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Every year, our Center presents two major international conferences aimed to bring together global and regional leaders to discuss, learn, and provide possible solutions for the pressing issues currently facing Asia. Taking place in Seoul and Kuala Lumpur, the Center, in close partnership with various leading players in the region, strives to promote these two events as the region’s representative premier knowledge forums for the continent’s key decision-makers, leading thinkers, and opinion leaders.

Asian Leadership Conference

This event is hosted by The Chosun Media, Korea’s largest media group, in collaboration with our Center. Run over two days, around 300 speakers—world-renowned political, corporate, community leaders and scholars, participate to share their experiences and insights with over 3500 audiences in this two-day event. Topics discussed range from leadership, management, innovation, digital transformation, AI, and cybersecurity, to healthcare, environment, energy, start-ups, education, politics, trade, and economy. For more info:

Asia Leadership Forum

This event provides the opportunity to hear from leading experts from Harvard University on the topics of leadership, management and innovation encompassing both theories for change and real-life case examples. It is designed to help key decision-makers in Asia develop capacity and competence as change-agents. For more info:

Past Keynote and Featured Speakers

Barack Obama

The 44th President of the United States of America

David Cameron

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Joko Widodo

President of Indonesia

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister of India

Jack Ma

Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group

Mark Fagan

Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University

Barbara Kellerman

Lecturer in Public Leadership, Harvard University

Moshik Temkin

Associate Professor in Public Policy, Harvard University

Samuel Kim

President, Center for Asia Leadership MPA, Harvard University

Robert Livingston

Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University

Dana Born

Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University

Dean Williams

Faculty in Public Policy, Harvard University

Steve Jarding

Faculty in Public Policy, Harvard University

Martin Attiq

MBA, Stanford University Fellow, Harvard University

Laura Thompson

Co-Founder/CEO, Coaching for Global Change

David Shore

Faculty in Public Health, Harvard University

Rahul Daswani

MPP, Harvard University

Past Conferences

Asia Leadership Forum 2020

How to Lead Adaptively beyond the Crisis November 16 – 21, 2020 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Asia Leadership Forum 2019

Exercising Leadership in the 21st Century: A Forum of Powerful Ideas from Harvard University May 10-11, 2019 Kuala Lumpur & Kuching, Malaysia

Asia Leadership Forum 2018

Rethinking Leadership in Times of Change & Uncertainty May 19, 2018 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Asia Leadership Conference 2020

The World After the Coronavirus: Rebuilding Global Leadership for the Next 100 years November 11, 2020 Seoul, South Korea

Asia Leadership Conference 2019

The World at a Crossroads: Searching for Concrete Solutions May 14-15, 2019 Seoul, South Korea

Asia Leadership Conference 2018

Globalization in Crisis: Navigating the World with New Opportunities May 16-17, 2018 Seoul, South Korea

Asia Leadership Conference 2017

New Leadership in the Era of Hyper-Uncertainty : Towards Cooperation and Prosperity July 3-4, 2017 Seoul, South Korea

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