Global Thinkers Forum

1.      What is the Global Thinkers Forum (GTF)?

The Global Thinkers Forum (GTF) is a global platform that brings together a diverse network of thought leaders creating meaningful 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 organization 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 and has 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.

2.      Why did GTF create the Global Thinkers Mentors programmes?

To advance our work and effectiveness in our key focus areas (Youth development and Women’s Empowerment), we have created the Global Thinkers Mentors programmes ‘Telemachus’ and ‘Athena MENA’, that aim to add value to young people's lives from all over the world and the lives of women in the MENA region above the age of 22, through their individual interaction with inspiring people, willing to guide them and advise them on issues of career and life. It is also about bridging the gap between the current and future leaders of the world as well as bringing about positive change in the world by nurturing the next generation of leaders, while creating an international network of experienced mentors and alumni, fully 'equipped' to conquer their goals.    

The programmes

3.      When do the Programmes start?

Both 2019 mentoring programmes ‘Telemachus’ & ‘Athena MENA’ commence in January 2019 and have a duration of eight months, closing in September 2019.

Cohort 2 of 2019 ‘Athena MENA’ mentoring programme will commence in June 2019 and closes in December 2019.

In case you are interested to participate in the GTM programmes, subscribe at the bottom of the page to receive our news and updates and we will let you know when the cycles commence.

4.      Can you tell me more about the ‘MMP’ (Mentors-Mentees-Pairing) Process?

GTF will pair make mentors with mentees. The areas of mentorship are: Governance & Public Office, Accountable Leadership, Media, Business, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Career, Academia, Non Profit, Science. GTF mentees will be provided with a personalized development opportunity to address individual learning needs. This opportunity will help them over a period of eight months to develop new skills and expertise, and to enhance, enrich and expand their professional and personal perspectives.

There are 3 general rules: 

1. The mentor/mentee relationship cannot be between individuals who work together regularly

2. The relationship and its content are confidential

3. Mentor & mentee need to get together (even virtually) periodically

Each mentor/mentee will be provided with more details at the beginning of each programme by the GTF team. Also, the GTF team will be at hand to help throughout the process.

5.      What happens if I need to leave the programme before it is concluded?

Generally, it is not recommended to leave the programme before it is concluded, as it is an experience that will add value to you from the beginning to the end. Moreover, its flexible nature would most probably allow you to accommodate other responsibilities (expected or unexpected), while participating in the programme.


6.      How can I become a mentor?

Telemachus & Athena MENA programme

You are welcome to express your interest of becoming a mentor by contacting us at info@globalthinkersforum.org. and someone from the Global Thinkers Forum team will be in touch with you.

7.      As a mentor how much time do I need to dedicate?

As general guidelines, we recommend a minimum requirement of communicating once a month, and for our participants to dedicate a total of 1 to 2 hours to their communication. The whole programme lasts eight months, during which it is highly recommended that you have one or two face-to-face meetings, if that would be possible. 

Please note that if you are an Athena MENA mentor based in the UAE, you should notify the Organisers should there be any technical impediment with regards to ensuring communication via suitable online communication platforms.

8.     Can I support the programmes financially?

Yes, mentors can support the programmes by contributing a minimal annual fee or they can become full sponsors of the programmes and receive various privileges and promotion throughout the Global Thinkers Mentors and Global Thinkers Forum platforms. For more info please contact Katerina Chatzi (Project Coordinator) at katerina.chatzi@globalthinkersforum.org. 

Athena MENA programme

Yes, mentors can support the programmes, also other individuals and companies or organisations are welcome to support Global Thinkers Forum and NAMA across their various initiatives. We invite you to request more information for support and sponsorship opportunities, which can also secure significant promotion for you and your organisation.

For relevant information, please contact Katerina Chatzi (Project Coordinator) at katerina.chatzi@globalthinkersforum.org. 

To support NAMA, mentors and other entities may contact info@namawomen.ae.

9.      How do I meet my mentee?

The organisers will be in touch with you to introduce you to your mentee. After this introductory communication, it is up to you to reach out to one another in order to arrange your first meeting and initiate the mentoring experience. If possible, we encourage the mentors to meet mentees face to face at the least once during the programme.

10.     What are my roles and responsibilities as a mentor?

As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to inspire another individual as they face some of the most significant decisions of their lives. You will serve as a role model, and an independent sounding board, provide insights on career and choices, share general advice on career and life planning and help to prepare mentees for their roles as strong leaders.

Although we understand and respect our mentors’ professional and personal commitments, we would expect from mentors to be responsive, committed and engaged throughout their relationship with their mentee. We leave it to the mentors and mentees’ discretion to agree upon the frequency and preferred methods of communication throughout the programme.


11.      What are the criteria?

To apply for the “Telemachus” programme, you should be between 18-29 years old. To join the “Athena MENA” programme you should be a woman from and based in the MENA region over the age of 22. We would also require good command of the English language. Applicants that 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.

12.    How can I become a mentee?

Write a motivational letter explaining what you would like to achieve by our mentoring programmes. In your letter you have to show a clear understanding of your motivation to be mentored. You can send it directly to info@globalthinkersforum.org indicating 'Mentee Application' and the mentoring programme you are applying for in the title or you may submit your application here and someone from the Global Thinkers Forum team will be in touch with you.

Applications for the 2019 “Telemachus” & the 2019 “Athena MENA” mentoring programmes are closed.

13.     As a mentee how much time do I need to dedicate?

We provide a flexible platform, where you and your mentor can directly arrange how often you will be in touch. So, it is really up to you and your mentor, your availability in time and energy to make the most out of this experience. A minimum of once a month is required, we recommend that our participants dedicate a total of 1 to 2 hours to their communication on a monthly basis.

Please note that if you are an Athena MENA mentee based in the UAE, you should notify the Organisers should there be any technical impediment with regards to ensuring communication via suitable online communication platforms.

14.     How do I meet my mentor?

If your application is successful, the organisers will be in touch with you to introduce your mentor. It is up to you and your mentor to agree upon the frequency and preferred methods of communication throughout the programme. 

15.     What are my responsibilities as a mentee?

As a mentee, you will have the opportunity to meet a very successful and experienced individual and benefit from her or his life experiences and insights. You will benefit from your mentor as a role model and an independent sounding board, receive insights on career development as well as general advice on career and life planning to help you prepare for your role as a strong leader.

As a mentee you will be expected to be fully engaged in the mentoring programme, committed to the opportunity and respectful of the mentor’s dedication and external responsibilities, responding and communicating in timely and appropriate fashion. 

16.     Is mentoring offered in Arabic?

Depending on mentors’ linguistic predispositions and preferences, bilingual mentorship (Arabic and English) could be offered throughout the programme. If you would prefer to hold your mentoring sessions in Arabic, please inform the organisers and depending on capacity and availability we will try to facilitate your request, but kindly note that this is not be guaranteed.

17.     How many times I will meet my mentor?

We highly recommend that you liaise with your mentor on a monthly basis, based on your mutual agreement regarding frequency and preferred methods of communication throughout the programme. Depending on time availability and geographical locations, we would encourage you to meet in person with your mentor at least once during the programme. 

18.     As a mentee what happens after I conclude one of the programmes?

When concluding one of the programmes, you will have gained valuable insights for your career and life and skills which you have aimed to develop from the beginning of the process. Moreover, you will most probably have gained a lifelong friend!

You will also have the opportunity to become part of the broader GTF community and get involved to more upcoming initiatives if you wish to. Last but not least, and in line with GTF's Youth Development and Women’s Empowerment goals, you will have earned a 3-month internship within GTF, an opportunity which is optional.

19.     If my application is not successful can I apply for a second time?

If your application is not successful, as long as you still meet the eligibility criteria, you are welcome to apply again! Please note that due to the high volume of applications we will not provide any feedback on unsuccessful applications.

20.     If my application is not successful will you explain the reason why?

If your application is not successful, GTF will notify you accordingly, however we are not obliged to provide details re the reasons that your application has not been accepted. We receive a big number of applications each year for a limited number of spaces, therefore we are unable to accept all applications.

Disclaimer (Please read)

  • The mentee recognises that the purpose of providing mentoring is to help mentees with their decision making process and not to provide advice on decisions the mentee may take. Supplying mentoring services does not represent financial, management or consultancy advice. The information provided in the mentoring programmes will not be relied upon by the mentee as a substitute for his/her own independent judgment or professional opinions.

  • Mentors are selected by the GTF executive team and drawn from the ranks of the GTF membership/network. GTF introduces the mentee to the mentor.

  • Whilst GTF has taken all care to ensure mentors are appropriately qualified to fulfill the role of a career mentor GTF does not accept responsibility or liability for any act, advice, omission or error on the part of the mentor.

  • Where the mentoring relationship is not functioning as desired or required by either or both parties, the mentor and the mentee have the right to terminate the relationship at any time. Neither party shall have any claim against the other or GTF in respect of any matter arising from the relationship.

  • The mentor is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of any information provided to the mentee. The mentee is advised to take suitable independent professional advice before acting on any information, suggestion, or guidance given by the mentor.

  • The mentor will not, in any circumstances, be liable to the mentee or to any third party for any loss, damage, cost or other liability which occurs as a result of, or in connection with providing mentoring services to the mentee.

  • Participating mentors and mentees agree to indemnify and hold harmless the operators of this website and programmes from any and all claims, suits, actions or proceedings of any kind arising out of, or in connection with, any advice or guidance given in relation to these programmes.

  • If it is brought to our attention that a mentor or a mentee has provided false information or operates against the guidelines, code of ethics and principles of GTF, he or she will be immediately removed from the programmes by receiving a notification email. GTF is not obliged to provide details on this decision.

  • Mentees who have participated in a programme or cycle are not eligible to participate again.

  • GTF retains the right to publish the profiles, interviews and quotes of mentors and mentees participating in its programmes.

  • All participants in the Global Thinkers Forum and Global Thinkers Mentors programmes acknowledge and accept the above.