The UNU-ILA was founded to bring youthful leaders together, to promote peace. Rupert was able to learn much by meeting and listening to their Royal Highnesses, Queen Noor of Jordan and her late husband King Hussein of Jordan who were founder Patrons. He attended lectures by Shimon Perez, Yasser Arafat, David Steel and Harriet Fulbright, amongst others. He also received 360-degree feedback and training from the Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL), in the context of multicultural leadership. Later he attended the Global Leadership Forum which came out of the UNU-ILA at the University of Bahçeşehir Istanbul, in 2001 and 2006, where he discussed a variety of global leadership issues. He remains friends with Dr Adel Safty who was instrumental in supporting these organisations.