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Berlin Thought Leadership Lab2023-03-15T14:48:20+01:00

Berlin Thought Leadership Lab

Date: 10.11.2022
Time: 15:00 - 18:00
Location: Berlin

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The Global Executive Leadership Initiative (GELI) and the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) invited to an exchange for German Humanitarian CEOs and leading personnel on the topic

Leadership for an Ever-Changing World: Amplifying Collaboration and Transformation within the Humanitarian Sector

The humanitarian and development sectors are stretched and facing an increasing number of sector-specific, global, and systemic challenges. More people are vulnerable to natural disasters and conflict, while the gap between needs and funding continues to grow. The demands on leaders in today’s crises are more challenging and complex than ever before. But while there are a lot of trainings and exchange possibilitites for humanitarian staff in general, there are almost none on leadership level.

This exchange was intended to tackle this gap. It brought together German top leaders and key international think tanks to discuss humanitarian leadership issues. The analysis of six research institutions on key leadership topics provided the platform for a round table discussion of German humanitarian leaders and government representatives to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the challenges that you face, the support you require, and the skills and competencies you need to lead collaboratively, effectively and courageously.


  • Susanne Fries-Gaier, Director Humanitarian Assistance, German Federal Foreign Office

and inputs by:

ALNAP: Learning for Humanitarian Leadership: what it is, how it works, and future priorities

HERE: More than the sum of the parts? Collective leadership vs individual agency in humanitarian action

Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation: How dare you? Principled leadership and moral courage (p.42-50)

ODI: Leadership of protection in the humanitarian sector

CHA: Towards facilitating local leadership in humanitarian project management

KONU: Systems Leadership in the Humanitarian Sector: Findings from Field Leadership Labs

Participation on invitation only.