AIESEC is a global, non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Our members are interested in world issues, leadership, and management. AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, creed, religion, national, ethnic, or social origin.
Peace and Fulfillment of Humankind’s Potential.
AIESEC’s international platform enables young people to explore and develop their leadership potential for them to have a positive impact in society.
AIESEC’s values of activating leadership, enjoying participation, striving for excellence, demonstrating integrity, living diversity, and acting sustainably adapt to any content.
AIESEC provides its members with an integrated development experience comprised of leadership opportunities, international internships, and participation in a global learning environment.
This is the AIESEC Way.
This year, many AIESEC entities contributed to our vision of peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential by tackling the issues that were most relevant to their entities. In Colombia, Ukraine, Brazil, Egypt, and countless other entities, AIESEC leaders lived our values and ensured our international platform was enabling young people in their countries to explore and develop their leadership potential for them to have a positive impact in their society.
This is the AIESEC way in action
At all times we remain true to our essence, the AIESEC Way, while stretching ourselves to create the scale of impact we envision: the BHAG. Together, the AIESEC network set a five year ambition to provide us with a starting point for strategic five-year goal setting to become the organization we dream to be: AIESEC 2015. This will force us to evolve to the new era of AIESEC: Big AIESEC. We are the ones who will lead us to this new era of AIESEC. We are Generation 2015!
The BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal):
Engage and develop every young person in the world.
AIESEC 2105 Measures of Success:
In addition to measuring the number of experiences we deliver in our programmes, we began including the Net Promoter Score (NPS) of our exchange programs in the 2014 measures of success to show our commitment to greater quality in our programmes while tracking progress towards greater quantity and the ambitions of AIESEC 2015.
This year, to progress towards the goals of AIESEC 2015, we focused on our Generation 2015 Legacy Projects:
Even though the Global Talent Programme is the oldest AIESEC programme it is not the largest or fastest growing. In order to achieve AIESEC 2015 we had to increase our commitment to Global Talent.
We want every AIESEC experience to be life changing so we committed to standards across our programmes.
We are creating Big AIESEC Online by building a new Global Information System.
This year we focused on talent planning, team minimums, and organizational development as the key to developing the talent we need to achieve AIESE
The Leadership Lesson of Generation 2015:
We believe leadership is the fundamental solution and creating better leaders is our contribution to building a better world and that’s what AIESEC 2015 is all about. AIESECers of Generation 2015 are defined by three behavior characteristics: Collaborative, Purposeful, Driven.
Collaborative - AIESEC’s Global Talent Programme connects students and recent graduates to internship experiences across the world.
Purposeful - AIESEC’s Global Citizen Programme connects students and recent graduates to volunteer projects across the world.
Driven - AIESEC’s member experience programmes, the Team Member and Team Leader Programmes, connect students with professional development opportunities.
In order to fulfil our legacy projects and achieve AIESEC 2015 we had to learn to change culture within the organization and embrace the behaviours of Generation 2015. By focusing on behavioural change through value based recruitment and induction and development of our LEAD programme at every level of the organization we were able to embrace this change.
Our Global Talent leadership lesson this year was leaders cannot exist alone. This year, in order to live Big AIESEC and fulfil AIESEC 2015 we had to commit to the Global Talent Programme, our oldest programme, like never before. One entity working towards raising Global Talent participants would never achieve success without a collaborative entity working towards raising Global Talent positions.
Our Global Citizen leadership lesson this year was that the role of a leader is to unite others behind a common purpose. This year, in order to live Big AIESEC and fulfil AIESEC 2015 the Global Citizen Programme, our fastest growing programme, we had to commit to purposeful exchanges, so that our programmes weren’t just made up of passionate members, they were entrepreneurial and relevant to the communities they ran in. This year the network changed their perspective on how we see the Global Citizen Programme so we could achieve even bigger and better impact.
While Member Committee President of Ghana, Shayo Tinuoye, and her team had not originally planned to make the Global Citizen Programme the focus of their term, they quickly realized the programmes potential to be both purposeful and impactful. Focusing on projects that were important to communities in Ghana, like agriculture and information technology literacy, enabled the programme to grow and profit for AIESEC Ghana and helped establish national partnerships with companies like Bacardi and Microsoft!
Our Team Member and Team Leader leadership lesson this year was that leaders empower others. This year, in order to live Big AIESEC and fulfil AIESEC 2015 the Team Member and Team Leader Programme has to commit to behavioural changes to empower our members to be the capacity driving our operational goals.
When the members of AIESEC in Colombia looked around their country, they realized the education system was not meeting the needs of the people. Member Committee President of Colombia, Ana Saldarriaga, and her team recognized that AIESEC had the potential to solve this problem. Ana and her team partnered with the government of Colombia to run a program unlike any other in the AIESEC network that brought over a hundred English teachers into cities across the country through the Global Talent Programme.
Ana Saldarriaga Gómez, Member Committee President of AIESEC in Colombia.
“Finding the right purpose behind the Global Talent Programme was key to making the programme grow in Colombia. I was asking our members constantly, with every touchpoint that we had, ‘if you could change something about your city, your state, your country, what would you change?’ and we discovered that one of the most important things to members of AIESEC was changing education at every level. I realized this was where we were going to make a difference because if you manage to get emotional buy-in from members they may question your strategies or your timelines but they will never be demotivated or question why we should do this work.”
When political crisis rocked Ukraine, Member Committee President Anastasia Delieva, who moved from Russia to Ukraine, and her team realized they could not go out themselves and solve the political crisis facing their country. Instead, they decided that by continuing AIESEC operations they would be enabling the development of alumni that would be able to go on and change the country with a scale of impact.
Anastasia Delieva, Member Committee President of AIESEC in Ukraine
“As a country we faced a lot of concerns, conflicts, and misunderstanding this year, but we were inspired by the many needed projects that were initiated by or run with AIESEC participation! We do not need to invent extraordinary things, AIESEC is extremely needed and relevant in Ukraine. Our daily work is to put all our efforts to grow more bright individuals who are ready to stand for their country and prove it by real actions and it’s what we as a non-political organization have the power to do.”
Looking around their country, Brazil’s Member Committee President Mila and her team realized that there were not enough young leaders tackling the social issues facing Brazil. Mila's team decided that, instead of trying to grow all of the AIESEC programmes in Brazil, focusing on growing the Global Talent programme would make the most impact on their entity by providing professional internship opportunities. From this experience, Mila's team learned that, no matter how large or strong your entity, you will create larger and stronger impact if you focus on achieving one big goal instead of many small ones.
Camila Soares, Member Committee President of AIESEC in Brazil
“As President, I learned that you need to be very conscious of what your purpose and focus are because you only have one year to do something. In a big entity like Brazil, with 3,000 to 4,000 members, it's really hard to connect everyone to your focus area but for me it was one of the most important things we had to do. You really need to communicate the idea that we are not going to change everything in one year because it's impossible - but these are the things we are going to do and we’re keeping these things on track throughout the whole year.”
Weeks before AIESEC’s 65th International Congress was to be held in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, political crisis broke out in the nation and the AIESEC International team had to decide whether 800 delegates from 124 different countries would still travel to Egypt to attend the conference during such a volatile time. After extensive discussion of risk mitigation measures and of what it truly meant to stand by Egypt in a time of crisis, the team decided that IC 2013 would go on as planned. The leadership lesson from this experience was that if we truly want to be the leadership the world needs, we cannot shy away from the problems in our world.
Domenic Smith, Local Committee President of AIESEC in Michigan
“AIESEC did not give up on Egypt and cancel the conference, which would have been very easy to do. We did not boycott the conference because it endangered us or because our governments warned against it. Instead, as an global plenary, we demonstrated the support that we have for AIESEC in Egypt and the belief that we, the AIESEC community, have that one day the members of AIESEC in Egypt will become the leaders that their country needs to restore peace and prosperity.”