Connecting Commonwealth LEaders


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  • 17 Dec 2021 9:48 AM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    We're delighted to announce a new date for our CSC Global Leadership Series - UK event, due to take place this week.

    We were due to hear from some of the world's leading bankers and financial figures this week on their views about 'banking on a green economy'.

    The event will now be held on:
    DATE: Thursday 10th March, 2022
    TIME: 11am - 12pm UTC

    It promises to be fascinating and interactive discussion with:

    Bill Winters (CEO, Standard Chartered)
    Peter Flavel (CEO, Coutts)
    Jennifer Jordan-Saifi (Assistant Private Secretary of The Prince of Wales' Sustainable Markets Initiative)

    Please make sure to invite interested friends and colleagues... and register here:

  • 8 Dec 2021 3:09 AM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to postpone the CSC Global Leadership Series - UK event, scheduled for 17 December, 2021.

    The Banking on a Green Economy event with Bill Winters (CEO, Standard Chartered), Peter Flavel (CEO, Coutts) and Jennifer Jordan-Saifi (Assistant Private Secretary of The Prince of Wales' Sustainable Markets Initiative) will be rescheduled to next year.

    Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

    Peter Laurent, Convenor

  • 9 Sep 2021 6:46 AM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    CSC Global Leadership Series is expanding across the Commonwealth, with the next event, in partnership with CSC UK, to take place in Kenya next month.

    Convenor of the Series, Peter Laurent, says he's excited by the opportunity to showcase Commonwealth leadership.

    "This series is an opportunity to be able to bring CSC alumni together to discuss issues that matter with some of the best minds in the Commonwealth," Mr Laurent said.

    On the 27th of October, Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Sport Heritage and Culture, Ambassador Dr Amina Mohamed will be the guest speaker.

    Dr Mohamed is a committed international civil servant who has had a distinguished career in both public and foreign service.

    She has served in strategic government positions and been elected to key international positions.

    Dr Mohamed is the third guest of the CSC Global Leadership Series after senior Australian business and political leader, Warwick Smith, and bp's global CEO Bernard Looney in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

    Date: Wednesday, 27th October 2021

    Time: 1pm - 2pm (Nairobi, Kenya)

    Register: Click here

  • 16 Aug 2021 6:19 PM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    CSC Global Alumni is pleased to partner with CSC UK to launch the Global Leadership Series in the United Kingdom.

    Chair of CSC Global Alumni, Michael Wright, says the partnership is an important part of the development of the organisation.

    "Working with CSC UK opens up leadership development and networking opportunities for alumni, no matter where in the world they are - all aimed at strengthening our role as being a force for good in the world," Mr Wright said.

    The inaugural CSC Global Alumni / CSC UK event will feature Chief Executive Officer of bp, Bernard Looney, as guest speaker, in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

    Mr Looney will discuss leadership and sustainability within the context of climate, communities, energy and the environment.

    CSC alumni from all international CSC affiliated programmes will be able to register to attend the event via video link and invite registered guests in current or emerging leadership roles who they think would benefit from attending the event.

    The event will be hosted at Coutts London by CEO and CSC UK Vice Chair,​ Peter Flavel​, and CSC UK Chair Sir Alan Parker CVO

    Our Guest Speaker - bp CEO, Bernard Looney

    Bernard joined bp in 1991 as a drilling engineer. Now CEO, he is leading a radical transformation of the company as it heads for net zero by 2050 or sooner and substantial investments in reducing emissions to be delivered by 2023.




    Wednesday, 8th of September, 2021

    12:00 to 1:00 PM BST (London time)

    Click here

  • 2 Jul 2021 10:33 PM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    We are enormously privileged to announce that one of the Commonwealth's leading Executive Leadership Coaches, Dr Helena Dolny from South Africa, will host two sessions for CSC alumni on leading with resilience through a time of collective grief.

    COVID19 is not yet predictable.  The medical profession is still learning.  The strain mutations are a cause for anxiety.  The first vaccines may not be effective against the new strains.

    • What does all of this mean for us in our world of work?
    • What is our shared experience? What has provoked creativity? What has caused grief?
    • What does it mean to be a leader and to lead during times of collective grief?

    Join Dr Helena Dolny from Love, Legacy, Dignity, for this workshop, covering two key topic areas:

    1. Adversity in a Pandemic

    Acknowledges our ongoing context – our ‘normal’ life crises that are exacerbated by the pandemic.

    Resilience by Design: Reviews the essential ingredients of maintaining physical and emotional well-being and provides tools to plan and support the self-monitoring of your personal well-being.

    Being able to lead and collaborate with others requires that we ourselves begin from a place of strength

    2. Grief – no design

    Reviews how COVID19 has brought more than loss of life, grief is amplified and expanded through not only the loss of loved ones, but also loss of opportunities, loss of dreams, loss of freedom of movement, loss of physical connectivity.

    We share learnings and tools from grief research and counselling that we can use to support ourselves and others – especially at this time when social distancing has deprived many of the comfort of exchanging last words in person or the undertaking of important rituals.  

    Select from one of the following sessions based on your time zone preference:

    20 July 2021, 16h00 - 18h00 UTC

    21 July 2021, 07h00 – 09h00 UTC

    Please note: The session provides a unique opportunity to engage and learn from other CSC alumni from across the Commonwealth so please come prepared to share your own learnings from recent times, in particular what has helped and what has hindered you as a leader. 

  • 26 Apr 2021 5:08 PM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    This is a statement from CSC Global Alumni:

    "As the COVID situation deteriorates in many parts of the world, CSC Alumni stand with our colleagues, friends and all those impacted.   

    "Amid a huge surge in the number of reported cases in India alone, resources are strained and there is great sadness. 

    "CSC Global Alumni shares the grief of those who have been affected and those who have lost loved ones. 

    "May those who are leading and involved in the fight against the pandemic find strength to remain forward looking and to inspire hope.  

    "We are with you.

    "CSC Global Alumni."

  • 10 Apr 2021 6:28 PM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    "We give thanks for a life well-lived, and express our condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and to members of The Royal Family." 

    Michael Wright

    Chair, CSC Global Alumni

  • 9 Apr 2021 11:28 PM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    It is with profound sadness the we acknowledge the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

    His life of service has had an enormous impact on countless lives throughout the commonwealth and in deed around the world.

    As Commonwealth Studies Conference Alumni, we know only too well the positive impact that The Duke of Edinburgh’s vision  has brought.  In our instance, his positive impact is multiplied many times over through the work of alumni as leaders in their vocations and communities.

    We give thanks for his life and join with all across the commonwealth to express our condolences and sympathy to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and all members of the Royal Family.

  • 12 Feb 2021 9:33 PM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    Diversity and experience are the hallmarks of the new leadership of the organisation that connects Commonwealth leaders from the Duke of Edinburgh’s CSC programs.

    Chairman of CSC Global Alumni, Michael Wright, says the newly elected CSC Global Alumni board reflects the essence of the Commonwealth.

    “The Commonwealth represents 54 nations, including advanced and developing countries, that are home to 2.4 billion people working together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace across the globe.”

    “Our new board reflects that amazing diversity, with directors coming from all corners of the world,” Mr Wright said.

    The 10 new directors, including five women, were elected from Australia, Barbados, Canada, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Tonga, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    “This is an extraordinary achievement that highlights the inclusive nature of not only this great organisation but the Commonwealth itself.”

    “We are now well-positioned to provide ongoing support, connection and leadership development opportunities to our members – many of whom will play important roles in their respective parts of the Commonwealth as the world recovers from the COVID19 pandemic,” he said.

    The AGM paid tribute to the four outgoing directors – Ashley Barratt, Leigh Cameron, ClaireYvonne Naisbitt and Nick Stubbs.

    “We are deeply indebted for the contributions these alumni made to this organisation in getting it to the stage we are now – we would not be here but for their guidance, counsel and indeed hard work,” Mr Wright said.

    CSC Global Alumni was established in 2019 made up of alumni from all Commonwealth Study Conference and related programs across the Commonwealth.


    Alex Amolloh – Kenya *

    Sarosh Batliwalla – Australia *
    David Bynoe – Barbados
    Justin Chinyanta – Zambia

    Dr Ilka Dunne – South Africa
    Atalua Falekaono – Tonga

    Ian Govendir – UK
    Traci Houpapa – New Zealand
    Shalini Kamath – India
    Alpna Khera – India
    Samukeliso Khumalo – Zimbabwe

    Peter Laurent – Australia

    Caroline Marsh - UK

    Julie Overton – Australia

    Dr Firoz Patel – UK  

    John Thompson – Australia

    Hanaa Wong Abdullah – Malaysia

    Michael Wright – Saudi Arabia
    Gary Yee – Canada

    * new directors

    Counsel: Dr Chris Hartley

  • 7 Feb 2021 7:58 PM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    Dear CSC Global Alumni family,

    It’s been a busy year or two and despite having achieved some early wins there is still so much more ahead of us.

    Thank you to everyone who has had input so far.

    Post our formal AGM on the 8 February 2021, the CSC Global Alumni Board will be hosting a strategy dialogue session.

    In this session we hope to hear from you on how best we can Join Dots and Build Bridges for the future of the CSC Global Alumni community. The primary questions we want to answer are:

    1. What? 
    2. So what? 
    3. What now? 
    4. What should we be focusing on in the coming year? 
    5. Why is this important? 
    6. What is the obvious next step?

    In order to give you some context to the conversation we are including a link below to a variety of presentations that were done for an HRH event late last year. They provide great insight into what our alums are doing around the world and are a good start towards considering the landscape in which we can already join dots and build bridges.

    To join our conversation please register here:

    We look forward to an engaging and stimulating conversation on the 8th February.

    Warmest regards,

    The CSCGA Board

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