Collective Leadership Hubs Network
Scaling up collaboration skills globally
Vision: CLHs working in diverse languages on 6 continents

We understand leadership to be the capacity of a collective to catalyse change for the common good. As our definition of the “common good” we embrace the 2030 Agenda, or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all countries in 2015.  Yet global aspirations are not enough. We recognize that building collaboration capacity for implementation of the SDGs is essential for bringing about the vision of a just, peaceful, and thriving world for all life.

The challenges we face in implementing the SDGs are complex, but not insurmountable, requiring a shift from a conventional to a collective leadership paradigm that honours the intention of the global sustainability movement. Indeed, our entry point is SDG 17 which aims to: “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.”

To meet this challenge, CLI – together with our accredited Collective Leadership Facilitators (see below) – is building a Collective Leadership Hubs Network around the world. CLI’s vision is:

A worldwide network of Collective Leadership Hubs that scale up collaboration capacity to empower individuals, teams, and stakeholder systems to achieve sustainability transformations.

CLI's Collective Leadership Academy vision

Collective Leadership Hubs are action-oriented centres around the world that seek to transform systems toward greater sustainability using CLI’s collective leadership approach.

Join the Movement

With over 6,500 course Alumni from over 120 countries, the CLI Network is constantly expanding. In addition to our offices in Germany and South Africa, we have already established Collective Leadership Hubs in Cambodia, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Ukraine, and the United States. We invite you to join us!

For over 15 years, CLI has conceptualized and field-tested collaboration methodologies and tools with partners – especially our Collective Leadership Compass and Dialogic Change Model – developing high quality and engaging training curricula, materials, and publications. Through our growing Collective Leadership Hubs Network, we seek to transfer these approaches and materials to accredited Collective Leadership Facilitators around the world and, together, scale collaboration and impact for sustainability.

In order to become an accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator, individuals or teams must:

  • STUDY: Become certified as a Collective Leadership Specialist: successfully complete our two foundation courses in either order (Art of Leading Collectively and Art of Stakeholder Collaboration) and then one of our fluency courses (Art of Process Facilitation or Art of Transformative Change).
  • PRACTICE: Collaborate with CLI staff in jointly marketing, organizing, and co-facilitating both foundation courses and demonstrate to CLI fluency in the collective leadership approach, aptitude for facilitation and coaching, and a capacity for personal reflection and growth.
  • REFLECT: Publish a short case study (see the case study example of Mai ElAshmawy, accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator) on the CLI website or newsletter structured around the Collective Leadership Compass and Dialogic Change Model on an initiative that the trainee has led, participated in, or studied.
Collective Leadership Facilitators build capacity among diverse groups
Establishing a Collective Leadership Hub

Once accredited, Collective Leadership Facilitators can establish a Collective Leadership Hub.

Hubs and CLI enter into a 2-year, framework memorandum of understanding (MoU) that outlines a desire and potential for collaboration. The MoU includes the following rights and responsibilities of accredited Hubs:

  • Each Hub may use the exclusive Collective Leadership Hub logo and identify as a “Collective Leadership Hub” connected with the Collective Leadership Institute.
  • Each Hub lists CLI on their website as a partner and links to CLI’s website.
  • CLI adds CLFs and Hub to the world map on CLI’s website.
  • Each Hub and all CLFs use CLI methodology, materials, and guidance documents (curricula, slides, and agendas, and marketing, organizational, and facilitation guidance sheets).
  • Each Hub and all CLFs stay true to the spirit, content, and integrity of CLI methodology.
  • Each Hub and all CLFs contribute to CLI’s four Strategic Pillars.
  • In order to stay in practice, all CLFs must regularly apply CLI methodology through projects and courses and/or participate in learning and exchange  sessions organized by CLI, focusing on practice exhange and conceptual discussions on CLI’s evolving methodology.

The terms for renewal and other terms are provided bileterally when you are about to open a Hub.

Some of our Collective Leadership Specialists and Facilitators

Collective Leadership Facilitators are enriched with Collective Leadership methodologies, facilitation skills and practice in personal reflection. Through their Collective Leadership Hub, they contribute to the following four strategic pillars:

  • Movement Building: The Network of Collective Leadership Hubs is a learning and mutual support structure that helps Hubs and Specialists to connect, learn, and become more transformative.
  • Transformation Stewardship: Hubs may be lead or co-applicant with CLI on submitting grant applications for transformation stewardship projects that draw on their thematic, regional, and/or contextual expertise, while using CLI’s field-tested methodologies.
  • Collective Leadership Academy: In consultation with CLI, Hubs may co-organize and co-facilitate open or on-site courses based on CLI methodology, e.g. the Art of Leading Collectively and the Art of Stakeholder Collaboration.
  • Thought Leadership: Collective Leadership Facilitators are encouraged and welcome to contribute written pieces to CLI newsletters and to co-author Collective Leadership Studies, for example on transformation stewardship projects co-implemented with CLI.
Become a Collective Leadership Facilitator

If you or your organization is interested in gaining collective leadership facilitation skills and teach them to others, get in touch with us!

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CLI's certification programme is designed with attention to the process that supports the trainee in the process of learning the Collective Leadership methodologies, facilitation, and
personal reflection.

Maryana Zaviyska - acredited Collective Leadership Facilitator

Being a facilitator who uses dialogical methods in working with teams within complex processes, I was lacking a systematic meta-approach that can support my work with diverse groups. In 2017, I partnered with the Collective Leadership Institute as a local Ukraine-based consultant to support CLI’s work within the GIZ four-year project “Vocational Integration of Internally Displaced Persons”. I provided mentorship support on process design to six multi-stakeholders teams – core containers – in Eastern Ukraine, which had already started their structured dialogues on potential solutions for the employment of IDPs.

Since then, I continued to support CLI’s work in Ukraine. After another project and co-facilitating an open course, I am in the process of establishing “Collective Leadership Academy Ukraine,” which would mean that I can offer CLI open and on-site courses here in Ukraine for individuals and teams.

Click here to read Maryana’s case study.

The CLI approach turned out to be a perfect complement to my other theoretical knowledge and practical experience. That’s why I decided to continue my learning journey and become an accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator.

Jacob Fink Ferdinand - accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator

I first learned about the Collective Leadership Institute (CLI) in 2018, while searching for new capacity to develop my partnership management skills. At that time, I had been working for many years as a project developer and manager. I had long observed deficiencies in how traditional project management tools deal with issues, like the facilitator role as a project manager, interrelationships among partners, and multi-stakeholder challenges in projects, for example.

The CLI approach turned out to be a perfect complement to my other theoretical knowledge and practical experience. That’s why I decided to continue my learning journey and become an accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator.

The CLI tools and ideas are already an active part of my toolbox in my consultancy work today, where I work with sustainable development for businesses and in larger multi-stakeholder development projects. As a CLI alumnus and now faculty associate, I am pursuing opportunities to expand my training and mentoring work and advocating for collective leadership approaches to transformational change processes.

Click here to read Jacob’s case study.

The collective leadership approach has been very useful in my personal and professional life. I learned more about myself: my development areas and how to work on them, and my strengths and how to use them to build myself and my skills in leadership.

Oumaima Selmi - accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator

Oumaima Selmi is a Project Manager at We Love Kairouan (WLK), an association based in Kairouan, Tunisia. Being a youth activist since 2016, Oumaima has volunteered and worked with several organizations and associations across Tunisia and has gained work experience in project coordination, communications, and volunteer management. Omaima joined WLK in 2018 for the “Bab el Medina Dialogue Platform“ Project, through which she became a certified Collective Leadership Specialist and accredited Facilitator.

Click here to read Oumaima’s case study.

I proved what I am capable of throughout my learning journey, and it gives me the courage to drive collective change in the future.

Soumaya Khalfaoui - accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator

Soumaya Khalfaoui is a Project Manager of the association We Love Kairouan (WLK) in Tunisia. She has been active in several projects and activities that relate to sustainable development since 2013 and has been working as a coordinator, grant assistant, and project manager since 2015. At that time, she also started her personal learning journey with the Collective Leadership Institute, which led to her accreditation as a Collective Leadership Facilitator. Specialized in participatory approaches, she has the skills to integrate and collaborate with stakeholders from different sectors and generations.

Click here to read Soumaya’s case study.

The trainings with CLI helped me to build a strong connection with different stakeholders, which ultimately led to the successful "Bab el Medina Dialogue Platform“ Project in 2019.

Mahdi Ayadi - accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator

Mahdi Ayadi is a founding member of the We Love Kairouan (WLK) association and a Project Manager in the “Young Leader Network in Central Tunisia” Project which is a cooperation between WLK and the Collective Leadership Institute funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). Mahdi graduated from the Higher Institute of Computer Management in 2012 with a Bachelor Degree in Computer Networking. This IT background didn’t stop him from discovering the world of civil society. Since 2012, he has been engaged in civil society as a volunteer, taking part in numerous trainings on different subjects, amongst them the Collective Leadership Specialist certification programme and Facilitator accreditation.

Click here to read Mahdi’s case study.

I like working with the Compass Dimensions in relation to the Dialogic Change Model, but I also love teaching those methodologies to other people. I believe that Humanity is the common world language.

Takwa Mallat - accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator

Takwa Mallat has been an active member of We Love Kairouan (WLK) since 2016, starting not as a participant but as a photographer in the first workshop with the Collective Leadership Institute (CLI). She soon became a participant in all CLI trainings and earned her certification as a Collective Leadership Specialist. As such, she became one of the WLK team members in the “Bab el Medina Dialogue Platform“ Project in 2019 and then a Project Manager in the “Young Leaders Network in Central Tunisia“ Project. Her experience with the collective leadership and the dialogic approaches has been an exciting challenge, helping her to discover her strengths and how to use them to drive collective change. Takwa holds an engineering degree in digital technologies of sound and image and a master’s degree in visual arts and communication. She is passionate about photography, planting, and old architecture.

Click here to read Takwa’s case study.

Kristiane Schaefer

Kristiane has a focus on leadership and dialogue for sustainability in cross-sector settings. She has more than 20 years of international work experience in the private sector and international organizations.

Her professional expertise is on strategy and business development, process facilitation, project management, networking and integrated capacity development in complex change processes. In the past five years Kristiane developed the francophone regions for the Collective Leadership Institute.

Nomvula Dlamini

Nomvula Dlamini is the director of a civil society organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa. She studied at the universities of Fort Hare and Western and holds a Master Degree in Adult Learning and Global Change. She has published various articles on organisational development, monitoring and evaluation, leadership, community development.

She works as a facilitator of social processes with organisations working in social change and her expertise is in the fields of organisational development, facilitating change/ transformation processes, leadership coaching, evaluations/reviews, stakeholder dialogues/collaborations, mentorship (individuals/organisations), and action research processes.

Moussa Gueye

Moussa is a coach and expert in organizational development and strategic planning. He has been working as a national expert for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the Senegalese urban development programme. Since 1996, he has been an independent consultant working in Senegal and in other West African countries. Moussa is an experienced facilitator working with public, private, and civil society organizations on various topics. Moreover, he accompanies decentralization processes in West Africa.

CLI Expert Pool

CLI’s unique © Collective Leadership Compass and © Dialogic Change Model methodologies have helped professionals from more than 120 countries to improve their leadership and collaboration skills, and to achieve sustainability transformations at multiple scales. Being fluent in the application of these methodologies is a precondition for working and collaborating with CLI.

People who have been trained in and applied CLI’s methodologies may be eligible to work on CLI projects and/or as a facilitator in our Academy. When you have completed both CLI foundation courses plus one of our advanced courses and have gained some experience applying CL methodologies in development contexts, you are welcome to complete this form to become part of the CLI Expert Pool.

Being shortlisted in the Expert Pool is a precondition to be hired as a CLI external expert through a simplified procedure. Inclusion in the CLI Expert Pool does not guarantee agreements/contracts with CLI. Inclusion in the CLI Expert Pool means that you may receive direct awards or be invited to submit tenders for work with CLI within the areas covered by those specific tenders or direct awards.

If you are interested to be included in the CLI Expert Pool, please (1) register in CLI’s Online Academy and (2) complete the following form (while being logged in) to apply for the CLI Expert Pool:

CLI Expert Pool Application

Please register for or log in the CLI Online Academy first and then start filling in the form!
REGISTRATION CLOSED! Next round of applications starts in December 2024. We will announce new CLI Experts in January 2025.

Application Form


The call for 2024 Expert Pool applications is closed. We will announce the next application call in December 2024. Please register until 31 December 2024 to become a member of our Expert Pool.


Name Country
Barry Shelley USA
Ben Corrigan Cambodia
Berti Shaker Egypt
Chris Burton Switzerland
Dominic Stucker Spain
Douglas Williamson USA
Iqbal Hamad Jordan
Jacob Ferdinand Denmark
Johanna Hallbauer Germany
Madison Bannon South Africa
Mai ElAshmawy Egypt
Maryana Zaviyska Ukraine
Miral Omran Egypt
Mostafa Rhlib Morocco
Pia Clausen Denmark
Suzan Joy Uganda

Based on the information you have provided in the form, we will review the applications annually (usually in December; but in special cases also during the year) and select/refresh the CLI Expert Pool for the coming two years. The selection process uses the criteria mentioned in part B (selection process) of the form that you submitted.

Depending on CLI’s project needs and the amount of work envisioned, we will run simplified tendering procedures among the CLI Expert Pool members. These are based on your technical expertise and experiences stated in your Expert Pool application form. Therefore, please make sure to keep your registration data updated. You will be requested to update your profile every two years.

Impact Statement: Movement Building

Our Collective Leadership Hubs and Facilitators are crucial on the path of scaling up collaboration skills globally. Learn more about our strategic pillar Movement Building below. The impact statements of CLI’s four strategic pillars can be found here.

Movement Building impact 2023
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