Following the initial call for candidates in December 2020, we received 1000 applications from young leaders willing to change our society. Selecting only 40 among them proved to be remarkably challenging… Hence, based on the compelling feedback provided by the Selection Panel -composed of Supporters of the initiative- we decided after the interviews in February 2021 to create two inaugural groups of 40!
Two great Cohorts have embarked on the Belgium40u40 journey in 2021. The first one -the Spring Cohort- has started in April, and the second -the Autumn Cohort- in September.
In selecting participants, we have tried to create groups that give the broadest and most diverse representation of our society, gathering multiple languages, origins, backgrounds, sectors, and experiences, with the aim of bringing together the widest possible lens of societal interests.
The 40u40 Community will grow with the successive Cohorts joining the program over the years. After the one-year initial program, we continue engaging with our Alumni through different activities. We opened a new page in the story of 40u40 with the graduation of the Spring Cohort in May 2022, creating the first wave of Alumni of the program…