WYSE International

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WYSE International
Founded 1988
Type Non-governmental organization
Focus Servant Leadership, Transpersonal Psychology, Global citizenship, Educational Leadership, Leadership development, Distributive leadership, Coaching.
Area served
Method Experiential learning, Intercultural communication, Interculturality, Leadership development, Coaching.
Website www.wyse-ngo.org

WYSE International is a worldwide educational charity specialising in the education and development of emerging leaders. Established in 1989, it is a non-governmental organization associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information.[1][2] It is based in London and has branches in Italy, Brazil, Japan, the Netherlands and a worldwide network of alumni in more than 115 countries. The organization is run on a volunteer basis and its trainers are professional psychologists, leadership development trainers, educators, coaches and business people.[3]


WYSE International states its aims as "supporting emerging leaders for global change". The organisation focuses on leadership development, fostering cooperative and participative approaches to leadership such as servant leadership, visionary leadership, distributive leadership and coaching.

"We believe that every person has the potential for leadership. Leadership is an expression of our willingness to engage in the issues and challenges we see around us. It is about finding creative solutions to local and global problems. It is about recognising our own potential and harnessing these qualities for the benefit of ourselves and others".[4]

Programmes are conducted two to three times annually and are open to participants 18 – 35 years old.


In 1989 the organisation was established by a group of educationalists and psychologists.

In 1992 the organisation was named World Youth Service and Enterprise (WYSE International) with a vision to bring together young people from around the world who wanted to make a positive contribution to their communities.

Dr Andrew McDowell then led the organisation to focus on leadership development and with a team of educators, psychologists and business people from around the world created the flagship WYSE International Leadership Programme.

In 1996 WYSE International registered as a UK Charity, with a brief to undertake charitable and consulting work both nationally and internationally. Its UK Registered UK Charity number is 105 3940.

In 1998 WYSE gained recognition as an official Non-Government Organisation (NGO) with the United Nations, Associated with the Department of Public Information (DPI).

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  1. ^ United Nations. Accessed 29 July 2012
  2. ^ United Nations NGO Branch. Accessed 29 July 2012
  3. ^ About WYSE, WYSE International Website. Accessed 29 July 2012
  4. ^ "International Leadership Programme". Retrieved 5 July 2014.