GLF partners

Back to the GLF main pageThe Global Leadership Fellows Programme is a unique, two-year development curriculum. It aims to cultivate leaders who are able to navigate complex dynamic environments based on multistakeholder engagement.

The GLFP is co-designed and co-developed in association with some of the world’s foremost experts in leadership, management, organizational behaviour and experiential learning. Fellows are trained at CEIBS, Columbia University, Cornell Tech, INSEAD, the London Business School, THNK School of Creative Leadership and Innovation and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Academic partners

As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to change lives and transform organizations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of its research and teaching. INSEAD became a pioneer of international business education with the opening of the Fontainebleau campus in Europe in 1960. In 2000, INSEAD opened an Asia campus in Singapore. And in 2007 the school began an association in the Middle East, officially opening the Abu Dhabi campus in 2010. As an educational institution, its mission is to promote a non-dogmatic learning environment that brings together people, cultures and ideas from around the world, changing lives and helping transform organizations through management education. Through teaching, they develop responsible, thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs who create value for their organizations and their communities. Through research, they expand the frontiers of academic thought and influence business practice.

London Business School is ranked among the top business schools in Europe, and among the top 10 business schools in the world. In 2011, London Business School was ranked number one in the world for its MBA programme by the Financial Times for the third year in a row. In 2009 the school shared this ranking with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The school’s admissions process is highly selective, making it one of the most competitive business schools in the world. It was established in 1964, after the Franks Report recommended the establishment of two business schools, as part of existing universities (London Business School and Manchester Business School), but with considerable autonomy.

For more than 250 years, Columbia University has been a leader in higher education in the US and around the world. At the core of its wide range of academic inquiry is the commitment to attract and engage the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding, pioneering new discoveries and service to society. Since 1965, Columbia University’s School of the Arts has offered students an unparalleled opportunity for risk-taking, uniquely combining the intellectual rigours of an urban Ivy League institution with the limitless opportunities provided by its location in New York City, one of the great cultural capitals of the world.

The Wharton School is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wharton is the oldest business school in the US and the world’s first business school affiliated with an institution of higher learning. It was established in 1881 through a donation from Joseph Wharton. The University of Pennsylvania, Wharton’s parent institution, is among America’s first universities, founded by statesman Benjamin Franklin. The school’s faculty is the world’s most published and most cited among business schools. Wharton’s MBA programme has been ranked the best in the world by the Financial Times from 2000 to 2009 and again in 2011, when it tied with London Business School. In addition, Wharton usually receives the highest reputation scores from academics and recruiters.

The China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) is mainland China’s leading business school, with three programmes globally ranked by the Financial Times. The CEIBS vision is to become the most respected international business school by linking East and West in teaching, research and business practice, and by promoting China’s social and economic development through high-impact knowledge creation and dissemination. CEIBS was established in November 1994 in Shanghai. Based on a campus in the Pudong district of Shanghai, the school is a not-for-profit joint venture established under an agreement between MOFTEC and the European Commission. Today, CEIBS also has offices and operates programmes in Beijing and Shenzhen, and offers a certificate programme in developing regions of China.

THNK accelerates the development of social change agents, commercial entrepreneurs, corporate innovation managers and public sector leaders through several unique experiential learning programs. Each is tailored to equip participants with the confidence, tools and methodology to lead breakthrough innovation with triple bottomline impact.

Cornell Tech is a revolutionary model for graduate education that fuses technology with business and creative thinking. Cornell Tech brings together like-minded faculty, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and students in a catalytic environment to produce visionary ideas grounded in significant needs that will reinvent the way we live.

The Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute embodies the academic partnership between Cornell University and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology at Cornell Tech.


The Global Leadership Fellows Programme is proud to present some of the best experts in leadership, management, organizational behaviour and experiential learning.

Carol Becker

Columbia University School of the Arts
Dean of Faculty and Professor of the Arts

Specialist areas: feminist theory, American cultural history, art and social responsibility

Herminia Ibarra

The Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning, and Professor of Organizational Behavior

Specialist area: Career & Professional Development, Identity, Leadership

David Gosset

China Europe International Business School
Senior Research Associate, Deputy Director for European Relations

Specialist areas: sinology, global affairs and international relations

Adam Grant

Wharton University of Pennsylvania
Professor of Management, Professor of Psychology

Specialist areas: work motivation, prosocial helping and giving behaviours, job design and meaningful work, initiative and proactive behaviours, burnout and leadership

Lynda Gratton

London Business School
Professor of Management Practice; Executive Education Faculty Director

Specialist area: organizational transformation

Andrea Haring

Columbia University School of the Arts

Specialist area: vocal coaching

Richard Jolly

London Business School
Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Specialist areas: leadership and organizational behaviour

Jean-Francois Manzoni

Professor of Management Practice
The Shell Chaired Professor of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Specialist areas: leadership, development of high-performance organizations and corporate governance

Kathy Pearson

Wharton University of Pennsylvania
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Specialist areas: decision-making, strategic agility, stakeholder management, operational excellence and strategic execution

Gianpiero Petriglieri

Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour

Specialist areas: leadership, identity, adult development and experiential learning

Dan Shapiro

Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychology

Specialist areas: international conflict management, peer counseling, emotional and identity-based dimensions of regional conflict and terrorism

Michael Useem

Wharton University of Pennsylvania
William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management
Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest
Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management

Specialist areas: catastrophic and enterprise risk management, corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision-making and governance