Centre for London’s annual #LeadLDN campaign finds London’s brightest young people and invites them to join London’s leaders at The London Conference, to discuss the future of the capital.


Nominations are now closed

Thank you to everyone who nominated a young Londoner to attend The London Conference 2017. Nominations will now be reviewed by the London Conference Advisory Board. The judges are looking for individuals with strong leadership qualities who have shown a real passion for making London a better city. The top nominees will receive a formal invitation to the conference on the week beginning 23 October. This year’s conference will be held on Thursday 16 November 2017.

#LeadLDN Criteria

Nominees to #LeadLDN are aged between 18-35 and have shown outstanding achievement in their career to date. They should have launched, founded or lead on a project which has had a tangible impact on the city and benefited Londoners. Their work will fall under one or more of the following categories:

  • Housing
  • Local Government
  • Transport
  • Civic/Social Change
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Technology

Nominations are now closed

#LeadLDN in 2016

In 2016, we offered places at the conference to 20 individuals. The successful #LeadLDN nominees had tackled issues of sustainability, campaigned for improved public facilities and supported other young people in their local communities. Their innovative solutions included campaigns, social enterprises, and publications.

The Conference gave me the opportunity to network with companies and individuals I’d only dreamt of working with.

Dennis Gyamfi, CEO and Founder, Endz2Endz 

Build networks at The London Conference

The London Conference is a full-day, invite only event. It brings together internationally renowned speakers with high-level attendees to create the exchange of ideas that we believe will change London for the better. The conference gives the #LeadLDN nominees the opportunity to meet with policy makers, thinkers and experts on London.

Previous speakers have included current mayor of London Sadiq Khan; deputy mayor of New York Alicia Glen; former president of Colombia Álvaro Uribe; former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

Looking at technological, demographic, environmental, political drivers of change likely to reshape London over the coming years, this year the conference will explore the practical implications for inclusive growth in London.

We want to bring together people who are at the top of their careers with those who are starting out, to bring fresh perspectives into the debate on inclusive growth. Through #LeadLDN we want to give young Londoners the opportunity to network, share ideas and be inspired by the discussions at The London Conference.

Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London

Newham’s Young Mayor, asking a question at Centre for London’s 2016 conference, Rising in the East.