Students Unearth Their Leadership Potential

at Asia Leadership Conference 2017

by Ida Fazila


Following the success of the Asia Leadership Conference (ALC) 2017 which was held on June 10, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Center for Asia Leadership (CAL) organized two ALCs on July 1 and July 2, 2017, respectively at Sunway University in Malaysia.

With the objective of developing future leaders who are fully equipped with essential skills to lead an ever-evolving world, the ALC 2017 attracted high school, college and university students aged between 15 and 22 years old who were interested to learn the most critical issues that they will face in the future and ways to address them.

Themed “Developing Your Personal Brand,” the ALC 2017 provided an opportunity for participants to engage with eight scholars from world-renowned universities including Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, Northwestern, Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Imperial College London.

Samuel Kim, President and Co-founder of CAL imparting his knowledge on leadership to the participants.

Helen Van Baal from Imperial College London conducting her design thinking and entrepreneurship workshop.

Panche Kralev from the Harvard Kennedy School briefing his workshop participants on the topic of discussion.

At the full day event, participants discovered new ways of thinking and communicating, and skills and tools required to promote creativity and innovation to tackle challenges in a changing world through workshops, plenary sessions, professional development and career mentoring sessions, and TED-style talks. These sessions were facilitated by the scholars who guided participants to explore the principles of leadership and the knowledge needed to enhance their leadership journey.

Orianne Montaubin from the Harvard Business School speaking to participants on facing life’s adversity.

Karen Neoh, Senior Fellow of CAL inspiring participants with her experience in exploring the area of public health.

Leadership development is a lifelong process and the scholars advised the participants to be prepared to take risks in order to develop their confidence and capabilities in managing adversity in life. The participants also gained a better understanding of becoming globally minded leaders in an increasingly globalized world and the importance of enacting positive social change to create the foundations of a society that is more inclusive, just and equitable.

Ami Jean Valdemoro from the Harvard Kennedy School talking about the importance of being a social change agent as part of the leadership journey.

Craig Brimhall from the Harvard Graduate School of Education sharing his outlook on 21st century leadership with his workshop participants.

John Lim, Co-founder of CAL sharing his leadership skills framework with the participants.

Due to an increasing demand for the conference, CAL will be organizing four upcoming ALCs this year on July 15, 16, 23 and 30 at Sunway University in Malaysia.