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.

Applications for the 2021-22 cohort
Meet the 2020 cohort of Young Leaders
Young Leaders' response to COVID-19
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 relevant learning and connections, and to engage with a relevant UICC's project or programme of work.

Read about our Young Leaders' experiences of the programme
Ahmed Hefnawy, Young Leader, King Hussein Cancer Center, Middle East, Womens Health
2 April 2020

Comprehensive cancer care in the Middle East

UICC’s Young Leader, Dr Ahmed Hefnawy shares details about his visit to the King Hussein Cancer Centre as part of his journey to improve Gynecologic Cancer services in Egypt.

Florence Manjust, AORTIC, ECHO, Mozambique, Princess Dina Mired, Young Leader, Cancer Nurse
19 March 2020

Lessons learned from Maputo, Mozambique

UICC Young Leader, Florence Manjuh is a state registered nurse, supervisor of the Women’s Health Programme (WHP) at Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services. As part of the Young Leaders’ programme, Florence received funding to attend the Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) Immersion training and the AORTIC conference in Maputo, Mozambique.

Dr Eguzo Kelechi at the Cachar Cancer Hospital in Silchar, India
6 June 2019

Improving Access to Cancer Treatment in Nigeria: The Journey of Marjorie Bash Cancer Centre

Dr Kelechi Eguzo shares how his journey as a UICC Young Leader contributed to his efforts to set up the Marjorie Bash Cancer Center; a social enterprise that will provide affordable cancer treatment in Abia State, Nigeria.

Contact Us

The UICC Young Leaders programme is sponsored by Roche, with support from Cancer Council Australia

Cancer Council Australia




Last update: 
Monday 22 March 2021