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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.


4th ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS4)

“Sustainable Development in a Post-COVID-19 World”

February - June 2021, Virtual, Cambodia & ASEM countries

ASEFYLS4 Navigators Programme
in support of the 4th ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS4)
August 2020 - December 2021, Virtual, Cambodia, Singapore & ASEM countries


3rd ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS3)

“Ethical Leadership”

15-19 October 2018, Brussels, Belgium

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 


ASEFYLS Navigators Training 2018 Poland

In the lead up to the 3rd ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS3)

College of Europe, Natolin

10-14 July 2018, Warsaw, Poland

ASEFYLS Navigators Training 2018 India

In the lead up to the 3rd ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS3)

Symbiosis International (Deemed University)

16-20 May 2018, Pune, India

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

30 November - 2 December 2015, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


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