CSCLeaders is a global leadership programme for 100 exceptional senior leaders, selected each year from government, business and NGOs across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.


Part One is held in the UK over seven days. Participants receive high level briefings in Oxford followed by small study tours in London to explore the challenge and leadership practices.

They reconvene in London to share their learning and develop practical proposals in response to the challenge.

Part Two is an opportunity to address the challenge from the context of a different Commonwealth city, reconnect with each other and build on leadership learning developed in Part One.

Alumni are also invited to Part Two to refresh their learning and expand their global networks.


2015 Dates and Locations

Part One - 12-19 April 2015, UK

Part Two - A choice of one of the following:

Ahmedabad - 27-30 July 2015

Nairobi - 17-20 August 2015

Singapore - 8-11 September 2015


Useful Information

CSCLeaders 2015 Brochure

Global Leaders Report - An insight into the leadership learning from Part One of CSCLeaders 2014, based on interviews with participants

Apply for CSCLeaders 2015

Each year the CSCLeaders sets a challenge for the participants, one which addresses a fundamental issue of today.

The Challenge for 2015 is:

What makes a city smart?

Using this challenge as a framework, participants will explore examples of smart cities across the globe and hear from visionary leaders and speakers who have a stake in the challenge. They will go out into local communities to explore real issues around this challenge. Their challenge is to harness the diverse perspectives they encounter and formulate their own ideas, to find new ways of doing things and work together to devise innovative responses to this challenge.

Headline Sponsor



Prudential plc is an international financial services group with significant operations in Asia, the US and the UK. We serve around 23 million insurance customers and have over £450 billion of assets under management. We are listed on stock exchanges in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.

Prudential uses long-term thinking to create long-term value. Through our strong financial performance and international strategy, we create financial benefits for our shareholders and investors and deliver economic and social benefits for the communities in which we operate. www.prudential.co.uk 

Prudential plc is the headline sponsor of CSCLeaders for 2015, 2016 and 2017. 


Contributing Sponsors:


Weir, a FTSE 100 company founded in 1871 and headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, is a global provider of engineering solutions to the minerals, oil and gas and power sectors. Our commitment to engineering excellence, research and customer focus extends equipment wear life and operational capability in some of the world's most challenging environments.  Weir is committed to going where our customers go, with a worldwide network of around 200 manufacturing facilities and service centres. The business has a presence in more than 70 countries, with over 14,000 staff around the world working in three divisions; Minerals, Oil & Gas and Power & Industrial. Weir's customer base includes the world's largest mining houses, major oil services businesses and nuclear and conventional power generation companies. www.weir.co.uk 



Glencore is one of the world's leading integrated producers and marketers of commodities, headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, and listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges. Glencore has worldwide activities in the production, sourcing, processing, refining, transporting, storage, financing and supply of Metals and Minerals, Energy Products and Agricultural Products. www.glencore.com



PwC UK helps organisations and individuals create the value they're looking for. We're a member of the PwC network of firms in 158 countries with more than 180,000 people committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Tell us what matters to you and find out more by visiting us at http://www.pwc.co.uk/ 



Crowdicity is a cloud based enterprise social idea management platform which helps drive innovation through collaboration. Big name clients such as John Lewis, the United Nations, LEGO, P&G the NHS and the WWF all use Crowdicity to engage employees, partners and customers to address the unique challenges they face. Born out of a need to solve real-world problems, Crowdicity empowers organisations to push the boundaries of traditional thinking and provide a space where people from all walks of life can log-on, share ideas and insights - paving the way for real-world, transformational change. http://crowdicity.com/en/




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About CSCLeaders

CSCLeaders is the renewal of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences - first run in 1956 – for the 21st Century, a partnership between international leadership development organisation Common Purpose and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences (UK Fund).

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