The Mosaic International Leadership Programme has started! The Programme reaches 80 young people aged 25-35, from 16 countries. The aims of the programme are: to develop leadership ability, to develop understanding of key global issues and to equip delegates to become active and positive leaders in their local community. Delegates come from countries as diverse as Afghanistan to Algeria and from backgrounds as varied as teachers to economists.
The Programme begins with a two week Summit at the University of Greenwich and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, which will be held in the UK from 8th – 21st September 2013. At the Summit, all 80 delegates are convened for intensive leadership skills training, and to hear from diverse and high profile speakers who will address global issues such as poverty and sustainability. The aim of the Programme is not just to enhance the leadership skills of leaders of the future from around the world, but to ensure that they can use those skills to make a positive difference to their local communities.
Confirmed speakers so far include: Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities, Baroness Warsi; Secretary General of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award John May; Chief Executive of the Disaster Appeals Committee Saleh Saeed; and, Mosaic Board member Khawar Mann, who is Chairman of Medsi Group, the largest healthcare provider company in Russia.
The Summit itself includes leadership skills workshops, inspirational sessions on global issues such as poverty and sustainability, and visits to projects in the local area which demonstrate leadership in action. Summits have taken place in the UK and Qatar; the 2013 Summit is due to take place in the UK once again.
Mosaic’s National Director, Jonathan Freeman commented: “What makes this programme so powerful is its ability to inspire such remarkable achievements from the delegates when they return to their home countries. The mix of delegates from around the world is very special and the sharing of their ideas and experiences with one another is a critical component to the programme’s significance and impact.”
The Programme was originally devised and developed in 2009 to mark HRH The Prince of Wales’ 60th Birthday. The Prince has been engaged with each of the programmes delivered since its start, taking a personal interest in the delegates.
Each Summit ends with a formal graduation ceremony, to which we invite our special VIP guests. Last year in Qatar, Her Highness Sheikha Mayassa was our Royal Patron and guest speaker at the graduation event. In 2010 in the UK, HRH The Prince of Wales was our special guest; he addressed the delegates and then took the time to meet and speak to all delegates and supporters.
During the Summit, delegates are encouraged to consider how they will apply their learning to be of use in their local community when they return home. Delegates formulate and submit an action plan which plots their intended community involvement over the next 12 months, including their three-monthly goals. Every three months, we check their progress, and encourage them to share their progress with the other members of the cohort.
We have been able to measure the impact of the Programme via a series of inspiring case studies detailing the action delegates have taken as a result of their participation in the Programme. These include supporting local families to find work, setting up literacy and numeracy classes for local children, and providing inspirational talks at schools to guide career choices.
We have also just completed a process of independent evaluation of the International Leadership programme via think-tank Demos, who we commissioned to assess the long-term impact of the Programme on the delegates. The research concluded that the Programme:
- met or exceeded the expectations of almost all the participants
- encouraged people to play a more active leadership role
- made a positive impact on delegates’ aspirations
- made a very positive impact on delegates’ leadership skills
- improved delegates understanding of global issues and affairs
- encouraged implementation of delegates Action Plans, with the majority saying they had already achieved their goals
- increased the amount of time delegates spend on voluntary work in their communities
- impacted positively on networking skills
Read the full Demos evaluation of the International Leadership Programme
This year, the Summit will close with a dinner in Cambridge, hosted by Mosaic’s founder Chairman, HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan.
We would not be able to deliver the Mosaic International Leadership Programme without the support of our partners, to whom we are so grateful. Our partners for the 2013 Programme are:
Prudential Corporation Asia
Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation
Al Maktoum College
Find out more about the International Leadership Programme and the 2013 Summit