How can people in positions of power support youth leaders?
On 17 November 2022, ASEF’s Education Department organised a dialogue event in Singapore, bringing together junior and senior leaders to exchange their leadership experiences.
The objective of the event was to follow up from, and disseminate the outcomes of the 4th ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS4) and the ASEM Youth Report on Leadership, thereby raising awareness on the importance of nurturing Youth Leadership across Asia and Europe.
This invite-only event was joined by ASEF’s Governors, ASEM Diplomatic representatives based in Singapore, National Youth Council and Youth Corps Singapore representatives, youth organisation representatives, and local student union representatives.
The event was opened by Ambassador Toru MORIKAWA, ASEF’s Executive Director, who reminded his diplomat colleagues and senior leaders that “the integration of young leadership in an organisation is…a must investment for the future” and for the young leaders present to “take this opportunity to share with us what you want, what you need…and what you deserve as leaders.”
Welcome remarks were also given by Mr Panagiotis CHATZIMICHAIL, Board Member for the European Youth Forum and ASEF alumnus, reminded us that “at this current time of climate emergency, at this current time of all instability in the world, we need to acknowledge that young people are not only going to experience the future crises that will come, but are already experiencing current crises”.
ASEF’s Education Department Youth Project Coordinator, Ms Freya CHOW-PAUL gave a presentation on ASEFYLS4 and shared ASEF’s approach and methodology to youth capacity building projects.
Following the welcome remarks & scene setting, a panel discussion on the primary question “How can we support YOUth Leaders to shape our future?”. This panel was joined by Ms Kaliane TEA (ASEFYLS4 alumnus and Chief Marketing Officer at the Soma Group), Ambassador Judit PACH (ASEF Governor for Hungary) and Ambassador Leo FABER (ASEF’s Deputy Executive Director). It was moderated by Ms Diana KHAITOVA, Center for Creative Leadership.
Subsequently all participants were invited for breakout discussions to share their leadership experiences: the opportunities that have helped them and the barriers they have faced.
See the programme here.