“LEAD is proud to have inspired and built a network of more than 2,400 Fellows over the past 20 years, who are using their creativity and entrepreneurial leadership skills to drive forward sustainable development,” said Roland Kupers, Chair of LEAD International. “The recent Ashden Award winner, Tri Mumpuni, is just one of the many LEAD Fellows making a very significant difference. And, in order to empower many more leaders over the next 20 years, we are now reinventing LEAD for the future.”

Choose Change will take a look back at LEAD’s rich history and showcase the achievements of outstanding LEAD Fellows. The challenges and opportunities faced by sustainable development leaders will be explored along with the role that LEAD’s new model for online learning can play in bringing about change.

"Tomorrow’s sustainability leaders will need to manage ever growing complexity and do it in ways that amplify our collective voices," said Gillian Martin Mehers, Director of Learning, LEAD International. "This leadership for sustainable development is no longer necessarily from the top, now it’s from the side, from within, from behind, from everywhere, and LEAD’s goal is to provide a flexible learning environment for these entrepreneurial leaders and learners, that gives them a path to strengthen their skills wherever they are leading.”

Choose Change aims to identify the leadership we want in a discussion moderated by Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN with panellists: M. Aslam Chaudhry, Head of the UN Office on Sustainable Development; Barrett Brown, Executive Director, Integral Sustainability Center and Thaïs Corral, Founder Director, Rede de Desenvolvimento Humano and Communication, Education and Information on Gender.

LEAD is the world’s largest international non-profit organisation focused on leadership and sustainable development. LEAD equips outstanding leaders from around the world with skills for sustainable decision making through its world class Fellowship Programme.

LEAD’s anniversary event, Choose Change is at the Italian Institute of Culture, Av. Presidente Antonio Carlos, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from 6.30-10pm on 17th June.

Entry is free but you will need a ticket. Email Katie Singer to register:

The LEAD Fellowship Programme is a world-class training programme that gives emerging leaders the skills, knowledge and network of contacts to bring about transformational change and create a more sustainable future.

12 Member Programmes bring learning in leadership for sustainable development around the world in Anglophone West Africa, Brazil, Canada, China, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe, Francophone West Africa, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan and Southern & Eastern Africa.

After graduation, LEAD Fellows join a network of over 2,400 sustainability leaders worldwide, an invaluable resource to help address sustainability challenges at local, regional and global levels.

LEAD’s Learnscape will be launched in the autumn providing virtual learning for leadership and sustainability and an online community for sustainability leaders. At its core is a suite of interactive online learning courses that crystallise LEAD's 20 years of experience in the field of leadership and sustainability.

For further media information contact Katie Singer tel: +44 20 79388704/+447816094373, email: katie at lead.org web: www.lead.org