Young Leaders Forum 2018 – Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence. How can Europe and China prepare for the digital future?


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After two successful Young Leaders Forum in 2014 and 2016, the HKS Handelskammer Hamburg Service GmbH and OAV German Asia-Pacific Business Association invited again young leaders from Europe and China to participate in the third Young Leaders Forum during the "Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe" 2018. The event took place on 28 November 2018.

The Young Leaders Forum brings together exceptional personalities from business, politics, academics and societal organizations to discuss current topics of Sino-European relations. The participants have the opportunity to exchange ideas with high-ranking speakers from the “Hamburg Summit” in an exclusive program the day before or after the “Hamburg Summit”. The Young Leaders also have full and free access to the overall program of the “Hamburg Summit”.

The objective of the Young Leaders Forum is for the participants to have the opportunity to establish a network with distinguished individuals and to enhance their understanding of Sino-European relations. Also, the “Hamburg Summit” is enriched through different perspectives coming from a new generation of leaders.

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Application for the Young Leaders Forum

Applicants should not be over 35 years old and work within business, politics, academia, or societal organisations. Young Leaders are supposed to have taken a leadership role in their field and made themselves conspicuous by applying innovative and forward thinking ideas.

Following evaluation criteria will be applied in the application process:

  • Excellence

    • Young Leaders have a proven track record of excelling in their respective field.

  • Potential

    • Young Leaders possess the ability and talent to increase the impact of their career beyond the status quo.

  • Leadership

    • Young Leaders have achieved a lasting impact in the organizations they served by inspiring and motivating their peers.

  • Internationality

    • Young Leaders have international working experience and an international network, preferably with a focus on Sino-European relations.

  • Role Model

    • Young Leaders have a positive impact on the economy, environment and social standards of societies they operate in.


For any questions, please contact us via:

Tel: + 49-40/ 35 75 59-37

The Young Leaders Forum 2018 was organized by the HKS Handelskammer Hamburg Service GmbH in cooperation with OAV German Asia-Pacific Business Association.


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Guests of honour 2018

Liu He, Vice-Premier of the People’s Republic of China

Guests of honour 2018

Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner for Competition of the European Commission

Guests of honour 2018

Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Federal Republic of Germany

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