"New Ways of Dealing with Past Conflicts and Past Autocracies Versus Traditional Criminal Prosecution" is the title of the 3rd symposium organised by the Elisabeth Käsemann Foundation from September 30 to October 2 at the University of Buenos Aires. The keynote was given by Daniel Rafecas, federal judge and human rights activist who participated in the Nelson Mandela Dialogues, which he described as one of the most enlightening and strong experiences in his career.

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Deepening the Dialogue

How do we deal with the past and its significance for shaping societies of the present? This question was at the heart of the dialogue on memory work among 30 participants from 14 countries in Buenos Aires this June. Anna Kaminsky, head of the Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany had taken up the initiative for this dialogue. 

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New Impact Story

Overcoming social disruption is central to David Hernández-Torres’ work as a coordinator of strategic partnerships. He manages the campaign “Podemos ser”, that fosters reconciliation in Colombia’s largest cites. David participated in the Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 2.

Watch the auto-slider to get to know more about David's work with young people in Colombia.

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GLAC at the EDDs 2019

The European Development Days (EDDs), Europe’s leading forum on development, took place on 18-19 June in Brussels. The Global Leadership Academy was happy to participate with a stand at the Global Village. During the EDDs six of our members were able to connect and reconnect. We had a lot of fun at the GLAC stand where we engaged visitors in a quiz about our work.


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Impact Story

Allen Asiimwe is a trade and governance advisor and practitioner with many years of experience in the public sector. In her work, the passionate networker focusses on diversity and gender issues. She took part in The Power of Diversity Lab.

Listen to Allen Asiimwes experiences with her Girls4Girls initiative in Africa.

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Update on Impact Story

Freediving enables the swimmers to get in touch with the immediate nature. When people see the beauty of the ocean they gain a deeper understanding of its ecosystem and usually seek to minimize their negative impact on it. That is why climate change strategist Robert Axelsson and his Integrated Learning Center in the Western Visaya’s, Philippines, collaborated with a group of free-divers to conduct an exploration and clean-up activity.

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Lab News in 2019

The GLAC Team in GIZ is currently working on several exciting new topics for possible future dialogue processes including AI, the future of work, corruption and quality education. We hope that some of these can be realized in cooperation with strong and engaged partners.

Be prepared and stay tuned for more!

The Global Leadership Academy

The immense challenges we face as a global community require a fundamental shift in our thinking.

The Global Leadership Academy creates spaces in which decision-makers from the fields of policy-making, business, research and civil society come together to look at global challenges from a completely different angle.

Who we are

Leadership and Innovation Labs

Based on its years of experience, the Global Leadership Academy has developed an effective approach to enable change on a personal, organisational and systemic level – Leadership and Innovation Labs.

A Leadership and Innovation Lab is a space of dialogical knowledge sharing, connection and innovation dedicated to a particular societal challenge.

In a unique way, this approach addresses the intertwined relationship between leadership development of key change agents and the initiation of systemic change in organizations, networks and our societies.

What we do

Impressions from our labs

"We value the strategic insight and focus on leadership that the Global Leadership Academy brings. We are pleased to be partnering with you in the space of leadership and coalition building for development."


Dr. Ajay Tejasvi, Collaborative Leadership for Development, The World Bank

Our impact

The Global Leadership Academy enables change on a personal, organisational and systemic level.

Our members transfer insights and innovations into their home contexts in manifold ways: Through change projects, new cooperations, innovative leadership and much more.