Global Thinkers Forum (GTF) is a global platform that brings together a diverse network of thought leaders to share their visions of the future, create meaningful conversations around them and effect positive change in the world. 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, creating opportunities for knowledge exchange, collaboration, strategic philanthropy and recognition. The Forum is non-profit, London-based and was incubated at Oxford University’s Said Business School in 2011.
GTF launched officially in 2012 in Amman, Jordan, under the patronage of Queen Rania Al Abdullah and has partnered with some of the world’s top brands, organisations and foundations. It features a prestigious Advisory Board with high-profile thought leaders and decision makers from over 20 countries. GTF organises a wide range of activities including seminars, fora, roundtable discussions, workshops, networking events, mentorship programmes and an annual Awards Ceremony.
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.
Founder & CEO, The Centre for Inclusive Education
Co-Founder & CEO, Key Media
Founder & Managing Partner Global Outreach/ Consultant
Diplomat & Author
President, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Association of Turkey
Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, A.G.Leventis Group (Nig.) Plc
Professor, Najran University, KSA & International Consultant
Director, Healthcare Initiative School of Management, University College London
El Erian Fellow, The Carnegie Middle East Center (CMEC), Beirut
Visual artist, researcher, educator Former, Full time professor at the Graphic Design Department
CEO, Centre for Democracy & Peace Building, TEDxStormont Organiser
Strategy, Performance & CSR Board Member & MD - Mansour Foundation for Development Vice chair Arab Foundations Forum
Executive Director, MEPI Lebanon Alumni Association
CEO, Carpe Global
Senior Counsellor, APCO Worldwide
CEO, Alamut Consulting
General Manager, Tuban Plant Holcim Indonesia (LafargeHolcim Group)
Partner, Sustineri & Chair, BoD, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets
Managing Partner Alhambra US Chamber, Vice President HOFT/IAEI & Honorary Ambassador of the Polish network of women's entrepreneurs
International Consultant, Insurance Industry
Ph.D. Full Time Assistant Professor, Deree - The American College of Greece, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Department of Communication
Minister of Defence, New Zealand
President of the Lebanese Development Network (LDN)
International Broadcaster, Journalist & Author
Chairman & CEO Genesis Energy Holdings
Founder & CEO, Pilegaard Consulting
Founder and Managing Partner, Logosnet
Professor of Media Governance & Media Industries, University of Vienna
Senior Communications Advisor
Founder, Al Hasaniya
Director of Partnerships and Knowledge Management, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA)
Chairman and Chief Executive, Arundel Consulting
Chief Executive Officer for GROW International Inc.
Senior Partner at SWC
Head of Audit
Former British Ambassador to Greece
Independent Consultant Banking, Financial Inclusion, Microfinance
‘Champion for Women Award Winner’ by Women in Banking & Finance UK
Founder, Producer & Host, Women to Watch™ Media, LLC
Programme Director, Healthcare Management at University College London
Executive Director of the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW)
Co-Founder & CEO at Key Media
Programme Director, BBC Worldwide Labs
CEO of Bounce Republic
As part of the Global Thinkers Mentors, GTF has created two programmes ‘Telemachus’ and ‘Athena MENA’ connecting its participants with thought leaders and inspiring individuals. Telemachus benefits young individuals between 18-29 from around the world, while Athena MENA focuses on women from and based in the MENA region, above the age of 22.
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 2018 are now closed.
Applications for the “Athena MENA” mentoring programme for Women 2018 are currently 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 MENA women above the age of 22, if you fall in the category please feel free to apply. For the Athena MENA programme, applicants with fluent command of English, who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or have equally relevant professional experience of a minimum of 5 years will be prioritized.
For both programmes we expect our candidates to manifest motivation, commitment and critical thinking skills.
Please write a cover 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 firstname.lastname@example.org indicating 'Mentee Application' and the mentoring programme you are applying for in the title or use the link above to 'Apply' 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