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The World Academy for the Future of Women is a bold and daring leadership program focused on developing young women for leadership roles that will address and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Beginning on the campus of Sias International University in 2009, WAFW grew from a one-year program for 100 women to a multi-level four-year program for women, and a Men’s Academy for the Future of Women, a program requested by men students, which replicates the women’s program and prepares men to support the advancement of women.


To empower women through the discovery of their passion, purpose, and path to success, calling forth the full expression of human possibilities through collaborative and inclusive partnerships.


To advance and accelerate the leadership of women worldwide.


World Locations


The first World Academy began in 2009 on Sias International University in Xinzheng, Henan Province, China. The Academy enrolled 100 students and has continued to grow and develop each year.


In 2017 the World Academy began in the Imadol Community Center, near Kathmandu and the following year the location moved to Orchid International College in Kathmandu.


In 2018 the World Academy opened at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) in Dhaka.


Facilitators are volunteers who deliver the World Academy curriculum on site. They are extraordinary women and men who are trained to transform young students into purposeful and competent leaders. Their commitment and performance demonstrates the value relationship.


Mentors are committed listeners from all over the world who maintain weekly contacts with an Academy Member to support, influence and impact their actions as they develop their abilities and skill sets for being a purposeful and competent leader.


Volunteers and interns are generous and chartable individuals who offer to support the World Academy in ways they see they can make a difference. They recognize the value of gender equality and give their time and resources to support the development of the World Academy program.


To become a World Academy site, it is necessary to enter a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Global Interactions, Inc., a United States non-profit organization, the legal entity under which to World Academy operates.


Donors are individuals, companies, or organizations who contribute financial or human resources to enable the improvement or expansion of our program(s). We are gratified by their generosity and as a 501(c)(3) we provide a letter of acknowledgment allowing them to receive a tax credit for their gift


Strategic Partners are individuals, organizations, or institutions whose vision aligns with ours and become host sites, advisory members, or affiliates who contribute in remarkable ways to enable us to reach our goals and the outcomes we are seeking.