President’s Welcome2019-10-10T09:21:54+08:00


Welcome to the Center for Asia Leadership

The Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives (CALI) is a group of nonprofit international organizations established in 2014 with the purpose of addressing social needs and problems in Asia through research, development, training, and publications, all focused on social and public leadership, innovation, and educational practices. The idea for the Center was sparked by the hope of connecting the vast educational resources at  various world’s leading institutions with individuals and organizations in Asia who are working to address the core challenges of our times.

We believe that becoming an agent of change is not an easy task; it requires thinking deeply and broadly about our responsibility and service to our communities, and the possible impact of our interventions. It entails mastering the mindset and mechanisms of effective and innovative leadership, generating bold new ideas, and making them happen. It requires us to identify opportunities and turn them into benefits for our society. This is where the Center’s work lies, to assist and empower individuals, organizations, and governmental bodies in Asia to play more active and meaningful leadership roles in their communities.

Our aspiration to serve has seen us reaching out to over 36,000 individuals, ranging from energetic high school students to accomplished professionals, scholars and officials, across 72 cities in 32 countries, primarily in Asia. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to help cultivate the leaders of today, and impact emerging leaders of tomorrow.

We are firmly committed to our belief and will continue to practice what we promote. With that in mind, I warmly invite you to embark on a leadership journey with the Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives to become Asia’s next change maker. In addition to building lifelong professional opportunities and friendships, you will also experience powerful ideas and strong guiding principles that many of our delegates have described as “life-changing.”

I look forward to welcoming you in person.


Samuel Kim

Harvard Kennedy School, MPA
President and Co-founder,
Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives