Obama Foundation Global Leaders program 2023

Deadline: 21 October 2022

Deadline: 21 October 2022

Apply now for the Obama Foundation Global Leaders program 2023 which will take place between February 1 and July 15, 2023. Launched in 2018, the Obama Foundation Leaders program is a six-month, virtual leadership development journey that seeks to inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders to accelerate positive and lasting change in their communities, in their regions, and across the world. The Foundation operates Leaders programs in three regions internationally: Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.

To date, the program has built a network of more than 700 leaders, hailing from more than 100 nations and territories around the world. These leaders work across various sectors and issue areas and are brought together by a commitment to values-based leadership rooted in the legacy of President and Mrs. Obama.

The Obama Foundation Global Leaders program 2023 will bring together 35 emerging leaders from across each region.  Participants (known as “Obama Leaders” or “Leaders”) will take part in weekly sessions that include:

  • Practical tools and training for deepening values-based leadership
  • Individualized or small group coaching
  • Community groups       
  • Conversations with thought leaders
  • Cultural programming that showcases the richness of diversity in the region
  • Curated spaces for deep personal reflection and interpersonal learning with peers

Each regional program will meet virtually over Zoom an average of four times per month, engaging with trainers, subject matter experts, and their peers to deepen their leadership practice. Each session will last approximately two hours. Additionally, each regional program will aim to host an in-person convening—public health, safety, and security conditions permitting—as a forum for deeper community-building, learning, and celebration.

  • Upon completion of the program, Obama Leaders will become part of the Obama Foundation’s global leadership network. A growing community of change makers who are advancing tangible solutions to the greatest challenges of our time.
  • Further,the Leaders program offers practical skill building for social change, leadership coaching, discussion of critical issues, and small group support.
  • Leaders participate in various virtual experiences & special events, including one-on-one conversations with experienced mentors in the Foundation’s global network.


Currently reside in one of the following eligible nations or territories in the region in which you are applying:

  • Africa: All nations, countries, and territories on the African continent.
  • Asia-Pacific: American Samoa; Australia; Brunei; Cambodia; China; Cook Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; Fiji; French Polynesia; Guam; Hawai`i; Hong Kong; Indonesia; Japan; Kiribati; Korea, North (DPRK); Korea, South (ROK); Laos; Malaysia; Marshall Islands; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nauru; New Caledonia; Macao; New Zealand; Niue; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Pitcairn Islands; Samoa; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Taiwan; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu; Vietnam; Wallis and Futuna.
  • Residents of South Asian countries are not eligible for this particular program.however, they expect to offer leadership programs for South Asian countries in the future.
  • Europe: Any of the 46 Council of Europe member states and Kosovo.
  • Citizenship/Residency: You must meet one of the criteria below for the region in which you are applying:
  • You are a citizen of an eligible nation or territory OR
  • You are a permanent resident of an eligible nation or territory OR
  • Additionally, you are a refugee or asylum seeker in an eligible nation or territory OR
  • You have lived in an eligible nation or territory for at least the last 5 years, regardless of documentation status.


  • Your current and future work is geographically focused on creating positive change for your local community, an eligible nation or territory, and/or the broader region in which you are applying.
  • You can demonstrate at least three years of relevant experience in your issue area.
  • More so,between 24 and 45 years old on July 15, 2023.
  • You are professionally proficient in English (spoken and written).
  • You will not be engaging in an electoral campaign for political office between February 1 and July 15, 2023.
  • You can commit to fully participating in the entire duration of the program between February 1 and July 15, 2023. Which includes a three day in-person convening (public health, safety, and security conditions permitting) in late June or early July, and up to 12 hours of live virtual programming per month. Participants should have no more than three absences in order to attend the convening and complete the program.

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