prosperous, healthy, sustainable world? During the eleventh Leaders Meeting Paris, we’ll be discussing all aspects of the legacy we want to pass on to the next generation.

– Carine  Grevendonk, Leaders Meeting Paris organizer



The eleventh edition of Leaders Meeting Paris will take place in Paris on 8, 9 and 10 November 2019.

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