Global Governance Futures
Promoting International Young Leaders

Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues

The Global Governance Futures - Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues program (GGF) is bringing together young professionals - representing the academic, public, private and NGO sectors - to look ahead 10 years from now and recommend ways to address key global challenges.

Building on previous rounds of the program (GGF 2020, 2022 and 2025), the current GGF 2027 assembles 25 fellows from China, Germany, India, Japan and the United States (five from each country) to form three working groups that focus on data governance, global health and transnational terrorism, respectively.

Over the course of 2016 and 2017, the fellows will meet in four dialogue sessions that take place in the five participating countries. They will collaborate and engage in challenging discussions within and across their working groups, meet with leading experts and policymakers in each host country, receive training in the GGF scenario planning methodology and produce scenario reports with policy suggestions for effective and accountable governance.

The GGF fellows will disseminate the results of their working group sessions through reports, op-eds in major publications, journal articles and high-profile presentations.


Joel Sandhu
Global Public Policy Institute e.V.
Phone: +49 (0)30 275959750

Contact at the Foundation

Dr. Clemens Spiess
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-450

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GGF 2027 Washington - Fellow Shireen Santosham works for the mayor of San Jose, California and is part of making the city a "smart city".
The topics of the fourth round of the program - GGF 2027 are:
  • Data Governance
  • Global Health
  • Transnational Terrorism

The first of the four dialogue sessions (five to eight days each) took place in Washington, DC (May 2016). Further sessions will be held in Tokyo and Beijing (September 2016), New Delhi (January 2017) and Berlin (June 2017). The GGF program is jointly implemented by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), the Hertie School of Governance, the Tokyo Foundation, Keio University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, the Centre for Policy Research, Ashoka University, the Brookings Institution and Princeton University.


Interview with GGF 2027 Fellow Yuan Ma: "Democratization is not an All-Use-Medicine"

Fellow Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Yuan Ma is part of the Global Governance Futures (GGF) 2027 working group on transnational terrorism. The interview on the occasion of the second GGF 2027 meeting in Tokyo expresses her personal opinion.

Interview with GGF 2027 Fellow Sulzhan Bali: "Diseases Do Not Know National Borders"

The micro- and molecular biologist is conducting research on the effects of the Ebola virus on Nigeria’s private economy. During the interview, she explained how global health systems can be implemented in the future and how GGF can make a contribution.

Dialogue Session in Neu-Delhi

Während der dritten GGF 2027 Dialogue Session Mitte Januar in Neu-Delhi erfolgte der letzte Feinschliff an den Szenarien zu Global Health, Data Governance und Transnational Terrorism. Die Fellows entwarfen ihre Abschlussberichte und diskutierten mögliche politische Folgen der zukünftigen Entwicklung in den drei Bereichen.

Darüber hinaus gab es auch wieder ausreichend Gelegenheit, sich mit indischen Experten zu den Szenarien auszutauschen und Einblicke in aktuelle politische und gesellschaftliche Trends des Gastlandes zu gewinnen. Viele der Diskussionen beschäftigten sich mit der Frage wie sich der Ausgang der Wahlen in den Verinigten Staaten auf die Beziehung zu den Herkunftsländern der Fellows auswirken wird. Aber auch innenpolitische Themen wie z.B. die Bedeutung des Kastenwesens für den gesellschaftspolitischen Diskurs im modernen Indien oder die Rolle der Zivilgesellschaft in China wurden nicht ausgespart.

Die indischen Fellows brachten der Gruppe sowohl einige der Sehenswürdigkeiten Neu-Delhis wie das India Gate oder der Präsidentenpalast Rastrapathi Bhava, als auch die ein oder andere kulinarische Spezialität des Landes näher. Gegen Ende der Session wurden dann bereits die ersten Pläne für das Abschlusstreffen in Berlin geschmiedet.

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Media Ambassador 2016, Sunaina Kumar, is talking about India's future domestic and foreign policy trajectory.

Dialogue Session in Tokyo and Beijing

After a successful first dialogue session in Washington, DC the GGF 2027 fellows reconvened in Tokyo for the second session hosted by the Tokyo Foundation. The fellows reviewed the results of the Washington session and gave each other feedback on their respective topics. The working groups then started to develop and conceptualize the scenarios in the areas of data governance, global health and transnational terrorism and got further input from local experts.

One of the highlights in Tokyo was the working lunch with Taejun Shin, GGF 2025 Alumnus, who was recently chosen as one of the 20 best young CEOs by the Harvard Business Review Japan Edition. Taejun shared his inspiring experiences as social entrepreneur with the fellows.

After the first part of the session in Tokyo the fellows travelled to Beijing, where they continued their work on the scenarios at Tsinghua University. First ideas on how the scenarios should look like were developed. The working group sessions were again complemented by many other additional encounters and discussions such as the exchange on "Global Climate Governance" with Zhang Haibin, professor at Peking University.

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Fellow Shoko Yoshihara reexamined some of the key factors and projections developed during the Washington, DC session.

Dialogue Session in Washington, DC

From May 8 to 12, 2016, the 25 fellows from Germany, USA, China, Japan and India met for their first “Dialogue Session” in Washington, DC, at the Brookings Institution. After receiving an introduction to the GGF scenario planning method, they divided into three working groups and had their first discussions with various experts and public figures.

The session’s highlights included the discussion with Colin H. Kahl, deputy national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, on the Obama administration’s foreign policy, and the debate between a leading Republican and a Democrat about the US election campaign. The GGF 2027 fellows also had the opportunity to meet alumni of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program as well as previous GGF rounds.

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Fellow Reiriu Ri is currently examining legal aspects of data governance at the Stanford Law School. Before she was part of Google’s Public Policy Team in Japan.
The year 2014/2015 was the first year to include participants from Japan and India.

The topics the fellows dealt with were:
  • Internet Governance
  • Geo-Engineering
  • Arms Control