YPFP Events

Energy and Climate Change: Leadership Incubator

April 25, 2014 06:30 pm

**NOTE: Please disregard any notice at the bottom of the page stating that this event is full. 

Energy security underlies many of the most important policy decisions to be made this century. Climate change, geopolitical stability, and global economic futures all relate back to questions of energy choice: How should US foreign policy adapt to OPEC economies diversifying away from fossil fuel exports? What priority should developing countries place on energy grid extensions over other critical development project?

Join us as we explore these and other questions through this specialized Energy and Climate Change Leadership Incubator Module, developed in partnership with the United Nations Foundation.

“Energy is central to everything we do, from powering our economies to empowering women, from generating jobs to strengthening security. It cuts across all sectors of government and lies at the heart of a country's core interests.”

– BAN Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations


This module will connect selected participants with professional, academic, and career resources, enabling a deep dive into a wide range of local to international energy security issues, associated climate change topics, and the combined impact on foreign policy creation and implementation. It will also provide real-world opportunities for technical training and skills application.

This course is an advanced program for those who already possess a solid understanding of both energy and climate change issues - and who want to enhance their skills and knowledge-base. Participants must commit to attending all LIM sessions and engaging fully.

By participating in this module, you will:

  • Develop practical, technical skills critical for work in the energy and development fields

  • Deepen your understanding of trends and critical issues at the nexus of energy and climate change

  • Engage directly with senior-level experts

  • Implement lessons through hands-on, resume-worthy sessions and projects

  • Build your professional network



Rolling applications to participate in this module are open from Monday, April 14 until the new, extended deadline of Tuesday, April 27 at 5:00pm. To apply to the module please fill out the application form here and send your resume to kevin.soubly@ypfp.org.

All applicants who submit applications on or before April 23 will be notified of their status by April 24. Applicants who submit applications on or after April 24 will be notified of their status within 24 hours.

We have room for 25 participants, so spots are limited.

Please note that the module is still scheduled to kick-off on Friday, April 25. In order to attend the first event, please submit your application ASAP.

Also note that there is a $25 participant fee associated with this module, used to offset associated costs. You have the choice of pre-paying via Debit or Credit through the “Donate” button on the YPFP website or in person at the first event.


Activities: This module will run from 25 April to 5 June 2014

1.     Keynote: Climate Change and Energy Markets: April 25th - 6:00pm

United Nations Foundation Vice President Reid Detchon will discuss climate change and its effects on energy markets. The event will be preceded by a networking opportunity for module participants only.

2.     Conference at the French Embassy on Sustainable Cities: April 29th - 6:00pm

This dual-panel conference with a networking reception will host representatives from both the public and private sectors, discussing policies, business practices, and challenges and opportunities for developing sustainable city life. Representatives from the governments of France, Singapore, and the State of Virginia will speak first, followed by corporate representatives from Alstom, Schneider Electric, and Keolis.

3.     Critical Issues in Energy Access: May 6th - 6:00pm

Representatives from the United Nations Foundation, USAID, World Bank, and the Solar Electric Light Fund will discuss the critical connections among energy access, women's health, and international development.

4.     "Tools of the Trade" Training Exercise: May 15th - 6:00pm

Hosted by the United Nations Foundation, this training exercise offers hands-on technical training and lessons on professional development.

5.     Communicating Climate Change: May 20th - 6:00pm

Energy and communications experts will discuss how to effectively communicate climate change and energy security issues to both the public and policymakers.

6.     Small-Group Policy Brief Development: May 19th - May 27th

Module participants work in small groups over several sessions to develop a real-world, substantive policy brief (or similar deliverable) on a critical energy policy.

7.     Policy Brief Presentations: May 29th - 6:00pm

Module participants present and discuss their deliverables with peers and a panel of experts

8.     Final Keynote: June 5th, Time TBA

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