Choosing the Next 99 Under 33

Posted on January 25, 2013

In 2011, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and the Diplomatic Courier jointly launched the first ever “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders,” a special project that captures the extraordinary impact that 99 diverse Millennials under the age of 33 are making on international affairs. The list and individual profiles of the Top 99 Under 33 offer insight into the creativity, determination, and passion of the young people who are already tackling the world's critical challenges.

The call for nominations for the 2013 list of Top 99 Under 33 is now open. To nominate yourself or another person, please complete the form by February 28, 2013.

This year’s list of honorees will be a part of a growing community of influential and accomplished young leaders who have already demonstrated significant impact on foreign policy. The Top 99 Under 33 Leaders will be profiled in the fall print and online editions of the Diplomatic Courier, on the YPFP website, and in a series of events throughout the year, including the 99-Summit.

Nominees must have made a clear impact on foreign policy and be recognized as a rising leader. All nominees must:

  • Be born on or after January 1, 1980
  • Demonstrate a passion for foreign policy and international affairs
  • Demonstrate a commitment to service, mentorship, and ethical leadership
  • Be willing to participate in the “99 Under 33” community

Each nominee will be evaluated in one of seven archetypes of global leadership:

  • Catalyst is from a field not typically associated with foreign policy who has had an impact on international affairs.
  • Convener brings people together in creative ways to address a pressing international issue or enhance the foreign policy community.
  • An Influencer mobilizes people in the foreign policy community with bold new ideas.
  • An Innovator designs a new solution to a critical global challenge.
  • Practitioner changes foreign policy from the inside through extraordinary professionalism and skill.
  • Risk-taker takes a chance and sees it pay off.
  • Shaper changes the public discourse on an aspect of foreign policy or raises awareness on a critical issue.

Nominees will also be assessed by his or her overall impact on foreign policy.

To nominate yourself or another person visit the nomination page no later than February 28, 2013 by 11:59 p.m. EST. You may nominate a total of three people, including yourself. Your nomination should be sure to address the candidate’s foreign policy experience, intellectual abilities, leadership experience, and unique impact. Please enter all information requested. Incomplete nomination forms will not be considered.

After reviewing all nominations and applications, the Top 99 will be selected by committee composed of members of last year’s Top 99 Under 33, and leaders from the Diplomatic Courier and YPFP.

The young leaders who are featured in the list will also be invited to the first annual 99-Summit, a global conference connecting members of the Top 99 Under 33 from around the world. It will include an intimate reception honoring the Top 99, and will be followed by other engagements and opportunities throughout the year to ensure that the next class of Top 99 creates a legacy for their peers and the next generation of leaders.

The Top 99 Under 33 List is an important reflection of the remarkable impact of the millennial generation on today’s toughest global challenges. It is an honor for us to get to know these remarkable people and to tell the story of their accomplishments. We hope to hear from you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Foreign Policy is a broad category; what kind of people should be nominated?

A: We are particularly interested in selecting individuals who have made an impact in the
following communities:

  • Diplomacy
  • Academia and Research
  • Government Affairs (Legislative, Executive, Military, Government Agencies)
  • International Organizations
  • Non-profit sector
  • Media, Communications, and Information Technology (including Social Media)
  • Private Sector
  • Social Enterprise

Q: Who decides who is selected for the list?

A: The selection committee is made up of leaders who have appeared on previous Top 99 Under 33 lists, the leadership of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, and the editors of the Diplomatic Courier. The list is determined by the consensus of the committee to ensure balance and representation of the diversity of young people in the community and that everyone selected brings something exceptional and unique to the list.

Q: What happens if I am selected?

A: Those selected will be asked to send a short bio that the Diplomatic Courier will use to describe you and your achievements. You will be asked to send a picture. All members of the list and last year’s list will be invited to join the 99 Under 33 community, and will be invited to a wide range of special events with YPFP and the Diplomatic Courier, including the 99-Summit.

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