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to be a part of GLC

GLC Members

The Global Leadership Challenge 2022 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 will be attending sessions on 12 May 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

  • Possibility to receive bespoke leadership training and mentorship offered by the Oxford Character Project

  • Possibility to receive Entrepreneurship Coaching with EWOR Academy to build your venture

  • As the first winning group, possibility to attend the 52nd St. Gallen Symposium in May 2023 as Leaders of Tomorrow

Earn a
Certificate of Achievement

All active participants will receive an official Certificate of Achievement from the University of Oxford and the St. Gallen Symposium.

Attend the
52nd St. Gallen Symposium

The winning team will be offered to join the 52nd St. Gallen Symposium on 4-5 May 2023 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 exclusive mentorship after GLC

After GLC, GLC Members can apply for further mentoring in two tracks: “entrepreneurship” (with EWOR Education) to learn skills and competencies towards building their own ventures, and “leadership development” (with the Oxford Character Project at the University of Oxford) to reflect on their own purpose and grow as a future leader.

Eligibility criteria

  • You are a student (currently enrolled in a Masters or a PhD programme) or a young professional (aged between 21-30 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 8-12 December 2022 in GLC.

  • Active participation in GLC sessions is mandatory to receive a Certificate of Achievement.

We welcome applications from around the world and from all academic disciplines.


Application launches on

17 August 2022


1 November 2022

Announcement of the GLC 2022 Members

Early November 2022

Apply now

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."

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