CAL Launches Three Books
For Aspiring Change Agents
by Ida Fazila
The Center for Asia Leadership (CAL) recently launched three books, namely Next Generation Leadership: Empowering Youth to Shape the Future of Asia, Leaders in Development: Enhancing Your Leadership Effectiveness in a Changing World, and Rethinking Asia 3: Political and Social Change on May 3, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The three books invite readers to get into the mindsets, motivations and experiences of 40 authors from 15 countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Germany, Iran, Japan, Korea, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Slovakia, the United States and Uzbekistan. Through the books, readers can gain insights into the authors’ lessons and key takeaways from their participation in various CAL’s programs that were held across the globe in 2016, targeting youth, scholars and working professionals worldwide.
Published by Acumen Publishing, the publication arm of CAL, the books are the perfect companion for inquisitive readers who wish to unlock their leadership potential as the publications capture the authors’ reflections on discovering the leader within and seeing the world, especially Asia from a fresh perspective.
Samuel Kim, President and Co-founder of CAL said that reflection is a crucial part of the leadership journey as it enables us to realize our strengths and weaknesses, and understand how our experiences shape the way we see ourselves and our surroundings.
“These new books encompass views and compelling stories drawn from the contributors’ leadership experiences in their professional and personal lives after participating in CAL’s training programs. The books aim to provide both past and future talents with valuable observations for continuous growth and development to achieve their goals,” said Mr. Kim.
“It is often said that the 21st century is the Age of Asia. We are on this shared journey of defining a future that is purposeful for the region. Under Acumen Publishing, CAL will continue to offer groundbreaking ideas and disseminate insightful analyses through future initiatives and publications to help leaders link their capabilities to positive results,” he added.
Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Founding Trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, and Chairman and Founder of Sunway Group commended CAL for its efforts and commitment in inspiring current and future leaders to make a difference in the ever-evolving world.
“The goals of the Center for Asia Leadership are closely aligned with those of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. The collaboration between the two provides more talented youth and professionals with unprecedented access to learn leadership skills from Harvard, Stanford and other world-renowned universities,” said Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey.
“Adding three new titles in little more than a year is no easy feat. I would like to congratulate the CAL team and all the contributors on this significant milestone. I am confident that the newly published books will contribute to the growth of skills needed to overcome the challenges and seize the opportunities in Asia as well as advancing sustainable development in the region, an agenda that the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation holds dear,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dr. Park Jin, Executive President of Asia Future Institute who attended the event said that the three new books would become a beacon of light for other youth around the world who wish to understand Asia and contribute to the region’s future growth.
The launch included a reading session by Bryan Chay, Alice Smith School, one of the 22 contributors for Next Generation Leadership: Empowering Youth to Shape the Future of Asia; Dr. Cordelia Mason, Asian Institute of Finance, one of the 10 contributors for Leaders in Development: Enhancing Your Leadership Effectiveness in a Changing World; and Umar Shavurov from Kyrgyzstan, one of the eight contributors for Rethinking Asia 3: Political and Social Change. The contributors read excerpts from their chapters, recounting their personal experiences and expressing their viewpoints on how their participation in the CAL programs have impacted their leadership odyssey.
The event also revealed the second edition of Rethinking Asia 1: Education and Innovation and Rethinking Asia 2: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. Rethinking Asia 1: Education and Innovation consists of personal essays from graduate students and Fellows from Harvard, MIT and Tufts University who participated in the Asia Leadership Treks and Asia Leadership Fellowship Tours in 2014. Rethinking Asia 2: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development comprises seven reflections from graduate students and Fellows from Harvard, MIT and Stanford University who participated in the Asia Leadership Treks and Asia Leadership Fellowship Tours in 2015.
CAL also held the launch of Rethinking Asia 3: Political and Social Change and a reunion for former participants or Trekkers of previous Asia Leadership Treks (ALT) at the Harvard Kennedy School on May 18, 2017. During the event, two of the book contributors, namely Justin Hartley, Research Fellow of the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Katarina Sabova, an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School read out excerpts from their chapters and shared their experiences as Trekkers with the audience.
Acumen Publishing is committed to developing rich content that provides insightful analyses to a diverse range of audiences in Asia and across the globe, and will continue to develop content that foster the development of leadership capability among people from different backgrounds.