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 pairs 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. 


(1 Star = 1 Year of Participation, 2 Stars = 2 Years of Participation, 3 Stars = 3 Years and more of Participation)


(Recognition of Achievements & Commitment)










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 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:

  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 2020 & the “Athena MENA” mentoring programme for Women 2020 are now open!



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 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 info@globalthinkersforum.org 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.


“I am very much happy with the choice of mentor I was assigned too. I thank you for this great opportunity to have met someone that could be and is actually a critical person in my professional pursuit for self-evolving and entrepreneurship maturity. I have learned from my wonderful mentor how to sell my ideas and how to move from a neat idea to an implemented project and a possible growing venture. I moved from theories to implementation, through her help and guidance"


“Being a part of this program was such an incredible honor, magnified by having such strong and inspirational women like you and Geraldine at the helm! I am forever grateful to be a part of this family.”


“I would like to inform you that thanks to Global Thinkers Forum and in specific my mentor George Constantopoulos my business idea is fully operational.”


“Thank you very much for giving me this potential opportunity. It was a golden opportunity and your cooperation was commendable.”


“My experience with the Telemachus 2018 program was amazing. I learned quite a lot of things, I've built a strong relationship with my mentor and we try to keep in touch from time to time.”


“When I first joined the programme, I hoped for instant answers to dilemmas about the future. Rather than mapping out one direct path, the programme has instead served a much broader purpose: it has given me valuable tools to make the most of all career opportunities and to become my own agent for change. 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

“I am learning a lot from my mentor and we are building a great relationship. One of my goals is setting up an online center for community, entrepreneurship and youth leadership development. While offering advice on the creative writing process and journalism, my mentor was also kind enough to introduce me to a peer in youth development given that is a field I am passionate about and have worked in.”



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