Brazilian Association for Leadership Development (ABDL)

ABDL ― Brazilian Association for Leadership Development ―is a nonprofit organization with the mission of articulating leadership for a sustainable world.


ABDL was established in 1991, as result of a partnership between the University of São Paulo and the Rockefeller Foundation, to bring an innovative leadership program on environmental and developmental issues to Brazil: the LEAD program. Today, ABDL is an autonomous Brazilian organization and a member of the LEAD International network (Leadership for Environment and Development), with support from several domestic and international partners who believe in our future and in our methodology of building capacity for action.


The LEAD Network is ABDL’s main partner and connection to the entire world.

Today, the LEAD Network is comprised of 14 autonomous offices on 5 continents, working collaboratively under a common framework, developing capacity-building programs and action projects, often in partnership with the 1600 fellows in the world. LEAD International, based in London, and with a consultative status to the UN, articulates the joint efforts of the network members and promotes new international programs, such as ´Young Leaders´ and the Masters’ in Leadership for Sustainable Development, in partnership with Forum for the Future.



Av. Prof. Almeida Prado, nº 532 - prédio 31 - térreo - Cidade Universitária
City, Postal: 
Butantã Cep: 05508-901 - São Paulo - SP - Brazil
Fax: +55 11 3719-1532 / 3714-4222