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LEAD - Leadership for Environment and Development - was created by the
Rockefeller Foundation in 1991. We identify outstanding men
and women from around the world who are at mid-career level from a range of
backgrounds and provide them with training designed
to enhance their leadership capabilities and knowledge in environment and
While remaining in their employment, these attend around 6 weeks of
residential courses per year and participante in distance learning.
This offers a stimulating two-year training programme based on lectures,
panel debates, site visits, self-guided studies and group
discussions. Lectures are delivered by leading experts from academia,
international organisations, the private sector and international NGOs.
With a focus on action-oriented, multi-disciplinary learning, LEAD assists
its participants to address complex issues by transcending
the limits of their own disciplines. It encourages them to work
co-operatively and to become agents of change in their workplaces,
communities, countries and beyond. LEAD's learning environment is based on
mutual respect, equal opportunity, transparency, and solidarity.
Through a post-graduate Fellows Programme and an Internet-based computer
network, LEAD provides its alumni with links to each
other and to the environment and development communities at large.
At LEAD-Europe, a not-for-profit foundation located in Geneva, Switzerland,
we have been training professionals from Central,
Eastern and Western Europe since 1995. Drawing its strength from Europe's
cultural, social and economic diversity, LEAD-Europe's
network of alumni allows durable links to be built between Europeans from
diverse professional backgrounds and sectors.
Therefore it contributes in a unique way towards an environmentally and
socially sustainable European integration and enlargement.
This capacity will be further enhanced with the move of LEAD-Europe's
headquarters to Bonn, Germany, in June 1999. LEAD-Europe
receives support from governmental and private sources. It works in
collaboration with international organisations and NGOs located
in Geneva as well as with European institutions that are concerned with
LEAD is a world-wide network of training programmes dedicated to developing
the leadership skills necessary to deal with today's
global environment and sustainable development challenges. Participants in
the LEAD programme are outstanding professionals
from diverse cultures, backgrounds and career levels.
The LEAD network currently includes an International Secretariat and twelve
Member Programmes located in Brazil, Canada, China,
the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Europe, India, Indonesia,
Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and Zimbabwe (for Southern Africa).
Each Member Programme has a distinct legal identity and governing
structure, and three of them (Canada, Europe, Japan) are
independently funded. The International Secretariat, LEAD-International,
oversees the network, develops policy guidelines, organises
international training sessions and supplies a range of services to the
national and regional Member Programmes.
Our Mission and Rationale
LEAD's guiding philosophy is rooted in the ethical value of caring for the
planet and for all forms of life. LEAD is dedicated to
creating and sustaining a global network of leaders who are committed to
promoting change towards patterns of economic
development that are environmentally sustainable and socially equitable.
The LEAD programme is a response to the heightened importance of engaging
decision-makers, executives, academics and
NGO leaders in a constructive effort to design strategies and implement
solutions in the interest of a more sustainable future.
LEAD offers a much-needed alternative to the great majority of business
and management schools that still consider the environment
and sustainability as peripheral to their core activities.
The LEAD-Europe training programme is designed to provide participants with
an understanding of the complex issues that lie at the
interface of environment and development in a pan-European context. It
specially aims to develop the participants' capacity to act and
motivate others to act in the interest of sustainability in their
workplace, communities and countries. It is multi-disciplinary and draws
the experience of a network of experts and trainers at the forefront of
their different fields of activity. The curriculum and format aim to meet
the specific needs and priorities of participants, so as to complement
their professional commitments.
Through the LEAD Fellowship Programme, LEAD-Europe Fellows remain actively
involved in various activities of the LEAD network.
They are eligible to receive financial support in the form of grants for
specific projects in the areas of environment and development
designed with concrete outcomes in mind. They also participate in LEAD's
governing structures at the international, regional and national levels.
The LEAD-Europe programme comprises 80 days of training. Half of the
training programme is conducted in Europe, while the other half
consists of interregional or international sessions. This provides a
unique opportunity to work with professionals from other countries and
to be part of a powerful global network of young leaders.
The curriculum covers the essential aspects of the environment and
development nexus, such as, for example, understanding the cyclic
nature of living phenomena, environmental management and resource
conservation, human development, social and economic issues,
international law and conventions, trade and environment, biological
diversity, science and ethics, technology and energy, industry and
environment, and gender issues. In addition to these issues, the programme
emphasises building leadership skills and provides opportunities
to develop problem solving, negotiation, conflict resolution, and team
Participants / qualifications
Individuals recruited into a LEAD Member Programme are known as
"Associates". They are normally between the ages of 30 and 40,
and are drawn from academia, business, government, media and NGOs. Close
to 200 Associates are selected each year world-wide
to enter the LEAD programme. There are at present 800 LEAD graduates - or
LEAD-Europe recruits 15 Associates per year. Successful applicants must
have an appropriate academic background and at least five
years of professional experience. They must have demonstrated leadership
skills in their profession or in community service and have
a keen interest in the interface between environment and development. They
must be able to work in English.
Application and funding
Interested candidates should include the following in their application
Completed application form
Detailed resume or curriculum vitae
One-page statement that explains how the LEAD-Europe programme will be of
value to their current responsibilities
Their employer's signed agreement to their full participation in the
The programme fee is EURO 10,000 per participant. This fee is a
contribution towards meeting the cost of tuition, course material,
scheduled activities and accommodation. Candidates should approach their
current employers or funding institutions to obtain funding
as soon as possible. Candidates, in particular those from Central and
Eastern Europe, who are unable to obtain assistance, can also
apply to LEAD-Europe for financial support.
The application deadline is May 15, 1999. Applications will be reviewed
and suitably qualified applicants will be invited for interview
before being admitted to the programme. Prospective applicants are
encouraged to apply as soon as possible as space is limited
and competition is keen.
Applications should be sent to:
LEAD-Europe, P.O. Box 8, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 22 748 1435
Fax: +41 22 748 1439
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