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YPFP Member of the Month - July 2018: Kenneth Lasoen

YPFP is thrilled to present Kenneth Lasoen as the newest Member of the Month for July! A leading expert in the field of security, Kenneth recently joined the EU political scene as Adviser on National Security with Belgium’s Flemish social democrats (sp.a). He is also involved in academia currently pursuing a PhD in History at Ghent University on Belgian intelligence. He has widely written about security and intelligence, with “Plan B(ruxelles): Belgian Intelligence and the Terrorist Attacks of 2015-16” his most recent publication. We certainly have a distinguished Member of the Month and what a better way to know more about him through his own words in this short interview that YPFP prepared.

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YPFP Brussels Vacancy: Security and Defence Officer

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Brussels is currently looking to recruit a voluntary Security and Defence (SecDef) Officer. The successful candidate will work under the direct management of the Director of Security and Defence to plan, organise and moderate YPFP Brussels events.

We are looking for someone with a strong and demonstrable interest in foreign policy, ideally in security and defence affairs, and a desire to develop new skills as part of a team of enthusiastic, committed volunteers. Your core tasks will be working on organising security and defence  events, all the way from planning to post-event reports : this includes approaching speakers, drafting programmes and moderating debates, within the scope of topics defined by the team and accordance with our partnerships. You will also have the chance, when possible, to propose and pursue events on topics of particular interest to you and bring your security and defence expertise to the table!

We are ideally looking for someone who has previous experience in event/conference management and who is interested in building and maintaining partnerships with a wide range of Brussels-based organisations in the security and defence sector.

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YPFP Brussels Vacancy: Programmes Officer

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Brussels is currently looking to recruit a voluntary Programmes Officer. The successful candidate will work under the direct management of the Director of Programmes to plan, organise and moderate YPFP Brussels events.

We are looking for someone with a strong interest in foreign policy and a desire to develop new skills as part of a team of enthusiastic, committed volunteers. Your core tasks will be to develop relations with partners and speakers, organise events from inception to execution, and maintain the positive reputation and success of YPFP Brussels. This is a versatile role that will provide a unique opportunity to develop event organisation, partnership management and teamwork skills, and could lead to the incumbent managing an event series or partnership grant.

You should be self-motivated, well organised and able to work efficiently and autonomously as part of a small team. A good knowledge of global affairs is helpful, but you certainly don’t need to be a foreign policy expert! We value continuity and reliability, so we would ask you to commit to the team for a minimum of one year. You would need to attend monthly team meetings and at least some YPFP events, and respond to emails regularly. A good level of written and spoken English is required.

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YPFP Brussels Vacancy: Finance Officer

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Brussels is currently recruiting a Finance Officer. The successful candidate will work under the direct management of the Executive Director and the Managing Director to produce comprehensive financial reporting and help YPFP manage its funds effectively.

We value continuity and reliability, so we would ask you to commit to the team for a minimum of six months, preferable one year. All staff members are non-remunerated volunteers, giving up their time alongside their own professional activity.

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YPFP Brussels Vacancy: Communications Officer

About YPFP:

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) fosters the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing its members with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organisation with more than 10,000 selected members around the world who work in all fields of international affairs. It was established in 2004, and is headquartered in Washington, DC, with branches in Brussels, London, and New York. YPFP Brussels is preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2018.

The Communications team is currently looking to recruit a Communications Officer, in a voluntary capacity, for a minimum of six months. The successful candidates will work under the direct management of the Director of Communications and Marketing to develop and enhance YPFP Brussels’ presence across new media and with relevant Brussels stakeholders.

This is an opportunity to join the growing team of YPFP Brussels and be part of an engaged global community of young professionals interested in global issues. You will have the space to develop your own ideas, learn, drive change and make a contribution to our community of more than 500 members.

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Could you be our next Member of the Month?

This year YPFP Brussels has launched a new initiative - the Member of the Month campaign. 

The goal of the initiative is to recognise and share our members' successes with the YPFP network around Europe and beyond. Therefore, every month a YPFP member will be in the spotlight. Through our social media, weekly newsletters and other multimedia channels, we will be promoting his/hers outstanding achievements, transforming them into more than just a CV highlight.

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YPFP featured in brand new Brussels podcast

YPFP has been mentioned in a brand new podcast run by students from the Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS).

Beyond Brussels, a free web-based podcast focusing on current affairs, features insightful discussions and debates on the world’s hottest topics. Interviews and debates on serious topics are mixed with interesting initiatives and events across Brussels and further afield.

In episode one of the podcast, BSIS student and YPFP staff member Hazel Ebenezer discussed how she became involved in YPFP and gave an insight into some of the professional and social activities organised by the Brussels branch.

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Rebecca Bushby wins YPFP Rising Star in Foreign Policy Award 2017

YPFP Brussels is thrilled to announce that Rebecca Bushby has been crowned the winner of our inaugural award: the YPFP Rising Star in Foreign Policy Award 2017.

Unveiled at our annual Gala last night, Rebecca, a project coordinator volunteering for NGO Young Water Solutions, saw off a number of talented nominees to be declared winner for her fundraising efforts for refugees in Lebanon near the Syrian border.

Commenting on her win, Rebecca said: “This is such an honour. My fellow nominees are so incredibly talented that it is hard to believe that I was chosen as the winner! I am unbelievably grateful for this opportunity as it will enable me to continue growing and learning within the sector.

“The award to me represents an amazing trend that, despite not being a very sexy topic, water and sanitation issues are increasingly being recognised as being of vital importance in humanitarian aid and foreign policy.  I look forward to bringing the knowledge from YPFP, its network and ISPD into my projects at Young Water Solutions and further into the water and sanitation sector.”

Unanimously agreeing that Rebecca’s application was a worthy winner, our external panel of judges which included Politico’s Ryan Heath were full of praise for the talented young professional, who took it on herself to fundraise 5,000 USD to purchase and deliver water tanks for the community, ensuring that 190 refugees could access clean water.

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Nominees announced for YPFP Brussels Rising Star in Foreign Policy Award 2017

YPFP Brussels is excited to announce the nominees for our inaugural award; the Rising Star in Foreign Policy Award 2017!

Following a successful competition which attracted an array of exceptional applications, a shortlist of six talented young people living in Belgium are in the running to win an array of prizes and be celebrated for their outstanding work in the past year.

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Politico’s Ryan Heath amongst judges of YPFP Rising Star in Foreign Policy award

Journalist Ryan Heath, Politico’s Senior EU Correspondent and author of the influential Brussels Playbook, will be one of the judges for our inaugural prize: the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Brussels Rising Star in Foreign Policy Award 2017.

The Award will honour an individual aged under 35 and based in Brussels who has achieved outstanding work in the past year.

The winner will be announced at our annual Gala on 24 November, which will feature a keynote speech from former US Ambassador to the EU Anthony L. Gardner. To be held at the NH Collection Brussels Centre Hotel, Boulevard Adolphe Max 7, 1000 Brussels from 19.30, the Gala is open to YPFP members and non-members. Tickets can be purchased at www.ypfpbrusselsgala2017.brownpapertickets.com.

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