Asia Union Leaders Summit 2018
  • July 23-27, 2018

  • Seoul (Yongin), South Korea

  • USD 1,250

  • Students aged 14-18 years from countries from Asia and the United States (students over 18 will be accepted on a case by case basis)

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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. It is modelled after the U.S. Congress and Law Making and Adaptive Leadership courses 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 which were held annually from 2014, as well as the Asia Union Leaders Summit 2017, the evolution of The Asia Union Leaders Summit is grounded on the learnings from the past and in response to the changing geopolitical and socioeconomic landscape of Asia.

Regional Collaborator

Route HAsia Future Institute

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 5-day, 4-night program provides young representatives with the skillsets to lead in 21st century Asia.

  • Using leadership frameworks taught at Harvard University, 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 mind-set, inter-region friendships, and a global orientation.
  • Participants will engage in interactive workshops, professional development sessions and career mentoring with teaching fellows from Harvard University. 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 the problem
  • 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 Harvard and other 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 Hungsoo Kim, is the Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives. His work at CALI has helped it to reach over 16,000 individuals in 22 countries through 80 conferences and leadership programs. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is the editor of nine books and regularly writes opinion pieces and editorials. He has worked for and with over 30 renowned organizations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, Samsung, and Toyota.

Faustino John Lim is the Co-founder and Director of International Affairs of CALI. His team developed a Harvard University student project into a full fledged leadership training and research organization that has benefited over 18,000 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, which has resulted in five published books. He also established the Asia Leadership Institute, mentoring and coaching over 30 Teaching Fellows from Harvard and Stanford Universities. A former fellow of the Harvard University Asia Center, he has worked in diverse organizations including the Embassy of Canada in Korea, and the International Crisis Group.

Arienne Calingo is an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a degree in International Education Policy. A former lecturer of Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture at Holy Angel University in the Philippines, Arienne is also the founder of LEAD: Leaders in Education, Advocacy, and Diversity, collaborating with local citizens to create education programs impacting the lives of over 5000 street children and indigenous Aeta children in the Philippine province of Pampanga. As a social entrepreneur and education advocate, Arienne has given talks on cultural diplomacy, diversity and inclusion, and international higher education at such venues as Harvard University, Georgetown University, Office of the Higher Education Commission of Thailand, Fulbright Thailand, and the British Council. She is the first woman to serve as EducationUSA Ambassador for the U.S. Embassy in Manila, having completed her undergraduate degree
with honors from Georgetown University. Besides her extensive work in education, Arienne is a graphic designer, award-winning poet, inspirational speaker, ballerina, violinist, and self-taught pianist. She is left handed and, like most left-handed individuals, loves viewing the world through a creative lens.

Matthew Turner is a professional trainer and community organizer with over ten years of international experience in community building and education. As a local university faculty member under the auspices of the United States Peace Corps in the Ukraine, he chaired programs and meetings among 10 community groups to promote civil society, he led the leadership programming for secondary school students, and led USAID-funded health and wellness camps for over 200 middle school students. While in Kazakhstan also under the U.S. Peace Corps, he supported strategic planning efforts while directing camps for local youth. In the United States and Chinese Taiwan, he designed and directed various language programs for business professionals and students, as well as training programs for teachers.
While at Harvard University, he trained under Professor of Education Leadership Monica Higgins. Matthew holds an M.A. in International Education Policy from Harvard University.

Anushka Ghosh holds a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As the Program Manager at the Simple Education Foundation in India, she designed and implemented the training program for over 90,000 K-8 government school teachers in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. As a Consultant and Researcher, she has served for the United States Agency for International Development in South Africa to increase retention in secondary schools; created a curriculum on cognitive neuroscience for children affected by war; and created an interdisciplinary body across the Harvard community that ensures collaboration between all Harvard schools and centers on human rights. Anushka is originally from India.

Evan Foggo is a trainer and international relations professional, specializing in the practice of negotiation. A Navy veteran and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he is a current graduate student at the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Evan served as a Battalion S1 for the U.S. Navy, entrusted with the readiness and task completion of over 500 cadets in four different companies. During NATO combat operations in 2011, Evan was responsible for executing communication assignments in Libya for the Joint Force Command Headquarters in Naples, Italy. After his military career, Evan served as a Middle School Social Studies and History Teacher, in Norfolk, Academy, a rigorous independent chartered school in Norfolk, Virginia. He is an avid coach who has mentored over 100 athletes in football, wrestling, and golf.


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

Applications are open to students aged 14-18 years from countries from Asia and the United States (students over 18 will be accepted on a case by case basis) interested in diplomacy and international relations, who are seeking an opportunity to:

  • Learn about global and regional political, economic, and cultural issues
  • Increase their leadership capacity and skills in public speaking, conflict resolution, negotiation, and consensus-building
  • Engage in an interactive learning experience that promotes problem solving and design thinking
  • Travel, meet new people, and make new friends!

Targeting 80 students from 8 different countries representing Asia and the United States.

*Please gently note that applications have been closed for Japanese applicants, due to the high volume.

How to apply? (Deadline: June 30, 2018):

  1. Go to the Asia Union Leaders Summit 2018 Application Page
  2. Sign up for a CAL Account
  3. Login with your CAL account
  4. Complete application form
  5. Wait for Acceptance Email
  6. Complete Payment

All participants must:

Before the conference

  • Successfully complete the application (to include link when ready)
  • Submit deposit final payments on time
  • If you are not a citizen of South Korea, have a valid passport that expires after Feb. 24, 2019
  • Prepare all necessary documents such as your travel visa.
  • Complete all necessary program readings and assignments.

During the conference

  • Attend all official meetings and programs
  • Positively represent their country, their school, and themselves by treating fellow delegates with humility, respect, and dignity
  • Actively participate as a productive member of the group

Students born between July 27, 2000 and July 23, 2004. Students born before this will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

For delegates traveling from outside South Korea:

  • Once you are an accepted program delegate, you will need to send us your flight details by a deadline after which we will coordinate your details. You will need to book your ticket to arrive before 3:00pm on July 23, 2018. We will have a welcoming team waiting for you at the Seoul Incheon International Airport. (Please book your ticket to Incheon International Airport, not Gimpo International Airport.) The first program starts at 6:30pm on the evening of Monday, July 23, 2018 at the program venue. Director of International Affairs John Lim (+6014 2275 830) will be coordinating pick-up and will be on stand-by to ensure that you are welcomed and arrive safely to the venue.

For Korean participants:

  • All Korean participants will need to find their own transportation to the program venue and arrive before 5:00pm.

We will leave the program venue on Friday noon, July 27 after lunch. The program officially ends at this time. Our bus will drop you off at these points: a) Incheon International Airport. If you are not with an adult chaperone, you will need to have explicit parental or guardian permission in order to be released at this time.

The program fee of USD 1,250 includes:

  • The AULS program facilitated by Teaching Fellows from Harvard and other leading universities, includes the Simulation, Leadership & Innovation workshops, Professional Development Sessions, Career Mentoring Sessions, and others.
  • All boarding at the program venue from July 23-27, 2018.
  • All meals from the evening of July 23 until lunch of July 27.
  • All transportation including from and to the airport (for non-Korea participants) and all official programs.

The fee does not include:

  • For delegates not residing in South Korea: Unfortunately, the program fee does not include the cost of the flight ticket. You will need to book a ticket that arrives in Korea on July 23, 2018 before 2:00pm and leaves at 3:00pm of July 27, 2018 or later. Once you are an accepted program delegate, you will need to send us your flight details after which we will coordinate your details. We will have a welcoming team waiting for you at the Seoul Incheon International Airport.
  • You will receive a payment link which directs you to our credit card online platform. However, if you would like an alternative means to pay, you can wire transfer money to our bank in the United States (details below) and send us a receipt of the payment.
    • Bank Name: Bank of America
    • Swift Code: BOFAUS3N
    • Account No.: 4664353652
    • Routing No.: 011000138
    • Account Holder: Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives Inc.
    • Address: 14 Nancy Lane, Waltham, MA 02452

The program officially ends on July 27, 12pm after which we will make drop-offs and see delegates off at the airport. You are free to make your own plans. If you are not with a chaperone, you will need to have explicit parental or guardian permission in order to be released at this time. You must inform Program Organizers of your plan before the program begins.

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