The Donation and Transplantation Global Leadership Symposium (GLS) in Del Mar, California, USA from 22 to 26 May 2016 was attended by Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee, MOHAN Foundation. It was a unique learning experience that addressed best practices and innovative solutions to the most pressing leadership challenges faced by transplantation professionals in the field of organ and tissue donation. The leadership symposium stressed on collaborative team work to help foster global relationships, it provided a forum to help with broad leadership skills, create innovative ideas, and expand professional networks. There were 70 invited participants from more than 20 countries. Among the speakers was Nobel laureate, Alvin Roth, an Economist from Stanford University. He has been responsible for setting up the swap donation programme.
A workshop was conducted on the ‘Art of negotiations’ to help participants learn more about how to get the best out of any negotiation- an important requirement to run an organisation successfully. Other highlights included a cultural evening where participants from different countries were asked to share their culture, and food or any other special aspect.
Dr. Sunil Shroff talked about India’s ancient heritage, its diverse culture and Yoga – a practice that helps unite the mind, body and soul. He also shared with them a simple Yoga exercise to keep the mind young and energised and this was appreciated by the audience and many said that they would practise it every morning! Case scenarios of struggling organ procurement organisations were done as group discussion with final presentation by group head. This provided an insight into how to organise the various programmes at both macro and micro level. Overall the GLS meeting was great fun and enjoyed by all the participants and the faculty.