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Enter the ICMA Future Leaders Essay Competition: How will the international bond markets look in 10 years’ time?

Professionals with a maximum of 8 years of experience in financial markets and who currently work for ICMA member firms are invited to write an essay on the broad theme ‘How will the international bond markets look in 10 years’ time?’. This will coincide with ICMA’s 60th anniversary in 2028.

Essays may be based on a broad vision of the international bond markets or may focus on how specific segments of this market (ie issuance or clearing) may evolve in the future.

Entries should be between 3,500 and 4,500 words in length and the deadline for submission is October 31, 2018. They will be shortlisted by members of ICMA’s executive committee and other staff, with the final selection being made by a panel comprising a selection of ICMA Board members and the chair of the ICMA Future Leaders.

The winning entry, to be announced in November, will receive a €3,000 prize and if more than 30 submissions overall, there will also be two runners up, who will receive €1,000 each. In addition to their essays being published by ICMA, the winners will also have the opportunity to present their essays at an ICMA Board meeting in December and at an ICMA Future Leaders event

How to participate:

  • The essay should be in English with no more than 4,500 words.
  • One contribution per person is permitted.
  • It should be submitted as a word document double line spaced, with your full details (name, email, telephone, job title, company name and up to date CV).
  • The essay should be an original piece of work from the contributor, not previously submitted to other competitions.
  •  ICMA will have the rights to publish the winning essays.
  • The essay author must be working for an ICMA member firm at the time of the submission deadline and the date of the award event.

Essays should be submitted to: futureleaders@icmagroup.org

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About ICMA Future Leaders

The Future Leaders initiative is designed to benefit the younger generation of finance professionals in ICMA’s membership, connecting them with the services and networking opportunities which can enhance their careers in debt capital markets. It focuses on three core areas: Career Progression; Education; and Networking.

Open to all staff at ICMA member firms, the initiative aims to develop a sense of community between junior colleagues across geographic borders and functional areas, such as already exists at a more senior level amongst ICMA members.

For more information, contact:

Allan Malvar


tel. +44 20 7213 0322


ICMA Executive Education