Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Development Program works with members from developing countries to build their professional leadership by strengthening their national and regional nodes.
The Leadership Development Program works with members from developing countries to build their professional leadership by strengthening their national and regional nodes.

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is one of CAN’s cornerstone programs that aims to strengthen its national and regional nodes and build professional leadership within the network. The LDP recruits fellows that have the potential to become leading climate change activists and invests in developing their skills through trainings, mentoring and other capacity building activities. As CAN works towards solving the climate change problem, it requires the strong involvement of its members and nodes on the national and regional level.  The LDP enhances the network's capability to engage on a national and regional level to meet the vision of a “One Global CAN”.

Using specific criteria, CAN will select a small group of leading activists from the different regional CAN nodes around the globe to become LDP fellows each year.  Fellows will closely liaise with the node coordinators to help implement CAN’s global strategy on a national/regional level by sharing information, supporting members, developing national/regional strategy, conducting national/regional activities, strengthening the governance of the node, and any other task that would help improving leadership skills for the fellow, as well as strengthening the national and regional work of the node.

Specifically, the program aims to:

  1. Help to build the technical and leadership skills within the national and regional nodes to strategically influence the national, regional and international climate policies, and contribute to the CAN's global strategy in addressing climate change.

  2. Invest in the future leadership of the CAN network,  through broader active participation in CAN’s policymaking processes, information gathering and sharing, and advocacy efforts.

  3. Strengthen coordination within the regional nodes and with CAN International.

Meet our current Fellows 

NEOKA NAIDOO, from South Afirca, is eager to engage in both environmental advocacy but also policy and development to shape future decisions. This fuelled her drive to attain her BSc in Environmental Science in her hometown of Durban at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Subsequently she has volunteered at Greenpeace, interned at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and worked on a pilot project merging renewable energy and intercity renewal. This led to her Post Graduate Diploma in renewable energy at the Sustainability Institute through Stellenbosch University.

Now working as an intern at Project 90 by 2030, she is turning her theoretical knowledge into practice. By undertaking the Leadership Development Program Fellowship during her internship, she will also work on bringing civil society together within the newly re-established South Africa CAN node and strengthening its influence on government and the corporate sector on climate change issues in South Africa. She recently attended COP 20 in Lima. 


ADRIAN YEO is a community organizer and an advocate for strengthening civil society in Malaysia and across the South East Asian Region. He has been active in engaging local environment, energy and resource campaigns. In 2009 Adrian worked for YOUNGO as the Youth Logistics Coordinator at UNFCCC’s COP15 in Copenhagen, and actively participated at various UNFCCC & UNCSD meetings. Adrian is a past president of Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur, an official presenter of Al Gore's The Climate Reality Project (TCRP), in which he underwent in-depth training under Mr. Gore on the issue of climate crisis. He is a participant of Global Power Shift, and founder of #PowerShiftMsia, a movement to catalyze youth for a bold climate action. He is also a committee member of RakanKL's, a volunteer group promoting the love of Kuala Lumpur's history & heritage. He recently spoke on TEDxMerdekaSquare promoting civil society movement building.

AMIT KUMAR is from Suva, Fiji Islands, and currently holds Programme Assistant position at the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI), a regional Non-Government Organization based in Fiji comprising of ten network partners across the Pacific, from Kiribati to Timor Leste.  Since 2011, he has been working on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management programme with a specific focus on child-centred approaches. In his role as Programme Assistant, Amit has assisted in the implementation and management of 4CA Program in six Pacific Island countries, including - Fiji, Tonga, PNG, Solomon Is, Kiribati, and Tuvalu. He graduated with Postgraduate Diploma in Biodiversity and Conservation in 2012 and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science in 2011 from the University of the South Pacific.

He plans to pursue Master of Environmental Science degree at the Australian National University from February, 2015. After completing the Masters programme, he intends to return to Fiji and contribute towards strengthening existing networks, its operational capacity and endeavour to influence strategic engagement for governments to respond to targets and policies. 



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