See what our alumni had to say about their PGLF experiences:


Rabia Bhatti
United Kingdom
UK’s youngest ever muslim female politician, in 2011 became the youngest Muslim female councillor in Britain
“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.”


Dr. Oliver Squires
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!”


Dylan Kaplan
United States
Founder, Polis Voting Systems
“PGLS is a 10 out of 10! 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. PGLS was a life changing experience! If you are lucky enough to be accepted, go to PGLS!!”


Layane El Hor
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!”


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.”


Serafin Lion Engel
Co-Founder & CEO, Shoutbox GmbH; Co-Founder & Chairman, R7 Investment Association
“Being part of PGLS was definitely a transformational experience. It offers an immensely broad array of learning fields, taught by an all-star line-up of professors, but what I believe to be truly unique about this summit is that it is an event for everyone. 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. I myself am a business student, and looking back to the summit I can state with certainty that it was a key event in my education career.”


David J Townsend
President, Oxford University Student Union (2012-2013), PhD student, University of Oxford
“The PGLS programme is a great combination of communication training and insights into psychology and international development. Sam Potolicchio is a dynamo of leadership himself, and his lectures on public communication are enthralling, interactive and innovative. What I really appreciated was that underneath this was a genuine concern to educate the young leaders of the 21st Century, and his vision of communication isn’t about 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. I had a great time at PGLS – such a wide range of countries and careers were represented amongst the participants! Moscow was the perfect setting for us to get to know each other!”