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Britain’s young leaders to attend Amman event


international-page-image-140414b80 young international representatives from 18 countries are preparing to converge on Jordan to take part in an innovative 12 month opportunity designed to enhance their skills as potential leaders of the future.

Mosaic’s International Leadership Programme (ILP) 2015 begins with a Summit from 18 – 29 May 2015 which takes place in Amman, Jordan. The programme is run by mentoring initiative Mosaic, part of Business in the Community, and was set up by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007. His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan is the Royal Patron of Mosaic’s 2015 International Leadership Programme, which this year will be delivered in partnership with the King Abdullah II Fund for Development.

Launching with the International Summit, the Programme brings together international young leaders aged 25-35 to engage in a two-week residential training conference, featuring world-renowned leadership trainers and speakers.  The reputation of the ILP grows rapidly each year with 1900 applications received this year for just 80 coveted places.

Focusing on three issues – global poverty, sustainability and bringing communities together -, the ILP aims to develop leadership skills, inspire thinking about global issues and equip the delegates to take action and make a long-lasting and positive impact in their local communities. Delegates come from countries as diverse as Afghanistan to Algeria and from backgrounds ranging from teachers to economists.

The Summit includes leadership skills workshops, inspirational sessions on global issues and visits to projects in the local area which demonstrate leadership in action. Following the Summit, each participant is matched with a Mosaic mentor who supports them to write a personal ‘action plan’ outlining how they will put their learning into action in their own community. In previous years, participants’ action plans have included projects as wide ranging as running employability skills workshops in Algeria, establishing a mobile library service in rural Indonesia and a women’s financial empowerment project in Iraqi Kurdistan.


While attending the ‘Learning From Experience’ event in Amman earlier this year, Mosaic Founder HRH The Prince of Wales personally thanked HM King Abdullah II for agreeing to become the Royal Patron for the 2015 International Leadership Programme.

Confirmed speakers include:  His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Bin Talal ; Deema Bibi – CEO, INJAZ ; Tony Juniper – sustainability expert and campaigner; Carole Spiers – international public speaker; John May – Secretary General, Duke of Edinburgh International Awards; Samar Kildani – Director of El Hassan Youth Awards; Dr Majeda Omar – Director of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies; Aaqil Ahmed – Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC; Robert Swan – polar explorer and environmentalist; Mostafa Salameh – Jordanian mountaineer; Ahmad Hanandeh – CEO, Zain Jordan; Dr. Othman Moqbel, CEO of Human Appeal; Shabir Randeree CBE – Chairman of Mosaic; Lionel Zetter – veteran lobbyist and public affairs expert and, The Lord Verjee CBE – Entrepreneur and the proprietor and Chairman of Thomas Goode & Co.  The leadership training will be delivered by Professor Binna Kandola OBE and Stuart Duff of Pearn Kandola.

Mosaic’s Managing Director, Jonathan Freeman commented: “The International Leadership Programme delivers remarkable outcomes, motivating and inspiring the delegates to have a real influence at a community level when they return to their home countries. Mosaic works strategically with global partners to ensure that we can recruit delegates from more diverse backgrounds, thereby having a greater impact on key global challenges facing the international community.

“With such a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world gathered together in a unique setting, we really are providing a powerful platform for them to share ideas and experiences with one another. This open platform is crucial to the programme’s impact and overall significance.”

The Programme was originally devised and developed in 2009 to mark HRH The Prince of Wales’ 60th Birthday. The Prince has been engaged with each of the programmes delivered since its start, taking a personal interest in the delegates.

The Summit will close with a formal celebration dinner in The Landmark Amman Hotel & Conference Center.

The Mosaic International Leadership Programme is delivered with the support of numerous partners. 2015 Programme partners are The King Abdullah II Fund for Development, The European Azerbaijan Society, Zain, Arab Bank, Jordan Phosphates Mines Company, Prudence Foundation, Inclusive Ventures Group, Crescent Petroleum, Kamal Exchange Company LLC, Shell, Pearn Kandola, Etihad Airways, The Landmark Amman Hotel & Conference Center.

Mosaic provides fully-funded mentoring programmes in primary schools, secondary schools and prisons across the UK. The charity recruits and trains mentors who volunteer their time and skills to help inspire young people from deprived communities and help them realise their talents and potential.