Leadership in Action

UICC’s Leadership in Action meetings allow senior executives of member organisations to come together in their regions to discuss common challenges and opportunities, share expertise and best practices, and engage in the development of tailored UICC capacity building activities. It constitutes a unique opportunity to connect with leaders from across the cancer control spectrum, building regional networks for change.

See below upcoming meetings for your region, or get in touch for more details.

Leadership in Action, Asia-Pacific, 27 March

Leadership in Action for the Asia-Pacific region
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The second Leadership in Action meeting for UICC members in the Asia-Pacific region will take place on Wednesday, March 27th, at the One Farrer Hotel in Singapore.

Hosted by the Singapore Cancer Society and supported by Cancer Council Australia, this one-day meeting will provide a platform for UICC Full members* from the South East Asia and Western Pacific regions to discuss common challenges and opportunities, and share expertise and best practices.

Senior executives from the region will be asked to feed into a regionally relevant discussion: the role of cancer control organisations in achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).


09:00 - 10:00 Setting the basis of Universal Health Coverage (UHC): innovative health finance
10:00 - 11:00 The role of civil society in achieving UHC in the APAC region
11:30 - 12:45 Mobilizing the community: the power of patient groups and volunteers
14:00 - 15:30 Expertise marketplace: strengthening collaborations among the UICC membership
16:00 - 18:00 UICC Public-Private Dialogue Series
18:00 - 19:00 UICC Reception and Networking event

UICC members attending the Leadership in Action meeting will have the opportunity to attend the War on Cancer Asia 2019 event, held on the next day (March 28th) in the same venue, where a particular focus will be placed on patients as advocates.

*Due to the large number of member organisations from the region, on this occasion only full members will be considered.

The 2nd Leadership in Action meeting for UICC members in the Asia-Pacific region is kindly hosted by Singapore Cancer Society and travel supported by Cancer Council Australia:

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Cancer Council Australia




The UICC Public-Private Dialogue is supported by Astellas



Leadership in Action, Middle East and North Africa, 1-3 April

Leadership in Action for the MENA region
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The first Leadership in Action meeting for UICC members in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will take place in Muscat, Oman, from Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd April 2019, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Hosted by the Oman Cancer Association (OCA), the meeting will bring together CEO-level (or equivalent) executives from the region. Building momentum towards the 2020 World Cancer Congress in Oman, it will be an opportunity for leaders in the region to discuss common challenges, explore closer collaborations and hear about latest cancer control topics in the region

The programme will include, on day 1, an optional training course offered by OCA on personal leadership traits and capabilities. Delivered by an establised Omani HR Development firm with regional and international experience across sectors, this will be a valuable opportunity for those wishing to explore key attributes of leadership in a participative and engaging format.

On day 2 and 3 the official Leadership in Action will take place: day 2 will provide a space for CEOs to discuss common organisational and operational challenges, and explore opportunities for closer collaborations; day 3 will move on to the broader context, addressing Universal Health Coverage and its implications for cancer control in the region.

Preliminary programme (may be subject to change)

Day 1, April 1st Day 2, April 2nd Day 3, April 3rd


OCA Training course: Personal leadership

One-day course offered by the Oman Cancer Association (OCA) as an optional introduction to the Leadership in Action meeting. Recommended for those wishing to cultivate their personal leadership traits.

Topics may include: attributes of a good leader, emotional intelligence, performance management systems, employees' engagement, and more.


Leadership in Action: Strategic and organisational leadership

Day 1 of the Leadership in Action workshop will provide a space for cancer leaders to share and discuss common organisational challenges, explore good practices and connect with peers through structured networking exercises.

At-a-glance agenda:

09:00-13:00 Strategic and organisational leadership: discussions and group work

14:00-15:30 Expertise marketplace NEW!

16:00-17:30 UICC Public-Private Dialogue roundtable NEW!


Leadership in Action: Big picture leadership - Universal Health Coverage

Day 2 of the Leadership in Action workshop will focus on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a key theme on the global health agenda for 2019, and its implications for cancer control and organisations in the region.

At-a-glance agenda:

09:00-10:00 UHC and considerations for cancer control: discussions and group work

10:00-11:00 Presentation of results from pre-meeting survey on UHC

11:30-12:30 Road to 2020 World Cancer Congress: plenary discussion

Free for UICC member organisations (Full and Associate) in the region, including accommodation at the venue hotel and refreshments, kindy sponsored by the Oman Cancer Association. Invites will be sent by early February.

For non-members: Event fee is USD 1,000, subject to space availability (UICC members get priority to attend the event). Please contact the membership team for more information about joining our community as a member. 

If you and your organisation are interested in supporting this event and foster capacity building opportunities in the region, please get in touch.


Leadership in Action meetings have previously taken place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, for the Asia-Pacific region, and Mexico City, Mexico, for the Latin America region.

Last update: 
Monday 25 February 2019