• oikos LEAP is designed to inspire young leaders to become more responsible in their decision making and equip them with insights, knowledge and tools to do so.

    oikos LEAP challenges participants to reflect on themselves and their values. Whilst adopting and sharing the lessons learnt in their chapters, participants practice sustainable leadership. The result is strengthened chapter performance and greater impact in line with the oikos mission. These basics will, moreover, accompany participants throughout their lives and result in change towards sustainability.

    To summarize this purpose, we chose to name this program LEAP, in order to collectively and eagerly leap forward to a world of more sustainable leadership.

    oikos LEAP operates three tracks: Advanced, President and Basic. All tracks are intended to inspire participants to take increasingly responsible actions. The utilised methods aim to embed principles of reflective action and learn-by-practising. In all tracks, the learnt knowledge, competencies and tools are expected to be implemented in oikos-related work and participants’ personal lives.

    The Advanced Track is a voluntary commitment to go through a joint development process. The Advanced Track includes a series of online and offline modules that are based on the principles of experiential learning supplemented by three guiding methodological concepts: exploring, sharing-practicing and reflecting. This track is open to any active oikos members. Participants that complete the process will be assigned a personalised certificate. Go to the LEAP Advanced Track.

    All chapter presidents are encouraged to take part in the President Track. This includes LEAP Meetings (former Presidents’ Meeting) occurring before oikos FutureLabs and Spring Meetings, and three online webinars.

    The Basic Track is open to all interested oikos members. This track consists of three online webinars.

    See an overview here:

      Basic Track Presidents Track Advanced Track
    Open Webinars
    Exclusive Webinars
    Presidents' Meeting Oct/2017 in Switzerland
    Presidents' Meeting Mar/2018 in Spain
    Foundation Meeting Oct/2017 in Switzerland
    Mid-Term Meeting Mar/2018 in Spain
    Peer-to-Peer Calls
    One-to-one Coaching Sessions
    Written Reflection
    Restricted area on Podio for discussion
    Experiential Learning

  • We have a dedicated website only for LEAP Advanced Track. Check it out here

    oikos LEAP is designed to inspire young leaders to become more responsible and sustainable in their decision making and equip them with insights, knowledge and tools to do so.

    oikos LEAP challenges participants to reflect on themselves and their values. Whilst adopting and sharing the lessons learnt in their chapters, participants practice sustainable leadership. The result is strengthened chapter performance and greater impact in line with the oikos mission. These basics will, moreover, accompany participants throughout their lives and result in change towards sustainability.

    Read the article about the LEAP Midterm Meeting in March in Belgrade here and find out more about the learnings of participants.

    LEAP Advanced is the most intensive of three LEAP tracks. The program is open to all oikos members and will soon be opened up beyond.

    Some Facts

    Duration: 9 months.

    Time: Circa one hour per week (on webinars, reflections, individual coaching and peer2peer discussions) + two onsite meetings (in October 2018 and in March 2019. Hours invested in the practice aspect of oikos LEAP vary according to participants’ individual engagement in their chapter or community. 

    Eligibility Criteria: A selection process. The next selection process will take place in the mid of 2019

  • Presidents Track

    Duration: 7 days at the oikos LEAP Meeting from 19th to 25th of October 2018 in Leysin, Switzerland, 1 day meeting prior to the Spring Meeting 2019 and 3 webinars.

    Time: Participation in the offline meetings and webinars and implementation of lessons learnt. Practice and online exchange (for example on the oikos Intranet) are also highly recommended.

    Eligibility Criteria: All presidents of active chapters and the international Executive Board.

    On-site Meetings

    During the LEAP Meetings, before the FutureLab (7 days) and Spring Meeting (1 day), participants from this track will experience leadership development days. This is a key part of the program as participants have the opportunity to meet and interact face-to-face. Participants will acquire knowledge that enables personal growth, as well as practical skills for improving their chapter’s perfomance.


    Webinars are learning modules addressing topics that give participants an insight into leadership topics. Webinars allow to gain more specific knowledge on a topic. The webinars will be conducted by experts and recorded (when consented by the expert).

  • Basic Track

    Duration: 3 webinars.

    Time: Participation to the webinars.

    Scope: Any interested oikos member.


    Learning modules (webinars) addressing topics that give participants a taste of the importance of responsible leadership. The webinars will be conducted by experts and recorded (when consented by the expert).

    The next open webinar on “Importance of Culture and how to create engegament” with Colin Browne is on the 6th of February, 6:30pm CET.

    Colin Browne, universally known as “The Culture Guy”, helps companies increase employee engagement, performance and loyalty. He is the author of How to Build a Happy Sandpit. A ground-breaking book based on several years of research inside Southern African businesses and the founder of Happy Sandpit. 

    To have access to the webinar and recieve the zoom link and password please register your email here. We will send you the link on the 5th of February.

  • Read the article about the LEAP Meeting 2018 here.

    In the beautiful village Leysin in the swiss alps, more than 60 participants from different nationalities and a common passion met from 19th to 25th of October.

    The oikos LEAP Meeting was a crucial gathering for representatives from around the world. Preceding the FutureLab, the Meeting gathered representatives of the oikos LEAP President Track and LEAP Advanced Track. We had special participants from organizations working on similar vision as oikos such as rootAbilityNational Union of Students UK, REFEDD and Euforia . The meeting started 16pm CET on October 19th in Leysin and finished in the evening of October 25th in Geneva.

    Throughout seven days, more than 60 participants developed leadership competencies, improve their understanding of oikos, dive deeper into sustainability and acquire knowledge and skills to advance and improve their impact. The group will become a support group and take part in various experiences. Some sessions focused only on Presidents Track participants and others were open to all participants.

    Please find the draft Agenda here: LEAP Meeting Agenda

    LEAP Meeting October 2018 for Presidents Track

    The LEAP Meeting in October 2018 had exclusive sessions for participants of the Presidents Track. Every chapter was entitled to bring ONE representative of their chapter to participate on those sessions, generally the president of the chapter. During those sessions, we discussed the future strategy of oikos and daily challenges of leading a chapter and exchange experience to improve chapter’s performance.

    All participants of the Presidents Track could decide to join the Advanced Track by the end of the meeting. This entitles a 9-month leadership journey. You will learn to be more conscious of your own actions, better understand your own values and purpose, learn to truly listen to others and to yourself, and gain confidence to lead and inspire others to make a lasting impact in your community.

    LEAP Meeting October 2018 for Advanced Track

    The LEAP Meeting in October is a key part of the programme as participants have the opportunity to meet and interact face-to-face. Participants will acquire, not only knowledge enabling personal growth, but also practical skills to improve leadership in their chapters.


    The LEAP Meeting is a participant-led event. Participants had the opportunity to lead workshops and sessions. In September, a Facilitation webinar was provided to all participants. In case you want to contribute with a specific skill, please write an email to: alexandra.horvath@oikos-international.org


    Where will we be staying?

    The accommodation is a Hotel in the beautiful village Leysin in the swiss alps, about 2 hours from Geneva.

    What time should I arrive on October 19th?

    In order to make the most of the program, you should plan your arrival for 14.00 CET at the Hotel.

    What time will the meeting be over?

    The meeting will be finalized after lunch on the 25th of October. After the last workshop in Geneva the Legislative Meeting will be held. We encourage you to take part in this important meeting.

    How should I book the tickets to the LEAP Meeting?

    Please book your tickets to arrive in Leysir and leave from Geneva. On the 25th the whole group will go to Geneva with a bus, which is cvered by oikos.
    Geneva has an international airport, but we want to encourage participants from Europe to choose a sustainable way of transportation (train, bus, etc)
    If you are entitled of Movetia Grant (European chapters + Azerbaijan and Georgia), in order to get reimbursed (up to 400 CHF), your ticket needs to be booked in second-class transportation only.

    I am participating in the FutureLab, will we go to Geneva together?

    The last day of the LEAP will be in Geneva already and we will go there all together by bus. This bus is covered by Oikos.

    I am NOT participating in the FutureLab, when should I leave?

    If you are participating on the Legislative Meeting, please book your ticket to leave Geneva the next day. The Legislative Meeting will take place from 16:00 – 19:00 in St. Gallen.

    I am part of the LEAP President Track, what does it mean?

    It means that few sessions of the LEAP Meeting will be exclusive to you, participant of the LEAP President Track. During those sessions, we will discuss the future strategy of oikos and daily challenges of leading a chapter and exchange experience to improve chapter’s performance.

    All participants of the Presidents Track can decide to join the Advanced Track by the end of the meeting. This entitles a 9-month leadership journey. You will learn to be more conscious of your own actions, better understand your own values and purpose, learn to truly listen to others and to yourself, and gain confidence to lead and inspire others to make a lasting impact in your community.

    Will any preparation be required for the meeting?

    You have the chance to facilitate workshops/sessions if you are willing to (a survey will be sent). A Facilitation Webinar will be taking place in September to help you to be more confident to take this opportunity. Also if you need any feedback for your session, we are here to help! Write us an email to leap@oikos-international.org
    We will also send a Preparatory Guide to you via email prior to the Meeting and have a call with the participants to meet and clarify questions on the 25th of September at 6pm CEST.

    Am I entitled to any travel reimbursement for attending oikos LEAP Meeting 2018?

    CASE ONE: If your registration to the LEAP Meeting 2018 is approved, one participant from each chapter of the following countries is entitled to 100% reimbursement up to 400 CHF (visa and insurance costs are unfortunately not reimbursed) on solely their transport expenses:

    • Canada
    • China
    • India
    • Kenya
    • Ghana
    • USA

    CASE TWO: The European chapters have applied for a successful grant and, thus, are entitled to 100% travel expense reimbursement (up to 400 CHF, in second class transportation only). Conditions apply. Please confirm with .

    For all other inquiries .

    Extra: The Legislative Meeting

    216264_218511031493305_7042429_nThe oikos Legislative Meeting will take place right after the LEAP Meeting 2018. It will take place at the Impact Hub Geneva (https://geneva.impacthub.net/)

    A business-casual attire is preferred for this meeting.

    Photo Credits: Robert Sturmer, Sturmer Foto

    This year’s oikos LEAP Meetings are partially made possible by:

  • A collection of learning material (books, articles, videos, etc.) will be at the disposal of the participants. It is up to each participant to take advantage of the material and deepen one’s understanding. The creation of the Toolbox is a common effort of the participants and the organising team, taking place via their intranet on Podio, which participants also use to communicate on everyday problems they incur.

    The Webinars address topics that give participants a taste of the importance of responsible leadership. By listening to some of the best experts in the field, you will truly enrich your understanding in the addressed topics. Check out all the webinars on our Youtube Channel here and find a collection of them below:

    Transpersonal Leadership for the 21st Century: Leading beyond the Ego| John Knights

    John is a Co-founder and Chairman of LeaderShape Ltd.

    My purpose is to support leaders on their journey to become excellent Transpersonal Leaders.”

    He is an international thought leader in the development of leaders and an experienced coach, mentor and facilitator of individuals (especially Chairs, CEOs and senior managers), teams and peer groups.

    John has a Senior Executive Coaching Award from The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring, lectured at the University of Oxford on leadership development and was Honorary Lecturer at the University of Chester in the field of Work Based Learning. He is an expert in Transpersonal Leadership which incorporates emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence and neuroscience John also has recognized expertise in culture change, corporate strategy, organizational development, acquisitions and joint ventures, business finance, and marketing and sales.

    John leads LeaderShape’s programme to develop as a global organisation and works with major corporations, governments, not-for-profits, higher education and SMEs.

    Hanna Meirelles – International Trainer and Development Facilitator

    Daughter of a teacher and an entrepreneur, Hanna understood the importance of education and business since she was very young. At the age of 11 she started to teach and with 12 years old she created her first company.
    She studied Business and specialized in Strategic Planning and Management Development, as well as in Leadership, Culture and Diversity.
    During the last 19 years, she has worked around the world in large organizations in Leadership Development, Education, Consulting, Oil & Gas, Engineering and Mining, as a Human Resources Leader, helping thousands of leaders in all 5 continents to develop themselves and improve their management skills and business performance.
    Currently a Trainer, Development Facilitator, Investor and Entrepreneur in the Education Business, Hanna is one of the most energetic speakers nowadays that travels the world fulfilling her mission: inspire and empower people to be free, so they can develop their own potential and have freedom of choice, while respect diversity.
    She is passionate about leadership, cultural differences, women empowerment, people development and education.
    She also leads a non-profit project that supports children to create a better future for themselves, their families and the world.

    Our speaker, Tim Peek, is an Emmy award-winning journalist, former NBC News executive, and today works as a leadership consultant and coach. He has spoken to investment groups, professional associations and at corporate annual meetings about the ways consciousness and strategy interact in the business world.

    Dr Geoff Scott is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Sustainability at Western Sydney University, Australia. From 2004-12 he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and Executive Director of Sustainability at UWS. During this time he led a range of successful external quality audits and established RCE-GWS. He is a widely published author on change leadership, professional capability, assuring achievement standards and quality assurance in higher education. His book Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education with Canada’s Michael Fullan (2009) was nominated for the 2010 US Colleges Bellwether Award.

    He is a former director of the Australian Council for Educational Research, a Fellow of the Australian College of Education, a member of TEQSA’s Panel of Experts and a higher education auditor and consultant in many countries. From 2014-16 he was a National Senior Teaching Fellow with Australia’s Office for Learning and Teaching. In 2007, he was the Recipient of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award.

    Find out more about his work at www.flipcurric.edu.au

    Thinking Innovation For Better Projects | Daniel Hires

    Daniel calls himself a “third culture kid at home in innovation, entrepreneurship, startups, social business, sustainability, and all things digital.” His background ranges from music, over marketing and events, to a number of social startups.

    Daniel is passionate about building communities that empower people to take collaborative action on their ideas for a better world. He has conducted numerous projects and grown businesses in the sustainability realm. To name a few, he co-founded MakeSense, an online matching-platform for social entrepreneurs, co-authored the book “Phase 0 – How to make some action” (http://www.phase0.org/), established the silent climate parade and now works with the UN environmental program to connect the landscape of green entrepreneurs in the MENA region.

    Find out more about Daniel & his projects at projecthires.com.

    Check out his Webinar here:

    Communicating Effectively | Julian Treasure

    JulianJulian Treasure is chairman of The Sound Agency, a UK-based audio branding consultancy specialising in soundscapes that increase dwell time in major shopping malls worldwide. His book Sound Business is the seminal work on intentional, effective business sound. Julian has been widely featured in the world’s media and is a top-rated international speaker. His five TED.com talks on sound and communication have been viewed over 20 million times; the latest is in the top 30 TED talks of all time.

    Check out his webinar here:

    Building Relationship/Partnerships | Michèle Joanisse

    Photo Michele JOANISSEMichèle Joanisse is a seasoned development professional with 23 years of work experience in the philanthropic sector. During her career, Michele raised over 330 million euros for medical education, research, and humanitarian projects.

    She currently holds the position Head of External Relations at DNDi – Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative in Geneva since October 2012 where she is leading a campaign to raise €200M by 2018 to find better treatments for neglected tropical diseases such as malaria, sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, filarial diseases and pediatric HIV. She is working with an international team of 14 staff based in New York, Rio and Geneva.  To date, her and the team secured €187M for R&D projects from governments, foundations and high net worth individuals in Seattle, London, Geneva and Tokyo.

    Prior to DNDi, Michele raised funds for the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada for seven years.  From 2006 to 2012, she lead a CDN$130M campaign and exceeded her goal by CDN$25M two years ahead of campaign close.  Specifically Michele secured multi-million dollar gifts from alumni, the corporate sector, foundations and high-net-worth individuals to advance epigenetics research, nursing, autism, pediatric musculoskeletal diseases, urology, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer diseases and established a series of university-hospital endowed chairs, doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships and student awards.

    From 1998 to 2006 Michele lead the fundraising team at Médecins Sans Frontières in Canada.  During her eight year with MSF, she grew the fundraising program from a CDN$1M to CDN$22M annually through a multi-facetted direct marketing strategy which included direct mail, street canvassing, telemarketing, online fundraising along with establishing a major gifts & planned gifts (legacies) program. She also developed & directed three ambitious fundraising strategic plans and lead a London-Berlin-Amsterdam-Toronto strategic planning exercise to map-out the best financial investment strategy to raise funds globally. She continues to be involved with MSF as a volunteers and moderates international debates for the movement.

    Experienced in generating revenues through diversified fundraising program, Michele has manage large departments and complex cross-sector partnerships to meet her targets.  She is fluent in both English and French with a deep knowledge of the medical and educational sectors. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BA in Communication and Management and is currently completing a Certificate in International Organisation Management at the University of Geneva.

    Check out his webinar here:

    The Importance of Responsible Education | Mehdi Majidi

    24428ddDr. Majidi is a university professor and international consultant in sustainable socioeconomic development and cross-cultural management. He has served as the Chair of International Business Administration (IBA) Department at the American University of Paris (AUP) and Director of a graduate program he created on cross-cultural and sustainable business management. In these positions he has strategized and implemented a new vision across the department to integrate business management education with liberal arts and aligning its learning objectives with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) objectives creating a balanced technical skills and holistic understanding educational approach. His recent professional interest and academic research are focused on cultural values and sustainable development while extending his work toward secular spirituality and sustainability. He advocates social entrepreneurship as an effective initiative for socioeconomic transition toward sustainable development.

    His consulting projects include assessment of innovative projects and innovations for commercialization, educational curriculum development, professional training programs, industrial development, workforce development, and the design of a solution to measure, monitor, and evaluate the dynamics of the socioeconomic progress of a country based on international standards indexes. He has worked at, and consulted for, Coopers and Lybrand (C&L), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)’s Global Consulting and IBM Global Business Services, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the World Bank and the National Technology Transfer Center of Kazakhstan (World Bank grant initiatives).

    Read more about his projects here.

    Check out his webinar here:


    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

    In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. With a balance of theory and practical examples, this guide to personal and professional life describes seven principles of life management. Targeted toward anyone who is interested in personal change, it guides you through private victory, public victory and renewal. More info here.

    Building the Bridge As You Walk On It: A Guide for Leading Change by Robert E. Quinn

    “Building the Bridge As You Walk On It” tells the personal stories of people who have embraced deep change and inspired author Robert Quinn to take his concept one step further and develop a new model of leadership “the fundamental state of leadership”. The exploration of this transformative state is at the very heart of the book. Quinn shows how anyone can enter the fundamental state of leadership by engaging in the eight practices that center on the theme of ever-increasing integrity – reflective action, authentic engagement, appreciative inquiry, grounded vision, adaptive confidence, detached interdependence, responsible freedom, and tough love. After each chapter, Quinn challenges you to assess yourself with respect to each practice and to formulate a strategy for personal growth. More info here.

    Tribes We Need You to Lead Us by Seith Godin

    A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have joined tribes, be they religious, ethnic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger and enabling new tribes to be born―groups of ten or ten million who care about a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming.

    Who is going to lead all these tribes? The Web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals―people just like you who have passion about something. Anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at their fingertips.

    If you think leadership is for other people, think again―leaders come in surprising packages. Ignore an opportunity to lead and you risk turning into a “sheepwalker”―someone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. Sheepwalkers don’t do very well these days.

    Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities for leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, readers…. It’s not easy, but it’s easier than you probably imagine. More info here.

    More inspiring videos


    How to inspire leaders to grow by Omid Aschari. He will be with us at the Presidents’ Meeting! 

    The Tribes we Lead by Seith Godin

    How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek

    How to Make Work-life Balance Work by Nigel Marsh

    The Puzzle of Motivation by Dan Pink

    Dare to Disagree

    The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown

  • LEAP Meeting 2017 Participants

    Oikos Lea Kaufmann

    Lea Kaufmann


    oikos Lund

    Oikos Alienor Hammer

    Alienor Hammer

    Chapter Board Member

    oikos London

    Oikos Annemarie Sindler<br />

    Annemarie Sindler


    oikos Graz

    Oikos  Magdalena Jarošová

    Magdalena Jarošová


    oikos Prague

    Oikos  Vladimir Leuridan

    Vladimir Leuridan


    oikos Brussels

    Oikos  Josephine Pratiwi

    Josephine Pratiwi

    Board Member

    oikos Lausanne

    Oikos Dolly Rohira<br />

    Dolly Rohira


    oikos Jamshedpur

    Oikos  Arun Kumar

    Arun Kumar


    oikos New Delhi

    Oikos Hannah Brack

    Hannah Brack


    oikos Paderborn

    Oikos  Camila Carrascal

    Camila Carrascal


    oikos Barcelona

    Oikos Stefan Dedovic<br />

    Stefan Dedovic


    oikos Belgrade

    Oikos  Paulina Chwaszczewska

    Paulina Chwaszczewska


    oikos Warsaw

    Oikos Eliane Blauth

    Eliane Blauth

    Chapter Board Member

    oikos Leipzig

    Oikos  Sophie Charrois

    Sophie Charrois


    oikos Reutlingen

    Oikos  Friedrich Hilgenfeldt<br />

    Friedrich Hilgenfeldt


    oikos Vienna

    Oikos  Luca Eggenschwiler

    Luca Eggenschwiler


    oikos St. Gallen

    Oikos José Bijlholt

    José Bijlholt


    oikos Paris

    Oikos  Jasmin Tesch

    Jasmin Tesch


    oikos Paderborn

    Oikos Nathan Murley<br />

    Nathan Murley


    oikos New York City

    Oikos  Anna Pręcikowska

    Anna Pręcikowska

    Chapter Board Member

    oikos Warsaw

    Oikos  María del Carmen Ruiz Estrada

    María del Carmen Ruiz Estrada

    Vice President

    oikos Barcelona

    Oikos Benoît Pitsaer<br />

    Benoît Pitsaer

    Chapter Board Member

    oikos Brussels

    Oikos Zvezdana Vuletic

    Zvezdana Vuletic

    Chapter Member

    oikos Belgrade

    Oikos  Giorgi Devrisashvili

    Giorgi Devrisashvili

    Chapter Member

    oikos Tbilisi

    Oikos  Kathrin Zirn

    Kathrin Zirn

    Chapter Board Member

    oikos Reutlingen

    Oikos  Flora Dicke

    Flora Dicke

    Chapter Member

    oikos Witten/Herdecke

    Oikos  Paula Heeß

    Paula Heeß

    Chapter Board Member

    oikos Bayreuth

    Oikos  Vusal Abasov

    Vusal Abasov


    oikos International

    Oikos  Sanober Shaikh

    Sanober Shaikh

    Executive Board Member

    oikos International

    Oikos  Levan Pangani

    Levan Pangani


    oikos International

    Oikos  Guerson Lucilien

    Guerson Lucilien

    oikos New York City

    Oikos  Marios Konstantinos Pavlakis

    Marios Konstantinos Pavlakis


    New York City

    Oikos  Adriana Troxler

    Adriana Troxler



    Oikos  Dinara Kanopkina

    Dinara Kanopkina

    Chapter Board Member

    oikos Baku

    Oikos  Jessica Berneiser

    Jessica Berneiser


    oikos Leipzig

    Oikos  Nurlan Jahangirli

    Nurlan Jahangirli


    oikos Baku

    Oikos  Chris Taylor

    Chris Taylor

    GRLI/Oasis Foundation

    Oikos  Quinn Runkle

    Quinn Runkle

    Education for sustainable development programme manager

    National Union of Students UK

    Oikos  Tim Strasser

    Tim Strasser

    Training and Workshops


    Oikos Delia Ostach

    Delia Ostach

    Chapter Member

    oikos Paderborn

    Oikos  Juyeon Quinn

    Juyeon Quinn

    Chapter Board Member

    oikos London

    Oikos  Solène Jallet

    Solène Jallet


    oikos Reims

    Oikos  Katrin Bruls

    Katrin Bruls


    oikos Copenhagen

    Oikos  Florian Repper

    Florian Repper


    oikos Cologne

    Oikos  Tiphaine Rouault

    Tiphaine Rouault

    LEAP Coach

    oikos Leipzig

    Oikos  Sandeep Chowdary Mandipudi

    Sandeep Chowdary Mandipudi


    oikos Kolkata

    Oikos  Irie Ewers

    Irie Ewers


    oikos New York City

    Oikos  Darshan Khot

    Darshan Khot


    oikos Pune

    Oikos  Abhishek Kankani

    Abhishek Kankani


    oikos Vellore

    Oikos  Mrudula Tanari

    Mrudula Tanari


    oikos Kolkata

    Oikos  Roberto Valdemalca

    Roberto Valdemalca


    oikos Edmount

    Oikos Clémentine Robert

    Clémentine Robert

    LEAP Coach

    oikos Reims

    Oikos Renée Horster

    Renée Horster


    oikos St. Andrews

    Oikos Salome Tskhoidze

    Salome Tskhoidze

    Board Member

    oikos Tbilisi

    Oikos  Lisa Hellweger

    Lisa Hellweger


    oikos Vienna

    Oikos  Eva Späte

    Eva Späte


    oikos Tübingen

    Oikos  Mike Brodersen

    Mike Brodersen


    oikos Hamburg

    Oikos Nadja Spitzer

    Nadja Spitzer


    Oikos Niklas Stein

    Niklas Stein

    Chapter Member

    oikos Bayreuth

    Oikos Svante Bengtsson

    Svante Bengtsson


    Chalmers Students for Sustainability

Would you like to learn more?

Email us to learn more about how to contribute as a speaker, donor, coach or get involved as a student.


“The LEAP Program embodies the true core of the oikos mission – empowering student change agents raising awareness for sustainability. It helped me grow as a person, as a listener and as a leader. I can only highly recommend it to anyone interested and not interested, as the quality and effect of the program is incredible”

Fred Hilgenfeldt, Participant 2017/18; oikos Vienna, Austria

“For me, it was the best decision to join the LEAP programme in 2016. Through all the participatory learning activities with fellows I can totally trust in I learned to better lead myself. I became stronger in my values and worked on my weakness: Listening. I get a better understanding of what leadership means to me and what characteristics a leader should have. Thereby, the LEAP supported me in setting up the Spring Meeting 2017 in Hamburg, starting into business life and deciding about my future career path. And all of that combined with lots of fun, inspiration, and friends from around the world. A great opportunity!”

Pauline Sprenger, oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2016/17

“If someone were to ask me whether the LEAP programme had helped me in my decision to set up my own business, I would clearly answer yes. On the one hand, I think that LEAP has opened my eyes to who I am and who I want to become. On the other hand, how I can recognize my goals, understand them better, and finally achieve them. Furthermore, the LEAP was a good help to grow on my way to a better leader. This happened e.g. through exercises about self-reflection and motivation as well as about the right listening and asking questions.”

Mike Brodersen, oikos Hamburg, Participant 2017/18

“Beyond all, the LEAP is a human journey. You learn to be more aware about yourself, to listen better to the people that surround you and it helps you to have a better view on where you are heading to. To me, the LEAP program serves as a lifelong compass. At any time you can watch again a webinar, open one of your reflection exercice or ask a question to one of your fellow LEAPers.”

Benoit Pitsaer, Participant 2017/18; Executive Board Member

“LEAP opened my eyes for how much I can change in my personal life to grow and become the person I want to be. My participation has been one of the greatest experiences I’ve had.”

Svante Bengtsson, Participant 2017/18; CSS, Sweden

“I am so humbled by the receptive environment. The contents of the Meeting were so amazing and really have taken me to another level of life. It has really shaped my thought positively and has equipped me with ideals for quality leadership.”

Isaac Owusu, Participant 2015; Advisor, oikos Kumasi, Ghana


“…The LEAP motivated me to take action in reorganizing our student chapter in order to attract more students interested in sustainability. I would always encourage everyone in taking part in this life-changing experience.”

Luisa Pütz, LEAP Advanced participant 2018/2019, oikos Bayreuth, Germany

“I didn’t really know what to expect when I joined the LEAP Advanced Program, but it has exceeded all expectations I could have had. The possibility to exchange with professionals and to discuss my experiences in a climate of confidence really helped me to develop myself on a professional and personal way. It was for me the first step to a continually self-empowerment. A few months later, I decided to apply to the oikos international board in order to implement the changes I wanted to see within the organization. ”

Tiphaine Rouault, oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2016/17

“Thanks to LEAP I see my purpose in helping other people to continuously develop themselves and find their own paths. I always wanted to help people and being a LEAP coach showed me how much impact you can have on somebody’s life. After that, I decided on a career as a coach and was lucky to get the opportunity to start this career as the project manager of this amazing program. This whole LEAP journey taught me so many skills that regular education is missing out on and it will be vital for my future career.”

Alexandra Horvath, oikos Graz, Participant 2015/16

The LEAP Advanced helped me understand who I am and why I act in the way I do. It was the beginning of a process in which change is made possible through deep awareness. I feel now empower by all the things I learned and I’m able to take better decisions while it is the most needed. This program has been tailored to every human being willing to turn into a human becoming.”

Vladimir Leuridan, Participant 2017/18; oikos Brussels, Belgium

“LEAP was the best decision I took in 2017. I can only recommend. I’m more than grateful for the life-changing experience.”

Kathrin Zirn, Participant 2017/18; oikos Reutlingen, Germany

“The Meeting has changed a lot in my life and for my future.” –

Gizela Wojtynek, Participant 2015; President 2015-16, oikos Opole, Poland

“I think oikos LEAP is absolutely crucial. I got so much inspiration and motivation and I know now that we all share the same problems and thoughts which makes me feel part of the community even more. I hope I am able to transmit this spirit to my chapter. Personally, I know now how important it is to take time for reflection in order to head into the “right” direction, whatever that is. I’m on the way to find it out.”

– Anonymous Feedback Survey Participant 2015