Many global economies see STEM postgraduates as core to creating innovation-led development in their countries. This presentation focuses on our work to develop global leadership attributes in our postgraduates by creating learning opportunities in international and interdisciplinary environments. We will explore the ethical and social challenges of developing STEM leaders in the global context. We believe in creating connections with other international postgraduates to enhance understanding of the global context and of the local and social impact of innovation. Our leadership training aims to go beyond traditional training to incorporate social relational processes to develop social and intercultural competence.