Upcoming Events

Monday, November 20, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Press Club Brussels in Brussels, Belgium

ToT: Shape your Professional Future

YPFP Brussels aims to provide the next generation of foreign policy leaders with opportunities to acquire tangible knowledge and practical skills that will allow them to excel in foreign policy professions. A great resource for this are those who have already put in the time and effort to develop these skill sets and have successfully applied them to advance their careers.

In line with this, YPFP is excited to invite you to a Tools of the Trade workshop examining how your attitude, motivation, knowledge and skills can shape the future of your career. Our speakers, Emma Frost and Nadja El Fertasi, are two senior-level NATO staff members who will share their personal experiences of developing careers in the security and defence sector and provide advice on how you can do the same.

While focused on careers in security and defence, the guidance that our speakers will provide will be applicable to any young professional aspiring to advance a career in any field. Join us to learn how you can reach your full potential in any professional environment.

Our speakers:

  • Nadja El Fertasi is the Stakeholder Engagement Senior Executive Coordinator at the NATO Communications and Information Agency. Prior to this, Ms El Fertasi held positions at the NATO Helicopter Management Agency in Aix-en-Provence, France, the Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence Programme Office in The Hague, Netherlands, and in the former NC3A Field Office in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • Emma Frost is the Deputy Director in the Secretary General’s Office at NATO, following a broad portfolio which includes Defence Policy, Capabilities, Cyber Defence and Fighting Terrorism.

Please note that this event will be filmed.

Friday, November 24, 2017 at 07:30 PM

YPFP Gala 2017

YPFP Brussels is celebrating 9 years of fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders in Brussels this November! Come raise a toast with us in your finest attire at the NH Hotel on Friday, 24 November.

We are delighted to announce our Sponsors for this year's Gala: Chevron and Metro AG. Joining the celebration will be former US Ambassador to the EU, Anthony Gardner.

In addition, we will also be announcing the winner of our new award, the Rising Star in Foreign Policy 2017.

Do not miss this year's exclusive dinner event with dinner, drinks and dancing.

Please note a password code has been sent to YPFP members to receive the members price. No reimbursements or refunds can be made after the ticket has been purchased, so make sure you have entered the code if you are a YPFP member. All tickets are sold with a small processing fee.

Early bird sales: 12 October to 12 November 2017
YPFP Members: 55 EUR
Non Members: 65 EUR
Regular sales: 13 to 23 November 2017
YPFP Members: 60 EUR
Non Members: 70 EUR

Sign up at www.ypfp.org/apply (Brussels branch) to become a member.

Register: http://bpt.me/3114098

Dress code: black tie preferred



Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Migs World Wines in Brussels, Belgium

YPFP Alcohol Tasting

YPFP is delighted to bring back our exclusive wine / alcohol tasting evenings. This month's feature is rum! So channel your inner pirate and beat the gloom of November in Brussels by joining us for an evening of refined rum tasting. Register by sending an email to brussels.membership@ypfp.org.

This event is open to all though members get a slight discount. Seats are very limited so sign up quick! Price: 30 Euro (Members) 35 Euro (Non-Members).

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 07:30 PM · $30.00 USD
The Penthouse at NeueHouse in New York, NY

YPFP NY 10th Anniversary - Join a Special Collaborative Celebration!

With the support of the Consulate General of Switzerland, join us for an evening of stimulating conversation among leaders from YPFP NY, foraus, Young UN and WEF Global Shapers NYC. 

The Consulate General of Switzerland presents an evening of stimulating conversation followed by a party in celebration of its partners' milestones and achievements. As proud as we are of our legacies, the night is an occasion for us to look into and shape the future. Join us as we host an interactive panel discussion among NextGen leaders, congregating to discuss innovative and fresh solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems. The future of our political environment is full of challenges - and huge opportunities for those who seize them. Often, the most effective solutions are byproducts of diverse viewpoints. Stick around after the panel discussion for the party, complete with a live DJ battle and dance party with open bar and refreshments.

DJ battle featuring Swiss DJ Quesadillas Jr; American DJ, panelists, and moderator to be announced soon.

Visit our Eventbrite page to purchase tickets.


Monday, December 04, 2017 at 07:00 PM

Ambassador Series: Turkey

YPFP Brussels invites you to join us for an engaging discussion on Turkey’s national and foreign policy priorities with H.E. Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Turkey to the European Union.

During our evening with the Ambassador, we will have the chance to examine a range of topics including Turkey’s relationship with the EU, its position on the unprecedented and continuously increasing influx of people seeking refuge from Syria, and the state of politics in the country, among others. YPFP members will have the opportunity to address the Ambassador directly during a Q&A session.

The event will be followed by a light cocktail reception generously offered by the Embassy of Turkey.

Prior to his arrival in Brussels, Ambassador Kaymakcı served as the Consul General of Turkey in Basra from 2011 to 2013 and as Ambassador of Turkey to Iraq from 2013 to 2017. He was awarded a NATO Medal for his service in Afghanistan and was selected as the College of Europe’s Alumnus of the Year in 2007.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017 at 07:00 PM

Terrorism & Radicalisation Series: International Cooperation on Counter-Terrorism - from lessons learned to future practices


In recent years, the emergence of global terrorist organisations such as Al Qaeda and ISIS have forced States across the world to rethink and reshape their counterterrorism practices, in order to face these unprecedented, transnational, borderless and constantly evolving terrorist structures.

Traditionally a national-level prerogative, counter-terrorism now requires bilateral, or even supranational-based cooperation between States so as to provide rapid, adequate and more effective responses to terror threats. This increased cooperation requires States to build channels of dialogue and synergies, in order to share information; detect threats; coordinate actions; develop know-hows and identify best practices. However such profound evolution of practices has brought on the table new challenges and difficulties for State actors, that need to address not only the need for shared military actions, but also shape inclusive, systemic responses to complex threats, beyond the traditional realm of national security.

Within a globalised, interconnected world, how has State cooperation evolved in the past years to provide a more adequate response to the terrorist threat? What are the lessons-learned and the challenges ahead in terms of coordinating responses?

In order to explore these key-issues, YPFP has the great pleasure to invite Rob Wainwright, Director of the European Police Office (Europol), and Patricia Del Favero Campbell from Envistacom private company.


Friday, December 15, 2017 at 08:00 PM · $15.00 USD
Emissary in Washington, DC

2017 YPFP Holiday Party



Join us on December 15 to celebrate a phenomenal 2017! 

We'll be ringing in the holiday season with music, drinks, and friends at Emissary. Come and celebrate with your fellow YPFP members. Cocktail casual attire and holiday cheer desired.

Your first drink is on us! 

Advance Ticket: $15

At the Door: $20

YPFP's Refugee Assistance Program (RAP) works to create a social support network of volunteer mentors for recently resettled refugees in the greater Washington, DC area. RAP's resettlement agency partners are collecting new or gently used winter clothing items to ensure all their incoming refugee families are prepared for the coming winter. Suggested donations include sweaters, scarves, hats, boots, and warm socks.