Future Leaders Academy

Future Leaders Academy

This programme is designed for young people who link their future with the development of Latvia and the world, want to meet likeminded young professionals and experts, and are ready to develop their leadership and communication skills.

The “Future Leaders Academy” is a programme held at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga), organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in Latvia.

Dates for the five modules of the Future Leaders Academy 2022 will be:

September 9-11, September 16-18, September 30-October 2, October 7-9, October 21-23.

Application for the Future Leaders Academy 2022 is available here

Application deadline for 2022 is August 1.

Applicants will be notified of the selection committee's decision in mid-August.  


Purpose and Aim

The aim of the programme is to educate, inspire and develop the leadership potential of future Latvian community leaders.

The intended purpose is the increased political activity of future Latvian leaders who will be willing and able to speak about issues of concern, gather popular support for reforms, and propose new solutions to local and global problems facing Latvia currently and in the future.

By bringing together talented young leaders from all over Latvia, giving them an opportunity to meet and develop ideas amongst themselves, and by further introducing them to current Latvian experts and politicians, the aim is to help them grow their contact networks for future success.

The working language of the programme is Latvian, with some modules in English.

Participants and Selection

Candidates must submit an electronic application on the SSE Riga website, including their CV and a short motivation video (in Latvian or English). Twenty participants for the programme are selected each year. Programme participants have ranged in age from 18-27. For each class of the Future Leaders Academy, the selection committee strives for diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, and regional background.


Format and Lecturers

The programme is held over five weekends.

Previous notable speakers have included the President of Latvia Egils Levits, former President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers, Minister of Education Anita Muižniece, Minister of Health and former Minister of Economics Daniels Pavļuts, Speaker of the Saeima Ināra Mūrniece, former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, former Minister of Economics and Minister of Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola, founder of Ir.lv Pauls Raudseps, Board Member of SEB Banka Kārlis Danēvičs, Chief Economist Swedbanka Līva Zorgenfreija, founder of Re:Baltica Inga Spriņģe, as well as the faculty of SSE Riga.

Training modules have been hosted by business etiquette specialist Irma Kalniņa, LTV journalist Ilze Dobele, European Public Speaking Champion Dāvis Golds, SWH DJ Kaspars Breidaks and others.

During the course of the programme, FLA participants have the opportunity to develop a group project.


Participant Feedback 2021

  • Overall evaluation of the Future Leaders Academy (out of 7) – 6.7
  • Organization of the Future Leaders Academy (out of 7) – 6.9


Ieva Birka
Visiting Lecturer. Director of the Future Leaders Academy. Read More