Young Leaders Conference


The American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leaders Conference was initiated in 1990 to create person-to-person exchange and foster mutual understanding among the next generation of leaders in Switzerland and the United States.

Held in Switzerland each year, the conference brings together approximately 50 Americans and Swiss aged 28-40 for a week of intensive discussion and exchange on a broad range of current issues of importance to U.S.-Swiss relations; meetings with high-level diplomatic, government, business, media, and cultural leaders; and excursions to Switzerland’s beautiful mountains and historic landmarks.

The Young Leaders Conference is made possible through the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors and SWISS International Air Lines, which provides travel sponsorship for U.S. participants.

The 2020 Young Leaders Conference will take place in Zurich, Switzerland, with primary sponsorship by Swiss Re and SWISS International Air Lines.

Over the past thirty years, more than 1,300 alumni have participated in the Young Leaders Conference. To view previous classes, click here