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Greetings

Gil Alterovitz, Chairman

Recently, Asia has shown tremendous growth in economic development and political spheres. There has been great interest in learning about and truly understanding the many opportunities and challenges in Asia.

Today, Center for Asia Leadership stands as a group of non-profit international organizations that aims to address social needs and problems in Asia through research, development, training, and publications, all focused on social and public leadership, innovation, and educational practices. We do this by sharing what the members of the Center have garnered from some of the world’s leading institutions like Harvard, MIT and Stanford.

Ultimately, our passion is leadership. We believe that everyone is on a life-long leadership journey. The 42,000 individuals, across 83 cities in 31 countries primarily in Asia, who have joined our programs, are proof of this. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to help cultivate the leaders of today, and impact the emerging leaders of tomorrow.

Truly, the work of leadership is not just both thrilling and challenging, it’s life-changing. Join us as we continue mastering the mindsets and mechanisms of effective and innovative leadership, generating bold new ideas, and making them happen.We look forward to welcoming you in person.

Gil Alterovitz
Global Advisory Council Chair, CALI
Associate Professor and Director of Biomedical Cybernetics Laboratory, Harvard Medical School

Samuel Kim, President

Welcome to the Center for Asia Leadership!

It was with a blind leap of faith, a lot of daring, and hope for the future that myself and a group of friends from Harvard started the Center for Asia Initiatives in 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. We began with organizing “treks,” study tours that brought graduate students to meet and learn from key figures and decision-makers in government, business, and social enterprises in countries all over Asia. The irresistible combination of high adventure, first-hand interviews, direct observations, and the novel sights and sounds of unfamiliar places made for a unique beyond-the-classroom learning experience.

Today, CALI does more than treks. We stand also committed to helping individuals and organizations in Asia who are wholeheartedly working to address the core challenges of our times, be it business, social, and policy matters. Through our works of research, training, and publications, we feel that we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to foster sustainable growth and forge a better future for all. It is our desire that individuals reach their full potential as strong, positive leaders—people who will commit their heads, hands, and hearts to advancing the social good.”

Samuel Kim
President, CALI
MPA, Harvard University

Regional Footprint

The Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives (CALI) is a group of non-profit international organizations established in 2014 with the purpose of addressing business, social, and policy challenges in Asia through research, development, training, and publications. The idea of the Center was sparked by the hope of connecting the vast educational resources at world-leading institutions with individuals and organizations in Asia who are working to address the core challenges of our times.

The Center currently runs under the guidance of 15 dedicated and social-minded stewards from 9 countries, working out of offices in Boston, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Tokyo, and Manila. Among many other accomplishments, the Center has produced ten books: the 5-volume Rethinking Asia series; Finding the Leaders in Us: New Goals for the Future; Redefining Success: Learning to Lead for Change; Next Generation Leadership: Empower Youth to Shape the Future of Asia; Leaders in Development: Enhancing Your Leadership Effectiveness in a Changing World; Leadership That Triumphs: Moment of Greatness in the Work of Leadership; and many additional articles, opinion pieces, and editorials.

Milestones and Achievements

2018
  • ALT organizes the Asia Leadership Trek 2018 (January) to Georgia, Azerbaijan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan.
  • ACC publishes 2 new publications (February) entitled ‘Sustainable Leadership: Thoughts from Asia’ and ‘Rethinking Asia 4: Why Asia is Hopeful.’
2017
  • ALT organizes the Asia Leadership Trek 2017 (January) to Malaysia (Penang and Kuala Lumpur), Myanmar, Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City), Indonesia (Yogyakarta and Jakarta), South Korea, and Japan.
  • ACC publishes 3 new publications (May) entitled ‘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,’ and the second edition of ‘Rethinking Asia 1: Education and Innovation’ and ‘Rethinking Asia 2: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.’
  • ALT organizes the Asia Leadership Trek IX to China (Shanghai, Hong Kong SAR, and Hangzhou), the Philippines, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangladesh.
  • ALI organizes the Asia Leadership Fellowship VI in Korea, China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan (July-August).
  • ACC publishes ‘Rethinking Asia 4.’ (November)
  • CALI organizes 16 conferences, 11 leadership programs, involving 87 scholars… and over 5000 participants from 19 cities in 13 countries.
2016
  • In 2016 alone, CALI organizes over 20 conferences and 8 leadership programs, involving over 80 scholars from the Harvard community and over 3,500 participants from 19 countries in Asia.
  • ALI organizes the Asia Leadership Fellowship IV (July-August) to Mongolia, Malaysia, and Korea (Incheon and Pohang) including the Trilateral Leadership Summit III in South Korea.
  • ALT organizes the Asia Leadership Trek VII (Summer) to Tajikistan (Dushanbe), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek and Osh), Uzbekistan (Tashkent and Samarkand), and Kazakhstan (Almaty and Astana).
  • ALT organizes the inaugural Asia Entrepreneurship Trek (March) to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.
  • ACC publishes 3 new publications (February) entitled ‘Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Asia,’ ‘Redefining Success: Learning to Lead for Change,’ and ‘Finding the Leaders in Us: New Goals for the Future.’
  • ALT organizes the Asia Leadership Trek 2016 (January) to Malaysia (Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur), Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap), China (Shanghai), Bangladesh, and Singapore.
2015
  • CALI establishes an independently-run regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and formalizes support and collaboration with the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.
  • In 2015 alone, CALI organizes over 30 conferences and 14 leadership programs, involving over 90 scholars from the Harvard community and over 8,000 participants from 14 countries in Asia.
  • ALI organizes the Asia Leadership Fellowship III (July-August) to South Korea, China, Malaysia, and Japan (Seoul and Pohang). The Trilateral Leadership Summit II is held in Sendai, Japan, garnering support from the Tomodachi Foundation of the US-Japan Council.
  • ALT organizes the Asia Leadership Trek XI to 5 countries (TBD) in Asia.
  • ALT organizes the Asia Leadership Trek V (June) to the Philippines, Mongolia, China (Guangzhou and Shenzhen), South Korea, Thailand, and Hong Kong.
  • ALT organizes the Mongolia Leadership Trek (March) to South Korea and Mongolia.
  • ALT organizes the Asia Leadership Trek 2015 (January) to Indonesia, India, Nepal, Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia (Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur).
  • ALI organizes the Asia Leadership Fellowship Program II (January) to the Philippines and South Korea.
2014
  • CALI organizes over 12 conferences and 7 leadership programs, involving over 90 scholars from the Harvard community and over 5,000 participants from 12 countries in Asia.
  • ALI launches the inaugural Trilateral Leadership Summit I with delegates from China, Japan, and South Korea at the UNESCO Peace Center in South Korea. (November)
  • ALI launches its inaugural Asia Leadership Fellowship I (July-August) in China (Beijing), South Korea, and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).
  • ALT organizes the Asia Leadership Trek III (June) to South Korea, Japan, China (Beijing), Myanmar, Indonesia, and Thailand, garnering support from the Harvard University Asia Center and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
  • ACC publishes its first book, Experiencing Asia: New Perspectives. (May)
  • CALI’s ALT organizes the Asia Leadership Trek 2014 (January) to China (Shanghai), Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), and South Korea, garnering support from the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.
  • CALI launches four major initiatives: Asia Leadership Trek (ALT), Acumen Case Center (ACC), Asia Leadership Institute (ALI), and CALI Press.
  • CALI is established as a non-profit research organization (501c) in Boston.
2013
  • Founding members produce business philosophies, and plan over 30 programs and three white papers that would lay the grounds for the creation of the Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives (CALI) in Boston, USA.