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 187 regional members from 27 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 159 regional members from 25 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 288 regional members from 46 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 162 regional members from 19 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.



162 regional members
from 19 countries


187 regional members
from 27 countries

Europe & MENA

288 regional members
from 46 countries

Asia & Pacific

159 regional members
from 25 countries

GLAC Community Report

Over the past years, the GLAC has brought together a pool of high-profile actors from all over the world and across different sectors. As of spring 2018, around 600 of such experts and change-makers have participated in either GLAC Labs, Global Diplomacy Labs or the Transformation Thinkers Network, all organized or co-hosted by the Global Leadership Academy.

To support the development of the GLAC Community, we have commissioned a study to take a close look at the already exisiting connections among the participants, as well as to get a better sense on how to promote an active community and foster strong engagement.


Read the Executive Summary of the Community Report


Read the Community Report

Community Impressions