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 in different cultures

11 June – 16.00-17.00 (BST) / 8.00-9.00 (UTC-7)

Tara Hirebet loves cities – the different cultures they are home to, and the energy they create. In particular, she is interested in people’s relationship to cities and how we get the balance right between cities that are more liveable and also more efficient.

Having lived and worked across Singapore, China, Indonesia and India, Tara is a specialist in Asian consumer and cultural intelligence – she is passionate about solving big complex problems in emerging markets and chaotic megacities. In her current role as Senior UX Research at a top multinational technology company, Tara works at a fascinating intersect between digital technology, culture, human behaviour and place.

Join us for this webinar, in which Tara will share her insights and experiences of how she approaches working in different cultures, in order to drive change.

Becoming guardians of our own mind – in a world full of chaos

25 June – 9.00-10.00 (BST) / 16.00-17.00 (UTC+8)

From being antisocial to becoming one of Ireland’s most prominent mental health advocates, Niall Breslin (popularly known as Bressie), Director and Founder of A Lust for Life, suggests that there’s only one mental condition: the human condition.

A former Gaelic footballer and Leinster rugby player, Niall is also a musician, multi-platinum selling songwriter, music producer, public speaker, author, podcaster and documentary maker. He publicly opened up about his mental health after experiencing a panic attack shortly before going live on Ireland’s The Voice TV show.

Managing our mental well-being, particularly in times of uncertainty, change or transition is utterly crucial. In this webinar, Bressie will draw on his advocacy experiences and how his work in this space impacts young people to be effective guardians of their own mind – and to be the leaders that drive our society towards a better future.


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."

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.