An expert jury, chaired by Cees' t Hart, selects the candidates. The adjudication takes place in stages.
The jury and finalists of 2019
Relevant jury data
|17-07-2020||Deadline for registering candidates|
|t.b.d.||Deadline for submitting CVs and other documents|
|14-09-2020||First jury round and nomination of finalists, Location will be announced at a later time|
|19-10-2020||Final & dinner; jury interviews with three finalists, Location will be announced at a later time|
|16-11-2020||Festive publication of the Young Captain 2020 winner, Location will be announced at a later time|
Young Captains Programme
|27-08 & 28-08-2020||Young Captains Program – a two days knowlegde- & experience programme offered to all applicants nominated for the Young Captain Award 2019 in Hotel De Bilderberg and the House of Influence in Oosterbeek (NL)|
Prof dr. Philip Hans Franses
Professor Applied Econometrics, Professor Marketing Research at Erasmus School of Economics
Co-founder or TomTom and Managing Director of the consumer business, including Chairman of the Conseiller du Commerce extérieur de la France (CCEF) and a member of the Supervisory Board of the French Chamber of Commerce
17 july 2020
Closing date for nominating candidates
You can nominate directly online via this website Candidates who are logged in must send in a comprehensive CV and letter or recommendation by 15 July. The jury will select up to ten candidates on the basis of these documents.
14 September 2020
First round of interviews
The jury will hold intensive interviews with all the candidates on the long list. For this, the jury will be divided into two groups. Both groups of jury members will hold an interview of about an hour with the candidates. In the interviews, the jury will ask searchingly about their ambitions and performance, moral issues on the subject of leadership, European economic issues, their views on sustainable business and the role of the business enterprise in an international social and economic perspective. At the end of the day the full jury will get together to choose the three finalists. The selection board will give reasons for its choice in a jury report. All the candidates will be personally informed by one of the members of the jury on the result and reasons for its choice or rejection. In this way, they will also get feedback about their performance.
19 October 2020
Announcement of the finalists to the press
The names of the finalists will be announced in a press release. In it, the jury will give its reasons for their choice. The newspaper De Telegraaf traditionally gives extensive coverage to the award.
19 October 2020
The second and last round, finalists' dinner
For this round, the three finalists will write an essay about a number of predetermined issues, themes or statements. The subjects are taken from issues of the day, and so change from year to year. The essay is the input for a dialogue of about 2 hours with the entire jury. In recent years, the topics included such things as the aging population, emerging markets, world food production and European economic policy. This session has the character of a high-level debate, so that the candidate has the opportunity to distinguish him/herself. Filmed portraits of the candidates will be made during the day, which will be published later on the website of the Young Captain Award. After the end of the sessions, the jury will choose the new Young Captain. The result is kept secret, from the finalists too, until the presentation of the Award.
The partners of the Young Captain Award traditionally offer the three finalists and the members of the jury a dinner, location t.b.d. in the Amsterdam region.
16 November 2020
Presentation of the 2020 Young Captain Award
The winner will be announced and the Award will be presented during a festive dinner in the presence of about 130 business leaders from the business community in the Netherlands.