2017 Global Leadership Forum
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Date: Monday, March 6th, 2017
Time: 14:00 - 23:00 GMT/ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm ET or convert time
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank, DC

Global events over the past year have exposed an increasingly divided society in countries across the world. Even in more mature democracies their citizens have become more partisans on key issues faced by their country. However the nature of the challenges is complexly multi-sectoral, and requires actors across multiple sections of society to come together to solve. In such a situation, collaborative leadership can play a major role in bringing together relevant actors and help generate inclusive solutions.

The theme of the 2017 Global Leadership Forum is “Building Leadership for Reform in Divided Societies.” This event will bring about 200 partners, leaders and practitioners from government, academia, civil society, other international development organizations working in areas of collaborative leadership. Through interactions and sharing of experiences, the Forum seeks to surface leadership approaches to bring together diverse stakeholders to achieve results in divided societies. It will also award the recipients of the 2016 Jose Edgardo Campos Collaborative Leadership Awards.

This Forum is the second in a series of events by the Global Partnership on Collaborative Leadership for Development (GPCL4D) that puts Leadership and Coalitions at the center of international development practices. The GPCL4D aims to move the Leadership agenda forward by creating a sustainable partnership among like-minded practitioners who are committed to making Leadership and Coalitions central to development practices.

It increases the impact of Leadership and Coalitions in development by becoming a destination for meaningful collaboration, knowledge exchange and cutting-edge research on tools and methods, and by supporting leadership in countries that need to overcome the “wicked problems” facing many societies today.

Expected Outcomes of the Forum:

1. Surface effective approaches to lead for reform and build a broad-based support and coalitions;
2. Better support development practitioners in working with stakeholders in advancing reforms;
3. Develop an action plan for the Partnership’s future efforts.

By coming together at the Forum, the Partnership generates knowledge, develops strong partnerships and enhances leadership capacity while supporting operational work to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Session List

Day 1 Morning
9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome and Objectives of the Forum, Opening Remarks
9:15 – 10:30 am High-Level Dialogue on Building Inclusive Leadership for Conflict Resolution
10:45 – 11:45 am Plenary Session 1 – Bridging the Divide in Challenging Environments
11:45 – 12:45 pm Plenary Session 2 – Constructive vs Toxic Leadership

Day 1 Afternoon
1:30 – 2:30 pm Plenary Session 3 – Leadership, Governance and the Law: Lessons from WDR 2017
2:30 – 3:30 pm Plenary Session 4 – Operational Tactics in Navigating Polarized Environments
5:15 – 5:30 pm Closing Day 1 – Reflection from the Balcony: Leadership & Coalitions in Divided Societies
5:30 – 6:00 pm Jose Edgardo Campos Collaborative Leadership Awards Ceremony

For more information on the Global Leadership Forum and the program, please email: lead4dev@worldbank.org or visit online at http://leadfordev.org.

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President, World Bank Group
Senior Public Sector Specialist, The World Bank Group
Presidential Counsellor on Human Rights in Colombia
Senior advisor, Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
Director, Public Service and Performance, Governance Global Practice, The World Bank Group
Program Manager of the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP), University of Birmingham
Managing Director, Consensus Building Institute, Associate Director, MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program
Senior Economic Adviser, Cluster of Global Practices for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, The World Bank Group
Chief Negotiator in the Peace Talks and Former Minister of State, Colombia
Professorial Research Fellow in Politics and Development at the University of Birmingham (UK) and Deputy Director of the Developmental Leadership Program
Director, Innovation & Strategy at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Thornton F. Bradshaw Chair in Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior, Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University
Founding director of the Centre for Analysis and Public Affairs, former Deputy Minister of Interior, Colombia
Executive Director and Representative for Sir Fazle Abed, Founder and Chairman of Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC)
Director, Financial Accountability and Reporting, the Governance Global Practice, The World Bank Group
Senior Advisor, Institute of Public Administration of Bahrain (BIPA) and President, Arab Governance Institute (AGI)
Manager of Leadership, Learning & Innovation, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Vice Presidency, the World Bank Group
Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions
Senior Director, Governance Global Practice, The World Bank Group
Lead Social Development Specialist, Development Research Group, The World Bank Group.
Former President of the Republic of Botswana