For leaders who want to increase their impact in Pakistan and the UK – and build bridges between the two.
Common Purpose has worked with diaspora leaders for many years – we run programmes for specific diaspora communities and for leaders across the many different diaspora of the world. We see how diaspora leaders add value both where they are and in their places of heritage. We believe that they are uniquely placed to be bridge builders at a time when there are many forces of fragmentation.
We are running our fourth Pakistani Diaspora Leaders Programme for people who want to build their capacity to contribute both to Pakistan and to the diaspora community in the UK. It aims to inspire new ideas, and equip the participants with the connections and tools to make a greater impact.
After the programme, participants will join a dynamic group of alumni from many different sectors and backgrounds.
We invite applications from exceptional leaders from the Pakistani diaspora. Applicants can be in the early stage of their careers or more established leaders.
We are seeking a participant group that includes people from different generations. They may have experience of leadership from different walks of life and from any sector.
This experience will help participants to:
The programme focuses on a challenge: “How can diaspora leaders use their skills, talents and networks to benefit Pakistan and the diaspora community?”
This challenge will provide the framework for the programme. Over four days participants are guided through a process of creativity and innovation, to explore the challenge through every possible angle – visiting organizations and meeting leaders with knowledge of Pakistan, development challenges and/or diaspora leadership.
Participants work up practical ideas in response to the challenge, which they present to a panel of senior leaders at the end of the programme. They then work on their ideas individually and collectively, building long-lasting connections and developing projects that can be prototyped in the ‘real world’ beyond the programme.
“The programme brings together peoples different skills in a productive environment, to start making Pakistan a better place.”
Pakistani Diaspora Leaders Programme 2017 and 2018 Outcomes
Shumailla Dar participated in the 2018 Pakistani Diaspora Leaders programme in London, joining 29 other emerging leaders from different sectors and organizations to explore the challenge: "How can diaspora leaders use their skills, talents and networks to benefit Pakistan and the diaspora community?" Here, Shumailla shares her experience of the programme in her own words.
“The diaspora leaders’ course enables you to unlock the potential within you. Allowing you to grow personally and as part of a team.”
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British Council Pakistan manages a range of activities that sit within four strategic business units (SBUs): English, Arts, Education, and Society. We provide educational opportunities, build the capacity of educators, give voice to young people, strengthen links between universities, and develop cultural understanding through leadership training and education. We are committed to a brighter future for Pakistan through working with the diaspora.
Common Purpose is a leadership development organization that specializes in cross-boundary leadership. A not-for-profit, we run programmes in over 100 cities worldwide. Founded in 1989, we have over 80,000 alumni globally. Our leadership development programmes inspire and equip people to work across boundaries. This enables them to solve complex problems in organizations and in society.