As the world was preparing for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, LEAD emerged to develop and support a new generation of leaders focused on sustainable development. LEAD was founded in 1991 as an initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the oldest and largest private charitable organisations in the world. The idea for LEAD grew out of discussions between the Rockefeller Foundation and Gro Harlem Bruntland following the publication of her seminal report, The Brundtland Commission, 1987 . They identified the need to develop and support a new generation of leaders who, equipped with a fresh combination of skills and perspectives, would be connected through their experience and careers in a global network focused on environmentally sound development. As the world was preparing for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, LEAD was born. Since then, we have been recruiting talented individuals from key sectors and professions all over the world to be part of a growing network, now standing at over 3,00 leaders, committed to changing the world. Our participants include business executives, government policy makers, university professors, NGO directors, education specialists, and media professionals, all of whom are working to make a difference at local, regional and global levels. We work with a range of progressive organisations across business, civil society and government around the world.