Never before have we been faced with such a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world. 

Navigating changing regional and global power structures, geopolitical tensions and flashpoints, the rise of technology and non-traditional security threats all present critical challenges for Australian and international leaders and policymakers. 

The Future Leaders Series is our flagship program designed to engage Australia's future leaders in the critical issues affecting Australia, the Indo-Pacific region and the international system and equip them with the knowledge, skills and networks to respond to these challenges and shape future policy decisions.  

The Future Leaders Series comprises a series of modules, each focusing on a particular issue or challenge, which runs for four consecutive weeks. During a weekly workshop or seminar, participants have the opportunity to explore the different aspects and dimensions of the issue, and the challenges and considerations facing Australian policy makers. 

Each session will be facilitated by a leading expert in the field, providing participants with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with and learn from today's leaders. The final week of the series sees the participants pitching their big ideas to address a challenge they have identified. 

The 2019 Future Leaders Series was run in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne and focused on how Australia can better leverage its position in multilateral fora, such as ASEAN and APEC, to achieve key foreign policy objectives.  

In previous years, the series has focused on: 

  • 2018 – the rise of populism 

  • 2017 – cyber security 

  • 2016 – climate change 


Details for the 2020 Future Leaders Series will be released shortly, so keep an eye on this page for further details as they announced.


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