Global Thinkers Forum (GTF) is a global platform bringing together a diverse network of thought leaders and creating meaningful networking and conversations around global challenges and trends. GTF’s mission focuses on three areas: fostering accountability in leadership, promoting women’s empowerment and creating opportunities for young people to develop. GTF is also a bridge-builder, and an organisation that promotes public-private sector partnerships and opens conduits for collaboration and stakeholder engagement. The Forum is London-based and was incubated at Oxford University’s Said Business School in 2011. It has been created with the vision to help our societies and leaders navigate a very complex world.
GTF launched officially in 2012 in Amman (Jordan) under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. We have since partnered with some of the world’s top brands, organisations and foundations. It features a prestigious Advisory Board with thought leaders and decision makers from over 20 countries. The Global Thinkers Forum organises a wide range of activities including meetings, seminars, fora, roundtable discussions, workshops, networking events, and its not for profit initiatives such as the mentoring programmes and Awards for Excellence.
As of January 2018, GTF joined forces with Sharjah-based NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, introducing the revised Athena MENA Mentorship programme. The long-term foundational mentorship programme will pair thriving MENA women with leading mentors from around the world.
mentor (μέντωρ< Greek)
1. (in the Odyssey) a loyal adviser of Odysseus entrusted with the care and education of Telemachus.
2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.
Mentoring is conveying the experience, gained wisdom, insights and lessons that one has learned in life. Mentors are like beacons. They are guiding lights for younger people. The aim is to help them understand their potential, their strong points and also inspire and motivate them.
Being a good mentor also takes an emotional commitment that is very much like parenting in its drive to help teach a person succeed in its goals.
Our mentors are individuals who have a very successful track record in fields such as: Governance & Public Policy, Accountable Leadership, Business, Entrepreneurship, Media, Innovation, Technology, Academia. They also represent nine countries and four continents.
TELEMACHUS & ATHENA
Triangle Leader, Lifebushido
Head, ICRC Mission UK & Ireland
Manager, CBSA CONSULTING
Head of Audit
Advisor, Harvard University
CEO & Founder, Bisila Bokoko
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine
Founder & CEO, The Centre for Inclusive Education
Founder Global Outreach (Bahrain) & Sen. Consultant Knowledge Economy
Head of Human Resources, Nycomed
Founder, Unblocked Events
Journalist & Author
Founder, l'Agence Ustaza
Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, A.G. Leventis Group (Nig.) Plc
Co-Founder, STEP Group
Founder & CEO, Friendture
Director, Healthcare Initiative School of Management, University College London
Visual artist, researcher, educator Former, Full time professor at the Graphic Design Department
CEO, Centre for Democracy & Peace Building, TEDxStormont Organiser
Professor, Najran University, KSA & International Consultant
Strategy, Performance & CSR
Board Member & MD - Mansour Foundation for Development
Vice chair Arab Foundations Forum
Executive Director, MEPI Lebanon Alumni Association
International External Relations Consultant
Co-Managing Director, First Elements Euroconsultants Ltd
CFO, OSTC Group
General Manager, Tuban Plant Holcim Indonesia (LafargeHolcim Group)
Professor, Cyber Ethics & Academic Integrity, Wollongong University
CEO, Alamut Consulting
Former British Ambassador to Greece
Programme Director, BBC Worldwide Labs
CEO of Bounce Republic
Director, Mahatma Gandhi College of Social Work
Executive Communications Coach, Life Self Coaching Institute
Chairman, Griffin Law (UK & US)
President, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets - Next Gen Initiative
Director, EcoPeace Middle East
Managing Partner Alhambra U.S. Chamber - Vice President HofT/IAEI & Honorary Ambassador of the Polish Network of women's entrepreneurs
Senior Advisor in International Relations, Romanian Government & Parliament
Full Time Assistant Professor, Deree - The American College of Greece,
School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Department of Communication
Minister of Defence, New Zealand
CEO, Relim Co. Ltd
President of the Lebanese Development Network (LDN)
CEO, Calal Global
Chairman & CEO, Genesis Energy Holdings
Policy Advisor & Capacity building Expert
Founder & CEO, Pilegaard Consulting
International News Anchor
Founder and Managing Partner, Logosnet
Director of HR & Organizational Development, PanBuck Ltd
Senior Communications Advisor
Director, Poppins & Partners
Strategic Design Consultant & Master Advisor, Growth-U & Workplace Resource
Executive Director, Center Children Today
Founder & President, Women’s Digital League (WDL
Chairman and Chief Executive, Arundel Consulting
Social Entrepreneur & Psychologist, ANIMA
Journalist, TV Anchor, Speaker
As part of the Global Thinkers Mentors, GTF has created two programmes ‘Telemachus’ and ‘Athena’ connecting its participants with thought leaders and inspiring individuals. Telemachus benefits young individuals between 18-29 from around the world, while Athena focuses on women above the age of 30.
In either context, GTF pairs mentors with mentees on the following areas of mentoring: Governance & Public Office, Accountable Leadership, Media, Business, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Career, Academia, Non Profit, Science.
GTF mentees are provided with a personalized development opportunity to address individual learning needs. This opportunity helps them over a period of eight months to develop new skills and expertise, and to enhance, enrich and expand their professional and personal perspectives. GTF mentors help mentees also with confidence-building in dealing with challenges and issues. They also assist with advice on career development and personal growth as well as their networking opportunities.
As a result of this process, GTF mentees 'graduate' far better equipped to set goals, to aim high and achieve them!
The rules are:
The mentor/mentee relationship cannot be between individuals who work together regularly.
The relationship and its content are confidential
Mentor and mentee need to get together (even virtually) periodically
Applications for the “Telemachus” mentoring programme for Youth 2019 & “Athena” mentoring programme for Women 2019 are now closed.
Do you want to become a GTF mentee?
You are eligible to apply for ‘Telemachus’ if you are a young individual between 18-29.
‘Athena’ is for women above the age of 30, if you fall in the category please feel free to apply.
For both programmes we expect our candidates to manifest motivation, commitment and critical thinking skills.
Please write a motivational letter explaining what you would like to achieve and what your aspirations are. In your letter show clear understanding of your motivation to be mentored. Make sure that applications are open for the programme you are interested in. You can send it directly to email@example.com indicating 'Mentee Application' and the mentoring programme you are applying for in the title or use the link above to 'Mentees Application' and a member of the Global Thinkers Forum team will be in touch with you.
If you are selected as mentee then you need to be aware of the following:
1. You should enter this relationship with an open mind.
2. You need to be candid.
3. The relationship and everything you will share with your mentor will remain confidential.
4. Always be punctual and respectful of your mentor's time.
5. Avoid defensive reaction to feedback. 6. The advice you will receive is meant to offer you perspective diversity and skills building and is by no means a certificate, a qualification or a degree.
“Regarding my journey on the mentoring programme, it's been a great one, there's been much progress. My goals are set and outlined I'm on the way of working towards achieving them.”
ABDULHAFIZ from NIGERIA, 26 – TELEMACHUS 2017
“The mentoring programme is really going well for me, and I am pleased to have a great mentor. She is working on the same topics as me, and it is wonderful to get her guidance.”
SWATI from INDIA, 30 – ATHENA 2017
“Overall, the Telemachus Mentoring Programme has been very fruitful in making me think about what motivates me in life and the people, places and nature of the work which might inspire me in the future. It has provided me with some much-needed reflection and given me some invaluable tools for the future.”
ALICE from UK, 25 – TELEMACHUS 2017
“My mentoring journey has progressed well, my mentor has been very helpful and generous with her advice.”
MARIA from FINLAND, 25 - TELEMACHUS 2017