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Transforming society together

Leadership for Transformative Change is a programme designed for leaders aspiring to create sustainable change in our world. The goal of this programme is to provide you with the tools you need for long-term impact in your society. We are offering you a chance to be part of a network of “change agents”. You will explore and develop new solutions for a sustainable future by combining your experience with new knowledge!

The programme is offered by Uppsala University in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Business Sweden, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and SALAR International. Leadership for Transformative Change is initiated and funded  by the Swedish Institute, Vinnova and Sida. Together we have designed a programme to equip worldwide leaders to drive real change in society.

The programme in brief:

  • Explore and develop your ideas for a sustainable society
  • Individual and team growth as leaders of change
  • Mentoring and guidance by experts from academia, civil society and private- and public sector
  • Two in-person gatherings, one in Sweden
  • Own studies via digital learning platform
  • Monthly sessions in peer-groups with relevant thematic focus
  • Great opportunities for worldwide networking outside your organisation
  • Free of charge for all participants


Watch the recorded
Informational webinar from March 14th


How to become an agent of change


Your leadership/You

We believe change starts with you as an individual. Accordingly, the programme will be adapted to match your motivation for transformation and the challenges you face in your current work. Together with your experience and drive for change, we will create the tools you need for future endeavours.

Individual mentoring

You will be assigned a mentor from one of the participating universities or organisations. The mentor will meet with you on a regular basis for individual coaching and guidance to help you navigate your change process.

Working together for change

Prepare to team up! You apply with a colleague, a member of your team or someone outside of your organisation that you work closely with. Make sure to find someone you are inspired by and who has the same level of ambition as you.

Accelerate your transformation project

You apply to the programme by submitting a project from your own context and organisation. Choose a project from your organisation that focuses on sustainability and that has the potential to contribute to real change in your context.

Thinking beyond your organisation

Creating transformational change requires a wider vision and a whole new map. This programme will broaden your perspectives and offer you tools to better navigate the context in which you and your organisation operate.


The programme

The purpose of the programme is to provide leaders around the world who are motivated for change with the necessary knowledge and tools for future transformative work. The programme will give you the chance to put theory into action, continually share your experience and evaluate your work. Your mentors will guide you through the process! As a result, the organisation you and your partner represent will be prepared for transformational challenges.

We will work with leadership development, system change, innovativeness and flexibility and concrete methods for co-creation and societal change. We also aim to highlight the need for intersectional equality including perspectives of gender, ethnicity, class, sex, and religion and work to change ourselves, our organisations, our contexts to contribute to societal change.

The programme will be offered in English part-time (20%) over a period of 12 months. A majority of the programme modules will be organised online, but all participants will also come together for two real-life meetings, one of them in Sweden. During the 4-day-long introduction to the programme you will have the opportunity to meet the programme creators, scholars from relevant fields in line with the submitted cases, and of course the group of participants. The second in-person meeting will be at a suitable location somewhere outside Sweden. Monthly digital meetings will be held online for continuous work towards change.

10 teams of two applicants will be accepted to the program.

When does the programme start?

The programme starts in September 2023 and the first in-person meeting is planned to take place in Sweden in October 2023.


Leadership for Transformative Change, including travel costs and accommodation, will be offered free of charge. All cost are covered by the Swedish Government.

Who are we looking for?

The idea behind Leadership for Transformative Change is to create a durable platform for continuous work within sustainability. Your ambition should be to be a leader and a guide for long lasting change in cooperation with your “change team”. Teamwork is crucial and working in groups should motivate and inspire you!

You are encouraged to apply if you are an executive or mid-level manager within an organisation with a vision for a better world. We ask you to apply in pairs as we believe in the strength of collaboration and the power inherent in a group with shared goals. We welcome applicants from a wide range of sectors and fields, from the designated countries (see list below). Remember to have your case or outline for a case ready when you start the application process. Your case, or project, should be above an individual level and aim for societal and structural change.

Both applicants in a pair have to meet the same requirements, meaning you should both be in a leading position in your, or a partnering organisation. You should both be working with the same ”change project”, and you have to submit one common application!

Time requirements

You need to be prepared to invest approximately 20% of your time for a period of 12 months including the two real-life meetings, virtual meetings and the continuous work you need to put in between the scheduled gatherings.

How to apply?

You are required to apply in pairs of two. The application form includes personal details for both applicants.

We will not take incomplete applications into consideration!

The application process is divided into two steps. In the initial step (the application form) both members in a pair must submit general information in the same form, along with a short proposal introducing the project you want to focus on during the programme.

After the deadline for submitting the form, there will be an admission process where the directors of Leadership for Transformative Change welcome the most interesting projects to the next application step.

In the second step the chosen pairs will be asked to submit a video and a personal letter to further flesh out the project and explain why they wish to be accepted to the programme. Please note that the personal letter have to be written individually but the film can be made in pairs.

A majority of the fields are mandatory so be sure to have all the information ready before you start. It is not possible to save and continue later. Take a look at the form, gather the information and start writing!

For questions, please use visit our Q&A or e-mail us at

Apply to the programme by April 5, 12:00 PM, CET (Central European Time)


Avaliable for Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, China, The Democratic Republic of Kongo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Liberia, Macedonia, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Moldova, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, North, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Switzerland, Serbia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, South Africa, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

About us

Creators and partners of the programme

Leadership for Transformative Change is created by Uppsala University in co-creation with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, World Wide fund for Nature (WWF), Business Sweden and SALAR International. The programme is initiated and funded by Swedish Institute, Vinnova and Sida.

As we approach 2030 with the Sustainable Development Goals in mind, the programme is designed to give key leaders a push forward in their work for sustainable change within a wide range of fields. By financing the programme we hope to turn a spotlight on the importance of the 2030 Agenda.


Creators and partners of Leadership for Transformative Change:

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The programme is initiated and founded by: