GGF 2025 Fellow Akiko Suzuki (Japan).

The Global Governance Futures program (GGF) brings together young professionals to look ahead 10 years and recommend ways to address global challenges.

At the heart of the GGF philosophy is our belief that the greatest asset of the program lies in the diversity of our fellows and the collective energy they develop when they discuss, debate and engage with each other during the four intense dialogue sessions. This is why the fellows squarely occupy the center stage, setting GGF apart from many other programs for young professionals. The fellows play an active role in shaping the agenda of their respective working groups. The working process draws on the GGF method and brings together the unique strengths, experiences and perspectives of each fellow as they work towards a common goal. The GGF team works closely with the fellows to help them achieve their goals and, in the process, cultivates a community that will last well beyond the duration of the program through a growing and active alumni community.

Building on the success of the first three rounds of the program – GGF 2020, 2022 and 2025 – our latest round, GGF 2027, assembled 25 individuals from China, Germany, India, Japan, and the United States (five from each country). Over the course of 2016 and 2017, the fellows participated in four dialogue sessions, taking place in:

  • Washington, DC
  • Tokyo and Beijing
  • New Delhi
  • Berlin

The selected GGF fellows formed three working groups that each explored a particular issue area of global governance. In the GGF 2027 they focused on data governance, global health, and transnational terrorism up until the year 2027. Using instruments from the field of futures research, the working groups produced scenarios for their respective issue areas. Based on their findings, the fellows put together a range of publications, including reports and commentaries that outline scenarios on potential global governance challenges to be expected in the coming decade.

GGF draws on a broad array of dedicated supporters. The program was initiated by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) along with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The program consortium comprises academic institutions, foundations and think tanks from across the five participating countries. The core responsibility for the design and implementation of the program lies with the GGF program team, which is based at GPPi in Berlin.

In addition, GGF relies on the advice and guidance provided by the GGF steering committee, made up of senior policymakers and academics. The program is generously funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.