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, promote women’s empowerment and create 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’, that aim to add value to young people's lives and also to the lives of women above the age of 30, 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?

The 2018 “Telemachus” programme is now open for applications and will commence in January and has a duration of eight months, closing in September.  The 2018 “Athena” programme starts in March and has a duration of eight months, closing in November.

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?

You are welcome to express your interest of becoming a Mentor by contacting us at info@globalthinkersforum.org. Please send us your contact details, CV and your motivation to take part in our Mentoring Platform 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 suggest that you have monthly meetings/calls of approximately 30 to 60 minutes. 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. 

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) on katerina.chatzi@globalthinkersforum.org

9.      How do I meet my Mentee?

A member of the GTF team 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.


10.      What are the Criteria?

To apply for the “Telemachus” programme, you should be between 18-29 years old, while for the “Athena” programme you should be a woman over the age of 30; and manifest motivation, commitment and critical thinking skills.

11.    How can I become a Mentee?

Write a cover 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 use the link above to 'Apply now' and someone from the Global Thinkers Forum team will be in touch with you. Applications for the 2018 “Athena” programme will open in January.

Applications for the 2018 “Telemachus” programme are now open.

12.     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.

13.     How do I meet my Mentor?

If your application is successful, a member of the GTF team will be in touch with you both to introduce your Mentor.

14.     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.

15.     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.

16.     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.
  • All participants in the Global Thinkers Forum and Global Thinkers Mentors programmes acknowledge and accept the above.