Young Executive Leaders

The IHF YEL Initiative

Through this program, emerging leaders get the chance to have the voice of their hospitals, region or country represented during impactful international conversations and shared with the broader healthcare community. Through the Young Executive Leaders (YEL) program, participants will build sustainable relationships and expand their professional network. As a group, they will discuss current trends, challenges and opportunities for the young healthcare leaders of today, creating an environment for vibrant and exciting dialogue.


From 2021, the IHF is partnering with WittKieffer, a leading global executive search and leadership advisory firm. Together, we will advance the YEL program and offer the selected Young Executive Leaders (YELs) a unique experience, which will advance their professional development, widen their networks, and bring learnings from different settings and disciplines. Click here to view the official press release about IHF and WittKieffer’s partnership.

Theme and Structure

From April to November, in addition to creating sustainable relationships with peers worldwide, the YELs will discuss current trends and challenges in healthcare through the program’s learning sessions and masterclasses. The capstone experience for the program cohort is attending the IHF World Hospital Congress, to be held this year from November 8-11 in Barcelona, before graduating into the YEL Alumni.


Click on the button below to view the profiles of the 2021 IHF Young Executive Leaders.

YEL Alumni

Once each cohort finishes its inital adventure, they graduate to join the YEL Alumni which offers the opportunity to remain involved in IHF’s activites and networks. The YEL Alumni currently includes participants from 2019 and 2020.


Click here for more information on the YEL Alumni, and read about their experiences as part of the YEL program.

Important Information

  • Applications for 2021 are currently closed.
  • Applications for 2022 will open in December 2021.
  • For more information, feel free to contact the IHF Secretariat.