Young Leaders programme

UICC aims to nurture aspiring young cancer control professionals to become successful leaders in cancer control and the wider global health community.

The Young Leaders programme is a unique opportunity to be part of a global network of inspiring and ambitious young leaders in cancer control. Through the year-long programme, UICC will facilitate opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, for networking and connecting with experienced leaders, and the chance to engage and participate in recognised international events.

The Young Leaders programme runs every two years. The next call for applications will be launched in Spring 2023.

Meet the last cohort of Young Leaders
Check out the Young Leaders Alumni network

What is the Young Leaders programme?

UICC's Young Leaders programme begins every two years at the World Cancer Leaders' Summit for a duration of 12 months. The programme focuses on three key areas:

International Engagement
The Young Leaders will attend the invite-only World Cancer Leaders Summit and the World Cancer Congress as well as engage with other relevant UICC events, such as World Cancer Day or Virtual Dialogues, which enable Young Leaders to:

  • Raise their profiles through dedicated activities at UICC events
  • Network with cancer control leaders and organisations
  • Improve their knowledge of the latest developments in global cancer control

Learning and Collaboration
The learning component of the Young Leaders programme includes:

  • Opportunity to engage in a project around one of UICC's thematic areas of work aligned with the Young Leader's interests and expertise, OR a funded visit to a cancer organisation or conference to develop skills and increase collaboration within the cancer community.
  • Access to dedicated online sessions and virtual meetings to gain insights from global cancer control experts and connect with the Young Leaders Alumni network.

Individual Support
Each Young Leader will have a point of contact at the UICC secretariat in Geneva who will provide them with individual support throughout the year including:

  • Individual needs assessment and mapping of opportunities.
  • Connection with relevant members of UICC’s extensive network.
  • Opportunities to increase profile through UICC's programmes, website and social media.
  • Tailored assistance to leverage the full range of capacity building opportunities available at UICC in line with their interests and expertise.

Following completion of the programme, Young Leaders will join the growing group of Young Leader Alumni, a proactive community of cancer control professionals who engage with and support UICC’s work.

What are the benefits of becoming a Young Leader?



Recognition and visibility
within the global cancer control community by showcasing Young Leaders at UICC events and online.



Exclusive opportunities to attend the invite-only World Cancer Leaders’ Summit & speak at the World Cancer Congress.



Support from the UICC team to access learning and networking opportunities, and to engage with a relevant UICC project or programme of work.

Read the latest news and blog articles about Young Leaders
Woman receiving a vaccine shot
3 March 2022

Improving access to HPV vaccine and screening in LMICs

Marking International HPV Awareness Day on 4 March, UICC Young Leader Chemtai Mungo calls attention to current efforts to prevent and treat diseases caused by HPV, in particular cervical cancer, including improving access to HPV vaccines and new technologies for early detection.

Recreated world map featuring the headshots of the ten new young cancer professionals who were selected to join UICC's new 2021-2022 cohort of Young Leaders
11 August 2021

UICC’s Young Leaders respond to questions on equity and innovation

Ten aspiring leaders in cancer care have been selected by UICC for the Young Leaders programme. They address the important role played by equity and innovation in the challenges facing the cancer community.

Carmen Auste, CEO of the Cancer Warriors Foundation (left), Christine Mugo-Sitati, Executive Director of KENCO (centre) and Tsetsegsaikhan Batmunkh, Advisor to the Minister of Health of Mongolia and Director of the Medicines and Medical Devices Regulatory Agency (right)
30 June 2021

High-profile nominations for three leaders of UICC member organisations

In June, three women leading UICC member organisations were nominated by their governments to high-profile positions, increasing their influence on national cancer policy.

Medical practitioner looks into microscope, to suggest the power of and need for innovation to reduce the burden of cancer
5 May 2021

Innovations in cancer care bring health closer to patients in LMICs

Innovations and resource-appropriate interventions can help close the equity gap in cancer care between high- and lower-income regions. Interview with Dr Omolola Salako of the Sebeccly Cancer Centre in Nigeria.

Dr Felipe Roitberg is an alumn of the 2019/2020 cohort of UICC Young Leaders, here at the 2019 World Cancer Leaders' Summit
15 April 2021

Investing in cancer control to save lives

Dr Felipe Roitberg, Cancer Management Control Consultant at WHO and UICC Young Leader, speaks about how countries can assess their needs and optimise their investment in cancer control.

NCSM covid response providing PPE to health workers.jpg
21 May 2020

Holding up the end of the line: our role as cancer civil society organisations

UICC Young Leader, Dr Murallitharan Munisamy, highlights the critical need for cancer civil society organisations (CSOs) to continue to function during the global coronavirus pandemic.

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The UICC Young Leaders programme benefits from support by the Breast Cancer Programme to accelerate the development of breast cancer leaders.



Last update: 
Thursday 22 September 2022