ASEF Young Leaders Summit


The ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS) is the place for Asian and European young professionals and students to meet political leaders, top-tier business representatives, prominent thinkers and doers. It is the forum for youth to voice ideas and develop a Call for Action addressed to ASEM Leaders on education and youth employment issues that matter to Asia and Europe.

The ASEFYLS takes place alongside ASEM Summits or ASEM Ministers’ Meetings, where Leaders, Head of States or Ministers from the 51 ASEM partner countries, the EU and the ASEAN Secretariat discuss the status and future of Asia-Europe relations. 

Key characteristics of ASEFYLS:


The ASEFYLS is built on 4 programme elements:

1) Online Preparatory Phase

Participants attend online crash courses on policy making, ASEM and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and build up thematic expertise for the conference on site.


2) On-Site Programme

The programme includes a variety of learning formats: thematic lectures, human libraries, skills trainings, collaborative working groups and dialogue sessions between junior and senior leaders from politics, business and academia.


3) Connections with ASEM Leaders

At the ASEFYLS, one-to-one meetings are arranged between participants and their respective ASEM Leaders and Delegates. ASEFYLS representatives also have the opportunity to make an intervention at ASEM Summits or Ministers’ Meeting and present their Calls for Action.


4) Spin-off activities

The ASEFYLS format allows participants to initiate new projects and find Asian and Europe collaborators. Furthermore, ASEF invites prominent participants to join as junior trainers at ASEF Capacity Trainings taking place in 51 Asian and European countries.


2nd ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS2)

“Access to Youth Employment”

ASEM Lifelong Learning Hub (ASEM LLL Hub) & Korea Youth Work Agency (KYWA)

16-22 September 2017, Seoul, Korea

1st ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS1)

“Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment”

University of Luxembourg & European Investment Bank (Luxembourg),

1-5 November 2015, Luxembourg 


ASEF Capacity Training in Lao PDR

On Public Speaking & Networking

The National University of Lao & Global Changemakers

9-10 October 2017, Vientiane, Lao PDR

ASEF Capacity Training in Greece

On Public Speaking & Negotation Skills

Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Global Changemakers and ESN Greece

4-5 July 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece

ASEF Capacity Training in Bangladesh

On Evaluation Techniques & Impact Assessment
North South University & Paia Consultancy

22-23 March 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

ASEF Capacity Training in Pakistan

On Societal Leadership Skills

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) & Institute for Societal Leadership (ISL) at Singapore Management University (SMU)
17-18 March 2016, Islamabad, Pakistan


ASEF Capacity Training in Cambodia

On Team Management & Leadership Skills
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia, Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia & Sqore

22-23 March 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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