Global Leadership Challenge 2023

Past event

Join us to explore how responsible leadership can make a difference in the world — leadership that doesn’t simply seek to fulfil personal ambition but furthers societies’ sustainable development.

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The Global Leadership Challenge (GLC) aims to help emerging leaders grow in the wisdom and character required for responsible leadership that makes a difference in the world — leadership that doesn’t simply seek to fulfill personal ambition but furthers societies’ sustainable development. GLC is a joint initiative of the University of Oxford (Social Sciences Division and the Oxford Character Project) and the St. Gallen Symposium, supported by our partners - the Lemann Foundation, the Templeton World Charity Foundation, HCLTech, EDGE Strategy and EWOR Education.

From 7 - 11 December, GLC 2023 will focus on “Confronting Scarcity” as its core theme. In a world facing unprecedented challenges of scarcity, the ability to effectively confront and address limited resources has become a critical skill for global leaders. Drawing on the expertise of renowned thought leaders, practitioners, and academics, this programme will provide a comprehensive toolkit for confronting scarcity challenges. Participants will develop innovative approaches, foster collaboration across sectors, and explore sustainable solutions that balance resource conservation with human needs.

Through collaborative projects and hands-on workshops, participants will sharpen their critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, preparing them to be effective leaders in a world where scarcity is a defining factor.

To tackle these questions, GLC 2023 will conven 100 promising young leaders and 20 Senior Advisors to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time by integrating responsible leadership and practical actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Using character education and design thinking, the five-day challenge equiped young leaders with the values and skills needed to build a sustainable future.

Evaluated by our Award Jury, the groups with the most outstanding project ideas will be able to attend the 53rd St. Gallen Symposium as Leaders of Tomorrow. After GLC, participants can apply for further mentoring in two tracks: “entrepreneurship” (with EWOR Education) to learn skills and competencies towards building their own ventures, and "leadership"(with the Oxford Character Project at the University of Oxford) to reflect on their own purpose and grow as a future leader. All active participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Oxford and the St. Gallen Symposium.

The application for GLC 2023 will open in September 2023. Please keep an eye on our Linkedin page for future announcements and write to us at if you have any questions.

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