Train­ing the fu­ture

Southasia - - Briefing -

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).

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