The Advanced Leadership Foundation organizes International Leadership Summits, providing a unique space to transform individuals into action-oriented leaders, so they can become agents of change in their societies. ALF has a firm commitment to promote social and environmental issues, encouraging greater civil society engagement, in order to guide meaningful transformation.
In the past six years, ALF has successfully organized several world trending International Leadership Summits, including:
The International Leadership Summits address myriad topics of current social, political, and economic interests, relevant to today’s global challenges, such as: Green and Circular Economies; technological innovation; Creative Economy; and Women’s Empowerment. Each Summit invites high-level speakers who are top experts in their field and active stakeholders in decision-making processes, who train and work directly with Summit participants. Experts include: current and former public officials; Nobel Prize Laureates; business, social and environmental leaders; top scholars from the world’s best universities; international gurus, among others. Our events are recognized around the world because of our peer-to-peer model for capacity building, and creating a long-lasting impact.
To ensure that the messages conveyed generate real impact and reach as many individuals as possible, ALF finds, develops, and supports a diverse network of leaders to attend our Summits. Selected participants take part in our “Leadership Program” and subsequently serve as ambassadors of the specific cause at hand. These leaders are trained in the subject matter by experts, as well as in leadership and communication skills, so they are able to communicate the message effectively. This is achieved through a “one-year commitment” by each Leader, during which they give a minimum of 10 presentations in their areas of influence, and/or to participate in media events in their communities.
In total, our trained Leaders have delivered more than 8,000 presentations worldwide, directly impacting more than 800,000 people and indirectly more than 1 million people.
“Green Economy Summit”: an event whose main objective was to generate awareness on the correlation between economic growth and environmental sustainability. The event took place in December 2016 in Cordoba, Argentina, with the participation of 1,200 people including public officials, media and social influencers as well as 300 selected leaders (out of more than 2.000 applicants) from all over the country.
Speakers addressing the audience and training the leaders included: four Nobel Laureates (Ada Yonath, Kurt Wurthrich, Mario Molina and Shirin Ebadi) along with several international figures from the environmental sector such as Ken Salazar, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior; Robert Kennedy Jr., selected as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Heroes of Planet; Alexandra Coustau, filmmaker and environmental activist; among others. Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, addressed the participants, commending them on their ongoing commitment to green initiatives in Argentina and abroad.
Given the success of the Green Economy Summit, ALF organized the second edition during October 2017 with an audience of over 2,200 people from every province in Argentina as well as 300 selected leaders. The summit’s key message was: economic competitiveness should be based on investments in a greener economy.
Speakers that addressed the audience and trained the leaders included three Nobel Laureates, President Barack Obama (2009 Nobel Peace Prize), Eric Maskin (2007 Nobel Prize in Economics) and Edmund Phelps (2006 Nobel Prize in Economics); as well as world renowned experts.
Topics included new technologies available to promote a greener economy, the insurance industry, the role governments play in this transition, the threat of climate change, and the transition to a more productive economic and industrial model that will make green economies both economically and socially sustainable. Obama inspired participants to mobilize and become active in their communities in order to make the difference they envisioned.
In July 2018 ALF held the first Summit of Circular Economy and Technological Innovation in Madrid. The Advanced Leadership Foundation teamed up again with President Obama, as well as with other Heads of State such as Iván Duque, President of Colombia, Pedro Sánchez, President of Spain, and Rosalía Arteaga, President of Ecuador. Nobel Laureates Christopher Pissarides (2010 Nobel Prize in Economics), Finn Kydland (Nobel Prize in Economics 2004), and Barry Barish (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2017). Other guests included Ndaba Mandela (President of Africa Rising), Dasho Karma Ura (Minister of Happiness of the Kingdom of Bhutan), among many others.
The summit was attended by over 4,700 people including 400 selected leaders (out of more than 4,500 applicants) who took part in our leadership training program.
Speakers debated issues related to social, technological, environmental, educational development, and possible strategies to improve the environmental process of each of these themes within the socio-cultural and economic arenas.
In 2018 ALF organized, in collaboration with Taylor’s Wine, the Climate Change Leadership Summit in Porto, Portugal. This summit was centered around how climate change affects every single sector of our societies and has a direct impact on the future of all areas of the economy including an economy’s production models. The agricultural sector is no exception and the effects of climate change are rapidly affecting it in a number of ways, including changes in average temperatures, rainfall, and climate extremes. This summit offered practical and proven solutions, short and long term, to help the agricultural sector to mitigate the impacts of a changing climate while adapting to help solve our shared problems.
Summit speakers included Nobel Laureates President Barack Obama and Professor Mohan Munasinghe, as well as Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO and Juan Verde, President of the Advanced Leadership Foundation. Over 2,000 people attended this event.
ALF organized the first Creative Economy Summit in Medellin, Colombia in September 2019, as an opportunity to engage in discourse on the importance of culture and creativity for the development, social transformation and impact of new digital technologies in all aspects of our lives and that have generated economic disruption worldwide.
The summit was attended by over 1,800 people including 340 selected leaders (out of more than 2,000 applicants) who took part in our leadership training program. Over 40 speakers took part in this event including: President of Colombia, Iván Duque; Mayor of Medellín, Federico Gutiérrez; as well as world experts in the ranging from fashion, technology, music, culture, entertainment , tourism, among others.
This was the highest gathering of committed Hispanic climate action leaders and media, united to highlight the leadership of Latin America on climate change and to increase global pressure on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Official COP25 Madrid event. With the participation of renowned experts including Federico Gutierrez, former Mayor of Medellin, Colombia, Monica Araya, Costa Rica Limpia Founder, and Enrique Riquelme, COX Energy Founder, among others.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken our world. Citizens around the world are demanding from politicians and governments exacting solutions across a wide range of issues from ethics and transparency to the climate crisis, to the impacts of automation and artificial intelligence on the future of work to the need to combat “fake news.” The Future of Politics Summit was the first and a unique Forum bringing together political, business, and social leaders from around the world to address these and other cutting-edge issues head on. Speakers included Ségolène Royal – President of COP21, former Minister of Environment, Energy and Sea; Danilo Türk, former President of Slovenia; and Alexandra Cousteau – President & Co-founder. Oceans 2050.
Global speakers gathering to find solutions to the challenges tourism faces worldwide in the aftermath of the pandemic, developing collaborative systems to turn this crisis into an opportunity for shared progress and contributing to global economic recovery. The Summit speakers included Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO, Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General, UNCTAD, Tony Wheeler, Lonely Planet Co-founder, as well as over 125 internationally recognized experts.
The Advanced Leadership Foundation, in alliance with Colombia’s Antioquia Government, invited national and international speakers to discuss a path towards sustainable governance, and development of responsible mining in Colombia. Participants had the opportunity to analyze the challenges, to explore opportunities and analyze positive experiences from all over the world. A wide variety of speakers gathered, from Mining Ministers, to private sector leaders such as José Ignacio Noguera, President of Gran Colombia Gold; Remi Piet – Ph.D Co-Founder & Senior Partner at Embellie Advisory; Marianick Tremblay and Erika Thompson, both Canadian and Australian Ambassadors in Colombia; and Ignacio Zapico Alonso – Assistant Professor PhD , in Geomorphology and Geomorphological Restoration, Madrid Complutense University, among the many.
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