About Us

The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies promotes strategic transformational thinking to realign thought patterns to alter the world. Registered as a Professional Leadership Institute, Civil Society Organization in Virginia with a mission to equip, develop, and train grassroots leaders.
Our programmes help leaders and students generate enduring change in their institutions. Laser-focused and personalised programmes match student and institution needs. These programmes are taught by world-class instructors, one-on-one executive mentoring, and peer learning.

The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies runs an annual flagship programme called “Executive Strategic Leadership Master Class” with the Academy of African Scholars for Social Change, Center for Peace Studies, International Commission of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, and Peace Society of Kenya. A programme for Business leaders, Entrepreneurs, Diplomats, NGO’s, CBO’s, and Executives wanting to grow their leadership abilities, connect with their talents, and strategically handle business difficulties.

We connect with academic institutions, student Alumni Networks, civil society organisations, and local communities to accelerate leaders’ impact, engage teams more effectively, and promote inclusive employee engagement and performance cultures.
We give complete and innovative leadership development solutions to partners by combining our research, skills, experience, and knowledge with the world’s greatest thinkers and practitioners and employing client wisdom.

The mission of Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies is to bring leaders across the globe together to learn Transformational leadership skills, engage in activities that foster ethical behavior, build an inclusive community, demonstrate social responsibility, and inspire a commitment to excellence through learning.

The vision of The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies is to develop ethical, responsible, civic minded leaders who contribute positively to their local and global communities for positive and constructive purposes.

The key objective of the Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies is to Provide a variety of leadership development opportunities within a tiered structure for civil society organizations, students, and highly experienced junior/senior leaders; to collaborate with like-minded organization and other professional institutions to provide state of the art leadership training using technology and face to face training to deliver experiential learning opportunities; develop a coherent, context-specific theory of action and logic model to conceptualize team’s culturally responsive practices. 

The philosophy of The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies is based on the belief that there is a new generation of potential leaders reaching adulthood who are internally prepared to depart from the leadership styles and consciousness of past, to forge and implement a new paradigm in the world. The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies is an inclusive organization with inclusive thinking at the core of our being. The philosophy permeates everything we teach and do as well as the way we conduct our business affairs. When our philosophy is very well articulated to our students and faculty, the outcome result will be a society of diversity based on mutual trust and respect, in which communications, information, ideas and dreams freely flow and become reality. There is no reason we cannot create the reality we all want and deserve. There are no barriers we cannot overcome. There are only speed bumps to those infused with the passion that only conviction in and alignment to commonly shared purposes can bring. Believe it and you will see it. This is what we teach. This is what we must live, this is our Philosophy!

The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies emerged because His Excellency Dr. Samuel Jacobs-Abbey and his lovely wife Naa Kordee Jacobs-Abbey has maintained a long-term dream of providing quality training and learning to emerging leaders. The story has it that Ambassador Dr. Samuel Jacobs-Abbey travelled around the world working with international organizations and Civil Society organizations in solving impossible conflicts, building capacity of young leaders, enhancing women capacity and training scholars and professional. After years of research, participation, and involvement in high level activities, he concluded that there is a need to create a place where everyone respects everyone else with emphasis focused on human beings and not systems and processes to simply amass a fortune in material goods. Where the values are based on principles and not greed. A place where all men are brothers and all women sisters. A place where creative thinking is valued and part of the culture. A place of peace. A place where no one goes hungry or unclothed or without shelter and access to information.


The Why? Question became paramount after years of searching and asking? Upon the realization that there was no clear answer to the why question. He turned to what can be done. That led to the establishment of the Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies as perfect vehicle for positive change.

“A very warm welcome to Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies. I am very proud to serve as the Executive Director of the Institute and to be leading an ambitious Institute with huge potential. These are exciting times for the Institute, and I am delighted to be taking the Institute into the next chapter in its history.

I am determined to secure an outstanding future for the Institute and my aims are to build on the current strengths, develop a greater focus on enhancing the quality of teaching and learning, and take the Institute forward on a journey to outstanding in all areas. I am committed to working with the Board of Trustees, Executive Management team, Faculties, students, Alumni, and partners to transform learning, aspirations, and opportunities for our students.

My aim is to ensure that our students have access to the best possible opportunities and experiences during their courses, so that they can reach their full potential and are better prepared for the future. Our work is focused on developing and celebrating students as individuals and not just as learners. We believe that everyone, regardless of ability, deserves a quality learning. The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies is a research, teaching, training, and leadership Institute that critically provides strategic transformational thinking as a philosophy designed to reorient thinking patterns to change the world with the premise that, if we want to change the world, we must first change our thinking