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LEAD Research Centre

Leadership, Enterprise, And Development (LEAD) Research Centre

The Leadership, Enterprise, and Development (LEAD) Research Centre was established at Leaders Institute (LI), in 2022. In line with the mission of LI, LEAD’s mandate is to facilitate and foster impactful research and scholarship that: equips leaders for real world industry needs; informs innovative, digitally enhanced business enterprises; and provides professional development for higher education learning and teaching.

Research at Global Leadership Institute focuses on finding solutions to real-world needs in three key areas: Enterprise, Development, and Leadership.


LEAD partners with national and international business enterprises to ensure that research and scholarship translates into tangible, positive impact and economic benefits. LEAD also partners with Research and Policy House for joint research and scholarship projects regarding government policy and community contribution. LI’s academic staff are some of the world’s leading scholars in the fields of agriculture, data analytics, commerce, and management.


In conjunction with LI’s Research and Scholarship Committee, LEAD functions as the professional development arm of LI by organising workshops on disciple-specific topics, as well as innovations in higher education learning and teaching. There are opportunities for permanent academic staff to receive competitive grants to undertake further studies. In the 2022 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) results, LI received a 99.3% rating for positive overall student experience and a 100% positive rating for skills development, well above the national average. This demonstrates LI’s outstanding track record in higher education learning and teaching.


LEAD fosters research in high quality, peer reviewed academic publications by providing competitive grants for LI’s academic staff and research students to present at academic conferences and produce high quality research outputs.

LEAD also partners with Aditya Institute of Management Studies and Research (AIMSR) to produce research and scholarship within the disciplines of business and leadership. Prof Denise A. Austin was a keynote speaker at the AIMSR Conference in India in July 2022.


Professor Denise Austin's most recent co-edited book, Interfaith Engagement Beyond the Divide: Approaches, Experiences, and Practices, was released in 2023. This work arose out of an online interinstitutional conference that Professor Austin co-convened with State Islamic University in Indonesia. There were 155 attendees from across 16 countries: Australia, Botswana, China, Fiji, Finland, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, and the USA.


We are pleased to announce that on 20 March 2024, Leaders Institute Postgraduate Program Director, Professor Harvinder Singh, achieved a patent in the United States of America: AUTOMATED GUIDED SCHEDULE AGRICULTURE SPRAYING MACHINE (Publication Number: US 2024/0074341 A1).

The Automated Guided Schedule Agriculture Spraying Machine is equipped with an advanced suite of navigation sensors to pilot the machine accurately; vision sensors to detect and adapt to varying paths; and a navigation module for precise location determination. It incorporates a series of wheel differential drive units for smooth maneuverability, a sophisticated processor to oversee operations, and a specialized sprayer module designed for the application of chemicals to crops. Featuring an RTK-DGPS navigation system, this machine offers unparalleled accuracy and efficiency in chemical spraying tasks. Uniquely capable of moving forward, backward, laterally (traverse), sideways (sidling), and performing spin-turn maneuvers, it ensures comprehensive coverage of fields. Both its mobility and spray elevation mechanisms are electrically powered, ensuring an entirely oil-free operation to eliminate the risk of soil and crop contamination from oil spills.


Congratulations to Associate Professor Anoma Ariyawardana who was guest speaker at an international conference on ‘Promoting Value Chain Improvements, Market Integration and Trade in Agribusiness Short Course (Sri Lanka)’ on 24 and 25 January 2023. This group photo taken after the awards ceremony with H.E. Paul Stephens, Australian Head of Mission, DEFAT representatives. 

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