Global Thinkers Forum (GTF) is a non-profit organisation with a core mission to promote values-based thinking and accountability in leadership. Over the years we have been building our diverse network of thought leaders to share their vision for the future, create meaningful conversations and to achieve positive change through our mentoring programmes that support youth and women around the world.
The Forum is London-based and was incubated at Oxford University’s Said Business School in 2011. It was launched in 2012 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah in Amman, Jordan.
Global Thinkers Forum has a network of influencers and partners that reach more than 70 countries around the world and engages leaders across business, philanthropy, academia, science, civil society, NGOs and government. GTF has partnered with some of the world’s leading brands, organisations and foundations and has an advisory board consisting of social impact focused leaders from over 20 countries.
‘Athena’ and ‘Telemachus’ are the most diverse mentoring programmes internationally, linking mentees with professionals and experts from different countries in support of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We grow our reach through partnerships with Foundations and Organisations regionally and internationally.
Our mentoring programmes ‘Telemachus’ and ‘Athena’ connect mentees with thought leaders and social-impact focused individuals. Telemachus benefits youth between 18-29 from around the world, while Athena focuses on women above the age of 22 and without setting an age limit.
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.
As part of this process, our mentees set their own objectives and targets and, with support from their mentors, they complete these successfully.
The programmes contribute towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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 women above the age of 22 and without age limit. If you fall in the categories please feel free to apply.
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 prioritised.
For all our 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 [email protected] 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 GTF 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 new perspectives, diversity of thought and skills building. It is by no means a certificate, a qualification or a degree.
7. Your mentor is volunteering their time and offering their expertise in goodwill.
8. The programme aims to nurture social impact and understanding of the importance of accountability.