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The Transnational NGO Leadership Institute is co-hosted by the Transnational NGO (TNGO) Initiative at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, USA, and Maxwell's Executive Education Program.

The TNGO Initiative advances our understanding of transnational NGOs as significant players in global affairs through research, education, and practitioner engagement. Transnational NGOs and their networks have emerged as key players, among other actors, in shaping answers to many global challenges. The Transnational NGO Leadership Institute flows logically out of our commitment to engage with NGO practitioners and facilitate the translation from theory into practice and -- equally important -- vice versa.

"I salute the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University for its recognition of the importance of leadership transition with a focus on rising leaders. There is a wealth of expertise, institutional knowledge and too frequently undiscovered or unrecognized talent among the second-tier leadership. The Transitional NGO Leadership Institute will not only provide the opportunity for rising leaders to truly rise, but will fill the need for quality preparation and in-depth understanding of organizational challenges around governance, effectiveness and leadership issues inherent in transnational civil society organizations.” -Jo Luck, former President, Heifer International, USA, and former board chair, InterAction  

Maxwell’s Executive Education Program was the first university-based program in the United States dedicated solely to the purpose of executive leadership training. Maxwell's particular strength is in training the mid-level public sector as well as not for profit leadership. Therefore, the focus of the leadership Institute on rising transnational NGO leaders who are transitioning towards top leadership is appropriate.

The TNGO Initiative and Leadership Institute are housed in the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School. Through the support of critical research addressing transnational governance issues, the provision of outstanding graduate education opportunities, and a commitment to active engagement with practitioners in the field, the Moynihan Institute seeks to fulfill its mission to:

  • extend, integrate, and focus the Maxwell School's commitment to exploring the international and global concerns raised by an interdependent world of diverse cultures, economies, and political systems;
  • support interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects among teams of faculty and graduate students to work on understanding and solving critical world problems;
  • maintain a productive dialogue between the academic, policy-making and practitioner communities in the process of translating theory into practice.

    The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, in which the TNGO Initiative, the Leadership Institute and Executive Education Program are housed in the premier public affairs professional school in the United States - a distinction awarded by US News and World Report for as long as rankings of graduate public affairs schools in the US have been offered. This number-one ranking reflects the strength of the Maxwell School's public administration and leadership programs.