4 Online sessions
4 Sessions in Warsaw
140 Hours of hands-on diplomatic experience
5 Meetings of Leadership Development Groups
1 Executive Diploma in the Art of Diplomacy
1 Official Graduation Ceremony (December 2024)
1 Class network of over 120 leaders coming from over 50 countries
1 Alumni network of more than 3000 AYD graduates from 60+ countries
Academy of Young Diplomats in a nutshell
The Academy of Young Diplomats (AYD) is a top-tier postgraduate diplomatic Program, which empowers a new generation of global leaders, through an innovative year-long training experience, ending with an Executive Diploma in the Art of Diplomacy (EDAD).
Established in 2004, the AYD prepares future diplomats, civil servants and social entrepreneurs for international careers. The Program is known for its world-class faculty, practitioners-oriented approach and a network of more than 3000 graduates from over 60 countries.
A selected cohort of approximately 120 promising talents from around the world will take part in over 140 hours of lectures, workshops, practical exercises, study-visits, leadership development groups and networking. In the academic year 2023/2024 the program will be conducted in a hybrid format – with 4 online sessions and 4 in-person sessions organised in Warsaw*.
*Depending on the pandemic situation, the format of the sessions can be modified.
Why join us?
Practical approach and hands-on experience, Leadership Development Groups
High Quality of Education
International experts, VIPs – former Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Presidents, Prime Ministers & senior diplomats.
Exceptional networking opportunities
Extraordinary Participant Profile
Young international leaders, an average of 4 languages spoken
Participants representing 5 continents, more than 50 countries, an average of 4 years of professional experience
Executive Diploma in the Art of Diplomacy
Choose your Specialization
The Academy of Young Diplomats specializations are designed to accommodate the various interests of our participants. The aim of these tailored workshops is to prepare our participants for the career path they chose.
Academy of Young Diplomats Guests & Educators
Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland
Secretary General of the Council of Europe (2009-2019), Prime Minister of Norway (2000-2001)
President Mary Robinson
PRESIDENT OF IRELAND (1990-1997) AND UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (1997-2002)
Baroness Catherine Ashton
HIGH REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNION FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY POLICY, AND FIRST VICE PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION IN THE BARROSO COMMISSION (2009 - 2014)
Minister Vuk Jeremić
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF SERBIA (2007-2012), PRESIDENT OF THE 67TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY (2012-2013)
Ambassador Urszula Gacek
Polish Senator (2005-2007), Member of the European Parliament (2007-2011), HEAD OF THE OSCE/OGHIR ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO THE USA (2021)