Young Executive Leaders

The IHF YEL Initiative

The Young Executive Leaders (YEL) Program gives emerging leaders 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 program, participants build sustainable relationships, improve their leadership skills and expand their professional network. As a group, they 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.


The 33 participants are currently working in subgroups, each with a different theme:


  • How are different healthcare systems across the globe utilizing digital technologies to drive systemic change?
  • How to cope with modern transformations and keep a humanistic care?
  • The employer-employee role in relation to support measures for frontline HCW wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Towards an Integrated Concept of Health and Care Services Model: Value Driven Transformations


Between August and November, the IHF will publish blog posts and podcasts to share the outcomes of their work.


To view the profiles of the 2021 IHF Young Executive Leaders, click on the button below.

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 January 2022.
  • For more information, feel free to contact the IHF Secretariat.