Asia Leadership Trek II (Winter 2014)

The second Asia Leadership Trek took Trekkers to Shanghai and Hong Kong, China; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Seoul, Korea.

  • January 2-18, 2014

  • Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Seoul

  • Harvard scholars


To gain an understanding of the many issues faced by these countries, the trek included meetings with high-profile officials, distinguished political leaders, and business and non-profit leaders. Among the participants were scholars from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Graduate Schools of Education, Business, Arts and Sciences, MIT Sloan School of Management and Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

China – Shanghai (January 2-3, 2014)

Asia Leadership Conference at Fudan University

Site Visit

  • Meiwei
  • Goocus
  • Uber China
  • Artdore
  • Lingang Group
  • K11 Art Mall
  • Haifeng Education
  • Shanghai Free Trade Zone

Leadership Engagement

  • Frog Design; meeting with General Manager Steve Boswell
  • Xinmin Media; dialogue with Chief Editor Chen Qiwei
  • The Good Earth Project; meeting with environmentalist Christopher Shallis
  • Shanghai Studio; meeting with CEO and Head Architect Ben Wood
  • Crowd-sourced Social Media Platform “China 30s”; meeting with Founder Zixin Li
  • Foreign Correspondent Club of Shanghai; meeting with Board Member Lenora Chu
  • Fudan University; dialogue with Principal Zheng Fangxian
  • Shanghai Correspondent for Marketplace; dialogue with China correspondent for American Public Media’s Marketplace Rob Schmitz

Hong Kong (January 4-7, 2014)

Asia Leadership Conference “New Perspective on Leadership and Social Innovation” at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Site Visit

  • Harvard Club of Hong Kong

Leadership Engagement

  • Hong Kong Stock Exchange; dialogue with global markets division Vice President Romnesh Lamba
  • Hong Kong Legislative Council (Legco); dialogue with Honorable Legco President Jasper Tsang
  • Hong Kong International Coaching Community Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity; dialogue with Principal Wilson Tse
  • SOW Asia; dialogue on ‘Hong Kong’s Social Innovation Ecosystem’ with CEO Scott Lawson
  • Social Ventures HK; dialogue on ‘Creating Shared Values’ with Founder and CEO Francis Ngai
  • Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation; dialogue on ‘Design for Social Innovation’ with Director Alvin Yip
  • Dialogue on ‘Doing Good with Business: My Journey from Google to Ashoka’ with Jenny Jin (US, MIT, MBA)

Singapore (January 8-9, 2014)

Leadership Engagement

  • Future Moves; dialogue with Founder Devadas Krishnadas
  • Singapore Tourism Board; dialogue with Chief Executive Lionel Yeoh
  • Labor Party of Singapore; dialogue with Parliament Member Patrick Tay
  • Singapore Botanic Garden; dialogue with CEO of NParks & Guided Tour Poon Hong Yuen
  • National Institute of Education; dialogue with Dean of Teacher Education Dr. Tan Oon Seng
  • National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, Lien Foundation; dialogue with CEO, Chairman and Governor Lawrence Lien
  • Lee Kuan Yew School of Science and Technology; dialogue with Principal Chua Chor Huat
  • Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; dialogue with Associate Dean Donald Low & Senior Research Fellow Yeoh Lam Keong

Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur ( January 10-13, 2014)

Asia Leadership Conference “Malaysia in the 21st Century: Public Leadership, Education and Entrepreneurship” at Sunway University

Leadership Engagement

  • Teach for Malaysia (TFM); dialogue on ‘Leading Educational Initiatives in a Developing Asian Country’ with Leaders
  • His Royal Highness Dr. Nazrin Shah
  • Sunway Group; dialogue with Founder & Chairman Dr. Jeffrey Cheah
  • Central Bank of Malaysia; dialogue with Governor Dr. Zeti Skhtar Aziz
  • Khazanah National; dialogue with Managing Director Azman Mokhtar
  • ICLIF Leadership & Governance Center; dialogue with Director Kate Sweetman
  • The Trust School Project – Yayasan Amir; dialogue with Ahnaz As-Sadat and Nik Fahme
  • Dialogue with Opposition Parties Parliament Members Tony Pua, Nik Nazmi and Ong Kian Ming
  • Malaysian Education Ministry; dialogue with Secretary General 2 Dr. Zaini Ujang
  • Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI); dialogue with CEO Dr. Ramon Navaratnam
  • Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS); dialogue with Founding President Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz & CEO Wan Saiful Wan Jan
  • Dialogue on ‘Transforming the Asia Pacific and Turkey’ with Prime Minister of Turkey Recap Tayyip Erdogan

Korea – Seoul ( January 14-18, 2014)

Asia Leadership Conference “Social Innovation and Impact” at Yonsei University

Site Visits

  • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
  • Samsung Innovation Center
  • Hyundai Motors Future Research and Development Center

Leadership Engagement

  • Blue House; dialogue with Saenuri Party Spokesperson Hwang Woo-yeo, and National Assemblyman Chung Mong-joon & Kil Jeong-woo
  • Amore Pacific; dialogue with Senior Leaders
  • CJ Entertainment; dialogue with Senior Leaders
  • Citibank Korea; dialogue with Chairman Ha Young-koo
  • Kim & Cheng; dialogue with Senior Leaders & Attorneys
  • North Korea Strategy Group; dialogue with North Korea Refugees
  • Dialogue on ‘What is Behind IIA’s Success as the World’s Best Airport for 7 Consecutive Years?’ with IIA President Jung Chang-soo
  • Future Strategy; dialogue on ‘Creating a Viable Ecosystem for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Korea’ with Senior Presidential Secretary Dr. Yoon Chang-bun
  • Asan Institute for Policy Studies; dialogue on ‘Modern History of Korea and the 21st Century Northeast Asia Geopolitics’ with President Dr. Hahm Chaibong
  • Dialogue on ‘New Leadership Needed in the 21st Century Korea’ with Dr. Kil Jeong-woo
  • Kim & Cheng; dialogue on ‘South Korea and the Geopolitics of the Northeast Asia in the 21st Century’ with Senior Advisor Dr. Park Jin