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to be a part of GLC

GLC Members

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

Earn a
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.

Attend the
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.

Eligibility criteria

  • 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

Early 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."

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