Executive Leadership Programme


At A Glance

12 months
2 hours per week of virtual learning
3 in-person residencies of 5 days each
25 senior leaders
No programme fees
GELI Certificate

Your Curriculum

Reconnect with who you are as a leader and be challenged to evolve your leadership approach. Topics include:

  • What is the Leadership Ecosystem?
  • The Brain: The Key to Unlocking your Leadership Potential
  • Your Leadership Purpose: How to Tackle Ethical Dilemmas
  • Peer Coaching: Putting It into Context
  • Overcoming the Immunity to Change
  • Empathy: A Negotiation Tool
  • Motivation Mindsets
  • Leading “Outside Your Box:” Contextual Intelligence
  • Introduction to Systems Leadership

Learn strategies to catalyse teams towards common objectives and maximize team effectiveness. Topics include:

  • Navigating Your Network Using Strategic Negotiation
  • Collaborative Team Leadership
  • Exploring the Leadership Effectiveness Analysis 360 Team Profile
  • Contextual Intelligence from a Cultural Perspective
  • Building Personal and Team Resilience
  • Applying Systems Leadership to Build Collaboration

Hone your skills to adapt to new and emerging situations at the network and the systems-level. Topics include:

  • Action and Society 
  • Future-Ready Leadership
  • Change, Transformation, and Strategic Innovation
  • Your Own Systems Leadership Approach
  • Choosing to Climb
  • My Leadership Ecosystem Revisited
Feena May
I believe that leadership development changes people - The way they work and the service they offer. GELI's dream is to take this and build new community among senior leaders in the humanitarian and development sector. The challenging, inspiring, and thought-provoking learning journey offered by GELI will support leaders to maximize their impact on lives in a positive and sustainable way.
Feena May
GELI Lead Facilitator

The GELI Executive Leadership Programme

The GELI Executive Leadership Programme is a 12-month learning journey, with a focus on personal leadership, leadership in teams, and leading into the future. The programme includes three, five-day residencies complemented by virtual learning and executive coaching opportunities between each residency. 


Have at least 15 years of experience in leadership roles at the international  level, including five years of operational experience in humanitarian,  development, and/or peace-building work.


Be a current head of your organization’s country office or  member of an executive level, country-based, inter-agency  coordination platform, such as a UNCT, HCT, UN Integrated Mission, or NGO  leader

Language proficiency

Full proficiency in written and oral English. 
Education: Hold a Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s Degree is preferred.


Open to self-reflection, learning, challenging yourself, and holding yourself  accountable to change; Authentic in your desire to inspire others, be a role model and effect change,  and lead transform