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ALT Winter 2017 Off to a Great Start!

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ALT Winter 2017 Off to a Great Start!

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by Ida Fazila

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Twenty-two scholars from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School, and the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management kickstarted the Asia Leadership Trek (ALT) Winter 2017 which began in Yangon, Myanmar on December 26, 2016.

Throughout the one-month program, the participants or Trekkers underwent a jam-packed but exciting schedule that enabled them to deepen their understanding of Asia and to gain invaluable hands-on experience from key thought leaders in their respective fields.

The Trekkers started their adventure in Yangon, Myanmar with a meeting with UN and INGO Forum to learn more about the aspects involved in humanitarian and development activities in Myanmar. They then met with General Thura Tin Oo, a retired general, former commander in chief of the armed forces of Union of Myanmar, highly decorated soldier, pro-democracy activist and now currently serving as Chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar. As Myanmar prepares to face the challenges of the 21st century, the Trekkers and General Tin Oo discussed topics that highlighted essential leadership qualities needed for the country to thrive, including ‘Leadership that Myanmar Needs,’ ‘Global Integration of Myanmar’ and ‘Personal Leadership Lessons.’

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The Trekkers in a group photo with General Thura Tin Oo (holding Harvard T-shirt), a retired general, former commander in chief of the armed forces of Union of Myanmar.

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The Trekkers during a visit to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) or AAPP.

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The Trekkers holding a dialogue with representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar (photo courtesy of the U.S. Embassy Rangoon Facebook page).

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On their last day in Myanmar, the Trekkers participated in a conference hosted by AISEC Myanmar and enabled the Trekkers to conduct a TED-style Talk, Panel Discussion as well as workshops and career mentoring sessions for the participants. Before departing the country, the Trekkers partook in a dialogue with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) to discuss challenges facing the local business community as they enter the globalized economy, experiences and best practices learned by local and foreign companies in Myanmar, and the nation’s advantages and outlook for success in a local, regional and global context.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ layout=”1_1″ spacing=”” center_content=”no” hover_type=”none” link=”” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”left top” background_repeat=”no-repeat” border_size=”0″ border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” padding=”” dimension_margin=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=”” last=”no”][fusion_imageframe image_id=”15009″ style_type=”none” stylecolor=”” hover_type=”none” bordersize=”” bordercolor=”” borderradius=”” align=”center” lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” alt=”Mr. Samuel Kim, Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership delivering his speech at the opening ceremony of the Asia Leadership Conference 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.” link=”” linktarget=”_self” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”fade” animation_direction=”static” animation_speed=”1.0″ animation_offset=””]https://asialeadership.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ALT-Winter-2017_Myanmar-UMFCCI-1024×478.jpg[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]


The Trekkers participating in a dialogue with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).

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The Trekkers taking part in a dialogue at Vietnam Television (VTV).

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The Trekkers posing in front of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

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The Trekkers continued their journey in Jakarta, Indonesia with a meeting with GO-JEK, Indonesia’s Uber for motorcycles to learn about how the motorcycle-hailing app can make a difference in dealing with Jakarta’s traffic woes and its impact on society, followed by a discussion with GDP Venture, a venture builder that focuses on digital communities, media, commerce and solution companies in the Indonesian consumer internet industry. The Trekkers met with Desi Anwar, Director/Senior Anchor/Correspondent with CNN Indonesia to get a glimpse into the country’s current affairs and Desi’s experience in conducting in-depth interviews with prominent public figures, newsmakers and decision makers from Indonesia and around the world.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ layout=”1_2″ spacing=”” center_content=”no” hover_type=”none” link=”” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”left top” background_repeat=”no-repeat” border_size=”0″ border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” padding=”” dimension_margin=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=”” last=”no”][fusion_imageframe image_id=”15017″ style_type=”none” stylecolor=”” hover_type=”none” bordersize=”” bordercolor=”” borderradius=”” align=”center” lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” alt=”Mr. Samuel Kim, Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership delivering his speech at the opening ceremony of the Asia Leadership Conference 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.” link=”” linktarget=”_self” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”fade” animation_direction=”static” animation_speed=”1.0″ animation_offset=””]https://asialeadership.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ALT-Winter-2017_-Jakarta-Desi-Anwar-1024×478.jpg[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]


The Trekkers in a group photo with Desi Anwar, Director/Senior Anchor/Correspondent with CNN Indonesia (sixth from right).

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The Trekkers with a CNN Indonesia news anchor at the studio.

[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ layout=”1_1″ spacing=”” center_content=”no” hover_type=”none” link=”” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”left top” background_repeat=”no-repeat” border_size=”0″ border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” padding=”” dimension_margin=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=”” last=”no”][fusion_text]The following day, the Trekkers dropped by Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy, a top tier Jakarta-based law firm that specializes in areas including banking and finance, corporate and capital markets. After lunch, the Trekkers took part in a discussion on democracy themed, “Youth’s Vital Role in Advancing Democracy in Modern-Day Indonesia” with keynote speeches by Diaz Hendropriyono, Special Staff of the President on Social Affairs and Samuel Kim, President of Center for Asia Leadership (CAL). Organized by Andi Sparringa, Country Director for Indonesia, Asia Leadership Trek, and Athika Batangtaris, a young Indonesian entrepreneur, the discussion raised interesting insights on the current state of democracy in Indonesia and how youth can play a role as change agents to attain a truly mature democracy in the country.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ layout=”1_2″ spacing=”” center_content=”no” hover_type=”none” link=”” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”left top” background_repeat=”no-repeat” border_size=”0″ border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” padding=”” dimension_margin=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=”” last=”no”][fusion_imageframe image_id=”15019″ style_type=”none” stylecolor=”” hover_type=”none” bordersize=”” bordercolor=”” borderradius=”” align=”center” lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” alt=”Mr. Samuel Kim, Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership delivering his speech at the opening ceremony of the Asia Leadership Conference 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.” link=”” linktarget=”_self” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”fade” animation_direction=”static” animation_speed=”1.0″ animation_offset=””]https://asialeadership.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ALT-Winter-2017_Jakarta-Ginting-Reksodiputro-1024×478.jpg[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]


The Trekkers in a discussion at Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy.

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The Trekkers gaining insights on the current state of democracy in Indonesia.

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The Trekkers in a group photo with Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno (seated, fifth from left) and Thomas Trikasih Lembong (seated, fourth from left) following a discussion on entrepreneurship (photo courtesy Sandiaga Uno’s Facebook page).

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The Trekkers enjoying local cuisine in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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The Trekkers enjoying some of the sights in Jakarta, Indonesia including the National Monument.

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The Trekkers learning about Indonesian coffee at Giyanti Coffee Roastery in Jakarta.

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The Trekkers having a ball at Andi Sparringa’s wedding reception in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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