LEADERSHIP proposes a new approach to engage more actively and strategically in supporting dialogues and partnership building for EU-LAC cooperation. At the core of the LEADERSHIP strategy to is the establishment of the LAC-ICT Expert Group as a permanent and sustainable mechanism to support ICT dialogues in the region. The Expert Group collaborates closely with the EU-LAC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) ICT Working Group, providing opinions and policy recommendations for EU-LAC dialogues and roadmaps for ICT R&I cooperation, based on high-level input from a wide range of sources and stakeholders. This top-down approach is combined with a bottom-up approach focused on promoting ICT enabling technologies in Horizon 2020 through well-targeted participatory events, like the LEADERSHIP Co-Innovation Lab, the Living Labs Spring School and the international cooperation projects Workshop. All these face to face events link ICT dialogues to the grassroots actors, i.e. the industry and ICT research and innovation communities, and stimulate innovation and engagement to identify ICT research priorities, explore new and sustainable models of open innovation, and thus supporting the definition and implementation of multi-annual roadmaps for EU-LAC cooperation under Horizon 2020.