Leadership in Civil Society

How to become an exceptional civil society leader

11 training days | two residential workshops | one-on-one coaching



Some civil society leaders are good, while far fewer are truly exceptional. This course helps you explore what exceptional civil society leaders do to make a difference. You will discover your mindset and develop a leadership agenda for yourself and your organisation.


  • Explore the history, concepts, and roles of civil society such as advocacy, empowerment, service delivery, social entrepreneurship and innovation


  • Embark on an intensive journey to reflect on your leadership skills and attitudes - your organisational leadership, team leadership, and self-leadership


  • Address important leadership challenges, i.e. improve your communication skills, enhance your team and organisational performance, or redefine key strategies and processes


The course includes two workshops with a total of 11 training days as well as personalised coaching.


Course language is English.


Download: Flyer Asia course, Flyer Africa course

For whom

  • Leaders of Civil Society Organisations as well as high-potentials who aspire to become an exceptional leader


Fees workshops, materials, accommodation, meals, coaching

  • International NGOs: € 2,700 / person

  • National NGOs: € 1,500 / person



  • 10% Early bird: 8 weeks before the course starts

  • 10% Group discount: for registration of 2 and more


Contact: registration@civilsocietyacademy.org


What people say...

Naqibullah Dalili

Executive Director, Good Neighbours International Afghanistan

“I will never forget the inspiring energy with all the beautiful faces from around the globe. The course has changed the way I live, work, and lead. Many thanks to all facilitators for their patience throughout both workshops. They did a wonderful job!”


Herbert Wolpert

Herbert has consulted for organisations of all sizes in industries, commerce, education and healthcare, both in Europe and Australasia. Since 1992, he is leading organisations and leadership development programmes for senior management. Since 2011, he is consulting with Welthungerhilfe and the European Network Alliance 2015. Herbert’s facilitation and coaching skills are unmatched.

Sohini Paul

Sohini has been working in the development sector for more than two decades, mostly on capacity building, governance, and human rights in the South Asian context. As a facilitator at Civil Society Academy, she focusses on providing trainings and workshops on leadership and team management, advocacy and rights-based approach as well as designing effective programmes and projects. 

Dirk Reber

With a professional background in economics, sociology and rural development, Dirk is committed to the Civil Society for over 20 years. Being with Welthungerhilfe since 2003, he worked in consultancy and leadership positions throughout Asia: Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, and North Korea. Since 2015, Dirk is establishing the Civil Society Academy in Southeast Asia.

Petra Speier-Werner

Petra’s mission is to be a source of inspiration and love that holds a space for everyone to grow and flow. She has been working in different sectors in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Being an organizational psychologist, economist and political scientist with a doctorate in change management, her trainings, lectures, and coaching are nurtured with her interdisciplinary approach. 

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