The GABV Leadership Academy
Becoming a values-based leader

The GABV Leadership Academy is a transformative learning experience for bankers in values-based institutions. It is intended to develop leaders who can step into their full potential and deepen their impact in their respective organisations. This programme, “Leading in Times of Disruption”, provides leaders in values-based banks with tools to lead and innovate during periods of disruption and high complexity.

Our programme

Partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Co-Lab and Presencing Institute, the GABV Leadership Academy is hosted and consists of five modules and individual and group coaching sessions.

The programme facilitates engagement with thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and business leaders who are innovating to achieve triple-bottom-line success. Participants will build meaningful connections with like-minded bankers in countries as diverse as Bangladesh and Canada and will become part of the GABV Alumni network after completing the programme.

Leadership in action

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Video created by the GABV Leadership Academy in 2016

Key objectives

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Learn and practice tools and methods for leading in times of disruption. These are based on state-of-the-art leadership methodologies, including the Theory U concept developed at the MIT Sloan School of Business.

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In a reflective and challenging learning environment, advance your leadership skills and identify your personal leadership intention.

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Through interactions with thought leaders, activists, and business leaders, deepen your understanding of the systemic forces that underpin the current disruptions.

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Acquire and strengthen the leadership capabilities and practices needed to successfully create a positive social and environmental impact.

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Enable you to acquire and strengthen the leadership capabilities and practices needed to successfully create a positive social and ecological impact.

What our participants say
Why participating on the GABV Leadership Academy? Read some testimonials and find it out.

“Leadership Academy represents a rebirth of my personal and professional life.The practical tools that are applied [and] the awareness [of] the staff was invaluable.”

2020 Participant

“It was a great opportunity to be part of this international community and meet people from other GABV banks with a different context, but a shared mission and common challenges. I could learn a lot from them and feel their closeness!”

2017 Participant

“The GABV Leadership Academy has radically changed my management style and my attitude towards the staff. I am able to drown my internal voice of scepticism and have become open to new ideas. I have become a different leader.”

2017 Participant

“The course is led by a great team of facilitators that perfectly complement each other and make it a very all-round and fulfilling experience. What makes the course very special is that it guides you on an individual journey but through a shared experience, in which we get to really, actively listen and connect with people and experiences from literally all over the world.”

2020 Participant

“I really appreciated the international exchange and the different views participants from other parts of the world brought into discussions about problems we all encounter”

2017 Participant

“To be part of the first GABV Leadership Academy was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. A chance for me to grow in my own personal leadership, to be more courageous and confident in my role. It also allowed me time for reflection. , I learned that a strong leader has to look outward and inward and to always bring my authentic self.”

2015 Participant


The Team

The GABV Leadership Academy is supported by a team of experts from Presencing Institute and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values.

Dr Katrin Käufer

Leadership Academy Director
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Dr. Katrin Kaufer is Director of the Just Money Program at the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) in Massachusetts I Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Executive Director of the Presencing Institute. Her work includes a research focus on leadership, organisational change, values-based banking as well as on Transformational Literacy research. 

Dr. Kaufer has worked with mid-sized and global companies, non-profit organisations, as well as with international development organisations. Her 2013-book co-authored with Otto Scharmer is titled “Leading from the emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies”. In 2021 she published: “Just Money. Mission-based banking and the future of finance.” (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2021). In 2018, Dr. Kaufer co-created the MITx Just Money Massive Open Online Class on mission-based banking. With colleagues she co-created the GABV Leadership Academy. Dr. Kaufer earned PhD in economics from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. She has won the Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize for best paper in Sloan School of Management Review.

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Sonia Reinhardt

Leadership Academy & Human Development Coordinator
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Sonia Reinhardt is co-organising and co-facilitating the GABV Leadership Academy (LA) where she works with (senior) leaders of values-based banks around the world to explore a joint future in which finance serves people and the planet and not the other way around. She also provides coaching sessions as part of the GABV LA to create an opportunity for the leaders to reflect, grow and moving towards their full potential.

Sonia also manages the GABV LA alumni network. The group consists of graduates of the leadership programs that has become an active hub of over 200 people.

Sonia further works closely with the HR leaders of the GABV member banks. In this role Sonia provides a space for HR leaders to come together to share knowledge, discuss challenges, and to bounce ideas with like-minded people. She further works on the development of a values-based learning infrastructure for the GABV network.

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Martin Kalungu Banda

Senior levels in business, government and international development
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Martin Kalungu Banda has worked at senior levels in business, government and international development specializing in leadership and organisation development. He is co-faculty of the Presencing Institute and Visiting Fellow of University of Oxford’s Said Business School. Martin also serves as faculty for the Executive Leadership Programs of the Rand Merchant Bank Leadership and Mastercard. He chairs His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference for Leaders Selection Committee. Previously, Martin served as faculty for HSBC’s flagship Next Generation Leadership Programme and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Martin is the author of the bestseller, Leading Like Madiba: Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela (2006).

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Want to learn more about the Leadership Academy?


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Sonia Reinhardt

GABV Leadership Academy Coordinator

    Who should participate?

    We are looking for courageous, values-oriented leaders who wish to actively co-create a future for their banks that considers the well-being of people and planet. The GABV Leadership Academy is designed to be interactive and engaging, providing a safe space for peer learning and for deepening connections to oneself and the other participants.