16th-18th June 2023

Young Leaders Academy

Eskilstuna, Sweden

Sundbyholms Slott
635 08 Eskilstuna


Investing in the next generation of activists, thinkers, and leaders is important – that’s why New Direction is pleased to present its latest edition of the Young Leaders Academy. For two days, students and young professionals will gather for a series of lectures and debates introducing them to core conservative and classical liberal principles – equipping them with the knowledge they need to expand the movement.

With talks on culture, the environment, security, and philosophy, the New Direction Young Leaders Academy aims to present the next generation with new ideas to take with them into the future. New Direction is pleased to be partnered with Oikos and Konservativa Förbundet for this special event on 16th-18th June 2023.



Departure Bus 1


Departure Bus 2

17:30 - 19:00

Check in registration

19:00 - 23:00

Welcoming dinner

Short welcoming speaches by:

  • Witold de Chevilly, Executive Director of New Direction
  • Mattias Karlsson, President of Oikos
  • Henrik Colliander, Chair of the Konservativa Förbundet

Dinner Speech

  • Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson MP - Former Prime Minister Iceland


Welcome remarks

  • Denice Westerberg, Master of Ceremonies, Journalist


Panel #1

Countering the hegonomy of left-liberal media

It sometimes feels as though centre-right voices are missing from the mainstream media, or even at times as though a certain narrative dominates the news agenda. However, in recent years there has been a growth of new publications and outlets offering the public media that better reflects their beliefs.

  • Harrison Pitt, The European Conservative
  • Paula Otero Santos, Academic Coordinator of International Relations, CEU - CEFAS
  • Boris Kálnoky, Head of Media School at MCC
  • Vasilios Zoupounidis, CEO of The Epoch Time
  • Brian G. Andersson, Political Commentator


Panel #2

Winning by Example – Success in the Culture War

At times it seems as though the left are winning the culture war, however there are strong examples of how the right have won. Organised groups have managed to help conservative candidates win elections, academics defend free speech, and scholars argue in debates. There are plenty of examples of conservatives winning by example.

  • John O’Sullivan, President of the Danube Institute
  • Joakim Wallerstein, ​Head of Communication at Swedish Democrats
  • Rodrigo Ballester, Head of the Centre for European Studies at MCC
  • Henric Colliander, Chair of the Konservativa Förbundet
  • Juan Soto, International Director at Disenso (Moderator)




Book Launch

Sovereignity or Submission

John Fonte is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for American Common Culture at Hudson Institute.Here he will discuss his book ‘Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or be Ruled by Others?’, recently translated into Swedish for the first time.

  • Dr John Fonte, senior fellow and director of the Center for American Common Culture at Hudson Institute
  • Mattias Karlsson, President of Oikos


Panel #3

Woke capitalism - A New front in the culture war?

Environment, social, and corporate governance (ESG) is taking over business, being used as a means of judging a company’s success on other means than just if they serve their customers well. Does this new ‘woke capitalism’ pose a threat to the market economy?

  • Martin Gundinger, senior research fellow at the Austrian Economics Center
  • Juan Soto, International Director at Disenso
  • Justin Danhof - Head of Corporate Governance at Strive
  • Rebecca Uvell, journalist (Moderator)


Coffee Break


Panel #4

Green Conservatism

Climate and the environment are at the top of the agenda around the world, with summits and conferences calling for great action to deal with our changing climate. However, what are the conservative answers to these challenges?

  • Francesco Giubilei, President of Fondazione Tatarella and Nazione Futura
  • Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Director of the Center on Energy, Climate, and Environment at the Heritage Foundation
  • Litkei Màté, Climate Policy Institute at MCC
  • Robert Tyler, Senior Policy Advisor at New Direction (Moderator)


Keynote Speech

  • Erik Norin - Architect


Panel #5

Dr. Jordan Petersons “A conservative manifesto”

In September 2022, Dr Jordan Peterson published his ‘Conservative Manifesto’, now translated into Swedish for the first time. In this discussion we will look at its content, and how it fits in the framework of European conservatism.

  • Ofir Haivry, Vice President at The Herzl Institute
  • Jorge González-Gallarza, Co-host of the Uncommon Decency podcast and senior fellow at the Center for Fundamental Rights
  • Thomas Gür, businessman and writer
  • Catarina Kärkkäinen, Timbro
  • Asle Toje, writer and Deputy Leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee (Moderator)


Free Time


Roger Scruton Dinner

​Dinner Speech by Lady Sophie Scruton


Panel #6

Nordic conservatism

Nordic conservatism is going through something of a renaissance. With a new conservative government in Sweden, the centre right reaching more than 50% in the Finnish elections, and Norwegian Conservatives set to secure first place for the first time in more than 100 years. What is behind this newfound success?

  • Asle Toje, writer and Deputy Leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
  • Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson MP - Former Prime Minister Iceland
  • Mattias Karlsson, President of Oikos
  • Hannes Gissurarson, Professor
  • Robert Tyler, Senior Policy Advisor at New Direction


Panel #7

Security policy in the Baltic Sea Region

The War in Ukraine has had a profound impact on security in Europe – especially in the Baltic Sea region where Russia has been active for many years. With Finland having become NATO’s newest member, and Sweden on the way, what is the future of Baltic Security?

  • Thibault Muzerguez, Regional Program Director for Europe and Euro-Med at IRI
  • Aron Emilsson, Member of the Riksdag for the Sweden Democrats party
  • Otto Tabuns, Director of the Baltic Security Foundation
  • Adam Starzyński, 3seasEurope
  • Arvid Hallén, Oikos (Moderator)




Closing Speech

​Charlie Weimers, Member of the European Parliament and Vice Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, Member of New Direction


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