The Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) Program is a unique initiative led by Masdar Institute that helps mentor future leaders in the fields of alternative energy by engaging them with the leaders of today. It does this by offering young professionals and students from the UAE and abroad the opportunity to become more engaged in finding solutions to the world’s biggest challenges including energy efficiency and climate change. The program is a key element of the annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) and its central event, the World Future Energy Summit (WFES).

Entry into the YFEL program is selective and highly competitive. Prospective candidates, from the UAE and around the world, need to demonstrate both an interest in future energy and sustainable development, and the talent to make a real and ongoing contribution at the highest level.

Vision

To be the world’s pre-immanent program that develops tomorrow’s leaders in the fields of advanced energy and sustainability.

Vision & Mission

To educate, inspire and position students and young professionals to become future leaders capable of solving the world’s most pressing challenges in advanced energy and sustainability.

Objectives

  • Educate YFELs in the fields of advanced energy and sustainability through short courses, workshops and seminars.
  • Provide a platform to engage YFELs in debates and global discussion in advanced energy and sustainability.
  • Provide opportunities for YFELs to share their innovative ideas in advanced energy and sustainability with their peers as well as industry, government and academic leaders.
  • Provide Networking opportunities and visibility to YFELs through high level events and meetings

Opportunities

The Young Future Energy Leaders Program plays a key role in engaging and educating the next generation of the UAE and beyond in the importance of sustainability to our economy and our shared future.

By championing their efforts and bringing them closer to world class through leaders, policymakers and practitioners, it stimulates a climate of innovation: supporting Masdar Institute’s goals of developing the capabilities and talents of all our people.

In return, our young leaders receive exposure, recognition and much more. The opportunity to network at the very highest level brings opportunities to exchange ideas, attend and participate in key events, including the World Future Energy Summit, meet industry leaders and propel their personal careers.

The program further demonstrates Masdar Institute’s commitment to welcome the world to Abu Dhabi, showcasing our leading-edge thinking and positioning Masdar Institute as a truly inspirational place to study.

Opportunities given to YFEL participants:

  • Attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Future Energy Summit.
  • Contribute to debates featured in the YFEL annual program.
  • Network with industry leaders and visit the World Future Energy Summit exhibition.
  • Attend the Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards Ceremony (ZFEP).
  • Engage in proposed educational courses such as leadership, policy and technical courses.
  • Participate in case study competition analysis to attend other international conferences throughout the year.

Admissions

All applications for the YFEL Program must complete an online application form. Please note that the form cannot be sent without all supporting documents attached.

Students at Masdar Institute and other UAE Institutions must meet the following criteria to apply for the YFEL Program:

  • Age between 20 to 25 years
  • Be able to provide proof of a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.50 or above on a scale of 4.00
  • Have an undergraduate degree (or be pursuing one) from an accredited academic institution
  • Provide a statement reflecting personal and/or academic qualifications for YFEL
  • Provide a statement reflecting interest in renewable energy fields
  • Complete the online application form with all necessary documents attached

International students join YFEL though a nomination process sent by the YFEL program to select universities. However, each year, several students may be welcomed to join YFEL through self-nomination. Self-nomination is highly competitive. Interested international students may contact YFEL for application details by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

International overseas students must meet the following criteria to apply for the YFEL Program:

  • Be aged between 20 to 25 years
  • Be able to provide proof of a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.50 or above on a scale of 4.00
  • Have an undergraduate degree (or be pursuing one) from an accredited academic institution
  • Provide a statement reflecting personal and/or academic qualifications for YFEL
  • Provide a statement reflecting interest in renewable energy fields
  • Complete the online application form with all necessary documents attached