Past Dialogues


The Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues Asia 2016 (ELDA 2016) conference organised from October 20 to October 31st in Kuala Lumpur provided unique opportunities for meaningful interaction, exchange of knowledge, ideas for new-age development, application of cross-cultural technologies and most importantly learning leadership best practices across sectors.

Launched by the Commonwealth Study Conference Association of Malaysia (COSCAM) and the Association of Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (AELD), for the first time in Malaysia , the objective of this flagship initiative was to help identify, encourage and build leadership competencies. The 12 day conference garnered the support of 85 participants from various Commonwealth and Non Commonwealth countries.

At the heart of ELDA 2016 was concurrent Study Tours, a unique two-week leadership experience where delegates learnt firsthand from multiple establishments in varied industries on sustainable leadership in various states in Malaysia and India.


CCELD 2015 was held from September 20 to October 4, 2015. It brought together 60 emerging leaders from Jamaica and Canada. Participants were selected from business, government, labour and civil society and the demographic was gender-balanced. While the most direct beneficiaries were the participants themselves, their organizations, communities and countries will benefit from having a cadre of young leaders better prepared to deal with the challenges they face. See News and Events for highlights.


Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue (EPLD 2014)

The third Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue was held over a two-week period in October 2014. It brought together 120 high calibre mid-career men and women selected from business, government, trade unions and the community service sector. For more information please check the News and Events page or

Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders' Dialogue (CCELD 2011)

40 Canadian and 80 Caribbean Leaders EMERGED from this first-ever Caribbean-Canada Dialogue. On May 28 participants assembled in Gatineau, Quebec (Ottawa) Canada for three days of Opening Session discussions on important economic, social, environmental, and regional development issues. Participants were then divided into 10 study tour groups and travelled for a further four days to a diverse number of locations in six Provinces to build their understanding of how these issues impact on decision-making and leadership. Thereafter each group travelled to one of 10 Caribbean countries for similar visits for a further four days. The groups reconvened in Bridgetown, Barbados from June 8-12 to report on their leadership learning experiences.

HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne graciously served as President of the Dialogue. She gave freely of her time and met with each study group; her thought-provoking and insightful observations were truly appreciated by all participants. She also visited some groups during their study tours.

For more information, visit the CCELD website:

Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue (EPLD 2010)

2010 EPLD Members

The Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue (EPLD) 2010 opened in Samoa on March 11, 2010 and closed in the Kingdom of Tonga on March 23, 2010. The Dialogue brought together 120 individuals to examine, discuss and report on current strategic issues across the Pacific.

The "Navigating Our Future Together" theme conveyed the idea of charting a course, working together, and negotiating the shifting tides and currents. Study tour destinations included Papua New Guinea, The Solomons, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, Australia and New Zealand.

Visit the Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue website for program details.

Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue (EPLD 2006)

Closing Dinner, Auckland

The CSC Australia and New Zealand, supported by Alumni and sponsors across the region organized this Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue from June 28 to July 12, 2006. 120 places were offered to high caliber men and women from 19 Pacific nations. The ten study tour destinations included Papua New Guinea (2), Fiji (2), Solomon Islands/Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Auckland/Cook Islands and New Caledonia.

The theme of this two-week event was "Navigating our Future Together." It opened in Brisbane and closed in Auckland. During the study tours 121 participants had the opportunity to observe communities in action and the leadership challenges that arose within them. Check the EPLD 2006 website for the details.

COMMONWEALTH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCES Previously known as The Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences (CSC)

New Delhi, India 2007:
10th Commonwealth Study Conference

In August of 2006, CUPE nominated me to participate in the 10th Commonwealth Study conference. A conference founded by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip back in 1956 and was used as a way to bring together young leaders from the commonwealth countries to explore and discuss issues of industrialization. Touted as one of the World’s most prestigious conferences - the success of this conference is in large part due to the commitment of past alumni to keep it alive. The Duke of Edinburgh remains committed to its sessions and ensures representatives from the Royal family attend the conferences. Read more ».

Malaysia 2007:
10th Commonwealth Study Conference

Thirty eight delegates from various Commonwealth Countries were in Malaysia from 18/3/2007 to 25/3/2007 to attend the study tours hosted by the Commonwealth Study Conference Association of Malaysia (COSCAM). COSCAM is honoured to co-host the Tenth Commonwealth Study Conference 2007 (under the patronage of Duke of Edinburgh) together with India as main host. The host organizers in India is the Confederation of Indian Industries. The Conference was held from 16th March 2007 to 29th March 2007. Read more »

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Australia 2003:
9th Commonwealth Study Conference

The underlying theme since 1956 has been the impact of industry and commerce on people and their environment, but each Conference has interpreted it to reflect prevailing concerns of the time.

For 2003, the theme was "People First in the Global Community" Read more »

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50th Anniversary History Book (1956-2006)

To mark the occasion of the 50th Anniversary, the Canadian Alumni Committee published a History Book titled "Leadership in the Making - 50 Years of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences."
Click here to read more and preview the book.

1956 Commonwealth Study Conference Remembered by C.E. Guinness, CVO

Excerpt from Edward's paper:

"On the final day (Friday 27th) the Vice Chancellor of Bristol University made the important point in his summing up that from the point of view of the members the success of the Conference lay in the fact that we had come to learn and not to teach. All of us, from all over the Commonwealth, had learned so much that was new to us and outside our experience."

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