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Leadership Academy for Development (LAD)

Leadership Academy for Development


Kyiv, Ukraine

April 23 – 27, 2018

The Leadership Academy for Development in Ukraine (LADU) is an executive-level training program that trains mid-level government officials and business sector leaders from developing countries to help the private sector be a constructive force for economic growth and development. The program is offered in partnership with Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and The School of Public Management at Ukrainian Catholic University (SPM UCU).


Dr. Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Mosbacher Director of FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL).  He is also a professor by courtesy in the Department of Political Science. He was previously at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues relating to questions concerning democratization and international political economy. His book, The End of History and the Last Man, was published by Free Press in 1992 and has appeared in over twenty foreign editions. His most recent book is Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy.

Dr. Fukuyama is chairman of the editorial board of The American Interest, which he helped to found in 2005, and served as a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001-2004.  He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Pardee Rand Graduate School, the American Political Science Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and of the Volcker Alliance. Dr. Fukuyama received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Science. He was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation, and has twice served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State.


Michael A. McFaul, PhD

Michael McFaul is Professor of Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995. He is also an analyst for NBC News and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post. Dr. McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014). He was also the Distinguished Mingde Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Center at Peking University from June to August of 2015.

He has authored several books, including Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should, How We Can; with Kathryn Stoner, Transitions To Democracy: A Comparative Perspective; with James Goldgeier, Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War; and Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin. His current research interests include American foreign policy, great power relations, and the relationship between democracy and development.

Dr. McFaul was born and raised in Montana. He received his B.A. in International Relations and Slavic Languages and his M.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Stanford University in 1986. As a Rhodes Scholar, he completed his D. Phil. in International Relations at Oxford University in 1991.


Michael Bennon

is a Managing Director at the Stanford Global Projects Center, developing new initiatives for the GPC and managing our student programs and industry affiliations. Michael’s research areas of interest for the center and work experience are in Public Sector finance, infrastructure and real estate investment, and project organization design. Michael served as a Captain in the US Army and US Army Corps of Engineers for five years, leading Engineer units, managing projects, and planning for infrastructure development in the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Thailand.  Michael received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and received an MSCE and MBA from Stanford University.


Overview of Program

The Leadership Academy for Development in Ukraine is an intensive five-day executive-level training program that will teach selected participants how to be effective reform leaders, promoting sound public policies in complex and contentious settings. LADU will be led by Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Michael Bennon, and Michael A. McFaul, PhD.

During the five-day program, participants will acquire an analytical framework necessary to promote private sector growth through public policy. Participants will learn how to be successful reformers and leaders by analyzing stakeholders, sequencing actions, managing conflicts and building coalitions. In order to do so, policymakers must have a solid grasp of country-specific economic, financial, political and cultural realities.

This is a largely case-based curriculum with key lectures that will provide the necessary conceptual framework. The “case method” is a technique of teaching and learning through the analysis of actual events that have occurred, allowing you to gain a realistic understanding of the roles, responsibilities and analytical skills required of decision makers, as well as the tensions that may arise between various stakeholders with different objectives. Participants are encouraged to draw from their own experiences to enrich classroom discussions and stimulate debate.

Participant Selection

All interested candidates should fill out the following application:

Deadline: March 18th, 2018

You will receive a confirmation of receipt within 24 hours following submission of your application. Should you not receive a confirmation email, please contact us by phone: +380673039195 or by email:

Finalists may be required to participate in a short phone or Skype interview. A phone or Skype interview will be scheduled during the week of March 19-24, 2018 and participants will be notified of their selection by March 31, 2018.

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • experience in the field of political science, economics, social science, or international economic relations;
  • applicants should be mid-career practitioners, with at least five years or more of working experience;
  • in their present capacity, applicants should play influential roles in Ukraine’s political, economic, and social development. Applicants can be policy-makers, business sector leaders/entrepreneurs, or leaders of civil society organizations (such as representatives of trade unions, nongovernmental organizations, the media, business and professional associations);
  • good command of English;
  • strong analytical skills;
  • ability to work in teams

Participant Costs

The participation fee is 70,000 UAH (2,500 USD). CIPE, through the generous support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), will provide scholarships for 30 Ukrainian participants on a merit basis (accommodations, meals, and training materials).

Participation in the LADU Program is possible with a scholarship, or as paying participant.


Valentyna Zasadko


Tel: +380673039195


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