American Express Leadership Academy

Supporting new leaders for tomorrow through the American Express Leadership Academy

About the programme

Common Purpose has worked with American Express since 2010 to deliver its Leadership Academy programmes for not-for-profit leaders in the UK, India and Hong Kong.

We have run the American Express Leadership Academy in the UK since 2010, the Leadership Academy in India since 2011 and Hong Kong launched in 2015. This year we are pleased to announce a new Academy in Singapore, for not-for-profit leaders from Singapore and the wider ASEAN region.

To date, 543 leaders from the not-for-profit sector have attended the Academy programmes in the UK, India and Hong Kong and joined alumni of the American Express Leadership Academy programmes around the world.

Who is it for?

The Academy programmes provide leadership development for emerging leaders in the not-for-profit sector, so that they can take on senior leadership roles and continue to develop and transform the services of their organisations.

They also strengthen and develop the not-for-profit sector in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore by building the capacity of its leaders to meet the ever-changing social and economic needs in communities that they serve.

Timothy J. McClimon, President, American Express Foundation

“Nonprofit and social sector organizations are tackling some of our most challenging issues, and we believe fostering a pipeline of talent will help ensure nonprofits thrive in the future. Our Leadership Academy programmes created in partnership with Common Purpose have proven to be an effective tool for building the leadership and business skills that are critical to the sector’s success.”


UK American Express Leadership Academy Five Year Evaluation Report

Upcoming academy programmes and more information

To find out more about the American Express Leadership Academy programmes in 2017 please contact:

UK (London):

17 – 20 October 2017
Joanna Hancox

Hong Kong:

20 - 24 November 2017
John-Paul Lui


4 – 8 December 2017
Keely Cheong

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