Young Leaders programme

The Young Leaders programme is a unique opportunity to be part of a global network of inspiring and ambitious young leaders in cancer control.

Young Leaders at World Cancer Congress

UICC's Young Leaders programme aims to nurture aspiring young cancer control professionals to become successful leaders in cancer control and the wider global health community.

The programme runs every other year, starting in October on the occasion of the World Cancer Leaders' Summit and culminating the following year at the World Cancer Congress.

In each cycle, up to 10 participants are selected to access learning on global cancer control leadership areas, engage in small group work on key priority topics and take active part in UICC's two flagship international events.

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Three key areas of focus

International Engagement

UICC Young Leaders start their journey at the invitation-only World Cancer Leaders' Summit and attend the World Cancer Congress the following year. They also participate in other relevant UICC events, such as World Cancer Day and UICC's Virtual Dialogues. These opportunites enable Young Leaders to:

  • raise their profiles through dedicated activities at UICC events;

  • network with cancer control leaders and organisations;
  • improve their knowledge of the latest developments in global cancer control.

Learning and Collaboration

  • Opportunity to engage in small group work on a key priority area in global cancer control leading to specific advocacy or knowledge deliverables, such as a call to action, policy paper, opinion piece, a micro-course, podcasts series, or similar.
  • Access to dedicated online classes and virtual meetings to gain insights from experts on global cancer control and leadership themes, as well as share own work with peers and the broader Young Leaders Alumni network.

Individual Support

Each Young Leader will have a point of contact at the UICC secretariat in Geneva who will provide them with individual support throughout the year including:

  • individual needs assessment and mapping of opportunities;
  • connection with relevant members of UICC’s extensive network;
  • opportunities to increase profile through UICC's programmes, website and social media;
  • tailored assistance to leverage the full range of capacity building opportunities available at UICC in line with their interests and expertise.


Following completion of the programme, Young Leaders will join the growing group of Young Leader Alumni, a proactive community of cancer control professionals who engage with and support UICC’s work.

Learn more about Young Leader Alumni here

“I would like to thank the UICC Young Leader Programme for this great service to young professionals. The growth of the Programme reflects the value we have seen and from which I have personally benefited. Thank you for this great privilege. A generation of leaders in global oncology have UICC to thank for providing a valued platform and network to grow”
Dr André Ilbawi - Technical Lead, Cancer Control Programme, World Health Organization (WHO) and UICC Young Leader Alum (2015)
"Cancer and health systems face numerous challenges worldwide. We need leaders who can pinpoint these challenges and devise solutions. It is crucial to support young cancer professionals, and give them opportunities to network, engage and lead. UICC, with its wide global network of cancer organisations, is an ideal venue to champion future global cancer leaders."
Prof. Mary Gospodarowicz - Professor, University of Toronto and former President of UICC (2012-2014)

What are the benefits of becoming a Young Leader?

  • Recognition and visibility within the global cancer control community 
  • Travel support to attend the invite-only World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and participate at the World Cancer Congress
  • Access to dedicated learning on global cancer control and leadership
  • Individual accompaniment from the UICC team to access relevant learning and networking opportunities

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This programme is supported by La Roche Posay and the Breast Cancer Programme

If you would like more information about the Young Leaders Programme, feel free to contact us.

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Friday 03 May 2024

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