Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) Programme is an academic project organised by Young City Club, an arm of London-based non-profit organisation Ukrainian-British City Club (UBCC).

LEAD aims to develop and support talented Ukrainian students who are keen to drive positive changes in their native country by implementing social initiatives or pursuing public sector careers. In the framework of the Programme, participants spend 14 days in London gaining exposure to and insight into the professional environment, work ethics and corporate culture of the UK’s public and private sector institutions. Through attendance of topical presentations, participation in workshops, case studies and group projects, participants hone their communication, organisation and political skills, and explore concepts of transparency, compliance, and public governance.

Under the patronage of UBCC and with endorsement from the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, LEAD endeavours to motivate young Ukrainians to learn from the best Western practices and to use this knowledge to reform systems, institutions and values in their native Ukraine.

LEAD was created in 2014 (former name Summer Experience Programme) and is now in its fourth year of running.

Our vision is simple. We aim to inspire positive changes in Ukraine by actively shaping the mind-set of the next generation of public leaders.


Application process for LEAD 2017 has started and will run until 8th April 2017. Apply now!

The Programme itself will be held in days 7-22 July 2017.

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Alex Merkulov and Nataliia Kovb on Hromadske Radio. Listen about LEAD Programme and apply!