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Established in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2014, the Center for Asia Leadership is a group of non-profit international organizations that addresses public needs and problems in Asia through research, development, training and publication initiatives in the areas of public leadership, entrepreneurship and education in Asia.

About Us
About Us

The Center for Asia Leadership is committed to accelerating the development of leaders who are primed to ignite long-lasting change. Participants of our initiatives…

Asia Leadership Trek
Asia Leadership Trek

The Asia Leadership Trek is a unique, overseas learning experience devoted to exploring the most important issues and cutting-edge ideas through engagement with political…

Asia Leadership Institute
Asia Leadership Institute

The Asia Leadership Institute (ALI) offers experienced managers and executives, college and university scholars, and aspiring youths, access to the world’s cutting-edge talent…

Acumen Case Center
Acumen Case Center

The Acumen Case Center (ACC) offers programs and contents that address the transmission-heavy, rote-based model of education prevalent in many classrooms in Asia.

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Our leadership philosophy is based on three fundamental ways in which we learn: knowledge enhancement, skill building, and mindset development. Each year, we offer a variety of leadership programs and experiential study tours catered to the needs of the youth, scholar, and young executives and senior management from different industries and sectors.

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We design our initiatives to help leaders create impact for themselves, their organizations and communities. Forums and conferences that provide insights to current leadership trends and best practices are held throughout the year to channel better understanding of the challenges currently facing Asia.

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In the midst of Asia’s growing presence in the global marketplace and politics, there is a unique opportunity and responsibility to contribute towards fostering global growth and sustainable development. Learn more about how we are committed to the practice of teaching and learning as a means to promote positive change.

Reflections on Design Thinking in Asia

The following is an excerpt from design thinker and educator Helen van Baal’s essay “Reflections on Design Thinking in Asia” from the book Rethinking Asia: Why Asia is Hopeful, published by the Acumen Publishing under the Center for Asia Leadership. A visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and the programme lead at the HPI School of Design Thinking (d-school), van Baal shares about her experience teaching design thinking and leadership to high school students who joined the Asia Union Leaders Summit in Korea in 2017.  

The Nature of Change: Why Companies Need to Adapt or Die

Center for Asia Leadership Teaching Fellow Craig Brimhall is one of those inquisitive minds looking deeper into the principles of and insights into the nature of change and why it’s imperative for organizations to adapt. Brimhall is a Business Instructional Designer and former Design Thinking Consultant. He is also a current doctoral student at the University of Utah where his research focuses on organizational transformation; and holds a Master’s Degree on the Mind, Brain, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The Deeper Purpose of Creativity

The following passage is an excerpt from the chapter, “Discovering Creativity in Asia”, by Raymond Ko, from the CALI Press-published book: Experiencing Asia: New Perspectives. He recounts the experiences of two students who both struggled with exams and encountering creativity. The first is during his experience as an undergraduate student at Tsinghua University; the second is his encounter with a student at the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity during the Asia Leadership Trek 2014.

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