2014 Highlights

Videos and Information from CSCLeaders 2014

What Happened

Part One

In March 2014, diverse leaders from Commonwealth countries around the world assembled to address a shared challenge.

Over eight days, they started with high level briefings in London, visited UK cities in small study tour groups to see the issues in reality and finally came back together in Oxford to work together on their solutions.

Part Two

In June and July 2014, participants reconnected in two cities - Singapore and Toronto - to address the challenge from the context of a different city, build on their leadership learning and expand the global network they had developed in Part One. The third and final Part Two for 2014 takes place 17-20 September in New Delhi. 

Highlights from CSCLeaders 2014


The Challenge

Each year, a Challenge is set which is common to all.

The Challenge for 2014: 

How do you get societal - as well as economic - value out of technological innovation?



As a result of their experience:

  • 70% identified behaviours they need to change to become a global leaders
  • 76% can describe the core values and behaviours that, wherever they are, they should not change
  • 95% have met people with whom they will stay in regular contact
  • 96% have met eight people with whom they will stay in regular contact
  • 80% believe the next project they take on will have inout from two sources they would never have considered prior to CSCLeaders
  • 87% are more prepared to lead a project which takes them beyond the world they know and operate within. 

To view the 2014 CSCLeaders report click  here  

In 2014, CSCLeaders set a difficult and relevant Challenge: "How do you get societal, as well as economic, value from technological innovation?" Here are some of the innovative ideas which emerged in response to the Challenge.


CSCAmbassadors will support allCSCLeaders graduates as they take action in their respective communities, building a network which will continue to make an impact beyondCSCLeaders.CSCAmbassadors will work to promote theCSCLeaders values and mission and act as a unique cross-border, trans-sectoral leadership community throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.


Health Patch: Empowering individuals and communities through better healthcare

The Health Patch concept is a diagnostic devise worn on your arm, which measures data related to personal health. This electronic Health Patch is a new health monitoring system incorporating biomedical sensors, microelectronics, mobile communication and a battery embedded in a highly flexible skin-like polymer.

Norman Keane is engaging with interested parties and recently met with Tim Unwin, CEO, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation to discuss the idea in more detail. The group are now determining the role their project is going to play going forwards.


Open Governance

The aim of Open Governance is to address the lack of transparency in government revenue collection and use. The project vision is to create an app which will use technology to facilitate two-way communication to create transparency. This will create community value and push government to create automated revenue collection. This project is gaining momentum as Ladi Dariya, Kathy Ann Jerry and Harvey Bischof have been in conversations with PwC. Awaiting a further update from Ladi Dariya on this.


Youth Card: South Africa

The Youth Card will release societal and economic value of our youth, capturing volunteering hours and encouraging young people to engage in the democratic process. It would mobilise youth employment, build value of data for research and develop long term engagement with youth. It could be used in different communities, mobilising education for women and girls. It would also encourage a positive transactional relationship with Government and save on social intervention.

Gillian Drennan, Associate Professor: Geology; Assistant Dean: Faculty of Science, University of Witwatersrand is progressing a version of the Youth Card for Witwatersrand University.


Youth Card: Young India  

The 'Young India' card will release societal and economic value of our youth. It aims to capture volunteering hours and encourage young people to engage in the democratic process. It could mobilise youth employment, build value of data for research and develop long term engagement with youth. It could be used in different communities in different ways. It can help in mobilising education for women and girls, address adolescent issues, build national pride and citizenship. It could also encourage a positive transactional relationship with Government and aid timely social intervention. The vision is that young people of India take responsibility for changing our world now and tackling issues- so they grow up in a country that promotes aspiration, enterprise, opportunity, inclusion and wellbeing.


Education Hub

The vision for Education Hub is literacy, numeracy and life skills for all. It is a sustainable, open source model which is community owned and links educational institutions, Governments, teachers and the Private sector across the world. The aim is to pilot this exciting project in Africa, with the future intent to make it scalable for the rest of the world's remote locations.


Leadership programme for resources development

Leadership programme on specific asset development e.g. natural resources in Africa, maybe even just SADC (southern Africa) or just one country.


To find out more about any of these projects, please email Claire at info@cscleaders.org


CSCLeaders 2014 Sponsors:


BP is one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies, providing its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services and petrochemicals products for everyday items. www.bp.com



Weir, a FTSE 100 company founded in 1871 and headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, is a global provider of engineering solutions to the minerals, oil and gas and power sectors. Our commitment to engineering excellence, research and customer focus extends equipment wear life and operational capability in some of the world's most challenging environments.  Weir is committed to going where our customers go, with a worldwide network of around 200 manufacturing facilities and service centres. The business has a presence in more than 70 countries, with over 14,000 staff around the world working in three divisions; Minerals, Oil & Gas and Power & Industrial. Weir's customer base includes the world's largest mining houses, major oil services businesses and nuclear and conventional power generation companies. www.weir.co.uk 



Glencore is one of the world's leading integrated producers and marketers of commodities, headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, and listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges. Glencore has worldwide activities in the production, sourcing, processing, refining, transporting, storage, financing and supply of Metals and Minerals, Energy Products and Agricultural Products. www.glencore.com



PwC UK helps organisations and individuals create the value they're looking for. We're a member of the PwC network of firms in 158 countries with more than 180,000 people committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Tell us what matters to you and find out more by visiting us at www.pwc.com/uk


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Anglo American aims to be the leading global mining company - the investment, the partner and the employer of choice - through the operational excellence of world class assets in the most attractive commodities and a resolute commitment to the highest standards of safe and sustainable mining. www.angloamerican.com  


Incorporated in 1925, Power Corporation of Canada is a diversified international management and holding company with interests in companies in the financial services, communications and other business sectors. www.powercorporation.com 

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