Leaders and change agents from around the world form the Global Leadership Academy. They are experts in their fields and able to make change happen, be it through organisational leverage or convincing power.

Across sectors and continents, our members – former and current participants of our programmes – form a vibrant network of those who aspire change and are willing to collaborate in new ways to achieve necessary transformations.





Regional Ambassadors

A network analysis we conducted in 2018 revealed, that opportunities for exchange, networking and collaboration across thematic fields as well as regional or local meetings would be highly valued by the community.

That’s why we started to design and implement different instruments and tools, enabling self-organized exchange as well as regionally or local meetings relating to the Agenda 2030.
Assuming that collaborative initiatives would differ as regionally prioritized global development topics might do and trying to serve the complex demands, four regional ambassadors were appointed, functioning as key accounts for the four global regions in early 2019.

Our ambassadors convene the GLAC community on a regional level, contributing effectively and sustainably to change, while strengthening the regional network.

Allen Sophia Asiimwe, Africa

Allen Sophia Asiimwe, Africa

Ms Allen Asiimwe is our regional ambassador for the African region. Allen is one of our members who successfully participated in the Power of Diversity and the Impact Lab and takes care of 146 regional members from 25 countries.

Allen joined GLAC as a member of the Transformation Thinkers network and successfully participated in the Power of Diversity Lab as well as the Impact Lab. She is a Ugandan advocate with over 20 years’ experience as a policy advisor and development practitioner. She is passionate about shaping Africa’s narrative on governance, trade, regional integration and development issues and empowering women to lead. She has worked with governments, the private sector, civil society and donors and founded AVID Development, a regional consulting firm working on key issues of trade, development and governance in Africa. Allen is passionate about women’s rights and chaired the Board of FIDA Uganda (Association of Uganda Women Lawyers). She sits on the board of The Water Trust an international NGO that provides clean water and sanitation to communities in East Africa. In 2016, she co- founded the Girls4Girls Global Mentoring Initiative.

Gaurav Sharma, Asia & Pacific

Gaurav Sharma, Asia & Pacific

Mr Gaurav Sharma is the GLAC regional ambassador for the Asian region. Gaurav is one of our members who successfully participated in the Transforming Leadership Lab and takes care of 108 regional members from 21 countries.

Gaurav is one of our members who successfully participated in the Transforming Leadership Lab implemented by the Global Leadership Academy and the Asian Development Bank.

He is an independent policy advisor and a knowledge manager working with institutions such as Asian Development Bank and the International Labor Organisation as a consultant. Currently he is facilitating the "Youth Climate Leaders" (YCL) cohort in Germany and India and he is the founder of the Indo-Swiss Future Leaders Forum (ISFLF) furthermore he sits on the Executive Committee of Indo-German Young Leaders Forum (IGYLF).

Gaurav Sharma is the recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship for year 2015-2016, by the Alexander von-Humboldt Foundation. He is also the recipient of the ‘Young Leader’ in the ‘Crans Montana Forum’, class of 2014-2017. Currently, he is a Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Asia Division in Berlin. Gaurav was the Political Advisor at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi, from 2012 to 2015. From 2011 to 2012 he was a Research Assistant at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies, New Delhi.

Katharina Miller, Europe & MENA

Katharina Miller, Europe & MENA

Ms Katharina Miller is the GLAC regional ambassador for the European region and takes care of 253 regional members from 50 countries.

Katharina is one of our members who successfully participated in the Transforming Leadership Lab implemented by the Global Leadership Academy and the Asian Development Bank.

She is a qualified lawyer in Spain and Germany and has been the Spanish coordinator for the European Project “European Women Shareholders Demand Gender Equality” (EWSDGE), funded by the PROGRESS Programme of the European Union (EU) and co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the German Women Lawyers Association (DJB). In addition, she is a member, and in some cases head of various NGOs, including the European Women Lawyers Associations (EWLA), DJB and ZONTA.

Rodolfo Cordova Alcaraz, Americas

Rodolfo Cordova Alcaraz, Americas

Mr Rodolfo Cordova is the GLAC regional ambassador for the North and South American region. Rodolfo is one of our members who successfully participated at the Migration Laboratory and takes care of 131 regional members from 18 countries.

As the vice president of the Impacto Social Metropolitan Group in Mexico Rodolfo has been working passionately for actively promoting and defending the rights of migrants and refugees in the Americas and Europe for the past 13 last years. His work has focused on creating innovative proposals and solutions that can translate into regional and national policies. He has worked for civil society organizations, the International Organization for Migration in five countries, the World Bank, and for academic institutions. He was a member of the International Civil Society Steering Committee for the Global Forum on International Migration and Development for three years, engaging a variety of stakeholders to change the status quo.

In Mexico, he chaired the Civilian Advisory Board of the National Migration Institute for a couple of years, the only civic participation space for migrants, their communities, and people who defend their rights.



131 regional members
from 18 countries


146 regional members
from 25 countries

Europe & MENA

253 regional members
from 50 countries

Asia & Pacific

108 regional members
from 21 countries

GLAC Netzwerkanalyse

In den letzten Jahren hat die GLAC eine Gruppe von hoch angesehenen Akteuren aus der ganzen Welt und aus verschiedenen Sektoren zusammengebracht. Bis zum Frühjahr 2018 haben sich etwa 600 Expertinnen und Experten an GLAC-Labs, Global Diplomacy Labs (die alle von der Global Leadership Academy angeboten und mitveranstaltet wurden) oder im Transformation Thinkers Network engagiert.

Um die Entwicklung der Community weiter zu unterstützen, haben wir eine Studie in Auftrag gegeben, die die bereits bestehenden Verbindungen zwischen den Teilnehmenden genauer betrachtet. Ziel war es, ein besseres Verständnis für Interessen und Bedarfe der Community zu entwickeln, und ihr starkes Engagement weiter zu fördern.


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