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Leaders of the Future

The Leaders of the Future Program provides the opportunity for a new generation of Commercial and Contract Managers to gain fresh insight into key topics that are impacting our industry today and into the future. 

Each year we invite organisations to nominate an under 30 year old member of their team to take part in our regional competitions. This experience allows them to start building an international network of similarly placed individuals as well as benefiting from mentoring.  

Feedback has been extremely positive, inspiring the young leaders themselves and bringing a fresh perspective to their organizations. 

View our 2021 global winners' video below. Are you interested in taking part in 2022?

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The 2021 Challenge

“If contracts were a product, they would be declared obsolete”. This is a quote from the Head of Marketing of a global business services provider. There is no question that in 2020 the pandemic revealed the unhealthy state of contracts. They were of little practical use for handling the many issues created by the pandemic. Organizations depended on ‘relationships’, since the relationship itself offered greater adaptability.

As market uncertainties continue and increased volatility and variability are established as “normal” we want our Leaders of the Future to explore the future of contracts. Should contracts be designed to be more adaptive to changing market situations? Do we need more industry standards and codes of practice? How can we reflect and define the ongoing relationship within the contract; should we? So, with the backdrop of the pandemic, what is the role of contracts in the future


Our Global Winning Team - Europe!

The regional teams from APAC, Americas and Europe were not only judged on the impact of their presentation, but on the content and the learning that they have obtained over the course of the challenge. The Europe team showed incredible insight and analysis, as well as exceptional strength and creativity in their preparation. View the winning video below!


Mariam Hamed


Katherine Hirst


Jessica Linstead

Ministry of Justice

Georgie Mundy

The Co-Operative 

Vincent Naylor


View our regional winners’ presentations

The 2020 Winning Team

Our 2020 winning team of under 30 year old contract and commercial managers were from Europe. They demonstrated how we can work to ensure our virtual trading relationships are sustainable and deliver social and economic benefit.

David Hannon, AIB
Danilo Spahic, Dell Procurement
Charlotte Seddon-Ellis, Lockheed Martin
Federico Movia, Capgemini
Raffeallo Cirillo, Enel

Innovators of the Future 2021

Following the success of our Leaders of the Future Program, we introduced the Innovators of the Future initiative for young rising stars. The opportunity to participate in this program is limited to WorldCC enterprise members only. The Innovators competition will take place from September - October 2021. 

The Challenge

There is an unprecedented level of change and uncertainty creating stress around trading relationships and obligations to perform. In the future, how will organizations innovatively address issues of impossibility and hardship throughout the contract lifecycle?

We would like our Innovators to think about what they believe should happen, what the barriers might be to that happening and how they might overcome those barriers. 

Why would you want to participate?

This will be a fantastic learning experience providing an environment in which your young leaders can demonstrate their skills and judgment. 

If you are interested in joining the 2021 program, please send us your expression of interest.

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