Asia Union Leaders Summit 2018
  • December 14 – 22, 2019

  • TBC

  • *Students aged 16-19 years from countries from United Arab Emirates (Students from countries outside of UAE will be accepted on a case-by-case basis; Students over 19 will be accepted on a case-by-case basis)

  • +60-14-2275.830 (Whatsapp / Viber)

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The Asia Union Leaders Summit is an international program designed for high school, and college youth to meaningfully tackle emerging leadership challenges the region is facing. Inspired by the pedagogical approaches used in the U.S. Congress and Law Making and Adaptive Leadership courses taught to students at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, it uses Stanford’s design thinking approach, and is influenced by the Model UN Simulation.

Building on the Trilateral Leadership Summits (TLS) I-III, held annually from 2014 to 2016, as well as the Asia Union Leaders Summit, held annually from 2017 to 2018, the evolution of The Asia Union Leaders Summit 2019 is grounded on the learnings from the past and in response to the changing geopolitical and socioeconomic landscape of Asia.

Content Overview

The future of one’s country and region lie in the hands of its young people. The opportunities for global leadership, and the potential to be the most prosperous region in the world, are ripe in Asia. But the region also faces challenges due to the geopolitical and strategic uncertainties surrounding its complex historical and territorial issues. This 8-day, 7-night program provides young representatives with the skillsets to lead in 21st century Asia.

  • Using leadership frameworks taught at world-leading institutions, participants will gain a better understanding of the complexities and varying perspectives on inter-Asia relations, increase their leadership capacity and skill level through participation in discussions, simulations, and skill-building workshops, as well as develop a growth mindset, inter-region friendships, and a global orientation.
  • Participants will engage in interactive workshops, professional development sessions and career mentoring with CAL teaching fellows who have graduated from Ivy League universities. The program also provides participants with the opportunity to undergo a summit simulation for inter-country dialogue, networking, awareness-raising, and collaborative skill development.
  • By the end of the program, participants will gain practical knowledge, skills, and experience on leadership, public speaking, and problem solving, and be guided on how to develop the right mindset to pursue peace, common prosperity and leadership initiatives in their future respective fields, their home region, and around the world.


Through the program, participants will:

  • Increase leadership capacity and skills in public speaking, conflict resolution, negotiation, and consensus-building
  • Explore interdisciplinary frameworks for analyzing the current intra-regional challenges from big-picture and grassroots perspectives, and identify collaborative accelerators and inhibitors
  • Build analytical and behavioral skills, and develop tools to foster and sustain an entrepreneurial and cross cultural approaches to problems
  • Learn fundamental concepts and gain fresh insights on problem-solving strategy
  • Understand the difference in culture and crisis-management practices from the perspective of diverse nations and regions.
  • Connect with and develop a strong network of high achieving peers from different countries, interests, and schools.
  • Receive mentorship from Teaching Fellows from leading universities

“The (program) was both thought-provoking and inspirational…The training left me eager to restructure my ideals of leadership and my own leadership direction and style. I explored the most important questions about myself…”

Teaching Faculty

Samuel Kim 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 leading universities, and administrators at the main office in Boston, U.S., and the Asian regional hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Manila, and Tokyo. 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 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.

Faustino John Lim is the Co-founder and Director of International Affairs of the Center for Asia Leadership. A former fellow of the Harvard University Asia Center, he has worked in diverse organizations including the Embassy of Canada in Korea, the International Crisis Group, and in sectors such as English education and social entrepreneurship. At the Center for Asia Leadership, his team developed a Harvard student project into a full-fledged leadership training and research organization that has benefited over 16,000 individuals in 22 countries through over 80 conferences and leadership programs. He also pioneered the Center’s research and publication arm, advising the interviewing agenda of over 100 minister or director-level individuals from the public and private sector, resulting in five published books. He also established the Asia Leadership Institute, mentoring and coaching over 30 Teaching Fellows from Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, while developing a network of value- driven companies and NPOs.

Ami Valdemoro is an entrepreneur, leadership coach, health advocate, and social change agent. She is the founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Three Points Ventures, Inc., helping corporations and non-profit organizations with their leadership development, impact strategies, and execution. She is a board member of social enterprises MyShelter Foundation and Liter of Light USA, dedicated to empowering lives globally through community-built solar lighting technologies. Ami’s experience spans five continents, beginning with a tenure at the African Tobacco Control Consortium, a five-year Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded program for the American Cancer Society’s global tobacco control unit. She was the Executive Director of Friends of Hope, a Philippine-based social business, and Hands on Manila, a non-profit organization providing volunteer service opportunities. Graduating with honors from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Ami earned her Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Codi Caton began his career at Truman State University, serving as an Assistant Hall Director where he hired and oversaw 45 staff and was responsible for student wellness, and the safety of over 2600 residents in the areas of medical and safety emergencies. He later served in the Peace Corps in rural Ethiopia, where he led projects in the areas of educational assessment, English language development, and community development for stakeholders in government and educational institutions, as well as for over 700 elementary and high school students. He personally launched an education program to support over 50 professionals including diplomats and consultants at the African Union. Codi has diverse teaching experiences in China, Ethiopia, and Thailand, as well as Malaysia and the Philippines where he served as a Teaching Fellow at the Center for Asia Leadership, designing and leading workshops on the topics of negotiation and leadership. At Harvard University, he focused his research and studies on “Microeconomics as a Policy Tool” and the “Politics of Education in the Developing World.” Codi holds a Master of Education in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Craig Brimhall is a business instructional designer, design thinking consultant, former semi-professional baseball player, and current doctoral student at the University of Utah where he is focusing on organizational transformation. His work and research interests focuses on “change,” specifically in helping individuals, organizations, and systems overcome the inertia of tradition, culture, habits, and structure to change. He previously served as an Instructional Consultant at Knōd, an instructional design firm focusing on developing 21st century learning experiences with educators, employers, and students; an Adjunct Professor at Dixie State University, where he designed and taught courses for “at-risk” college freshmen that help the students create the lives they want; a Communication Specialist and Education Fellow at openbox, a design and innovation consulting firm; as well as a Senior Research Assistant at the Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. He completed his undergraduate degree at Utah Valley University, where he played Division 1 Baseball, and earned his Master’s Degree on the Mind, Brain, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Trilateral Leadership Summit I

  • November 12-15, 2014
  • UNESCO Peace Center, Incheon, South Korea
  • In collaboration with: Youth Union of Politics and Diplomacy
  • Supported by: Asia Foundation, Northeast Asia History Foundation
  • For photos, please visit this link.

Trilateral Leadership Summit II

  • August 18-23, 2015
  • Sendai Ikuei Gakeun High School, Sendai, Japan
  • In collaboration with: Intilaq, St. Bell Education Group
  • Supported by: Harvard University Asia Center, US Embasy Tomodachi Initiative, Route H-Benesse, Rotary Club, Korean Embassy in Japan, Prudential Insurance

Trilateral Leadership Summit III

  • July 24-28, 2016
  • Incheon Global Campus, Seoul (Incheon), South Korea
  • In collaboration with: Youth Union of Politics and Diplomacy
  • Supported by: Incheon Global Campus, Route H, George Mason University Korea, SUNY Korea, Ghent University Global Campus, The University of Utah Asia Campus
  • Regional Collaborators: Intilaq, St. Bell Education Group
  • For more information about last year’s program, please read this article on our Blog:
  • For Facebook photos, please visit this link.

“What I learned about leadership through this workshop was that, a leader is not someone who could merely order others efficiently but one who could think of ways to create value and build trust with others…”

Asia Union Leaders Summit 2017

  • July 24-28, 2017
  • Incheon Global Campus, Seoul (Incheon), South Korea
  • In collaboration with: Route H, Asia Future Institute
  • Supported by: Incheon Global Campus, Route H, George Mason University Korea

Asia Union Leaders Summit 2018

  •  July 23-27, 2018
  •  Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea
  •  In collaboration with: Route H, Asia Future Institute
  •  Supported by: Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Route H
  •  For Facebook photos, please visit this link.

“We learned principles of effective communications. I realized that every person has such a flair and we can see it through communication. I was improving my speech step by step and now I’m satisfied with the end result.”


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