CEO Programme

Building a community of leaders, strengthening leadership capacities

The CEO Programme, UICC’s flagship leadership development initiative, provides CEOs (including Managing Directors, Secretary Generals and Director Generals)* of UICC member organisations with a suite of tailored opportunities to learn, network and share with peers about the specific challenges they face in their role.


Over 350 CEOs and senior leaders have participated in the programme since 2016


Seven dedicated sessions and workshops held at UICC global convening events


Six regional Leadership in Action workshops across four regions

Leadership in Action

The Leadership in Action meetings are the regional component of the CEO Programme, bringing together senior leaders of cancer societies, hospitals, patient groups, professional associations and other UICC members in their regions. They provide opportunities for peer-to-peer learning on regionally relevant themes, and include a multi-sectoral platform, the Public-Private Dialogue series, which invite stakeholders from the private and other sectors to contribute their perspectives on a range of cancer control topics.

Call for host organisations

Successful Leadership in Action meetings rely on strong local know-how to ensure themes, topics and formats are tailored to regional needs. UICC would like to hear from member organisations interested in acting as hosts for a Leadership in Action event in their region and country. If you are interested please read the terms and criteria for host organisations and complete the online form below.

Benefits of being a host

  • Position your organisation as a regional leader in the cancer control space
  • Raise awareness of cancer control in your country
  • Bring visibility to your organisation and showcase the work you do
  • Become a UICC Benefactor Partner for one year and enjoy all the associated benefits
  • Up to four invitations to the Leadership in Action meeting 
  • Opportunity to nominate two non-UICC Member organisations from your region to attend the event
  • Your organisation’s logo featured in the meeting’s programme and promotional materials
  • Opportunity to inform the agenda of the meeting and to contribute topics and speakers
  • Right to insert own pamphlet in the attendees’ pack
  • Invite to give a welcome and closing address at the event

Upcoming events

World Cancer Leaders' Summit Paris 2016
World Cancer Leaders' Summit Mexico 2017
  • Dedicated sessions during the World Cancer Leaders' Summit and the World Cancer Congress provide tailored learning and networking opportunities to CEOs attending UICC's annual global events
  • Regional Leadership in Action meetings bring CEOs and senior executives together in their regions to discuss common challenges and opportunities, share expertise and good practices, and foster regional networks for change.

*UICC defines a CEO as the most senior executive or administrator in charge of managing the organisation and who is responsible for developing and executing the organisation's long term strategy and managing the overall operations and resources on a daily basis.

The UICC CEO Programme is supported by MSD

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Benefiting from Knowledge Partnership with:

McKinsey & Company


CEO relevant articles
Dr Wahid, NCCPs, Qatar, Leadership in Action
28 November 2019

Qatar National Cancer Framework: Lessons learnt and key factors for success

An interview with Dr Hadi Mohamad Abu Rasheed, MD, Head of Professional Development and Scientific Research Department at the Qatar Cancer Society and member of the Qatar National Cancer Committee.

Cary Adams, CEO of UICC and Bjorn Albrecht, Mckinsey’s Partner and Head of the McKinsey Cancer Center, shaking hands at the 11th Annual McKinsey Cancer Congress Series Symposium at ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago. McKinsey & Company (McKinsey) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in support of UICC’s flagship leadership development initiative, the CEO Programme.
4 June 2019

UICC and McKinsey agree to collaborate on capacity building of cancer organisations

4 June 2019 | The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with McKinsey & Company (McKinsey) to foster future collaboration and strengthen leadership capacities of cancer organisations.

CEO Programme in Mexico City at the 2017 WCLS
26 April 2018

Always looking for a bigger impact: my career journey in cancer care

On her final year in office at UICC, Sanchia Aranda, CEO of Cancer Council Australia and President of UICC, recalls her 30-year career's beginnings and her development as a cancer professional and CEO, and shares a few lessons along the way.

Last update: 
Wednesday 4 December 2019