The Leadership Academy for Development in Ukraine (LADU) 2018

Deadline: 18 March 2018
Open to: mid-level government officials and business sector leaders from developing countries
Venue: 23– 27 April 2018 in Kyiv, Ukraine


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).

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.


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


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).


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.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, please write to Valentyna Zasadko:

The official web-page.