Applications to Fellowship open soon

31 March 2017

Alumni who want to build their leadership capabilities are invited to apply for the 2017 University of Auckland Alumni Leadership Fellowship, which is offered by the New Zealand Leadership Institute (NZLI) and the Alumni Relations Office.

The fellowship secures a place on the Leadership Mindset Programme which combines the latest in leadership thinking with a non-traditional development experience. It is designed for mid-career professionals and managers leading teams, projects or working across networks, and those ready for a step-change in their career pathways.

The 2016 recipient Lieutenant Colonel Esther Harrop (pictured) joined the Army after graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce. Esther has been in many roles during her 22 years in service and applied for the alumni fellowship “to develop a different leadership paradigm – learning from those who have leadership experience outside of a military organisation.” 

Esther is one of the New Zealand Army’s senior women, and is currently deployed to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, where she is currently working with New Zealander David Shearer, who runs the 15,000 strong mission as the Special Representative of the Secretary General.  

Esther says “my experience in UNMISS for the past 6 months has definitely been enhanced by the Leadership Mindset Programme and is really testing me in the ‘work of leadership’ and ‘leadership from within’ rather than the traditional model of leading from the front. I’m loving it”. The UN mission in South Sudan is helping protect civilians and support humanitarian assistance in the war torn country where thousands have died, and famine has just been declared.    

The next programme runs from September to November 2017. The fellowship covers the full cost of the programme, valued at $4,850. To register your interest, please email Ann at