Moscow, Russia

Preparing Global Leaders Forum


Changing paradigm of leadership for 8 years

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Deadline if you need a visa: will be announced

Deadline if you do NOT need a visa: will be announced

( you may apply for this deadline if you will arrange your own tourism visa too)



#PGLFRussia is a premiere leadership development academy which will bring together exceptional Russian and international students to provide them with the key leadership skills that are necessary for succeeding in business, non-profit or public sector.

The organizers at Global Leaders Foundation - Russia are part of the international network of PGLF, which currently operates in Bulgaria, Croatia, Jordan and Brazil and its more than 1000 alumni come from over a hundred countries.

PGLF mission is to cultivate and prepare a network of innovative leaders who excel at bridging across diverse disciplines, demographics, and divides. Students and young professionals take short courses from internationally recognized faculties and participate in a range of leadership simulations.

Specifically, participants will learn how to develop an opposable, interdisciplinary mind with an ability to work with and across ideological, national, religious, class and racial differences. They will learn how to communicate effectively, work in international teams, and think both critically and creatively with an emphasis on how to advance the global public good.

Who can apply?​

  • minimum 18 years of age;

  • at least B2 level of communicational English language;

  • leadership aspirations in business, public or NGO sector;

  • open mind and motivation to learn & experience;

  • vision for positive change in your society;


Application will be opened soon. To apply for this year's #PGLS2021 program in Moscow, you will need to fill online the Application form.


For more information about the application process, please feel free to contact via email pglfrussia@gmail.com or call  

Tel: 007 (499) 270-29-84.

29 June

Arrival to Moscow

Check-in the Dormitory


30 June



1 July





2 July





3 July





4 July



Final Presentation

Final Dinner

5 July

Check out from the Dormitory before 12pm

Departure from Moscow




20 - 30% tuition waiver scholarships will be offered to the best presentations


Delegates will be staying at the Dormitory on campus.


Delegates will be staying in shared twin rooms with 2 separate beds.


  • Study effective leadership practices through issues of psychology, sociology, politics, philosophy, entrepreneurship and technology.

  • Workshops on Public Speaking and Branding

  • Increase your knowledge, contacts and skills sets to boost your career

  • Visit one of the biggest and most beautiful cities in the world - Moscow

  • Get an opportunity to be accepted at the biggest Russian University - the Russian Presidentail Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) for an English-taught MSc degree program.


Daily breakfast and lunch provided at the Cafe on Yugo-Zapadnaya Campus.


Delegates will have meals tickets which will be equivalent to 250 rubles per 1 breakfast and 400 rubles per 1 lunch.


The basic cost of programme is $1500 including the application fee, necessary study materials, accommodation in twin rooms, meals twice a day, excursions. A number of scholarships (up to 50% fee reduction) are available for top candidates.

The fee does not include visa fee, transportation, transfer, insurance, outside activities or personal expenses. For more information check our FAQ page.


Program example

Dr Sam Potolicchio

Dr Sam Potolicchio

Georgetown University


Dr. Sam Potolicchio was named one of “America’s Best Professors” by the Princeton Review, the Future Leader of American Higher Education by the Association of Colleges and Universities, and winner of the OZY Educator Award as one of the six outstanding American educators. He was also profiled in a cover story on his leadership curriculum by Newsweek Japan as the "Best Professor in America". Potolicchio is President of the Preparing Global Leaders Forum and Distinguished University Professor, Department Chairman and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Political Science at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. He teaches in the EMBA programs at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown and at the Mannheim Business School (Germany). He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Bologna (Italy). He is a columnist for Newsweek Japan, a Distinguished Global Scholar at the Canterbury School of Fort Myers, and the lecturer on Leadership at the Library of Congress for OWLC, an international leadership program of the United States Congress. Potolicchio is an adviser to prominent business, non-profit and government leaders. He created and designed the first undergraduate degree in Global Governance and Leadership in English in the Russian Federation where he serves as Academic Director.

From 2015-2019 Potolicchio served as the Director of Global and Custom Education at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, has been a visiting professor at New York University, and joined Senator Richard Lugar as tag team senior lecturers at UIndy's Semester in Washington. Potolicchio has delivered lectures in over 85 countries, from Oxford, LSE, Cambridge and Yale to Iraq's Komar University and Donetsk State University. As a middle-school basketball coach he led his Little Hoyas to 6 league titles and previously served as a 5th grade Latin teacher, public high school teacher of Law and History and secondary school admissions officer.

B.A. Government, Georgetown; B.A. Psychology, Georgetown; M.T.S. Theology and Culture, Harvard; PRSE, Harvard; MA, Government, Georgetown; PhD, Government, Georgetown.

Official website >>

Check out what our alumni say about their PGLF Russia experience.

We welcome PGLS and PGLF-Russia alumus to share their stories, photos and testimonials with us! Write at pglfrussia@gmail.com.

Rabia Bhatti - United Kingdom

UK’s youngest ever muslim female politician, in 2011 became the youngest Muslim female councillor in Britain
“Both the delivery and content of the course was of an exceptional standard with the highest-calibre of speakers and lectures delivered over the duration of the week. I would highly recommend PGLS to anyone interested in becoming a leader in their chosen field or entering politics.”

David J Townsend – Australia

President, Oxford University Student Union (2012-2013), PhD student, University of Oxford

“The PGLS programme is a great combination of communication training and insights into psychology and international development. Sam Potolicchio is a dynamo of leadership himself, and his lectures on public communication are enthralling, interactive and innovative. What I really appreciated was that underneath this was a genuine concern to educate the young leaders of the 21st Century, and his vision of communication isn’t about learning ‘tricks’ to get people to follow you, it’s about learning how to bring people closer together and how to help us all move forward together in society. I had a great time at PGLS – such a wide range of countries and careers were represented amongst the participants! Moscow was the perfect setting for us to get to know each other!”

Serafin Lion Engel - Germany
Co-Founder & CEO, Shoutbox GmbH; Co-Founder & Chairman, R7 Investment Association

“Being part of PGLS was definitely a transformational experience. It offers an immensely broad array of learning fields, taught by an all-star line-up of professors, but what I believe to be truly unique about this summit is that it is an event for everyone. No matter what you study, no matter where you come from, and no matter what your religious, political, or ideological preconceptions are, you will be welcomed to the community and you will be challenged to learn not only about politics, and leadership, but about life. I myself am a business student, and looking back to the summit I can state with certainty that it was a key event in my education career.”

Dylan Kaplan – United States

Founder, Polis Voting Systems

“PGLS is a 10 out of 10! Doctor Potolicchio’s leadership classes were phenomenal and my public speaking skills dramatically improved. The participants were smart, ambitious, came from across the world, and are some of my best friends today. PGLS was a life changing experience! If you are lucky enough to be accepted, go to PGLS!!”

Layane El Hor - Lebanon
Fulbright Scholar – Yale University; MA Candidate, International and Development Economics

“Leadership today is very different from what it used to be years ago. It’s more than ever about young people, instantaneous public exposure, inter-disciplinary knowledge, and cross-border connections. It is very rare, however, for an aspiring leader to find these at one place. I gained lifelong friends that share a will for change, a global vision, and the required skills to advance it!”

Chndy Rogel – Philippines

Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance

“Attending the Preparing Global Leaders Summit in Moscow was one of my most memorable trips. The spirit of free sharing allowed us to open up and share our personal stories, uncovering diverse complexity facing all of us in the current world setting. I enjoyed my stay in Moscow because of the impressive and unbelievably friendly professors and great people I met and now call friends. PGLS was an amazing opportunity for networking. The Russian culture, previously unknown and mysterious, inspired me to learn the language. PGLS allowed me to combine my two passions: learning and travelling.”

Preparing Global Leaders Forum Russia

with Sam Potolicchio

PGLF Russia is one of the five international schools (Russia, Jordan, Croatia, Brazil, Bulgaria) founded by professor Sam Potolicchio, who has been named one of the “Best Professors in America” by the Princeton Review.

It is a 5 days long intensive program with cultural activities and benefits for alumni, provided by housing partner Universities - the Russian Presidential Academy and the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.