Coordinator's Message


Welcome to Centre of  Intercultural Leadership and Action (INTERACT). The centre was established to support innovative engagement within the diversity within cities and across the countryside. Globalisation has created world-cities in which one finds ethnic community groups from around the world, living in an intricate and delicate mix, each protective of their cultures, yet interacting in different ways. INTERACT is working to promote and enhance positive interaction. 

Centre's  Objecives


To inspire and motivate a leadership culture that will be intentional about intercultural interaction in the city and local communities through:

  • creating spaces for meaningful and productive dialogue.
  • fostering understanding of intercultural competencies through training courses, workshops and open forums.
  • encouraging and evaluating innovative and creative specific intercultural projects.
  • the application of intercultural principles and values in different contexts such as the workplace, faith communities, the arts and sport involving different generations and genders.


Centre's Mission & Goals


Envisioning and encouraging the development of dynamic and integrated  intercultural cities and communities.


To promote a positive unders-tanding of diversity advantage through:

  • helping shape equality based on cross-cultural  dialogue.
  • recognising the importance of leadership in the development of a shared intercultural societies.
  • cultivating transformative models of interculturalism for effective community engagement.

Interactive Diversity Engagement

Inter-Cultural Festivals * Building Bridges * Connecting Diversity

Leeds Inter-Cultural Festival

Celebrated in summer, the festival brings together the diverse ethnic communities in Leeds to interact and make friends through cultural performances, music and dance. It focus is world cultures from a secular perspective.


Strengthening Leadership  Capacity

Minority Churches Engagement

We have previously supported a street world cultures festival, at Leeds Briggate, which brought more than 70 nationalities together to celebrate diversity in the city from a Christian perspective. We puled out in 2018 as the festival lost its significance

Intercultural Leadership Training

   ILM Accredited Professional  Leadership Qualifications

The Intercultural Leadership & Management Courses will:

Provide unique and exciting opportunity to  gain professional leadership & Management status.

Equip those in leadership, or aspiring to leadership roles, in local communities, faith institutions, public services and  business sectors  with skills to improve services and customer satisfaction.

Three levels of accreditation by ILM are:

Introductory Course (ILM Level 3)

  • Prepares leaders for lower professional management positions and provides Associate membership of ILM.

Advanced Course (Undergraduate Level)

  • This is suitable for leaders at mid-career level in public services, third sector or business.  It is also accredited by ILM and provides membership of ILM or CMI.

Executive Course (Postgraduate Level)

  • Prepares leaders for senior management positions and the privilege of becoming a Fellow of ILM or CMI with top level professional status.   


Team Leader

Centre Coordinator: Ms Yvonne Bi-Abena Peprah

Ms Bi-Abena Peprah leads the strategic direction and management of the Centre for Intercultural Leadership and Practice. She  was born in Accra, Ghana and now a British Citizen.  She has BA (Hons) Psychology with English from University of Ghana and MA International Relations from University of Nottingham. 

She is a member of several young people's leadership networks, including the Global Young Diplomatic Forum, among others.