Asia Leadership Trek (Summer 2012)

The inaugural Asia Leadership Trek took Trekkers to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Manila, Philippines; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Bangkok, Thailand; Vientiane, Laos; and Yangon, Myanmar.

  • June 2012

  • Ho Chi Minh City; Manila; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur; Bangkok; Vientiane and Yangon

  • 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 include scholars from the Harvard Kennedy School, incumbent U.S. state house representatives, legal representations and management consultants.

Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh

  • Fulbright Economies Teaching Center

The Philippines – Manila

  • Asian Development Bank
  • The Philippine House of Representatives; meeting with¬†Speaker of the House Feliciano Belmonte
  • Ateneo de Manila School of Government
  • Santa Lucia High School


  • Economic Development Board of Singapore
  • Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  • Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam

Thailand – Bangkok

  • Central Bank of Thailand
  • Air Asia
  • Siam Cement Group
  • ASEAN – Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan

Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur

  • CIMB Bank
  • Maybank
  • Proton
  • Malaysia Defense Minister Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi