Common Purpose is 30

Common Purpose is 30 this year  we're celebrating with our Alumni


Connect with Common Purpose and our alumni network of over 85,000 leaders and rising 

This year, we're collecting and celebrating the Aha Moments of alumni, contributors and staff from over the past three decades. This can be a favourite memory from a programme day, a realization long after the programme, an event that had a significant impact on you, or a conversation that changed your perspective! Share your Common Purpose Aha Moments with us on social media with the hashtag #AhaMoments or submit them above.

You can also relive your Aha Moments and grow your local networks at alumni events in your city and help create Aha Moments for our current participants by contributing on our programmes

Alumni webinars

Leading with purpose (at a time of crisis!)

April 9  – 09.00-10.00 (BST) / 16.00-17.00 (UTC+8)

At a time of immense disruption and change – how do leaders continue to deliver on their purpose? Right now, this is a question so many of us are grappling with.

Datuk Munirah Abdul Hamid is an inspiring leader in Malaysia who is renowned for her charity work as the founder of PERTIWI Soup Kitchen, providing humanitarian food aid service to the homeless and poor.

In this interactive session, Munirah will share stories of how her organization has continued to create social value during times of crisis – both in the past and present. And more generally, we will explore what is takes for leaders to lead with purpose, despite the challenges we might face now and in the future.

Will approach to business change in the future?

April 23 – 09.00-10.00 (BST) / 16.00-17.00 (UTC+8)

COVID-19 has changed what ‘normalcy’ means, for everyone. But will this bring a permanent change or merely a pause  with all things eventually returning back to normal?

Sanjeev Gupta is a global business leader, with three decades experience working in frontier markets across Africa, MENA and India. He is currently the Executive Director for Financial Services at Africa Finance Corporation. He is also the Chair of Trustees for Common Purpose Student Experiences

Sanjeev will share his practical insights on how businesses, communities and families will seek to adapt to the impact of the many disruptions taking place in the economy, politics and the workplace.

We will explore how all of us – as leaders – can perhaps take stock of the many rapid shifts we are faced with, and think ahead to how we will cope with the new 'normal'.

Alumni features

Click here to see our 30th Anniversary alumni features!

Gerard Shanahan, Director, Global Entities & Experiences, RMIT University

"As part of the 2017 ASEAN Leaders Program I discovered a little of the rich, complex, diverse and exciting city of Pune in India! To be in a place so different to home with a wonderful group of colleagues and exposed to everyone from city leaders to the children of the slums was a truly enriching and enlivening experience, and one which has never left me."

Upcoming alumni events

Next steps

Contribute to a programme

Have you contributed on a programme since you completed yours?

Whether you give your time as a speaker, panellist, or visit host, the benefits are considerable. It's a chance to recapture the atmosphere and excitement of Common Purpose, continue your leadership learning, expand your network, gain invaluable consultancy and showcase your work or organization.

To contribute, fill out the form below and your local Common Purpose team will be in touch with upcoming opportunities.

Our unique network

Our Common Purpose Alumni community has recently moved to LinkedIn. It is an online space where you can continue your learning and development and connect with other Common Purpose Alumni. Some will be very senior, experienced leaders across the public, private and NGO sectors, others will be emerging leaders and some will be just finishing university. This breadth and depth makes the network unique. Click here to email our alumni team – request to join the group by telling us which programme you were on and when.



from around the world have graduated from our programmes since 1989.



will become Common Purpose alumni this year.