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“Future of Leadership” forum to feature Harvard professors

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Countries like Malaysia, Singapore, China, and others have been unveiling their own Industry 4.0 focus. National plans and policies often highlight the digital dimension of 21st century change. But soon Malaysia will be hosting a forum to help companies upgrade an often overlooked ingredient to successful IR4.0 transformation: leadership. 

“Management is necessary. But leadership remains the most impactful thing driving your company. In other words, you can easily credit or blame the quality of leadership for 80% of what you see happening in your organization. It’s the often unacknowledged rule of the ‘vital few’,” explained Center for Asia Leadership Vice President John Lim

At the end of the day, tech skills alone won’t be enough. According to the Global Leadership Forecast 2018, tech leaders have the highest leadership failure rate. Four out of ten tech leaders are failing. A recent Forbes article says this is probably because the industry doesn’t prioritize developing its leaders. 

Organizations are racing to create digital ecosystems and supporting infrastructure for IR4.0, but Lim said the future success of organizations will still depend on people. 

‘Future of Leadership’

This is why the 3rd Asia Leadership Forum (ALF) carries the theme “The Future of Leadership.” Organized by the Center for Asia Leadership and co-presented by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and The Star Events Group, the 3rd ALF will have the following runs:

  • May 15, Borneo Convention Center, Kuching
  • May 16, JC1 Hall, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur 

The ALF features thought leaders on innovation and change management experts from Harvard University and other Ivy League institutions like Stanford. Plenary sessions and simultaneous master classes will focus on topics ranging from “Future of Work” & leadership and sustainable innovative leadership to persuasive leadership & the art of strategic influence.

Thoughts leaders on change management & innovation

The speakers are:

  • Samuel Kim, Co-Founder & President, Center for Asia Leadership
  • Dean Williams, Reform & Development Adviser to Australia, Singapore, Brunei, etc.
  • Steven Jarding, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • David Shore, Advisory Board Member, McKinsey & Company
  • Martin Attiq, Entrepreneur & Executive, SigFig Investment Company
  • Rahul Daswani, Futurist & Head of People & Culture, Open Government Products, GovTech Singapore
  • Laura Thompson, Fellow, Harvard University

Registration fees are as follows:

  • Early bird rate until April 4 for KL and May 1 for Kuching/Group rate for 3 & above – RM 900
  • Regular rate (KL) – RM 1,050
  • Regular rate (Kuching) – RM 1,060

Initiating change in Asia

Online registration is available via For more information, interested parties may email cali@asia-leadership-2023.local The ALF is HRDF-claimable. 

Established in 2014, the Center for Asia Leadership is a group of non-profit international organizations with the purpose of helping leaders in Asia initiate and manage change. CAL does this through training, research and publications, and public service trips. The Center’s focus has been on leadership, strategy, innovation, and educational practices. 

To sum up, the Center is proud to have served over 36,000 individuals and published 10 books as well as numerous articles, opinion pieces, and editorials. The CAL Team has worked with over 700 organizations through a regional network across 72 cities in 31 countries in Asia. Founded and headquartered in Boston, the Center has regional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Tokyo, and Manila


By Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz