Common Purpose / 07 May 2024

American Express Leadership Academy Returns to London and Proudly Presents the 2024 Fellows

Championing Non-Profit Leaders Driving Change

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London, England: Following a successful relaunch in 2023, Common Purpose and American Express proudly announce the return of the American Express Leadership Academy to London, England. From July 9th to July 12th, 2024, London will once again serve as the backdrop for an immersive and transformative leadership experience. This year's American Express Leadership Academy in London brings together 62 outstanding non-profit leaders from the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, reaffirming the commitment to fostering purposeful leadership, resilience and innovation within the non-profit sector.

The 2024 Academy will convene non-profit leaders who are at the forefront of driving positive change in their communities and beyond. As they continue to tackle challenges in their communities, these leaders embody the spirit of adaptability and determination, demonstrating unwavering commitment to their causes.

“We are thrilled to bring the American Express Leadership Academy back to London for another empowering and enriching experience,” expressed Adirupa Sengupta, Global Chief Executive of Common Purpose. “In today’s rapidly evolving landscape, resilience is more than a skill – it’s a necessity. This Academy is a testament to our collective commitment to equipping non-profit leaders with the tools, insights, and support they need to navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and lead with resilience.

The American Express Leadership Academy is a six-month leadership development program, including a one-week in-person component, offered exclusively to non-profit leaders. It aims to transform the non-profit and social sector by enhancing the skills and expertise of seasoned leaders around the world. Through a combination of immersive experiences, peer-to-peer learning, and mentorship, participants gain the knowledge, confidence, and networks needed to drive meaningful change within their organizations and communities.

American Express is honored to convene the next Leadership Academy cohort in London, welcoming non-profit leaders who are on the front lines of community impact,” said Alice Lin Fabiano, VP of Global Philanthropy and Chief Operating Officer of The American Express Foundation. The participants are responsible for addressing complex needs in the communities they serve. The London Academy will be a wonderful opportunity for skill-building and professional development, which are at the core of this programme.

The American Express Leadership Academy in London will feature a diverse range of participants, each bringing their unique perspectives, experiences, and expertise to the table. 62 participants from 17 countries including The Netherlands, Germany, Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania and the United Arab Emirates, will deepen their leadership skills, expand their networks, and emerge as even more effective agents of change. The theme of the program is “Resilient Changemakers” and it is designed to give non-profit leaders from diverse specialties and organizations a unique opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences, address current and future challenges within the sector and gain insight from leaders across industries. The program is delivered by Common Purpose in partnership with American Express, with support from global partners, Delta Air Lines and Hilton, and programming support from local non-profit partners.

The distinguished participants include:

  1. Aliénor Descours de Guernon, Make-A-Wish International, Netherlands
  2. Almudena Alcaide Raya, Fundacion ONCE, Spain
  3. Andrew Farrell, Broads Authority Head Office, United Kingdom
  4. Anna Wigley, National Trust, United Kingdom
  5. Annabel Kiddle, Trees for Cities, United Kingdom
  6. Anouk Manassen, Fundación Generation Spain, Spain
  7. Daniela Espindula Mothci, International Alliance of Patients' Organizations, United Kingdom
  8. Diane Vernon, Employability UK, United Kingdom
  9. Dipalesa Mpye, Tshikululu Social Investments, South Africa
  10. Donal Traynor, Community Finance Ireland (CFI), Ireland
  11. Elias Khalil, Beit el Baraka NGO, Lebanon
  12. Emma Rubach, Asthma And Lung UK, United Kingdom
  13. Emmanuel Bama, Data Transport, Cote d Ivoire
  14. Eugenia Arribas Garcia, Fundación Querer, Spain
  15. Fabia Bates, The Clock Tower Sanctuary, United Kingdom
  16. Fenohery Rakotondrasoa, WWF - Madagascar, Madagascar
  17. Gary Laybourne, Coach Core Foundation, United Kingdom
  18. Gemma Lockyer Turnbull, NE Youth Ltd, United Kingdom
  19. Genevieve Seddon, Restless Development, United Kingdom
  20. Henry Nicholson, The Rebel School, United Kingdom
  21. Jacquiline Athieno, Habitat for Humanity International, Kenya
  22. James Ghaffari, B Lab UK (B Corp), United Kingdom
  23. James Winkworth, South Downs National Park Trust, United Kingdom
  24. Jamila Mayanja, Smart Girls Uganda, Uganda
  25. Jessica Neil, Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, United Kingdom
  26. Joanna Godden, Sussex Cancer Fund, United Kingdom
  27. John Hartley, Fleetwood Town Community Trust, United Kingdom
  28. Josie Forsyth, FareShare South West, United Kingdom
  29. Kate Grigg, The Hospice of St Francis, United Kingdom
  30. Kim McCabe, Rites for Girls Community Interest Company, United Kingdom
  31. Kristian Sakulku, Create, United Kingdom
  32. Lin Vong, Ignite hubs, United Kingdom
  33. Louise Meehan, Sussex Community Foundation, United Kingdom
  34. Lucía Martínez Jiménez-Alfaro, Fundación Generation Spain, Spain
  35. Mags Dillon, Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Ireland
  36. Mangala Nanda, Generation UK, United Kingdom
  37. Marta Navarro Milian, Fundación Prodis, Spain
  38. Mary Kiguru, Education for All Children (EFAC), Kenya
  39. Mbalikayise Mthethwa, Skateistan, South Africa
  40. Megan Rowlands, RSPCA, United Kingdom
  41. Misco Mungai, HALI Access Network, Kenya
  42. Mohammed Nurull Islam, Mile End Community Project, United Kingdom
  43. Monica Stach, Cotlands, South Africa
  44. Najia Pasche, British Asian Trust, United Kingdom
  45. Nastasia Kelly, Tannery Arts, United Kingdom
  46. Nazia Ali, QED UK, United Kingdom
  47. Nikhwat Marawat, The Delicate Mind, United Kingdom
  48. Nina Gbur, Netzwerk für Demokratie und Courage in Sachsen, Germany
  49. Oluwatoyin Banjo, Ideation Hub Africa, Nigeria
  50. Omar Altabakha, New Tactics in Human Rights, Jordan
  51. Paidamoyo Patience Chadoka, Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers, Zimbabwe
  52. Pavlos Rossolymos, Brandon Centre, United Kingdom
  53. Rob Young, Switch the Play Foundation, United Kingdom
  54. Sarah Jones, The Prince's Trust, United Kingdom
  55. Shruti Ghose, Garbage Free India, United Arab Emirates
  56. Sonal Dhanani, Parindey Training and Counseling, Pakistan
  57. Stephen Dallas, Bytes Project, United Kingdom
  58. Steve McCready, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, United Kingdom
  59. Tonye Faloughi-Ekezie, Simones Oasis Foundation, Nigeria
  60. Ulrike Gollmick, MIYA forest e.V, Germany  

The 2024 American Express Leadership Academy in London represents a powerful convergence of vision, passion, and action. As participants come together to share their stories, insights, and aspirations, they reaffirm their commitment to building a more resilient and equitable world.

The American Express Leadership Academy in London is one of three 2024 locations, including: 

  • Sydney, Australia: May 14-17, welcoming 74 non-profit leaders from APAC.
  • London, England: July 9-12, welcoming 62 non-profit leaders from the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
  • New York City, USA: November 12-14, welcoming non-profit leaders from The Americas.

Learn more about the 2024 Academies here .

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