Our People

CSCLeaders brings together some of the world's most exceptional leaders. We draw on the expertise, experience and talent of diverse individuals from our Advisory Group and Selection Group, as well the Common Purpose staff team. Meet Our People...

Our Team

CSCLeaders is run by Common Purpose, drawing on our experience of running local leadership courses around the world.

The core CSCLeaders team are incredibly passionate about CSCLeaders and committed to ensuring the best possible experience for you. They are:

Adirupa Sengupta, CEO, Common Purpose Asia Pacific

Tina McIntyre, Curriculum Director

Farhad Merchant, Sales Director

Sue Crawford, Events Director




Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is the current President of The Duke Of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences. Her father, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is the Founder, Patron and former President. HRH The Duke of Kent is Trustee of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences (UK Fund).


"My father launched the first conference in 1956. Its renewal, as
CSCLeaders, brings together talented individuals from diverse backgrounds and
creates a dynamic group of leaders. I have been impressed by the calibre of the
participants who bring their own experience and knowledge, and have opened
their minds to new ideas and challenges. What I have witnessed has been
transformational as the individuals overcome assumptions and form into high
performing focused teams, and this is what makes the Commonwealth Study
Conferences so special." HRH Princess Anne, President, The Duke Of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences




The Selection Group is responsible for crafting a group which draws from the many countries, sectors, faiths and backgrounds within the Commonwealth and which reaches the most exceptional senior leaders.           

  • Identifying the right participants
  • Identifying sector/geographic 'headhunters' who will get us to the right participants
  • Quality Control: review and confirm applications, in line with the selection criteria and target group
  • Ensuring that the process is fair and transparent
  • Assisting with identified gaps in the overall group composition.



The Selection Group Members are:

Keith Cochrane, Former CEO of Weir (UK) - Chair 

Ron Arculli, Non-Executive Director, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (Hong Kong)

Jay Bakshi, President and Chief Executive, Digiqom Solutions Pvt Ltd (India)

Elizabeth Elliott, Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney (Australia)

Raj Gilda, Co-Founder, Lend-A-Hand (India)

Ivan Glasenberg, Chief Executive, Glencore (UK)

Chris Hartley, Non-Executive Director (Australia)

Nihad Kabir, Senior Partner, Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed and Associates (Bangladesh)

Martin Kalungu-Banda, Faculty Member, Presencing Institute

Tswelo Kodisang, Group Executive: Human Resources, Tiger Brands (South Africa)

Henry Liu, Vice President, Power Corporation of Canada

Sir John Rose, Deputy Chairman, Rothschild (UK)

Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner (Malaysia)



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About CSCLeaders

CSCLeaders is the renewal of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences - first run in 1956 – for the 21st Century, a partnership between international leadership development organisation Common Purpose and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences (UK Fund).

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