Leadership at a crossroads

Through the onset of COVID-19, leadership across cancer organisations has been put decisively to the test, with long-held assumptions upended, systemic fault-lines exposed and rapid change appearing as the only certainty.

As the cancer community moves on from the immediate crisis response mode and emerge into a changed landscape, the ability of leaders to draw lessons from what has passed and make decisions amid the uncertainty will be critical to the resilience and success of the cancer community going forward. 

Raising the leadership bar of the cancer community to meet the challenges of today

The UICC's leadership workstream is designed to respond to the increasingly complex and uncertain operating environment by providing leaders in cancer control at all levels with spaces to take stock of the post-pandemic realities, platforms to explore the mindsets and practices now called for, and opportunities to collaborate and take action together.

The workstream encompasses flagship initiatives, such as the Young Leaders programme, and builds on the CEO Programme, expanding it through a refreshed combination of digital and in-person learning and networking opportunities aimed at leaders across multiple levels, whether seasoned CEOs or emerging managers, patient advocates or industry executives, scientists in the lab or health practitioners on the frontline.

"I appreciate the wisdom of collective sharing and networking between like-minded leaders from other countries. This facilitates future collaborations for common causes"

President of UICC member organisation


By leveraging UICC platforms, as well as catalysing external leadership expertise to design targeted learning offers, the workstream aims to deliver the following objectives:

  • Improve the capabilities of UICC members to lead the cancer community past COVID-19
  • Build management and organisational know-how across the UICC membership
  • Nurture a community of emerging professionals to become future leaders in cancer control   
  • Create spaces for all UICC communities to discuss emerging leadership trends and explore collaborations
  • Celebrate good practices and recognise excellence in cancer control leadership

Activities in 2022

Explore all the upcoming leadership workstream opportunities below:

Working with and through partners

The UICC's leadership offer is only possible thanks to support and expertise from partners across UICC's communities. The workstream is supported by MSD as a founding partner with whom UICC has enjoyed a strong, several-years-long, partnership on leadership through the CEO Programme, and benefits from knowledge support by a number of organisations which have informed and contributed expertise to individual activities.

If your organisation is interested in building leadership capacities in cancer control, do get in touch.

The UICC's leadership workstream is supported by




 With knowledge support from

McKinsey & Company




Last update: 
Wednesday 11 May 2022