Leadership Programme on Global Challenges at Cambridge
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The Leadership Programme on Global Challenges at Cambridge is a unique learning opportunity for anyone interested in enhancing their capacity to analyze, understand and help create solutions to some of the most challenging global issues of our day. This programme will focus on cutting edge thinking about problems related to the world economic system, global climate change and health care delivery systems. Lectures and discussions will cover key concepts which can guide young researchers, students and others seeking to engage with these challenges which, by their very nature, cut across disciplines, borders and geographical locations.


This programme is taught by the faculty and staff from University of Cambridge. The University is ranked at the top of Moody's global leagues. The University of Cambridge and its affiliated institutions are home to 109 Nobel Laureates, 11 Fields Medalists, 7 Turing Award winners and 14 British Prime Ministers as students, alumni, faculty or research staff. The University of Cambridge is over 800 years old, and as the "Crown Jewel" of the city, has always attracted the brightest minds from all over United Kingdom and around the world, including: Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Francis Bacon, Ian McKellen or Alan Turing, Prince Charles, Pundit Nehru, S Ramanujan, Ernest Rutherford, Amartya Sen, Lee Kuan Yew, Rachel Weisz, Salman Rushdie, William Wordsworth.


Regardless of your academic discipline, major, or career choice, if you want to grow your personal capacity to contribute to sustainable solutions to these global challenges, come and attend the programme this February in University of Cambridge, UK. Your tutors will be Scientists, Economists, Archaeologists, Historians, Political and Social Scientists working at the University of Cambridge. These world class scientists, both experienced and recently graduated, will help you familiarize yourself with the underlying and interconnected physical, sociological and economic processes behind upcoming technologies, yet to be reported in newspapers and on internet blogs. An emphasis will be placed on understanding both the principal causes and the newest solutions to address global challenges. Participants can expect to leave the programme not only with new knowledge and skills, but also with an enlarged personal network of future leaders in the industry, academia and politics.



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SESSION A Sunday, February 9th Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 Hurry - Only Few Seats Left!




Global Challenges Science and Sustainability Training Programme


This Programme is organised by Comprehensive Capacity building in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia project under the Global Challenges Research Fund of the UK government, otherwise known as GCRF COMPASS project. Faculty and participants from GCRF COMPASS project teams at the University of Cambridge and University of Kent in the UK, and ADA University, Azerbaijan; Belarusian State University, Belarus; Tajik National University, Tajikistan and University of World Economic Diplomacy, Uzbekistan in partnership with BrainGain Academy in India will make this programme a truly unique experience.


COMPASS Cambridge is a programme which seeks to establish 'regional hubs of excellence' at the top-level Higher Education Institutions in Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia to enable them to become research leaders and 'nodes of excellence' for knowledge production and transfer across the region and beyond. Conceptually, the project explores new approaches to 'governance' with a focus on resilience, capacity-building, bargaining power, and cooperative orders, to make governance more effective and sustainable.



BrainGain Academy is a global platform offering short-term, international cohort-based learning programs on college and university campuses. Our university partners include University of Cambridge, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Arizona State University, and Dutch Academy for Film and Photography, to name a few. We offer these global learning experiences to pre-college, college students and young professionals. We curate, develop and market experiential learning programs in partnership with leading global universities to offer new ways of learning for students.



The Leadership Programme on Global Challenges at Cambridge is designed to include seminars and one-on-one interaction with leading experts in their fields.


Participants of The Leadership Programme on Global Challenges at Cambridge will have the opportunity to balance classroom lectures with group work and extracurricular activities on and around the historical campus. The programme will provide hands on experience that is made available to students.The vibrant and innovative environment at Cambridge will inspire all those who attend this programme and give them the confidence to explore new and exciting ideas.


Leadership Program

  • Define and understand Global Challenges
  • Scientific solutions to manage global challenges
  • Regional cooperation and Cooperation across borders
  • Research and teaching
  • How research is ground up - what do you do when you come up with an idea
  • How to write a research report
  • Network and build relations with the who's who of academia, political life.
  • Meet and interact with great faculty


  • Personal Leadership and Influence
  • Social Responsibility
  • Conceptual development which translates into solutions
  • Certificate of participation

Campus and British Culture Experience

  • University of Cambridge campus tour
  • Lunch/Dinner at the Eagle Pub
  • High tea/ Picnic at botanic garden
  • Trip to London or Oxford


Your typical day at the programme:

  • Breakfast
  • Lecture
  • Break
  • Group Discussion
  • Lunch Break
  • Group Projects
  • Visits to museums, botanic garden, pubs and more
  • Dinner


Prof Gil Lonzarich, Department of Physics, FRS, Cavendish Labs, University of Cambridge Lonzarich received his BA degree from University of California, Berkeley as a Regent's Scholar (1967), his M.S. from the University of Minnesota as a Corporate Fellow (1970) and his Ph.D. degree from University of British Columbia as a Killam Fellow (1973). Starting as a postdoc in 1974 he rose through the system to become a full professor of Condensed Matter Physics in 1997 at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He was elected a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and has taught there since 1978. Important aspects of the experiments of Lonzarich's group are crystal growth, ultra-low temperatures (mK temperatures), high-pressure experiments, and quantum oscillations.


He has be honoured internationally, some key highlights are; Yamada Visiting Fellowship, 1986, Mott Lecture, Institute of Physics, 1987, Europhysics (Hewlett-Packard) Prize for Experimental Physics, European Physical Society, Nice, 1989, Election to the Royal Society of London, 1989, Election as Fellow, Institute of Physics, 1991, The Max Born Prize and Medal for 1991, The Guthrie Medal, Institute of Physics, 2007, The Rumford Medal, the Royal Society of London, 2010, Visiting Fellowship National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil, 2013-2017, 2015 Kamerlingh Onnes Prize, The International Conference on the Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity (M2S).

Dr Patricia Alireza an experimental physicist working on Quantum Matter. She has a BA from Occidental College in Los Angeles, an MS in physics from UCLA and a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge. In 2010, she received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Occidental College. She is also recipient of the L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship 2009-2010 and is a member of the board of Trustees of Occidental College.


She was born in Mexico City and moved to California as a young adult. Since then I have lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Paris, France; Pasadena CA, Cambridge and London in the UK, and have traveled extensively around the world. I believe that interacting with other cultures and ways of life is the best way to open up our minds and grow.

He is Director of the Cambridge Central Asia Forum and Principal Research Associate at the Cavendish Laboratory. He trained as an anthropologist, historian and a physicist. His research interests are in the areas of religion and identity, knowledge systems, social and political development and institutional history in Central Asia and the Middle East. In Physics he works on science of strongly correlated electrons, superconductivity and magnetism. He also holds a Fellow Commonership at Jesus College, University of Cambridge. He also holds a number of Professorships, Honorary Professorships and Visiting Professorships.


His progress through school took him to Britain, France, Germany, Soviet Union and Switzerland. He went on to New Orleans to complete High School and proceeded to the University of New Orleans, where he studied Physics and History of Islam. He then studied Historical Anthropology of Islam in Khorassan. From the United States he came to Trinity College, Cambridge, on a Commonwealth Trust-Trinity Scholarship to study for a PhD in Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory. He then did Post-Doctoral training at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands and University College London and a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge.

After qualification at Cambridge and University College, London, He worked in London for the Shankland Cox Partnership on housing and for Colin St John Wilson and Partners on the British Library. On returning to Cambridge in 1973 he practised within Hughes and Bicknell Architects, where he became an Associate and later Partner, before founding Nicholas Ray Associates in 1989, which morphed into NRAP in 2007.


His most prominent buildings in Cambridge are the Quayside Development, on the banks of the river Cam opposite Magdalene College, and major additions to the Department of Chemistry. He has been responsible for new and refurbishment projects for numerous Colleges, as well as buildings and projects for the University and for private clients. His publications to date have concentrated on studies of 20th century architects (Alvar Aalto, 2005 and Rafael Moneo, 2015, both with Yale University Press), .

Lorena is a Lecturer in Economics at the School of Social Sciences & Global Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the Open University. She completed her PhD thesis in Economics at SOAS, University of London (fully funded by SOAS Economics dpt.) with a title 'A nexus between the role of the state, market transition and food consumption: The case of Uzbekistan'.


Before returning to academia Lorena worked as a development economist in Latin America in 2014, in Uzbekistan for the regional office of UNODC in Central Asia from 2010 to 2012, and between 2007 and 2010 with the European Commission and the Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs in the field of development economics, trade and environmental policy.


Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Land Economy and Affiliated Lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies, Cambridge University. PhD & MPhil in Development Studies (Cambridge), MSc in Finance (London Business School) & MA in History & Economics (Oxford University). Over 20 years' experience as an Emerging Markets Fund manager. Research interests include agricultural commodity markets in Sub-Saharan Africa & South Asia - in particular cotton and millets. Other work includes analysis of Vocational Training for the Department for the Ministry of Skills and Development, India; assessment of the impact of Multinational employment in Sub-Saharan Africa for the International Labour Organisation; Entrepreneurship for Aid & Trade in Africa for the Templeton foundation; and work on Smart Villages Rural electrification in East Africa. Shortlisted as one of the top ten university lecturers by the Students' Union in 2017.


Shailaja Fennell is Director of Research at Cambridge Central Asia Forum, a University Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, and a Fellow of Jesus College. She was awarded her degrees of BA, MA, and MPhil in Economics from the University of Delhi, and then went on to read for her MPhil and PhD at the Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research was on long term agricultural trends in India and China.


Shailaja was an international team leader on the project on public private partnerships in education within a research consortium on educational outcomes and rural and urban poverty (RECOUP) funded by the Department for International Development. She was a member of the team commissioned by the European Union to bring about the first European Report on Development, titled 'Overcoming Fragility in Africa: Forging a New Approach Forward' (2008-09).

Dr. Kudaibergenova studies different intersections of power relations through realms of political sociology dealing with concepts of state, nationalising regimes and ideologies. Dr. Diana T. Kudaibergenova received her PhD in 2015 from the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Her first book, Rewriting the Nation in Modern Kazakh literature (Lexington, 2017) deals with the study of nationalism, modernisation and cultural development in modern Kazakhstan.


Dr. Kudaibergenova spent more than two years researching and teaching first sociology major students in Turkmenistan in English at the International University of the Humanities and Development in Ashgabat where she also helped to establish the first postgraduate Programme and Academic Writing classes. She has also held postdoctoral position at the Lund University Sociology of Law Department where she studied power, ideology and legality in Eurasia (primarily in Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine and Crimea).

Sian Dutton is a Reader in Physics and Solid State Chemistry at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Her research is focused on exploring the properties of materials for energy applications including batteries and solid state magnetic cooling. Prior to taking up the fellowship in 2012, Dr Dutton was a postdoctoral research associate in Princeton University. Dr Dutton completed her DPhil at University of Oxford and her MSci in Natural Sciences at Jesus College, Cambridge, where she is also a fellow and director of studies now.



Participants applying for the Leadership Programme on Global Challenges at Cambridge must submit their application online and must be above 18 years old.


  1. A completed online application, including personal details
  2. Current or most recent transcript or passport copy
  3. CV or resume (optional)

Note: Those applying from University of Cambridge, University of Kent, ADA Azerbaijan, BSU Belraus, TNU Tajikistan, UWED Uzbekistan, DO NOT submit by this link and contact pk315@cam.ac.uk






The total cost of the Programme is GBP £5500 / USD $7100. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available. The fee excludes airfare and local travel cost to and from the airport, visa costs and international travel insurance. The fee includes:


  • Tuition fees
  • On-campus accommodation and most meals
  • Please see the FAQs for terms and conditions










The Leadership Programme on Global Challenges at Cambridge is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in engaging with global challenges requiring global solutions. This programme will focus on cutting edge thinking about problems related to the world economic system, global climate change and health care delivery systems. Lectures and discussions will cover key concepts which can guide young researchers, students and others seeking to engage with these challenges which, by their very nature, cut across disciplines, borders and geographical locations.

BrainGain Academy has collaborated with Cambridge COMPASS team to organize this international program. BrainGain Academy provides administrative support and the COMPASS team at University of Cambridge is wholly responsible for reviewing applications and providing all academic content for the program.

The programme is open for both domestic (UK) and international professionals and students who are at least 18 years and above.

The total cost of the Programme is GBP £5500 / USD $7100. The fee excludes airfare and local travel cost to and from the airport, visa costs and international travel insurance. The fee includes:

  • Tuition fees
  • On-campus accommodation and most meals

Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for the program.

Yes, you will need to arrange your own international travel insurance as per the requirements of UK.

No, the Leadership Programme on Global Challenges at Cambridge is a non-credit program.


Participants applying for the Leadership Programme on Global Challenges at Cambridge must submit their applications online.

  • A completed online application, including student details.
  • Most recent or current transcript.
  • CV or resume (optional)

We have a rolling admission, and admissions are on a first-come, first-served basis, so applying earlier will increase your chances of acceptance. The last date to submit your application is 15th January 2020.

We welcome and encourage all participants over 18 to apply for this programme.

You will be informed in five working days after you submit your application.

You will be asked to provide a brief translation. This does not need to be professionally translated. You will be able to submit both the original and translated document to us with your application form.


No, flight tickets are not included in the fee. You will have to make individual travel arrangements.

Depending on the passport you hold; you may need to apply for a tourist visa. Check with the Embassy of UK in your country for more information. As a rule of thumb, you should give yourself ten business days for the visa to be processed. To apply for the Standard Visitor Visa, please click here

If required, we will provide each selected candidate with a visa invitation letter, which can be used to apply for the short-term visa. The visa invitation letter will be issued after receiving your payment and signed forms, but the letter does NOT guarantee successful visa application.

There are convenient bus and train services available from London to Cambridge, for information on bus services click here and for train click here

Your money will be refunded, with a deduction of GBP £150 / USD $195 as administration charges.

Living on campus

Nestled within the grounds of Churchill College in the University of Cambridge, and within easy strolling distance of the historic city centre and River Cam, the Moller Centre provides unrivalled four-star equivalent Cambridge accommodation. For more information, click here

Yes. The programme provides campus-wide wi-fi.

Lectures will be held at Westminster College, for more information about Westminster College, click here

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