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LEADER is a student-driven overseas economic development program. It was founded in 1991 by MBA students from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Its mandate is to teach modern business skills to students and entrepreneurs in the developing economies of Eastern Europe and Russia. 2012 marks the first year that LEADER will be expanding its reach to Bangalore, India through a partnership with Jain University.

Each year LEADER sends a team of Ivey students to a number of sites, where they teach foundational business decision making and entrepreneurial skills. Volunteer instructors include undergraduate, MBA, and PhD students. This rich exchange lasts three weeks and benefits the overseas students as well as volunteer instructors.

Since its inception, LEADER has taught thousands of students in developing economies around the world how to take ownership of business decisions, helping them improve local economic conditions. Many of our students have gone on to start successful entrepreneurial ventures in Media, Finance, and Professional Services to name a few.

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