2016 Global Leadership Forum
June 1-3, 2016Washington, D.C.


Putting Leadership and Coalitions at the Center of Development

The frontier in leading change for development lies in building the collective capacity of change agents and citizens to come together, overcome obstacles that block reform efforts, and achieve tangible results. Development experts and practitioners are increasingly aware that along with technical knowledge and finance, leadership and coalition building are key requirements in the generation of inclusive development solutions as well as accelerating the achievement of results and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Global Partnership on Collaborative Leadership for Development (GPCL4D) seeks to put leadership and coalitions at the center of development by continually enhancing the know-how around practical approaches to find sustainable solutions to complex problems and brings a vision to become the preferred destination for meaningful collaboration, knowledge exchange and cutting-edge research on tools and methods to support leadership. It builds on the important work that the World Bank Group (WBG) began in 2007 with Leadership Matters and in 2008 with the Leadership Round Table and continued under the Vice Presidency for Leadership, Learning, and Innovation.

The World Bank Group (WBG) is organizing the Global Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C on June 1-3, 2016. The 2016 Global Leadership Forum will bring about 200 partners, leaders and practitioners from government, private enterprise, academia, civil society, foundations, and other international development organizations working in areas of collaborative leadership.

Through interactions and sharing of experiences with leadership experts, development practitioners, and innovators who have found new ways to unblock challenges, the Forum seeks to create awareness of and agreement on the importance of exercising leadership in bringing together diverse stakeholders to achieve results. The Forum will also seek to lay the foundation of how partners could work together to pursue the development of leadership interventions and coalitions for better development outcomes.

VENUE AND DATE: Preston Auditorium, World Bank Group Headquarters in Washington, D.C., June 1-3 2016.

PARTICIPANTS: Development practitioners from Government, development partners, civil society organizations, private sector, and donor partners.

OBJECTIVE OF THE FORUM: The Forum’s objective is to support the exchange of knowledge and experience among policymakers and practitioners, highlighting the important role Leadership and Coalitions play in promoting inclusive and sustainable development solutions.


  1. Better support for operational teams in strengthening the capacity of project implementation teams and managing the political economy of reforms;
  2. Increased Awareness of the role of leadership and coalition building in development;
  3. Agreement of GPCL4D Principles to create a framework for future efforts;
  4. Initiation of coordination of efforts by partners in the field of Leadership and Coalitions.


2016 Global Leadership Forum

Day 1: June 1


MC Building - Preston Hall

Day 2: June 2


MC Building

Day 3: June 3


IFC F Building - F B2 Auditorium

Registration and Breakfast

Welcome and Objectives of the Forum

Introduction to the Partnership 

Opening Remarks by WBG Senior Management

Keynote Speech: The Practice of Leadership

Plenary Session 1: Challenges in Exercising Leadership for Sustainable Development


Welcome and Takeaways from Day 1 (Preston Hall)

Parallel Session 1 - Panel 1: When Politics get in the Way of Reform (MC 6-100)

Parallel Session 1 - Panel 2: Linking Leadership and Results (Preston Hall)

Parallel Session 2 - Panel 3: Strengthening Individuals and Institutions (Preston Hall)

Parallel Session 2 - Panel 4: Mobilizing for Collective Action (MC 6-100)


Welcome and Takeaways from Day 2

Presentation on the Global Partnership on Collaborative Leadership for Development: Objectives, Activities, Outcomes (F B2 Auditorium)

Parallel Working Sessions

Plenary Session: Declaration & Adoption of Key GPCL4D Principles (F B2 Auditorium)

Closing of the Forum

Lunch, Networking Session and Walkthrough of Exhibits

Lunch and Networking Session 

Lunch                                           End of Forum

Plenary Session 2: A musical Perspective on Leadership

Plenary Session 3: How to Break Down Barriers to Policy Implementation?

Plenary Session 4: Leadership Interventions in Development Projects

Reflection from the Balcony: The Role of Leadership in Development

Launch of the Jose Edgardo Campos Collaborative Leadership Awards Process

Walkthrough of Partner Exhibits                                    (James D. Wolfensohn Atrium)

Cocktail Dinner                   (James D. Wolfensohn Atrium)

Plenary Panel: Institutional Approaches to Strengthening Leadership Capacity         (Preston Hall)

Hackathon: Activating Leadership for Results         (Preston Hall)

Key Takeaways and Closing Remarks (Preston Hall)


The Forum opens with a 1-day high-level conference with World Bank Group Senior Management making opening remarks and renowned thought leaders and practitioners giving keynote addresses.  A plenary session follows that features prominent people in the field of Leadership and Coalitions and focuses on the challenges of leadership for sustainable development. After lunch, three plenary sessions will be held, one by a prominent thought leader and the others by prominent practitioners. The day ends with World Bank Group Senior Management reflecting briefly on the day’s events, the launch of the first-ever Collaborative Leadership Awards and a Cocktail Dinner reception.

Day 2 of the Forum begins with reflections on Day 1, followed by parallel sessions that focus on Leadership and Coalitions capacity development. The afternoon plenary sessions focus on strengthening leadership capacity, knowledge exchange and approaches to operationalize leadership for results.

Day 3 of the Forum begins with reflections on Day 2 and an overview of the GPCL4D’s proposed objectives, activities, and outcomes. It then focuses on a capacity develop session and a plenary debriefing, followed by the Declaration & Adoption of Key GPCL4D Principles. A business buffet luncheon closes the Forum.

For more information, please contact Collaborative Leadership for Development Program at


  • Jim Yong Kim

    President of the World Bank Group
  • Jan Walliser

    Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions vice-presidency, The World Bank Group
  • Abha Joshi-Ghani

    Acting Vice President, Leadership, Learning and Innovation vice-presidency, The World Bank Group
  • Roby Senderowitsch

    Manager, Country Client Services of the Leadership, Learning & Innovation vice-presidency, The World Bank Group
  • Hartwig Schafer

    Vice President, Operational Policy and Country Services, The World Bank Group
  • Ronald Heifetz

    King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership, Founding Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Cristina Duarte

    Former Minister of Finance and Planning, Republic of Cape Verde
  • Peter Phillips

    Former Minister of Finance, Member of Parliament, Jamaica
  • Ahmed Muhsin Al-Zubaidy

    Public Policy Unit Chief, Secretariat General for Council of Ministers (COMSec), Baghdad, Iraq
  • John Roome

    Senior Director for Climate Change Cross-Cutting Solutions Area, The World Bank Group
  • Duncan McKee

    Professional jazz musician, composer and educator
  • Francis Fukuyama

    Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), Director of FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
  • Junaid Kamal Ahmad

    Chief of Staff of the Office of the President, The World Bank Group
  • Kent Weaver

    Professor of Public Policy, Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University and Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program, The Brookings Institution
  • Steve Waddell

    Principal at Networking Action: Organizing for the 21st Century and author of “Change for the Audacious: a doer’s guide”
  • Laurence Carter

    Senior Director, Public-Private Partnerships Group, The World Bank Group
  • Sumathi Jayaraman

    Director, Innovation & Strategy at the United Nations Development Programme
  • Lindsay Coates

    President of InterAction
  • Deborah Wetzel

    Senior Director, Governance Global Practice, The World Bank Group
  • Ajay Tejasvi Narasimhan

    Program Manager, Collaborative Leadership for Development, The World Bank Group
  • Heather Marquette

    Director of the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) and Reader in Development Politics at the University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Neil Levine

    Director of the Center for Excellence on Democracy, Rights and Governance of the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Rakiatou Christelle Kaffa-Jackou

    Minister for Population, Republic of Niger
  • Helene Davis Whyte

    Vice President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions
  • Rolland Justet Rabeson

    General Secretary, Ministry of National Education, Republic of Madagascar
  • Melanie Walker

    Senior Advisor to the World Bank Group President, Director of the World Bank Group’s Delivery Unit
  • Robert Schaffer

    Founder of Schaffer Consulting
  • Tengku Azian Shahriman

    Director, Education and Strategic Reform Initiatives (SRI) - Human Capital Development, Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia
  • Maria Gonzalez de Asis

    Lead Operations Officer, Science of Delivery Unit, Human Development Global Practice, The World Bank Group
  • Sekou Kourouma

    Minister, Public Service, State Reform and Modernization of the Administration, Republic of Guinea
  • Collins Dauda

    Minister, Local Government and Rural Development, Republic of Ghana
  • Brigitta Villaronga

    Head of the Leadership & Management Development Group, Academy for International Cooperation,
  • Christoph Glaser

    CEO of TLEX Ltd.
  • Cecilia Sager

    Lead Private Sector Development Specialist for Competitive Sectors, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, The World Bank Group
  • H.E. U Thaung Tin

    Former Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
  • David Fairman

    Managing Director, Consensus Building Institute, Associate Director, MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Niels Tanderup Christensen

    Deputy Director at the Confederation of Danish Industry and Executive Director of the Arctic Cluster of Raw Materials
  • Manuel Contreras

    Senior Leadership Development Specialist, Collaborative Leadership for Development program, World Bank Group
  • Wiebke Koenig

    Head of the Global Leadership Academy, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Jean Lipman-Blumen

    Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior at The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University
  • Rich Braaten

    Global Faculty Director, Crotonville Customer Education, General Electric Company
  • Lyndon Rego

    Global Director of Leadership Beyond Boundaries, Center for Creative Leadership
  • Patrick Sweet

    Co-Director, Geneva Centre for Security Policy - Center for Creative Leadership, the Alliance for Advancing Leadership in Peace and Security
  • Edward Olowo-Okere

    Senior Advisor, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions vice-presidency, The World Bank Group
  • Rajita Kulkarni

    President of the World Forum for Ethics in Business
  • Dr. William Bean

    Professor, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • Heather Lyne de Ver

    Program Manager, Developmental Leadership Program (DLP), University of Birmingham
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