About the Annual Global Forum

The Global Forum on Leadership, Learning and Strategic Change is a not-for-profit "community of practice", involving participants from major companies and organizations from around the world, who, in a collegial spirit, discuss strategic transformations, leadership, and learning--for individuals, teams and organizations. The first Global Forum took place in June of 1996. It used to be called the annual Global Forum on Executive Development and Business Driven Action Learning but in 2016 a change of name was made to more accurately reflect the broad range of topics and content but not the focus of the forums.

Attendance at the annual Global Forum is by-invitation only and restricted to no more than 100 participants. Sessions take place over a period of 3 1/2 days and are informal and interactive. The Global Forum is not-for-profit. Travel, meeting expenses and accommodation are borne by all participants, including speakers at cost. In order to ensure transparency and confidentiality, no media is allowed.

If you are interested to become a member of our 'Community of Practice' please contact us.


The objectives of the Global Forum are:

  • to allow peers from business, the public and social sectors, academia, and consulting from around the world to share experiences and good practices
  • to discuss global and regional issues and trends that affect all sectors of society and influence country, organizational and company strategies and learning
  • to enhance results-focused excellence in business, organizational and executive development, adult learning
  • to continuously develop and improve approaches, methods and techniques in all of the above fields including Business Driven Action Learning
  • to assist community members in their practice and thinking by providing helpful advice, practical workshops as well as on-line resources and links
  • to acknowledge and honour individuals who have made outstanding contributions to executive development, organizational development, Action Learning, and Adult Learning
  • to support  and encourage a global network of practitoners who wish to collaborate on research and activities to address global challenges and opportunities


The idea for the Global Forum originated in 1995 when Yury Boshyk met with Herwe de Schepper (IBM), Stephen Mercer (General Electric) and Ron Bossert (Johnson & Johnson) to discuss best practices and common dilemmas associated with business driven action learning executive programs. Very soon afterwards several companies voiced their desire to share experiences with their peers in a similar way. Thus, in June of 1996, the first annual Global Forum took place in southern France. From 2000, the Global Forum convenes its annual meeting in different parts of the world (sometimes hosted or supported by a major company or group of organizations). It is organized by Global Executive Learning and Global Forum community members.

Since 1996 the Global Forum has taken place in many different locations. To see the timeline please click on the icon below.

Who Attends?

Those who attend include private and public sector and not-for-profit line executives and managers, human resource and organizational development practitioners, academics and some consultants. The representation is worldwide. The Global Forum is open and tolerant of all approaches and schools of thought. For example, participants representing all approaches to executive development and strategic change have taken part and no specific approach to any topic such as leadership is propagated. "Selling" is not perimitted and those who do so are not invited back. Consultants invited to attend will have to be accompanied by one of their clients, and that such invitations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

For a list of organizations that have attended in the past, see above, under About--Previous Forums, and Members. If you would like to attend the Global Forum, please address all enquiries to Yury Boshyk at

What is Dicussed?
Post-Global Forum Activities

The Annual Global Forum


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