LEAD International

LEAD International

LEAD is an international non-profit organisation with a fast growing network of 1600 leaders in more than 80 countries. Our shared mission is to inspire leadership for a sustainable world. We do this by searching worldwide for oustanding people, developing their leadership potential through our innovative training programmes and working with them to mobilise others to make a real difference to the future of this planet. Our LEAD offices across the world deliver training programmes that challenge traditional notions of leadership with progressive participatory techniques. Using LEAD`s experiential learning approach, our participants learn through multi-stakeholder dialogue, systems thinking, and inclusive cross-cultural processes.

Company details

Sundial House, 114 Kensington High Street, , London , W8 4NP United Kingdom

Locations Served

Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Environmental Management
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

LEAD was founded in 1991 as an initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the oldest and largest private charitable organizations in the world. The idea of LEAD grew out of discussions between the Rockefeller Foundation and Gro Harlem Bruntland following the publication of her Commission’s seminal report in 1987 (The Brundtland Commission). There was an identified need to develop and support a new generation of leaders who, equipped with a fresh combination of skills and perspectives, would be linked through their experience and careers in a global network focused on environmentally sound development.

As the world was preparing for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, LEAD was born. Since then, we have been recruiting talented individuals from key sectors and professions all over the world to be part of a growing network now standing at over 2400 leaders, who are committed to changing the world. Every one of our leaders is a graduate of LEAD’s Fellows Training Program, an intensive and demanding program designed to enhance leadership ability, strengthen sustainable development knowledge and foster the relationships that will continue to support our Fellows in their work. This cross-sectoral, cross-cultural program has been at the heart of LEAD activities across the globe.

Through our expanding activities, the LEAD network now reaches out to thousands of individuals every year. Our participants include business executives, government policy makers, university professors, NGO directors, education specialists, and media professionals, all of whom are working to make a difference at local, regional and global levels.

We work with a range of progressive organisations across business, civil society and government around the world.


For over 20 years, Lead has played a pioneering role in developing leadership capacity across sectors, on a global scale, to address the world’s most pressing problems. We have firsthand experience of how individuals are able to challenge conventional ways of creating, learning and being, to become major catalysts for change.

Experiential learning journeys are the cornerstone of our approach. We believe that direct experience of complex sustainability challenges and the people tackling them provides a powerful vehicle for learning, personal growth and leadership development.

Our programmes are designed to prepare progressive individuals and organisations to prepare for leadership in the 21st century. Our open and custom programmes offer established and emerging leaders the opportunity to share perspectives, build insights and be inspired to plot a course of action for themselves and their organisations.