The LDI started with a student asking why we did not have an American style leadership program at Al- Akhawayn University which is an American style university. After a series of pilot projects, the LDI succeeded in taking off as one of the very few student programs offering practical leadership skills in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. Presently in its 11th year, the LDI has now over 120 alumni and keeps developing skill-building workshops, a year-long service project with local associations while implementing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Develop leaders that serve.
The Leadership Development Institute integrates transformational, servant, social change and other models of leadership with best practices in student development and an active learning process of social engagement with a global perspective. We work primarily in Morocco and the MENA region to change the way leadership is viewed and done.
Shift consciousness from traditional to a modern, servant, global paradigm of leadership.
To achieve this vision, the LDI will become self-sustainable, expand our impact beyond Ifrane and AUI to the MENA region and the developing world, and become the preeminent leadership program in the MENA region.