Alumni

At the core of PGLF's mission is providing all of our students the opportunity to connect with a diverse network of more than 700 of alumni from more than 100 countries.

PGLF alumni lead and succeed in nearly every field from international and national politics to business, law, medicine, media, and academia.

Here's some of what they had to say about their participation in our life-changing programs.
 

Alumni Testimonials

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David J. Townsend Australia

President, Oxford University Student Union (2012-2013), PhD student, University of Oxford

“Sam Potolicchio's lectures on public communication are enthralling, interactive and innovative. He has a genuine concern to educate the young leaders of the 21st century. This isn’t learning ‘tricks’ to get people to follow you, it’s about learning how to bring people closer together and how to help us all move forward together in society.”

Rabia Bhatti United Kingdom

UK’s Youngest Ever Muslim Female Politician

“Both the delivery and content of the course was of an exceptional standard with the highest-calibre of speakers and lectures delivered over the duration of the week. I would highly recommend PGLF to anyone interested in becoming a leader in their chosen field or entering politics.”
 

Dylan Kaplan United States

Founder, Polis Voting Systems

“Doctor Potolicchio’s leadership classes were phenomenal and my public speaking skills dramatically improved. The participants were smart, ambitious, came from across the world, and are some of my best friends today. PGLF was a life changing experience! If you are lucky enough to be accepted, go to PGLF!”

Chndy Rogel Philippines

Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance

“The spirit of free sharing allowed us to open up and share our personal stories, uncovering diverse complexity facing all of us in the world today. I enjoyed my PGLF experience because of the impressive and unbelievably friendly professors and great people I met and now call friends."

Saja Alkhatib Palestine
“PGLF really helped define what being a leader meant while bridging a culture gap that barely seemed existent between us. I felt that I could truly be myself and share my life with others as they went through their own with me. I would never trade this journey for anything else!”
Despina Kiltsopoulou Greece

“PGLF gave me the chance to meet young leaders from all over the world and be inspired by their contribution to building a sustainable future. We participated in a number of simulations including parliamentary, speech-making, diplomatic and business competitions.”

Jenny Baer Germany

"Are you hungry for gaining knowledge that can’t be boxed in books? Are you thirsty for developing skills that will help you on in life? Are you able not to live without the experience of becoming a world citizen, at least for two weeks? Then you definitely should opt for becoming a member of the PLGF family!"

Frank van de Wolde Netherlands

Rotterdam School of Management

“The PGLF experience is a special one. Its uniqueness stems from the interaction of such a talented, diverse crowd in a dynamic setting. It inspires and evokes thought. It stimulates thorough understanding, compassion, and cooperation.”

Hammad Abedin India

“Accepting the PGLF fellowship was one of the most important decisions I have made thus far in my life or career. I have benefited in so many ways, including in the vast improvement of my English language skills, communication skills, expansion of my professional network, and growth in my understanding of how to be a good leader.”

Adriana Clarke Australia
Cambridge University “With a thoughtful combination of both cultural and the academic influences, there was not one day I was not excited by how we were challenged. The staff were so warm and welcoming, that I truly felt as though I were at home. I found the diversity within the selection of delegates, lectures and ventures all contributed to the shaping of me into a highly efficient and dynamic leader that I can continually strive to be.“
Maciej Biesiada Poland

University of Bradford

"PGLF gave me first of all a chance to have a taste of different cultures in a safe and secure environment. I have experienced students form Georgia and Russia, USA and Iraq, Macedonia and Albania, debating, working together on projects and even dancing traditional dances during country presentation event."

Dr. Oliver Squires Australia

One Young World; Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)

“The best global leadership program I have ever attended. As a scientist, effective and meaningful communication is vital in my profession. Preparing Global Leaders Summit provided me the skills, knowledge and most importantly, confidence to stand out, focus and excel towards my career goals and aspirations. Thank you, PGLF!”

Serafin Lion Engel Germany

Co-Founder & CEO, Shoutbox GmbH; Co-Founder & Chairman, R7 Investment Association

“PGLF offers an immensely broad array of learning fields, taught by an all-star line-up of professors. No matter what you study, no matter where you come from, and no matter what your religious, political, or ideological preconceptions are, you will be welcomed to the community and you will be challenged to learn not only about politics, and leadership, but about life.”

Layane El Hor Lebanon

Fulbright Scholar – Yale University; MA Candidate, International and Development Economics

“Leadership today is very different from what it used to be years ago. It’s more than ever about young people, instantaneous public exposure, inter-disciplinary knowledge, and cross-border connections. It is very rare, however, for an aspiring leader to find these at one place. I gained lifelong friends that share a will for change, a global vision, and the required skills to advance it!”

Abhishek Bhardwaj India

“I was really impressed by the core values PGLF holds around global leadership and the idea of making deep connections with people. Everything from lectures, simulations, case studies, discussions and field trips were tailored to help us push our limits and think beyond our limited horizon.”

Zola Valashiya South Africa

Mandela Rhodes Scholar (2015) and Founding Director Debate.Afrika

“It is difficult to find an education that puts an equal emphasis on leadership development skills as it does on theoretical knowledge. Traditional pedagogy is no longer adequate as the sole-fountain of scholarship and praxis. PGLF has created a unique environment that bolsters intellectual dexterity and at the same time facilitates causal cross-cultural interactions.”

Borana Kalemi Albania

TV Host at Albanian Screen Television

"I was very lucky to be part of this program. First, because of the extensive knowledge on how to be a leader taught by the most charismatic professor Sam Potolicchio. Second, due to extraordinary organization and care provided by the tireless administration team."

Dharnik Shah India

“PGLF, to me, has been a life-changing experience. PGLF has not only given me the tools to advance in my journey as a leader but also opened windows of opportunities to help me evolve to attain my fullest potential.”

Solen Hassan Kurdistan-Iraq

“The program provided me with a deep knowledge of techniques that will help in my future study and career. The class hit major areas that I am interested in, including negotiations, global perspectives, leadership, and stimulating speeches. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to develop him or herself.”