Organisational leadership

The UICC's organisational leadership workstream is designed to provide leaders in cancer organisations at all levels with spaces to acquire new skills, and opportunities to collaborate and take action together.

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Leadership at crossroads

Through the onset of COVID-19, leadership across cancer organisations has been put decisively to the test, with traditional operating models upended, greater adoption of digital technologies and an uncertain strategic environment. As the cancer community moves on from the immediate crisis-response mode and emerge into a changed landscape, the ability of leaders and organisations 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. 

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

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


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 organisational leadership for cancer control

Latest activities and opportunities

Essentials of leading and managing civil society organisations (CSOs) in cancer control

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Digital leadership training programme

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'Leading questions' Virtual Dialogue series

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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.

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Participants of a workshop at the 2022 World Cancer Congress in Geneva, Switzerland (October 2022)

Fostering an influential cancer community with the skills, knowledge, networks and resources to achieve effective cancer prevention and control.  

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UICC has been supporting the continuing education of cancer control professionals through online learning since 2014.

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UICC has a long history of building capacity for cancer organisations globally through grant making.

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Established in 1962, the Fellowships is one of UICC's oldest and most established portfolio of programmes.

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UICC’s Cancer Advocates programme provides an opportunity for civil society organisations (CSOs) from low- and middle-income countries to gain the skills and knowledge to engage in national advocacy efforts for improved cancer control. The programme is available in English, French and Spanish.

UICC's Virtual Dialogues provide members, and the cancer community, with regular opportunities to connect, exchange knowledge, access expert insights, and share solutions from the comfort of one's office or home.

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Launched in 2018, the Patient Group Mentoring programme is a tailored mentorship programme dedicated to building capacity of a representative cohort of patient groups at the regional level.

Last update

Tuesday 16 May 2023

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