Students from St. Joseph’s College, India Gain Insights on 21st Century Mega-Trends
by Ida Fazila
The Center for Asia Leadership (CAL) recently organized a Panel Discussion on the theme “21st Century Mega-Trends, Impact and Implications” in conjunction with a visit from students and the teaching faculty from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, India, one of the oldest colleges in the State of Karnataka.
Held at CAL’s regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Panel Discussion was held to explore what the future holds for young emerging leaders of Asia, and to identify key global issues they are likely to face when they enter the workforce and practical steps to overcome these challenges in order to become a valued talent.
The panelists consisted of Mr. Samuel Kim, Co-founder and President of CAL; Mr. Richard Ong, co-founder of LollipopLab, a technology platform for building great ideas and Petalz, which aims to help children build a future based on great values; and Mr. Clayton Tan, General Manager, Head of Human Resources at KLK Oleochemicals Grp. Dr. Tong Gin Chee, Head, Strategy & Management of CAL moderated the one-hour discussion.
Mr. Samuel Kim, Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership sharing his thoughts on leadership with the visiting students.
(left to right) Mr. Clayton Tan, General Manager, Head of Human Resources at KLK Oleochemicals Grp.; Mr. Richard Ong, co-founder of LollipopLab and Petalz; and Dr. Tong Gin Chee, Head, Strategy & Management of the Center for Asia Leadership at the Panel Discussion.
During the discussion, the panelists shared their insights and observations on workplace trends of the 21st century and the skills needed to stay relevant in the competitive and ever-evolving world, based on their experiences in the corporate and startup scenes. With vast experience in varying sectors from strategy consulting and social entrepreneurship to international development, politics, and government, Mr. Kim spoke about leadership practices that will make young leaders stand out and irreplaceable in an organization. He urged the visiting students to be passionate and committed in whatever they do in life, and to put the knowledge into practice in order to enact positive social change.
The eager audience posed many questions to the panelists as they were keen to learn more about crucial skills that every youth needs to thrive and succeed in the workplace once they graduate. The panelists ended the discussion with advice on the importance of continuous learning in order to develop innovative solutions to tackle complexities and living a purposeful life to contribute to the society at large.