Gibraltar’s Office of the Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations

Investing in the next generation of leaders

The climate emergency. A cost of living crisis. The covid-19 pandemic. Each one of these demonstrates the complexity and unpredictability of the issues our society’s future leaders will have to tackle. That’s why the Futures Forward Academy in Gibraltar wants to bring together and support some of Gibraltar’s most promising young minds. The aim is to build a pool of skilled change-makers who have a forward thinking approach.

At Kusuma Trust, we believe it’s important to support up and coming talent. So we gave a grant of £12,500 to the Academy, to establish a programme of workshops, keynote talks, mentoring, an international visit and an action project to help develop young people’s potential.

  • The Futures Forward Leadership Academy is a new initiative from the HM Government of Gibraltar’s Office for the Commissioner for Sustainable Development. 
  • The themes explored will include: Health and wellbeing; Biodiversity, climate, environment and nature protection; Socio-economic issues; Addressing gender and social inequalities; and Circular economy, sustainable consumption.
  • The Futures Forward Leadership Academy had 9 participants in its inaugural year.

Catalysts for a better future

Young professionals aged between 20 and 30 from all sectors can apply to the Futures Forward Academy. They need to demonstrate that they’re passionate about making a positive contribution to the local community.

The innovative programme is led by expert facilitators in sustainability. Participants develop the know-how to inform and influence change, the ability to see the ‘bigger picture’ and confidence and resilience to become catalysts for a better future.

If Gibraltar is to move from being effective to exemplary in navigating crises, reactivity and short-term problem solving must be replaced by forward thinking, visionary leadership. The Futures Forward: Leadership Academy for Sustainable Development will provide our next generation of leaders with the necessary skills, mindset and network to create real and lasting societal change and influence the way in which Gibraltar engages others on a global level.”

Prof. Daniella Tilbury, Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations

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