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ASEF Capacity Trainings 2015/2016

Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
2015-2016 Education Department ASEF Young Leaders Summit Education

Various ASEM Countries: Cambodia, Pakistan and Bangladesh

The Capacity Training Series on Leadership and Entrepreneurship, initiated by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), is a spin-off opportunity from the ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS) 2015.

ASEFYLS held on 1-5 November 2015 in Luxembourg received 5,988 applications from young leaders across Asia and Europe. The Capacity Trainings are the extended version of the Summit and aims to bring renowned leaders from the business and public sector to the young leaders in the 3 selected countries: Cambodia (2015), Bangladesh (2016) and Pakistan (2016).

The Capacity Trainings on Leadership and Entrepreneurship aim to provide a boot camp format on questions tackling: how to build and nourish teams that are resilient, the relationship between social innovation and business, the golden rules in pitching business ideas and the power of strategic planning and attractive marketing.

The 1st ASEF Capacity Training was held 30 November – 2 December 2016 in Phnom, Cambodia, and in collaboration with Ministry of Foreign of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Cambodia, and the Union of the Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC). The 2nd training is to be held 17-18 March 2016 in Islamabad, Pakistan, and in collaboration with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). The 3rd training will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh in March 2016.

The Capacity Trainings' core objectives are to:

  • Extend the opportunity for the applicants of the ASEFYLS event on a local level through a skills-focused agenda
  • Provide selected ASEFYLS participants a platform to enhance her/his leadership and hands-on skills
  • Give the chance for face-to-face mentorship between the local young leaders and international senior leaders
  • Connect local participants from Cambodia, Pakistan and Bangladesh with leading entrepreneurial figures from the private/public sector

Project Updates

  • The ASEF Capacity Training on Public Speaking and Negotiation took place on 27 and 28 June 2016 in Manila, the Philippines. Organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in partnership with the Far Eastern University (FEU), the training gathered 60 local Filipino and international students.


    The 2 one-day trainings were led by Ms Katherine HERMANS, Director of Global Changemakers, a non-profit NGO based in Switzerland. Ms Deena Joy D. AMATONG from the Filipino Department of Foreign Affairs and Dr Maria Teresa Trinidad P. TINIO from FEU delivered welcoming remarks. 


    During the training, participants had the opportunity to assess how they speak and present themselves as well as how they can best engage in negotiations. They prepared pitches and participated in simulation exercises where multiple parties were involved in negotiations over international investments in their country.


    The training was a spin-off of the Model ASEM project series. It contributed to the 7th Model ASEM conference on 6-10 July 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, which took place in conjunction with the 11th ASEM Summit (ASEM11).


    Take a look at the photos of the ASEF Capacity Training here.

  • The ASEF Capacity Training Series on “Leadership and Entrepreneurship took place on 17-18 March 2016 in Islamabad, Pakistan followed by 22-23 March 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The trainings were spin-off events from the ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS) in 2015 with the core objective to invite prominent applicants of the ASEFYLS to be part of skills-orientated workshops.

    Around 30 young entrepreneurs, students and academics took part in the 2-day training in Pakistan led by the ASEFYLS partner and facilitator Mr Martin TAN, Executive Director of the Institute of Societal Leadership at Singapore Management University, and the Hungarian representative at the ASEFYLS Mr Dezso FARKAS, CEO, Partnerkövető. The training focused on the social dimensions of leadership and how to generate positive impact for the community. The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) joined the Capacity Training in Pakistan as local partner.

    Over 50 young leaders from Bangladesh attended the training in Dhaka, which focused on stakeholder management, impact assessment and communication. These two 1-day training courses were conducted by Ms Saskia JUNG, Senior Consultant at Paia Consulting, Mr Josef MULLER, CEO of Junior Achievement in the Czech Republic, and Ms Tasmia HOQUE, Lawyer at Tanjib Alam & Associates. The trainings took place at North South University (NSU) with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh.

    Both trainings in Pakistan and Bangladesh were the 1st ASEF education activities implemented in these 2 ASEM countries. 

  • More than 60 young Cambodian leaders attended the 1st ASEF Capacity Training on Leadership and Entrepreneurship on 30 November – 2 December 2015 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Capacity Training was organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in partnership with the Union of the Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC) and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia.

    The Capacity Training Series on Leadership and Entrepreneurship is a spin-off opportunity from the ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS) that was organised on 1-5 November 2015 in Luxembourg. These trainings are designed to bring renowned business or public sector leaders to young leaders in 3 selected countries. Other trainings will take place in Bangladesh and Pakistan in 2016.

    Mr Emad ZAND, Chairman of Board, Sqore (Sweden), and Ms Maria TANDECK, International Relations and Legal Officer at “Profesja” (Poland), taught the participants self-leadership and team management skills and how to achieve goals.

    Mr SOK Chea, ASEM Contact Point for Cambodia described the Capacity Training as an “opportunity to intensify [participants’] know-how knowledge and fruitfully apply this knowledge into day-to-day business operation”. After the training the majority of participants’ admitted that it significantly contributed to their self-knowledge and leadership skills and gave ideas on how to implement the training into their daily lives.

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