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Building a foundation for a common future: The Annual Exchange


The Bertelsmann Stiftung has been organizing the German-Israeli Young Leaders Exchange since 2000, showing a new generation that it is possible to overcome obstacles of the past as well as a growing notion of indifference.

The exchange is an innovative program designed to promote dialogue and understanding among the next generation of German and Israeli leaders.

The exchange is designed: 

  • to offer specific, topic-related programs,
  • to target young leaders and high potentials, 
  • to allow participants to develop an in-depth understanding of the other country by providing background information on Germany, Israel and Europe (in the areas of culture, politics and business), 
  • to focus on the future while - at the same time - appreciating the history of the Shoah by keeping it present in the background of the exchange,
  • to provide networking opportunities for its participants and real-life experiences through exposure to high-level guest speakers and on-site visits.

The program includes meetings to help participants prepare for scheduled events, joint meetings in Germany with follow-up meetings in Israel, and regular alumni reunions.

Participants are recommended by mentors and selected by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. No unsolicited applications are accepted.