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The Global Leadership Challenge (GLC) aims to help emerging leaders to grow in the wisdom and character required for responsible leadership that makes a difference in the world — leadership that doesn’t simply seek to fulfil 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 Templeton World Charity Foundation, HCLTech, and EDGE Strategy.

From 7 - 11 December, GLC 2023 will focus on "Confronting Scarcity", exploring the emerging challenges of scarce labour, capital, natural resources and trade, and address the difficult questions they raise for leaders. Drawing on the expertise of thought leaders, practitioners, and academic, GLC offers a tool for think and act upon diverse scarcity challenges. Participants will develop innovative approaches, exploring ways to leverage innovation, collaboration or behavioural change for sustainable development.


To tackle these questions, GLC 2023 will convened 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 group with the most outstanding project idea will be able to attend the 53rd St. Gallen Symposium as Leaders of Tomorrow. After GLC, participants can apply for further mentoring to grow as future leaders (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.

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SDGs in Focus at GLC 2023


Throughout the five-day challenge, GLC participants engaged in cross-generational dialogues with senior leaders, learned from a diverse group of peers, and developed a wide range of action projects focused on concrete challenges, related to four Sustainable Development Goals in the context of this year’s GLC theme “Confronting Scarcity.

SDG 4:  Quality Education

SDG 4 seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all. This program offers a dynamic platform for participants to explore the impact of resource constraints on education and develop innovative strategies to transform learning opportunities in resource-limited environments.

During the Global Leadership Challenge, participants will collaborate to design innovative approaches that leverage technology, community engagement, and creative teaching methods to overcome resource limitations. By examining successful initiatives and best practices, we will identify practical solutions to enhance education access, improve infrastructure, and foster lifelong learning in resource-constrained settings.

Equipped with the knowledge and tools acquired throughout the program, participants will be empowered to drive positive change in education systems and contribute to achieving SDG4.


SDG 3:  Good Health and Well-Being

During the Global Leadership Challenge, participants will collaborate to develop creative solutions that bridge the gap between limited resources and equitable healthcare. Drawing upon cutting-edge technologies, evidence-based practices, and sustainable approaches, we will explore how to optimise resource allocation, improve healthcare infrastructure, and enhance preventive measures in resource-constrained settings.

By addressing the specific challenges of scarcity in healthcare, participants will leave this program equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance SDG 3 and drive meaningful change in their respective communities. Together, we will confront scarcity head-on and chart a path towards a healthier, more resilient world for all.


SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 13 encourages everyone to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. This program provides a transformative platform for participants to understand the nexus between resource scarcity and climate resilience, while developing innovative strategies to address climate challenges in resource-constrained environments.


Join a diverse cohort of climate advocates, policymakers, and sustainability experts as we delve into the complex dynamics of scarcity in the face of climate change. Through dynamic discussions, interactive workshops, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the interplay between resource limitations and achieving the ambitious targets set by SDG 13.


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A New Framework For
Responsible Leadership

The most pressing challenges of our time require system-level analysis and action for impact. Building on research at the Universities of Oxford and St. Gallen, we have developed a new framework for responsible leadership combining three essential components of responsible leadership needed to address global challenges.

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