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‘Change leadership’ forum in KL features Harvard professors

What kind of leadership does it take to initiate change and thrive in a highly unpredictable and unstable landscape? If today’s buzz words like agility and disruption all point to the need for lightning-speed change, what then should anchor leadership? These are some of the questions the upcoming Asia Leadership Forum on May 11, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is set to answer with the help of some of Harvard’s most pre-eminent thought leaders on innovation, communication, and leadership.

The Center for Asia Leadership (CAL) invites mid-, and senior-level managers, and working professionals in the corporate sector, non-profit, and the public sector, entrepreneurs, and members of the academe to attend the 2nd Asia Leadership Forum (ALF), which Kuala Lumpur is hosting for the second time in Sunway University, at JC3 Hall.

“Asia is the world’s fastest growing region – and will continue to be for the next decades. But riding the wave of innovation and disruption means not just acquiring previously unheard of technical skills but also understanding and managing the human side of progress,” explains CAL Co-founder and Director for International Affairs John Lim.

Leadership upgrade

ALF 2019 is geared towards leaders who feel the need to upgrade their leadership skills to the level of change-making in the face of highly unpredictable times.

According to him, it is imperative that leaders clarify their values and identify their anchor “in a world that is constantly in flux.”

Organizations and businesses in Asia continue to grapple with challenges never seen before, like disruption because of emerging technologies, understanding complexities of new markets, and political uncertainty, among others.

Negotiation, leadership communications, and more

Attending the forum will provide participants with a cutting-edge 21st century leadership toolkit that will touch on different facets of leadership to help them initiate meaningful change in their respective organizations. After the ALF, participants will leave with practical frameworks on leadership communications, negotiation, and value-driven leadership, as well as Adaptive Leadership interventions, among others.

This year’s ALF features plenary sessions from six Center for Asia Leadership Teaching Fellows and professors, namely, Samuel Kim, Co-founder and President, Center for Asia Leadership; Steven Jarding, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University; Junko Yoda, Co-founder, CLinked; Eugene Kogan, Director, American Secretaries of State Project; Dana Born, Co-director, Center for Public Leadership and Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University; and Rajan Patel, Co-inventor, Embrace Baby Incubator.

From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Teaching Fellows and professors will lead discussions on different dimensions of leadership – from negotiation leadership, and social impact to communication — in both plenary and breakout sessions. The ALF is also a chance for emerging leaders in Asia to network and get to know more like-minded people in the region.

Registration details

The group rate for 3 or more is RM 820. RM 920 is the regular rate. For inquiries on discount rates for bigger groups, interested parties may email cali@asialeadership. Deadline for registration is on May 3.

The organizers encourage individuals and organizations based in East Malaysia and in nearby areas to participate in the May 10 run of the program at the Borneo Convention Center, Kuching, Malaysia. Interested parties may buy their tickets through

By Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz