This is the end of my first year as CEO of Common Purpose in the
UK. It has been a long year!
Keeping focused as the UK has struggled, delivering our courses
which seem ever more relevant as we continue our efforts to connect
leaders locally and nationally across UK cities and taking
advantage of the growth of Common Purpose internationally to forge
new links for the UK around the world.
It's incredibly exciting that in my first year as CEO of the UK,
we successfully launched two new Ventures - Dao Xiang (between
London and Shanghai) and Itijah (between cities of the Arab world and
cities of Europe) in addition to Dishaa (between India and the UK) - to link
leaders in the UK with leaders in other countries. I am truly
delighted with the continued support of Prime Minister David
Cameron as Patron of Dishaa and Mayor Boris Johnson as Advisory
Group Member of Dao Xiang.
All this could not have been possible without the help of our
alumni, Advisory Groups and supporters giving us your valuable time
to speak and contribute on our courses. Thank you very much, and
all of us at Common Purpose UK look forward to working with you in
Dishaa - an initiative for future leaders in the United Kingdom
and India, will be launched at the British High Commission in Delhi
in partnership with Common Purpose tonight.
Dishaa will provide insights into the future of UK-India
relations while investing in future leadership development across
India and the United Kingdom. The initiative was first announced by
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, in July 2010.
The Dishaa Advisory Group will set the challenge for the group
of 40 participants in the first stage of the initiative today.
"Dishaa is Hindi for direction. Dishaa enables future
leaders to see how much can be gained through links between the UK
and India as they set the direction for their lives and
careers," said Dishaa Advisory Group Chair, Sudhakar Rao.
Read our media release for more...
Prime Minister, David Cameron has announced the launch of a new,
dynamic and self sustaining network of British and Indian young
leaders, which will be delivered by Common Purpose.
The aim of the initiative is to expand, enrich and energise
relations between India and the UK by investing in the next
generation of leaders, and develop shared approaches to 21st
Century political, economic and social challenges.