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Leadership Forum 2019

"Pioneers of Change - It starts with us"

Bangalore, India | September 2 - 4, 2019

We are now at a critical time, there is something in the air, the young generation is speaking up, “school strike for climate” got so much global attention. It is our responsibility to make it happen now, to be more active and take up new initiatives so that the generations to come do not blame us that we did not move out of our comfort zone, did not take the risk when it was called for.  

It’s time to reunite, reflect, exchange and re-energize ourselves in our mission for a more equitable and just world.

What is the Leadership Forum about?

The Leadership Forum is an annual conference organised by Civil Society Academy. The event will bring together eminent global experts and leaders as keynote speakers and panellists to discuss and share new ideas related to responsibility and value-based leadership, shifting of paradigms with a focus on "Us" involving heart, mind, and energy.

Key Objectives

To look at the bigger picture and to strengthen the voice of Civil Society as a global cultural movement

To strengthen the ethical basis of our work

To create a sense of togetherness, make new connections and partnerships

Meet our Keynote Speakers

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Amanda has over 35 years of working with marginalised and vulnerable children and young people. She has been a CEO of 3 UK charities and worked in the secretariat of national, European and international networks. She has extensive experience of working in the Middle East and North Africa, West Africa and CEE and CIS countries as well as managing multi-agency and multi-disciplinary contracts. As well as significant practitioner experience of working directly with children and young people Amanda has contributed to legislation and policy development in both the UK and Europe.  She was a consultant for the European Commission on equality and diversity. She has published papers with the European Commission and the German Government. She is a trained counsellor and youth worker and has a BA in Economic History, BSc in Psychology and MSc in Psychological Research.

Executive Director, Family for Every Child

Amanda Griffith


Esther Wang is the Founder of Joytingle - a social enterprise that believes in helping children cope with chronic illness and stressful medical procedures through meaningful designs. Inspired by a short volunteer stint - Esther saw the need to communicate effectively with children about medical procedures / chronic illness - to gain their co-operation and remove the misconception that medical treatment is a form of punishment. More importantly, well-designed tools will be a time saver to healthcare professionals. A James Dyson Award Global Top 15 Finalist, Esther is grateful that her work was seen on CNN, Huffington Post and Wired.Co. She believes that design is beyond beautiful things. It is her gateway to helping people. Esther was among Forbes 30 under 30 2018 Asia List and talked at TEDxSingaporeWomen 2012 con Compassion in Design. 

Founder, Joytingle

Esther Wang

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Vijay Mahajan is an internationally known Indian rural development professional, social entrepreneur and a policy analyst. He is the founder of reputed organizations such as Pradan NGO and the Basix Social Enterprise Group. He has also served on the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India Rangarajan Committee on Financial Inclusion and the Raghuram Rajan Committee on Financial Sector Reforms. He has published over 20 papers in prestigious Indian and international journals, contributed chapters in 15 academic books and has authored over 70 papers/ articles in the area of rural development, livelihood promotion and employment, microfinance, financial inclusion, social innovations and entrepreneurship. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi, and was mid-career Fellow at the Princeton University, USA.

Chief Executive Officer, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

Vijay Mahajan


Suresh Krishna is the Co-founder and CEO of Yunus Social Business Fund Bengaluru and Co-founder and Partner of Yunus Social Business India Initiatives. Prior to this, he was at the helm of affairs at Grameen Koota, since its inception in 1999 as Managing Director (till July 2015). He was instrumental in developing Grameen Koota into a large, socially responsible MFI having its outreach in 5 states of India. He has co-founded the microfinance industry associations, namely Microfinance Institutions Network and Association of Karnataka Microfinance Institutions. He has played a very active role in developing the microfinance sector in India. He has also co-founded Grameen Affordable Shelters P. Ltd – a company which develops affordable housing for the low-income households along with Mrs. Vinatha M. Reddy – Founder of Grameen Koota. He is the Managing Trustee of Navya Disha Trust, an NGO working to improve water, sanitation, financial literacy, supplementary education for school children. He currently serves on the board of Bina Artha – an MFI in Indonesia, Mifos.org in USA – an open source core banking software for financial services, SAS Health Care P. Ltd. – an affordable healthcare company for the low-income households. 

Suresh Krishna

We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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2 - 4 September 2019: The Grand Magrath Hotel

Website: http://www.thegrandmagrath.comEmail: info@thegrandmagrath.comTelephone: 08025551555

Meet The Organising Team
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Herbert will be the key facilitator of the event. 

Herbert Wolper

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Subhankar Chatterjee

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Trang Nguyen

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Dirk Reber

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