The Global Leadership Challenge 2021 will convene 100 young leaders selected through an open application process in Oxford, St. Gallen, and around the world. Applicants will be evaluated on their commitment to responsible leadership and passion for engaging with complex global challenges. We are looking for a diverse group of postgraduate students and young professionals who are ready to rise to the challenges of our time and develop themselves as the responsible leaders our world desperately needs now.
GLC Members can participate virtually from around the world and most sessions of GLC will be online. Those joining us from Oxford and St. Gallen are invited to attend selected sessions in-person.
What’s In It For You?
Become part of a diverse global community of young, responsible leaders
Engage with world-renowned academics and senior business and policy leaders
Develop action projects that address some of the most pressing global challenges using design thinking principles
Learn to lead in a way that not only advances personal ambition but actively seeks the wider good of society
Earn an official Certificate of Achievement
Retain your chance to participate in a bespoke leadership mentoring from the Oxford Character Project
As the top winner, attend the 51st St. Gallen Symposium in May 2022 as Leaders of Tomorrow
Certificate of Achievement
All active participants will receive an official Certificate of Achievement from the Oxford Character Project at the University of Oxford and the St. Gallen Symposium.
51st St. Gallen Symposium
The winning team will be offered to join the 51st St. Gallen Symposium on 5-6 May 2022 as Leaders of Tomorrow and engage in cross-generational dialogue with senior leaders.
As Leaders of Tomorrow, their expenses for travel and accommodation will be fully covered. After the conference, they will join a global network of emerging thinkers and changemakers.
Receive mentorship from the Oxford Character Project
The top three teams will be offered to participate in a three-month long, bespoke leadership development course, curated and facilitated by The Oxford Character Project.
In addition, they will receive 1:1 mentorship from Dr Edward Brooks, Executive Director of the Oxford Character Project.
You are a student or young professional, aged between 21 and 30 years
You have finished your undergraduate studies.
You have already demonstrated your commitment to responsible leadership through extra-curricular activities and/or work experience.
You are committed to investing around five half-days from 9-15 December 2021 in GLC. (see tentative agenda)
We welcome applications from all academic disciplines.
Application launches on
27 September 2021
24 October 2021
Announcement of the GLC 2021 Members
1 November 2021
Catherine McDonald, GLC Member 2020
"The Global Leadership Challenge provided
an incredible and inspiring opportunity to engage on the topic of responsible leadership, through global dialogue and action-oriented challenges.”
Weza Bombo João, GLC Member 2020
"Captivating, enriching and challenging -
this is the one of a kind experience I had at the Global Leadership Challenge."
If you apply individually for the GLC 2021, following a successful application process, you will be placed in a diverse group with four other GLC members. Your preferences will be taken into account for the allocation of the challenge area. Group configuration requests from individual applicants will not be considered.
If you already have a team of 3-5 individuals interested to participate in the GLC and work together, you can submit a group application. Please note that all applicants in your group need to meet the eligibility criteria individually to be considered for evaluation. Once you apply as a team, your application will be assessed as a team and you cannot apply as an individual applicant.