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Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International is a global network of individuals and non-governmental organizations, committed to sustainable development. LEAD is an independent, not-for-profit organization, established in 1991 by The Rockefeller Foundation. The LEAD network is coordinated through an international secretariat based in the campus of Imperial College London.


LEADís mission is to create, strengthen and support networks of people and institutions promoting change towards sustainable development Ė development that is economically sound, environmentally responsible and socially equitable.


LEAD carries out its mission through capacity development and strategic, outcome-oriented activities consisting of policy, research, action-on-the-ground, communications, and training. Capacity development includes training programmes in sustainable development and leadership skills for a variety of publics. LEADís outcome-oriented activities are designed to achieve tangible results in sustainable development. These activities are almost always undertaken with partner organizations.



LEAD has both individual and institutional members. Individual members are called LEAD Fellows. They have all completed a training programme in leadership for sustainable development. The program emphasizes: enhancing leadership skills; building knowledge of sustainable development challenges and exploring possible solutions; developing a set of shared ethics and values; supporting collaboration and peer learning.

Today, there are more than 1400 LEAD Fellows from the worlds of business, media, public sector, universities and non-governmental organizations in over 80 countries. They communicate continually, meet periodically, embark on joint projects, publish research, undertake professional exchanges, take part in international negotiations and support each other in sustainable development.

Through LEAD, they are members of an influential network of peers. LEAD Fellows today are mayors, members of parliaments, heads of corporations, leaders of non-governmental organizations, ministers, newspaper editors and TV producers, scientists and global citizens.

LEADís institutional members include affiliated non-governmental organizations in Brazil, Canada, China, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Francophone Africa, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Southern Africa, the UK and the US.

These LEAD Member Programs share LEADís mission. They are well established in their countries and have expertise in capacity development, project management, research, networking support, communications, and providing policy advice.

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