Lead is the world's largest non-profit organisation dedicated to building leadership capacity for sustainable development. We have a proven track record over the past 20 years, having trained more than 2,500 leaders across 90 countries. An international network of leaders united by a common purpose – to make change happen for a sustainable world.

Today Lead stands at the forefront of leadership thinking and practice. We believe that people are the key to change and that the complexities of sustainable development can only be tackled by investing in leaders, to preserve and protect the future of our planet.

favelateamLast month LEAD travelled to Rio to celebrate our 20th anniversary, share our learning on leadership for sustainable development, and discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by today's sustainability leaders. The Rio+20 Conference and its associated side and fringe events gave us the opportunity to introduce the LEAD way of learning to a brand new audience and inspire many more people to take action on sustainability challenges.

Highlights for LEAD at Rio+20 included:

SD Learning course

'Putting People First' – part of the Rio+20 conference and the SD Learning programme, brought together 70 people with a passion for sustainable cities for a three-hour learning course. Read more

'Choose Change' celebration event

Our 'Choose Change' event brought together 100 people from all over the world, including LEAD staff, Fellows, partners and friends. Read more

Visit to Escola Parque School

Escola Parque school has a strong focus on sustainability and was therefore an excellent forum for LEAD to engage and inspire the sustainability leaders of the future. Read more

Leadership and fundraising workshop in the favelas

LEAD ran a three-hour workshop on leadership skills and fundraising strategies for a group of community leaders, which was held in a health centre in the Complexo da Penha – a large favela to the north of the centre of Rio. Read more

A number of LEAD Fellows were also part of the events in Rio:

Ana Nassar is the Environmental Manager for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee in Brazil. On Tuesday 19 June FIFA presented the sustainability strategy for the FIFA World Cup - the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world. Read more

Marco van der Ree is the Chief of Partnerships at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme – an organisation that contributes to peace and development through worldwide volunteering. As part of Rio+20, UNV organised a campaign – 'Volunteer Actions Counts' – to give volunteers, communities and organizations a chance to show what they are doing for the future of our planet and generations to come. Read more

Fabio Abdala is the Sustainability Manager for the Alcoa Mining Business in Latin America & the Caribbean. Throughout the Rio+20 Conference, Alcoa held a number of events to discuss issues such as sustainability in energy generation, viability of sustainable mining and the aluminium value chain, and multi-stakeholder dialogue strategies. Read more

Frederico Bellone served as a facilitator at the Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in the New Economy. The event was organised by Ashoka, in partnership with the Avina Foundation, the Skoll Foundation and the Roberto Marinho Foundation. Read more

For a complete list of our Rio+20 activities, please click here