Caux Emerging Leaders Programme

27-30 June 2019

CDLS 2018 group


Migration, land degradation, and the management of natural resources pose serious threats to millions of lives around the world. These issues are intimately tied to conflict, and yet the connection between the two is often under-analysed, unrecognised, or misunderstood.

The Emerging Leaders programme at the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security aims to bring together young leaders to find and share effective, creative and inspiring solutions to the complex issues of migration, land degradation, and conflict. It provides young innovators with a chance to have their voices heard and to influence discussions with eminent policymakers, activists, and scientists. Emerging leaders are equipped with the skills and support necessary to share their ideas and solutions, enabling them to take further action in their own communities or on the international stage.

We believe that Emerging Leaders come in many shapes and forms, because meaningful contributions to the challenges of this area takes many forms. We particularly welcome individuals who have an interest – academically, personally and professionally – in land and peace issues, at their nexus.

Emerging Leaders may be entrepreneurs with a unique vision and/or reasonably developed project/business idea, or grassroots activists with a track-record of campaigning and advocacy. They may also be students who have demonstrable experience engaging with these issues within and beyond the walls of the classrooms. They might be educators with a desire to mainstream these concerns and discourse. Or, they may be environment professionals who is looking to dedicate their experience and skills to land and/or peace issues.

We are looking for early career outstanding and ambitious individuals who are strongly passionate about addressing problems and finding solutions for land and security issues. If you feel that you and your community will benefit from the Emerging Leaders programme, we strongly encourage you to apply.


What’s to gain?

  • The opportunity to meet and discuss land and peace issues with key policymakers, development workers, activists, scientists, entrepreneurs and experts.
  • Participation in in-depth dialogues on three streams of the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (Restoration, Business and Peace).
  • A unique and personalised mentorship matching and support programme based on your expressed interests and skills.
  • Experience working with other Emerging Leaders closely on land and peace challenges, where you will be expected to produce a final output with a practical application.
  • A series of skills workshops designed to develop your advocacy, campaign, communications, critical thinking, teamwork, presentation, management and leadership skills.
  • Participation in Caux’s traditional fire-side conversations with established environmental leaders, where Emerging Leaders will have the opportunity to engage on issues and topics they care about.
  • The opportunity to experience the unique, diverse and inclusive environment of Caux, where open channels of communication is celebrated and inter-generational dialogue is held in high regards, and experience the unique community spirit of the Caux conferences.
  • For interested entrepreneurs: There will be a formal opportunity for entrepreneurs or founders of non-profit initiatives to pitch their projects/ideas to the audience at Caux and gain mentorship and advice from experts.

Who can apply?

To apply as an Emerging Leader for the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2018, you should meet the following criteria:

  • Be older than 18 years old (inclusive) and younger than 30 years old (inclusive), although exceptions can be made for candidates with compelling reasons for their participation.

 And at least any ONE of the following: 

  • Have an interesting and feasible project or project idea relevant to land and/or peace issues (your project could be already in the stages of implementation, or it could be in the early stages of planning. We will judge every project on a case-by-case basis based on its potential impacts and its feasibility).
  • Demonstrate strong interest and/or experience relevant to land and/or peace issues, particularly with regards to advocacy and/or academia and/or campaigning and/or education and/or volunteering and/or community work.
  • An existing career in a sector and role relevant to land and/or peace issues, but does not yet have over 5 years of professional working experience in this field.

How much does the programme cost?

The programme is entirely free. However, you must be willing to pay for your own travel and accommodation costs for Caux. We will provide a formal letter of support to assist with visa applications.

Financial support may be available to those who need it but will be discussed on a case-by-case basis. As much as possible, we will work closely with all successful applicants to assist them in finding appropriate sponsorship or funding sources.


How to apply: 

To apply for this programme please email to Lisa Yasko at
Please answer the following questions: 
1) What is your initiative and what is your story? 
2) What do you need for your initiative to develop? 
3) Why would you like to come to CDLS? 
If you need a visa please email to Lisa before 30 May 2019.
If you don't need a visa the deadline is 5 June 2019.


Find out more about the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2019

related stories

Nhat Vhuong

Plucking water from the air

Webmarketing consultant and social entrepreneur Nhat Vhuong is passionate about tackling water scarcity. A Vietnamese refugee, who grew up in Switzerland, he worked in Japan for eight years before ret...

CDLS 2019 Tom Duncan

Empowering communities to restore mangroves

Tom Duncan is passionate about problem solving and strategic systems thinking, primarily in regenerative economics, green finance and financial technology, as a means of restoring relationships betwee...

Aibanshngain Swer CDLS 2019

Protecting Meghalaya’s water sources

Some billion people rely on water sourced in the hills of Meghalaya, in North East India. One of those responsible for water conservation in the State, Aibanshngain Swer, took part in the Summer Acade...

CDLS 2019 Chau Duncan

Bridging the financial divides

Chau Tang Duncan is applying over 20 years’ experience in banking, trade and commercial diplomacy to improving the financial access of disadvantaged communities. ...

Meghalaya CDLS 2019 Conrad Sangma

Meghalaya’s lighthouses of sustainable development

‘Our goal in Meghalaya is to build a low-carbon economy through complete involvement and ownership of communities,’ Conrad Sangma, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, told the opening session of the Caux...

CDLS 2019 panel Laubsch Duncan Brown

Investing in the future of life on Earth

‘What would it feel like to be the last White Rhino?’ Alan Laubsch, founder of EarthPulse, asked participants in the third day of the Caux Dialogue for Land and Security 2019 (CDLS). ‘Your family has ...

Summer Academy 2019

Summer Academy on Land, Security and Climate is launched in Geneva and Caux

The inaugural Summer Academy brought together 18 participants from Afghanistan/Denmark, Bhutan, Germany, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Nigeria/UK, Philippines, Portugal, Somalia/UK, Spain/Switzerland, Swed...

Grampari Deepek Jadav CDLS 2019

Grampari: An inspiring development programme in India

The Grampari association was presented on Thursday 27 June 2019 during the first plenary session of the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security. Deepak Jadav who has been working with the association since...

Lisa Yasko CDLS 2019

A discussion with Lisa Yasko about the importance of youth at the Caux Forum

June 2019. It’s the fourth time that Lisa Yelyzaveta Yasko has participated in the Caux Forum. Before joining the organising team for the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security in 2018, Lisa took part in ...

CDLS 2019 Patrick Worms

Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2019

Since 2013, activists, experts, farmers and leaders have come together at the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security to explore the potential of land restoration in peacebuilding. This year, from 27 to 30...

Marc Barash

Prophet of green compassion

Marc Ian Barasch describes himself as ‘a social entrepreneur, a communicator, a meditator, a networker’. A glance at Wikipedia shows he is also an international thought-leader and innovator. The title...

Ben Callison

Loving more than the solutions

Ben Callison is Managing Director of Borneo Orangutan Survival UK (BOS-UK), which works to protect the critically endangered orangutan and its habitat in Indonesia. Prior to this Ben served as Preside...

CDLS Jennifer Helgeson

The Magic of Caux

As one of the founding members of the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security, Dr Jennifer Helgeson remembers the excitement of its earliest stages. After moving from the UK to the USA, her direct involvem...

CDLS 2017

CDLS Round Table Declaration 2018

Discover the declaration by the participants of the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2018....

Iman Al Ghafari, ILLP, CDLS

Iman Al Ghafari: Starting from the individual in Syria

Iman Al Ghafari’s career has long been centred around building peace in Syria. She has been involved with Initiatives of Change for a number of years, leading Creators of Peace Circles in her native S...

organising team

Lisa Yasko

Lisa Yasko

Emerging Leaders Programme Coordinator