Common Purpose leadership development

Common Purpose delivers global, regional and local leadership development programmes in Singapore

Programmes for young leaders

Common Purpose - ASEAN Young Leaders Programme

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Common Purpose – ASEAN Young Leaders Programme. 2018 is a special year to launch the programme as it ties in with Singapore’s Chairmanship of the ASEAN.

Happening from 31 Oct - 02 Nov, the 3-day programme will run in partnership with the National Youth Council, Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Technology. This programme is open to ASEAN Youths who are over the age of 18 and see themselves as future leaders who want to have an impact on the ASEAN region.

The programme is FREE for all participants. For overseas participants coming from outside Singapore, you will have to cover your own airfare.


To apply for the ASEAN Young Leaders Programme please click here 

Common Purpose – SG100 Young Leaders Programme

A programme for pre-university students in Singapore

A four-day, experiential programme designed especially for young leaders in Singapore, who are keen to innovate and lead change in their communities. It was launched in 2015 as the Common Purpose – SG50 Young Leaders Programme, supported by the SG50 Celebration Fund, and was very well received.

In 2016, the programme was delivered successfully from 11 – 14 October, in partnership with the Singapore Polytechnic, and was supported by the National Youth Council. Over 150 students between the ages of 16 to 20 years, participated in an intense leadership learning, including meeting some of the most successful leaders from across sectors in Singapore, and experienced innovation first-hand, at private, public and not-for-profit organizations. The young leaders learned to work and innovate across boundaries, build networks and benefited from Cultural Intelligence, to become the leaders of tomorrow.

The Common Purpose –SG100 Young Leaders Programme 2017, was successfully delivered from 21 – 23 September, at the Tay Eng Soon Convention Centre, located at ITE College Central. The 3-day, experiential leadership programme was supported by the National Youth Council and was run in partnership with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), and Amansa Capital.  A fourth Reconnect Day was held on Oct 31, 2017. Over 160 young leaders, selected from across 14 academic institutions participated in the programme, and generated 13 practical ideas in response to the challenge of “One Singapore – How would you make it happen?

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the SG50 Appreciation Dinner

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pictured with Adirupa Sengupta, CEO Common Purpose Asia Pacific and Eileen Goh, Programme Co-ordinator of the Common Purpose SG50 Young Leaders Programme, at the SG50 Appreciation Dinner to celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary.

Common Purpose ran a leadership programme supported by the SG50 Celebration Fund for Singapore’s young leaders to kick-start their 50-year legacy. The 4-day programme was delivered in October 2015 at the Singapore Polytechnic Design School with over 100 young leaders participating.

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Global Leaders Experiences

A programme for university students in Singapore

Global Leaders Experiences (GLE) was run successfully in Singapore from 27 to 30 Sept, 2016 in partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and was supported by Prudential. Over 52 students of many different nationalities came together, and participated in leadership learning within a Singapore context. Participants examined challenges, leadership experiences, and gained the skills and networks to lead across boundaries and become global leaders, themselves. Towards the end of the programme, 10 innovative solutions to a global challenge were offered by participants, who worked together in groups, using the skills and leadership learnings from the programme. 

The next GLE in Singapore will take place in 2017.

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Please find more information on upcoming Global Leaders Experiences programmes


A programme for Commonwealth leaders (18 – 30 years')

The programme was delivered to a diverse group of emerging and young leaders in Singapore from 25 – 28 October, 2016 in partnership with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and was supported by the National Youth Council and Expedia. 76 young leaders from across the Commonwealth, benefited from leadership experiences shared by senior leaders from across sectors, and through personal learnings from visits to organizations leading in innovation, and creative thinking.

Participants learned to network, make connections and share ideas across boundaries and gained Cultural Intelligence. On the final day of the programme, Ms. Rahayu, Member of Parliament, Jurong GRC, Singapore, presided as the Guest of Honour. She congratulated participants over the 10 innovative ideas generated by them in response to the key challenge addressed during the programme.


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HRH Princess Anne, President, HRH The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences

"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."

Programmes for Senior Leaders

ASEAN Leaders Programme

An annual, two-part leadership development programme for senior leaders, drawn from across the ASEAN and the wider region. They come together to address a carefully selected challenge, relevant to the region. As a result of the programme, they gain leadership insights; share knowledge; establish valuable networks, and develop the cultural intelligence required to succeed in one of the world's fastest growing regions, and in a rapidly changing world.

Launched in 2016, the ASEAN Leaders Programme is run by Common Purpose, in partnership with the ASEAN Foundation and with the support of GE, FWD, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Customized Programmes

 We also deliver customized and bespoke programmes for partners and clients. For more information on such possible programmes in Singapore, please contact us at 

In the media

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) offers diverse rewards

The Jakarta Post recently featured an article on Cultural Intelligence (CQ), highlighting the impact of Common Purpose and the ASEAN Leaders Programme within the region

In the media

The uncomfortable way to getting along with everyone

The Straits Times recently featured an article by Julia Middleton, Chief Executive and Founder of Common Purpose Charitable Trust, speaking on Cultural Intelligence.