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The Atlantic Council, in partnership with the Ecologic Institute, is pleased to announce that the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP) is seeking applications from rising leaders in the United States and European Union.
To apply for the program, download the application below. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Now in its second year, ELEEP is a dynamic, membership-only forum for the exchange of ideas, policy solutions, best-practices, and professional development for emerging American and European leaders working on or around environmental and energy issues. Network members will have the opportunity to earn access to exclusive benefits including expenses paid participation in study tours in North America and Europe.
We are currently recruiting innovative thinkers in North America and the European Union who are committed to identifying, discussing, and implementing pragmatic policies. The ELEEP Network includes individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds including, but not limited to: elected officials (local, regional, or federal), CEOs, academics, scientists, agricultural experts, entrepreneurs, national security experts, urban planners, energy professionals, and journalists.
ELEEP members should be influencers – willing and able to impact policies that will ensure the security of our energy sources while preserving the environment. ELEEP has no policy agenda, and no partisan or political affiliation. We seek a ‘big tent’ collection of individuals committed to enacting pragmatic policies, and interested in joining a unique transatlantic network of practitioners from a wide range of industries and specialties. Over the course of the past year, members of the ELEEP Network have been published regularly in leading news outlets such as The Atlantic, Bloomberg, and Popular Science, commanded a wide following through Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and other publications, and directly contributed to the creation of new policies.
The ELEEP Network ties together online and offline activity. Hosted primarily in a highly customized Facebook application, ELEEP members will exchange ideas within a private forum of pre-vetted peers. As an additional benefit to members, consistent participation in this dialogue will unlock a series of unique “offline” benefits to enhance professional development and create in person links between members. These will include tailored “mentor” matches with senior level experts and practitioners and opportunities to secure expenses-paid participation in a series of study tours where ELEEP members will join expert delegations focusing on key environmental and energy issues. In 2011 and 2012 ELEEP study tours have included:
- Austria/Germany: Renewable energy sources and agricultural land use
- Detroit/Pittsburgh: The transformation of industrial regions
- Northern Germany/Denmark: the European energy market
- Brussels: ELEEP Summit
- Budapest: Water and waste management
- Denver/San Francisco: The US energy market
- Paris/Stuttgart: Transportation and urban infrastructure
In 2013-14 ELEEP will conduct at least four new study tours in the EU and US and host its second ELEEP Summit. While the locations have not yet been determined, the study tours will likely focus on the following issue areas and take place on the following dates:
- April/May 2013: Energy Efficiency, US or EU
- June/July 2013: Sustainable Transportation and mobility, US or EU
- November/December 2013: Distributed Power Generation, tour will end in Poland on the sidelines of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings
- January 2014: Water-Energy Climate Change Nexus, US or EU
- March/April 2014: ELEEP Summit, US or EU
ELEEP is membership only. We currently seek North American and European Union citizens between the ages of 25-40 who work in a position to influence the debate at the local, regional, national, or international level. Candidates should represent a broad spectrum of professions in the energy or environment field.
Ideal candidates will have at least 5-10 years of work experience in a related field, and a desire to share best practices and seek professional collaboration with a network of peers on both sides of the Atlantic.
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On June 19, please join the Eurasia Center for a discussion on the IMF’s recent presentation Two Decades of Transition in Caucasus and Central Asia: Taking Stock and the Road Ahead with Dr. Juha Kähkönen, deputy director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia department, and the Honorable William Courtney, former US ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan and former special assistant to the President and senior director of the National Security Council staff for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. This event will be streamed LIVE from 10:30 a.m.
On June 24, the Brent Scowcroft Center of the Atlantic Council will host a panel discussion on the most recent claims of Chinese cyber espionage and the implications of this threat for the US-China relationship and China's ties with its neighbors in Asia.
On June 27, the Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force will launch a new issue brief by Ramin Asgard and Barbara Slavin entitled US-Iran Cultural Engagement: A Cost Effective Boon to US National Security, along with a public briefing on people-to-people exchanges with Iran.