King presents scholarships to three young leaders

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Motiv: The King with scholarship winners Anders Josefsson, Sofia Barakat and Nino Jahangiri. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix.
On Wednesday 28 April, The King presented the Young Leadership Foundation's scholarship awards for the fourth year in a row to three young leaders, who have displayed commendable leadership skills and acted as good examples to others.
This year's scholarship winners Sofia Barakat, head of the healthcare unit in the county of Kalmar, Anders Josefsson, Project Manager for ungradio, and Nino Jahangiri, local manager of Sats Stureplan, each received scholarships of SEK 250,000 from The King.

Seminar for 200 top representatives

The scholarship award ceremony took place in connection with a major leadership seminar at the Royal Palace, involving 200 top representatives from trade and industry, the public sector and the voluntary sector. The theme for this year's seminar was "Value-based leadership - Young Leadership from a Global Perspective".

The speakers included Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General 2001-2007, Leif Johansson, President and Group CEO of Volvo, and Marie Reinicke, Chair of the World Scout Jamboree 2011.

In his opening speech, The King said that:
"The Scout Movement meant a great deal to me during my childhood. Leadership in the Scouts has always been based on values. All people have equal value, and there is no substitute bench. Everyone has a place in the team. The basic values are the same, regardless of whether the context is global or local, although the frames of reference may differ.

"In the Scouts, young people prepare to take responsibility for themselves, for others and for the common good. We as leaders and adults have an important role to play in supporting and providing a good example. Young people need both good examples and mentors."

Facts about H.M. The King's Young Leadership Foundation

The background to the scholarship is The King's commitment to the Scout Movement, and the significance of the leadership training offered by the Scouts to tens of thousands of young people every year.

The King's Young Leadership Foundation exists to promote training for young people in leadership skills based on the values of the Scout Movement. This is done by awarding scholarships, support to the Scout Movement's leadership training, and support to young people's development and leadership training within trade and industry, the public sector and voluntary sector.