Asia Leadership Trek III (Summer 2014)

The third installment commenced with a visit to Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, Korea; Beijing, China; Yangon, Myanmar; Bangkok, Thailand; Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia.

  • June 5-26, 2014

  • Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Yangon, Bangkok, Jakarta and Bali

  • Harvard scholars

  • john.lim@asialeadership.org

The third Asia Leadership Trek covered two different regions: in the Northeast, Trekkers explored the complex regional dynamics that operate among Korea, China, and Japan; and in the Southeast, Trekkers investigated the differences in inter-country relationship, both conspicuous and subtle. Among the participants were 44 scholars from the Harvard, originating from 24 countries.

Japan – Tokyo (June 5-7, 2014)

Asia Leadership Conference co-organized with Impact Japan, World Economic Forum Global Shapers of Japan, and TEDx Todai

Site Visit

  • Meiji Jingu Shine
  • National Diet
  • Mega Web of Toyota Motors
  • Harvard Club Japan

Leadership Engagement

  • NHK; dialogue with Seniors Leaders
  • Liberal Democratic Party; dialogue with 12 HKS-Graduated Parliament Members
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); dialogue with Senior Leaders
  • UNHCR & UNICEF; dialogue with Former UN High Commissioner for Refugees & Chairman Sadako Ogata
  • Mitsubishi Corporation; dialogue with 14 Senior Executives & Leaders
  • Canon Institute of Global Studies; ; dialogue with President Toshihiko Fukui (Former Governor of the Bank of Japan), Director of International Affairs Akinari Horii, Research Director Kunihiko Miyake
  • Toyota Motors; dialogue with 8 Senior Executives

Korea – Seoul (June 8-11, 2014)

Site Visit

  • Samsung Electronics Headquarters, Suwon
  • Samsung Innovation Museum
  • National Assembly
  • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

Leadership Engagement

  • Samsung Electronics; dialogue with Vice President David Eun
  • Samsung Economic Research Institute; dialogue with Executive Director Dr. Jaeyoon Kim
  • National Assembly; dialogue with  Honorable Speaker Chung Ui-hwa
  • Amore Pacific; dialogue with Senior Leaders
  • Kim & Cheng; dialogue on ‘The Role of Korea in Asia and the World’ with Senior Advisor Dr. Park Jin
  • Citizens’ Alliance for North Korea Human Rights & Testimony; dialogue with North Korean Refugees
  • Dialogue on ‘Political Reform Measures in Venezuela’ with Miguel Santos (Venezuela/Spain, HKS MCMPA)
  • Dialogue on ‘The Start-up Nation: Israel’ with Gal Shimon Levy (Israel, HKS MPP)

China – Beijing (June 12-16, 2014)

Asia Leadership Conference at Renmin University

Site Visits

  • Lenovo Corporation
  • Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square
  • China Center for International Economic Exchange
  • Garage Café
  • Start-up Incubator
  • Accelerator Hub

Leadership Engagement

  • Chinese Academy for Social Sciences; dialogue with Senior Policy Strategists Director of International Studies Dr. Zhang Yunling and Assistant Director of the Center for Regional Security Studies Dr. Yang Danzhi
  • Hilhouse Capital & Academy; dialogue with Chairman Lei Zhang
  • Lenovo Group; dialogue with Vice President of Strategy & Markerting Liu Xiaolin
  • Sany Foundation; dialogue with President of Directors and HKS Alumnus Allen Liang
  • China Young Leaders Foundation; dialogue with Head Peter Bai
  • Renmin University; dialogue on ‘Chinese Interpretation of Leadership’ with Professor Dr. Xu Hongcai and Professor Dr. Zeng Minhua
  • Tsinghua University; dialogue with Associate Dean of Schwartzman Scholars Dr. David Li, and Dean Julian Chang
  • Peking University; dialogue with National Schools of Development Professor Dr. Huang Yiping

Myanmar – Yangon (June 17-18, 2014)

Site Visit

  • Project Hub Yangon

Leadership Engagement

  • Myanmar Peace Center; dialogue with Director & Myanmar President’s Office Minister Aung Min, Academic Director Dr. Min Zaw Oo and Myanmar Home Affairs Minister Khin Yee
  • Proximity Designs; dialogue with Co-Founder & Chief Executive Jim Taylor, and Co-Founder Debbie Aung Din
  • LKC Morning Sun Charity Fund & Zhong Yang Group Holdings, Hong Kong; dialogue with Chairman Dr. Lam Kin Chung
  • US Ambassador to Myanmar & State Department’s State Alumni Young Leaders; dialogue with Derek Mitchell
  • Myanmar Opposition Party, National League for Democracy (NLD); dialogue with Education Committee Chair Dr. Thein Lwin
  • MK Group of Companies; dialogue with Managing Director Paradorn Kunkongkaphan
  • Dialogue with former Myanmar’s Ambassador to the U.S. Kyaw Myo Htut
  • Kanbawza Bank; dialogue with Deputy Chairman Than Lwin
  • Yangon Heritage Trust; dialogue with President Dr. Thant Myint U
  • Central Bank of Myanmar; dialogue with Governor U Kyaw Kyaw Maung
  • Yangon Region; dialogue with Chief Minister U Myint Swe
  • Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce (UMFCCI); dialogue with Chairman U Win Aung

Thailand – Bangkok (June 19-22, 2014)

Site Visit

  • United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific (UNESCAP)
  • Harvard Club of Thailand

Leadership Engagement

  • Bangkok Post; dialogue with Editor-in-Chief Pichai Chuensuksawasdi
  • RMA Group; dialogue with CEO Kevin Whitcraft
  • Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI); dialogue with President Dr. Somkiat Tangkitvanit
  • Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET); dialogue with Chairman Dr. Sathit Limpongpan and Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Veerathai Santiprabhob
  • National Council of Peace & Order; dialogue with Former Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister & Economic Advisor M.R Pridiyathorn Devakula, former Prime Minister of Thailand & Democrat Party Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, Democrat Party Secretary General Chuti Krairiksh and former Information & Communication Technology Minister & Finance Minister- Korn Chatikavanji
  • Dialogue with US Ambassador to Thailand Kristie KenneyDialogue with Teach For All (TFT) CEO & Founder Vichitapol Pholpoke
  • RMA Group; dialogue on ‘State of Thai Private Sector’ with CEO Kevin Whitcraft

Indonesia – Jakarta & Bali (June 23-26, 2014)

Asia Leadership Conference at Indonesia Foreign Ministry

Site Visit

  • Metro TV
  • Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association

Leadership Engagement

  • Presidential Place, Merdeka; dialogue with His Excellency President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Senior Advisor to President for Political Communications Daniel Sparringa, Culture & Creative Economy Minister of Tourism Mari Elka Pangestu, and Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa
  • Mustika Ratu; dialogue with CEO Putri Kuswisnuwardhani (former Miss Indonesia)
  • Lippo Group; dialogue with Director John Riady
  • Mugi Rekso Abadi (MRA) Group; dialogue with CEO Soetikno Soedarjo
  • AirAsia Indonesia; dialogue with Senior Leaders
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