Connecting Commonwealth LEaders


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  • 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

  • 30 Dec 2020 5:51 PM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    Friends and colleagues, greetings! I trust this finds you and your families safe and well wherever you are in the Commonwealth or indeed across the world.

    The end of year is a time for us to pause and to reflect.

    COVID has put the spotlight firmly on the things that matter: our family, our friends, our community and our planet.

    One of the big lessons for me from COVID has been the ability to invest in ourselves - to find ways to be the best version of ourselves.

    And I'm really proud that CSC Global Alumni offers that opportunity.

    The CSC Global Alumni provides us with a really unique opportunity... and that is to collaborate with one another and with people from all across the Commonwealth.

    We were able to very quickly pivot and change direction into the digital space when we realised we weren't going to be able to physically come together.

    That's provided further opportunities to engage with one another.

    One of the things we realised was that we've increased our level of engagement and our aspiration in 2021 is to take it to another level.

    But it needs you.

    You're the missing link.  

    In February of 2021, the board will meet for its annual general meeting.

    Over the coming weeks, you'll receive some communication from my colleagues on the board inviting you to consider how you might re-engage or even engage with CSC Global Alumni.

    Seasons Greetings and take care.

    Michael Wright, Chairman

    [Click here for Michael's full message]

  • 28 Oct 2020 10:18 PM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    At least 60 CSC alumni joined a webinar to brief our President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on the future of the Commonwealth Study Conferences.

    Participants came from 17 countries across the Commonwealth:

    Australia, Barbados, Burundi, Canada, Fiji, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Africa & UK.

    Six groups of alumni presented ideas and recommendations about the future of the CSC, which began by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956.

    The "pioneering spirit" of CSC global alumni was noted along with the importance of the alumni connections, particularly during the tough times being experienced across the world due to the COVID pandemic. 

  • 26 Sep 2020 7:45 PM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the Global Leadership Series, a forum featuring distinguished alumni from across the Commonwealth.

    CSC Global Alumni Chairman, Michael Wright, says he's excited by the initiative.

    "We are continually looking for ways that we can add value for all alumni and facilitate important connections amongst this impressive group of people.

    "The Global Leadership Series is a chance to tap into the experience and knowledge of some of the most distinguished alumni from across the Commonwealth," Mr Wright said.

    The first speaker will be a former Australian Government Minister and now high profile businessman, Warwick Smith AO.

    The online event will be held in October.

    DATE: 26 October

    TIME: UTC+1000

    The series will promote global thought leadership on salient leadership issues to a global public audience.

    Attendance at the events is open to all alumni of CSC programmes and their guests with Fellows (paid members) given priority access to the speakers for questions and networking.

    The events are an opportunity to reconnect, network, listen and learn from prominent Commonwealth leaders and CSC alumni and for us to engage with potential corporate and programme partners.

  • 15 Aug 2020 9:03 PM | John Thompson (Administrator)

    We'd like to wish our President, HRH The Princess Royal, a very happy birthday.


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