Training the future
Asia Society’s 21 Young Leaders Conference, is an annual initiative that aims to draw young leaders from the Asia-pacific region, representing various sectors. The Summit brings together a core group of 150 Asia 21 Young Leaders fellows, all under the age of 40, along with delegates from Asia and the U.S
The conference aims to generate extensive discussion
amongst the young leaders of tomorrow and prepare them for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Delegates interact and engage with each other on various panels, round table discussions, informal briefings and workshops. Asia Society’s specific program strives to create a cross-sectoral approach to solve overarching problems, establish trust transcending geographical boundaries and educate delegates on valuesbased leadership.
The three-day Summit, titled “Worlds Apart Together: Shared Values for an Asia-pacific Community,” took place in New Delhi on November 18 and discussed best practices in leadership, debated on global dichotomies and highlighted the role of the next generation in creating sustainable change and enhancing mutual cooperation. The delegates also proposed public service projects that will develop and be implemented throughout the year.
The Asia 21 Fellows representing South Asia this year included Director of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, Mohammad Omar Sharifi (Afghanistan), Journalist and writer, Vinita A. Shetty (India), Executive Director of the Open Learning Exchange Network in Nepal, Rabi Karmacharya (Nepal) and Emmy-nominated Documentary Filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (Pakistan).