Asia Leadership Youth Conference 2019: Personal Leadership

  • Asia Leadership Youth Conference 2019: Personal Leadership: 21st Century Skills to Navigate through Changing Times

  • July 13 & August 10, 2019

  • Sunway University, Malaysia

  • Regular Rate: RM200 per participant | Early Rate by June 21: RM150 per participant (*All fees are exclusive of 6% SST)

  • Students aged between 15 – 20 years old

  • +603-7491-8716/7

Content Overview

First incepted in 2014, the Asia Leadership Conference (ALC) is an extraordinary opportunity to learn leadership, entrepreneurial, and 21st century core skills from scholars from Harvard, Stanford, Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and other world-leading universities. The 23rd ALC (Malaysia edition) takes place in Kuala Lumpur in July 2019. This 1-day leadership conference is designed to expose participants to varied leadership paradigms to better understand what real leadership looks like. Through a mixture of plenary sessions and interactive workshops, participants will have opportunities to learn effective communication skills to engage, motivate and mobilize peers towards common goals. Participants will also be exposed to innovative paradigms that can add value for personal development.

Daily Schedule

Who Should Attend

Youth between age 15 and 20 years old

Teaching Faculty

Samuel Kim

Samuel is the Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership. Passionate about nurturing and empowering talents in Asia, he has been actively engaging various stakeholders in developing and running over 42 programs annually in more than 27 countries in Asia to help emerging leaders explore opportunities to be socially responsible in facing the region’s complex challenges. Samuel oversees them, along with a team of 36 comprising Faculty and Teaching Fellows from Ivy League universities, and administrators at the main office in Boston, U.S., and the Asian regional hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Manila, and Tokyo. He prides himself on accelerating efforts to reach out to all 48 countries in Eurasia by 2022.

Samuel’s areas of research and training, among others, include ‘Negotiation and Mediation,’ ‘Persuasion and Influence,’ and ‘Systems Thinking & Creative Confidence.’ To date, some 32,000 burgeoning and established leaders from the government, non-profits, and corporate world in Asia have benefited from these programs.

Prior to establishing the Center, Samuel worked for 14 years in varying sectors from strategy consulting and social entrepreneurship to international development, politics, and government. He served as a Visiting Fellow at the Asia Center at Harvard University and at the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and completed his undergraduate studies in law and political science.

Haley Burns

Haley joins us from Cambridge, MA where she recently earned her M.Ed at Harvard University. Her interests are in multilingual education, humanitarian response, and improving global education quality. At Harvard, Haley took courses in management and leadership including Performance Leadership: Producing Results in Public and Private Sectors and Strategic Communications for Policy Change. Prior to graduate school, Haley worked in international education for six years. She has consulted on a variety of projects including school governance, international school accreditation, and implementing ed-tech platforms in low-income countries. Haley grew up in Colorado, USA, has an affinity for animals, and enjoys reading and cooking.

Codi Caton

Codi is an international educator with years of experience in the classroom and out. Notably, Codi worked as an English Language consultant at the African Union in Addis Ababa and recently earned a Master’s degree from Harvard University. At Harvard, Codi honed negotiation and communication skills, learning from Harvard Laws most respected negotiators. He also took courses in financial management, economics, and policy. Codi now hopes to coach leaders on how to build mutual gain at work and at home.

Karishma Mhapadi

Karishma Mhapadi holds a Masters in International Education Policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She is interested in scaling disruptive educational reforms especially across developing contexts. She has a background in education policy, pedagogy, training and leadership. At Harvard, Karishma received extensive training in advanced statistics, microeconomics, education policy and program evaluation. She also had the opportunity to work with Prof. O’Doherty who is an expert in exercising leadership and conflict management. Karishma has taught middle schoolers for two years in a public school in India as a part of the Teach For India fellowship and has worked as an Education Specialist with affordable private schools in India. She has also spent time in Kashmir working on community engagement initiatives with the Directorate of Education and the state government. In her spare time, Karishma loves to run and cook.

Sarah K. Osborne

Sarah received her master’s degree from Harvard, where she focused her studies on dynamic management and improved evaluation of complex international development projects and programs. She is particularly interested in using data to continuously adapt and better manage complex programs. Prior to Harvard, Sarah worked for one of the largest international development contractors to manage the implementation of international development programs across sub-Saharan Africa funded by USAID, the World Bank, and UNICEFF. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Political Science with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has lived and worked in Thailand, India, Senegal, and Tanzania.

Stefano Zordan

Born and raised in the North of Italy, Stefano moved first to Ireland after graduating from high school and then to Harvard to study at the intersection of philosophy and political theory. At Harvard he encountered the framework of Adaptive Leadership and it clicked with him for its systemic approach to complexity. He then worked as a teaching assistant and I became a member of the Adaptive Leadership Network. The following year, upon moving back to Italy, he created his own Adaptive Leadership firm, which has been working with universities, companies and the public sector to spread a more systemic vision of leadership. He also edited the Italian version of the book “The Practice of Adaptive Leadership” (2018). He is an eager traveler, loves music and history.


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