"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own."
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: accountable leadership, women’s empowerment and youth development. 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 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 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, mentoring programmes and its Awards for Excellence Ceremony.
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.
Independent Consultant Banking, Financial Inclusion, Microfinance
‘Champion for Women Award Winner’ by Women in Banking & Finance UK
As part of the Global Thinkers Mentors, GTF has created two 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 close interaction with thought leaders and inspiring individuals.
In this context, for both programmes GTF will pair mentors with mentees. The areas of mentoring are: 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 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. GTF Mentors will help mentees also with confidence-building in dealing with challenges and issues. They will also assist with advice on career development and personal growth as well as their networking opportunities.
As a result of this process, GTF mentees will 'graduate' far better equipped to set goals, to aim high and achieve them!
The rules are:
1. The Mentor/Mentee relationship cannot be between individuals who work together regularly.
2. The relationship and its content are confidential
3. Mentor and Mentee need to get together (even virtually) periodically
Applications for the “Telemachus” Mentoring Programme for Youth 2017 and for the “Athena” Mentoring Programme for Women 2017 are now closed.
Do you want to become a GTF Mentee?
If you would like to join the “Telemachus” Mentoring Programme, you should be between 18-29 or to join the “Athena” Mentoring Programme, you should be a woman over the age of 30; please write a cover letter explaining what you would like to achieve by this mentoring programme. In your letter you have to show a clear understanding of your motivation to be mentored.
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 someone from 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.
"I am very happy that I was a part of the GTF Mentoring Programme. In the beginning, I had just completed University and started as a volunteer at an NGO for Dialogue. I was quite confused and unsure about what to venture into in my career life. After expressing my interests, Dr. Altinay shared ideas with me which I believe helped me discover my potential and also learn how things work in the real world. I thank the GTF Team for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Mentoring programme and for introducing me to a great mentor. I will definitely be in touch with him in the future and I look forward to sharing my work with Dr. Altinay as he has shared his with me."
"You taught me not to be too hard on myself, to be patient as success doesn't happen overnight, to embrace all the challenges I go through even if they seem dull and boring, and most importantly, to live, I have often ignored the need for stability and balance in all aspects of life, and this would leave me quite empty. May God bless you, you're truly an amazing person and I was so lucky to have you."
If I have to thank you for something for this year, it would be connecting me with such a wonderful mentor like Mrs. Shahira ,a person who helped me a lot in my life steps before my career ,transferred to me a big dose of positive energy ,made a warm friendship with me before she started ,and treated me very kindly ,thanks won't be enough for such a great opportunity".
"The experience has been a fantastic ride. Lucian is a great mentor whom I have learned from him tremendously. Not only in business, but also in life. He has put in far beyond 100% on every discussion we had and has genuinely helped with issues I have faced throughout the year. His teachings are subtle yet impactful especially as he always stresses to look beyond what we see all the time."