IHF Young Executive Leaders

IHF Young Executive Leaders

The IHF YEL Initiative.

Young executive leaders who have proven outstanding merit in healthcare management can enjoy a chance of a lifetime to exchange with peers on capital healthcare issues as well as to interact with talented thought leaders from all around the world. This is a tremendous personal and professional growth opportunity. Each individual will build sustainable relationships and expand its network internationally. Together, they will discuss current trends, challenges and opportunities for the young healthcare leaders of today, creating an environment for vibrant and exciting dialogue.

Commitments and benefits

Each participant must commit to actively participate to a minimum of two meetings a month, and expects to dedicate at least two hours per week to prepare the content of the meetings and of the posts.

Expected benefits and outcomes

  • Join a dynamic and friendly group to grow professionally and personally
  • Get international visibility
  • Disseminate the work resulting from your discussions through the IHF community and beyond
  • Get a free registration to the World Hospital Congress to be held 2-5 November 2020 in Barcelona, Spain
  • Host a session with an international audience at the World Hospital Congress
  • Join the YEL Alumni and enjoy its benefits
  • And much more.

Important dates

Open for application: 1st February 2020
February: Q&A online sessions with the previous YEL participants. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to ihf.secretariat@ihf-fih.org
Application deadline: 15th March 2020
Notification to accepted/rejected applicants: 15th April 2020
First meeting of the group: Will be scheduled before end of April

How to apply

Please find all instructions related to the application process on the YEL Application platform.

YEL Application

YEL Alumni

Active participants to the YEL innitiative can join the YEL Alumni which offers the opportunity to remain involved in IHF's activites and networks.


  • Stay in touch with friends you have made during the YEL Inititative
  • Join a growing group of experimented young leaders to keep discussing about global health issues
  • Guide the latest YEL cohort
  • Get guaranteed access to the IHF Global Mentorship Program
  • Become an IHF Ambassador

Would you like to have a young and international perspective of a specific health issue? If so, send an email to ihf.secretariat@ihf-fih.org to make a request, and we will transfer it to the YEL Alumni members.


  • My motivation for joining the YEL program was to obtain broader exposure to innovation in healthcare in order to help facilitate deeper and different thinking within both my organization and my expanded community of healthcare colleagues to solve more complex issues in a rapidly changing environment. Sharing my learnings and understandings from this experience has benefited not only my personal development, but has created lifelong connections with individuals I now consider friends

    Melinda Bemis, United States
  • The YEL program was a unique opportunity to build an international network of young senior health managers sharing the same interests and highly committed to improve the health system of their own countries. It was also very interesting to mix people with medical and administrative backgrounds. I especially liked the opportunity to meet each other at the Oman IHF Congress. I plan to stay committed to this program as a YEL alumni.

    Guillaume Duriez, France
  • These opportunities are invaluable for young leaders - we really had no rules or boundaries when we started and we defined what we wanted to do. It is a rare opportunity to have that kind of freedom and also then have a venue to present and celebrate our collective successes and achievements. This program should be nurtured and grown to continue to foster leadership development in health care internationally.

    David Ross, Canada
  • My motivation for joining the YEL was to widen my eyesight to outreach from a clinician to another level — administration. I am excited to get to know this network and build it up worldwide through YEL program.

    Daniel Wong, Hong Kong
  • I joined YEL to represent the United States in our efforts and opportunities in the provision of healthcare, to form relationships with like-minded young leaders around the world, and to gain a better perspective of what others are doing to improve health of their communities. Have absolutely loved being a part of such an amazing group of global healthcare leaders!

    Scott Mortensen, United States