Edition Overview

By Rachel Hubbard

Across the world we face many common challenges as we look to the future. These are challenges that we can only address effectively and sustainably by working together in partnership. This is absolutely reflected in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which came into effect in 2016.

Working collaboratively across an international platform is vital. It is also fundamental to ensure that the challenges and goals can be interpreted and addressed appropriately at a local country level to drive and derive the greatest success. Without an understanding of each country and region’s specific challenges, societies and cultures there is a risk of not making progress at all, despite the very best efforts.

Many of the challenges that we face as a global population are interconnected, but it is often two or three that supersede others as key priorities. It is therefore of the greatest importance that those organisations which have an international presence also work hard to distil them down to a national identity. This is the key way to drive forward agendas and address a wide range of challenges.

Leadership is vital in the organisations who are striving to meet the SDGs and their own strategic goals. A very strong understanding of politics and policy making, economics and cross sector collaboration is absolutely fundamental in leaders.

To offer a clear insight into leadership in one of the foremost international membership organisations we were very pleased to have had the opportunity to talk to Paola Barbarino, CEO of Alzheimer’s Disease International. As she completes a year in her new role, Paola shared her thoughts and insights about the opportunities and challenges faced by a global membership network, emphasising the importance of adding value at a local implentation level whilst also driving policy in an international forum. She highlights the importance of taking a proper step back to think about what differences can and should be made in a short to medium term and why communication and a clear narrative is fundamental to making these goals achievable.

Also, in this edition our Saxton Bampfylde Partner Aidan Kennedy shares his thoughts about why leadership needs to be collaborative and cross-sector to fundamentally address the water crisis we face across the globe. In our Team Insight section we welcome Nat Sutton, a new Partner in the Panorama, from Buffkin/Baker based in New York.

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