Personal Leadership: Tools and Strategies to Navigate Through Uncertain Times

First incepted in 2014, the Asia Leadership Conference (ALC) is an extraordinary opportunity to learn leadership, entrepreneurial, and 21st century core skills from scholars from Harvard, Stanford, Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and other world-leading universities.

The 16th ALC (Malaysia edition) takes place at Sunway University at various times in July 2018. Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired and trained by the world’s best.

The Asia Leadership Conference between 15 and 20 years old.


Registration Fee: RM 200

Early Bird: RM 150

Sunway Education Group Student (includes Monash University): RM 120

Welcome Message

Dear Participants,

I would like to warmly welcome you all to the Asia Leadership Conference 2018.

It is a great honor and privilege for all of us from the Center for Asia Leadership (CAL) to once again have the opportunity to organize this latest edition of the ALC in Kuala Lumpur. The ALC 2018 is a platform for like-minded individuals who share common interests and zeal for learning, to engage with each other and gain the latest insights into critical skills needed to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.

We organized our first conference in 2015 to empower youth to become change makers. The journey has been a rewarding one as previous ALCs continued to gain overwhelming responses from high school, college, and university students. We have ensured that in each conference, we build on this progress and continue to inspire Asia’s future leaders. The last ALC in January this year attracted 800 students exemplifying the commitment of today’s youth toward creating positive social change in the world.

Themed “Personal Leadership: Tools and Strategies To Navigate Through Uncertain Times,” this conference aims to offer young people the tools they need to address emerging trends that will define the future of Asia. I hope that the Conference will provide you with a foundation for making wise choices about your future and be an asset to your communities and institutions. This time around, we welcome six scholars from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kellogg School of Management, and the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy to the conference.

A successful conference is dependent on many factors. I take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt appreciation to our host Sunway University for their precious time and support. I would also like to thank our Fellows for their effort and dedication in supporting our Malaysian youths in their leadership journey. Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to the Organizing Committee for their hard work and commitment in overseeing every single detail to ensure the smooth sailing of today’s event.


Samuel Kim
President and Co-Founder
Center for Asia Leadership


ALC Fellows Profile

Samuel Hungsoo Kim

Samuel Hungsoo Kim

Samuel Hungsoo Kim is the Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives (CALI). Passionate about nurturing and empowering talent in Asia and runs over 35 programs annually, in more than 27 Asian countries, to help the region’s emerging leaders explore ways of being socially responsible as they face today’s complex challenges.

Prior to establishing CALI, Samuel worked for 14 years in a wide range of sectors, from strategy consulting and social entrepreneurship to international development, politics, and government. He has worked for and with over 30 renowned organizations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, Samsung, and Toyota. He currently sits on the boards of three social-profit organizations and has served as a visiting fellow at the Asia Center at Harvard University and the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University.

Samuel holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; a Master’s in International Cooperation from Seoul National University; and an LLB in Law, International Politics, and Economics from Handong University.


Faustino John Lim

Faustino John Lim

Faustino John Lim is the Co-founder and Director of International Affairs of the Center for Asia Leadership. A former fellow of the Harvard University Asia Center, he has worked in diverse organizations including the Embassy of Canada in Korea, the International Crisis Group, and in sectors such as English education and social entrepreneurship. In his work at the Center for Asia Leadership, his team developed a Harvard student project into a full-fledged leadership training and research organization that has benefited over 16,000 individuals in 22 countries through over 60 conferences and leadership programs. He also developed the Center’s research and publication arm, advising the interviewing agenda of over 100 minister or director-level individuals from the public and private sector, resulting in five published books. He has also established the Asia Leadership Institute, developing a network of value-driven companies and NPOs, resulting in annual programs in six countries. His current work engages him in researching and applying various leadership, education, and entrepreneurial models and frameworks within Asian contexts.


Samuel Hungsoo Kim

Matthew Turner

Matthew Turner is a professional trainer and community organizer with over ten years of international experience in community building and education. As a local university faculty member under the auspices of the United States Peace Corps in the Ukraine, he chaired programs and meetings among 10 community groups to promote civil society, he led the leadership programming for secondary school students, and led USAID-funded health and wellness camps for over 200 middle school students. While in Kazakhstan also under the U.S. Peace Corps, he supported strategic planning efforts while directing camps for local youth. In the United States and Chinese Taiwan, he designed and directed various language programs for business professionals and students, as well as training programs for teachers. While at Harvard University, he trained under Professor of Education Leadership Monica Higgins. Matthew holds an M.A. in International Education Policy from Harvard University.


Samuel Hungsoo Kim

Evan Foggo

Evan Foggo is a trainer and international relations professional, specializing in the practice of negotiation. A Navy veteran and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he is a current graduate student at the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Evan served as a Battalion S1 for the U.S. Navy, entrusted with the readiness and task completion of over 500 cadets in four different companies. During NATO combat operations in 2011, Evan was responsible for executing communication assignments in Libya for the Joint Force Command Headquarters in Naples, Italy. After his military career, Evan served as a Middle School Social Studies and History Teacher, in Norfolk, Academy, a rigorous independent chartered school in Norfolk, Virginia. He is an avid coach who has mentored over 100 athletes in football, wrestling, and golf.


Samuel Hungsoo Kim

Arienne Calingo

Arienne Calingo is an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a degree in International Education Policy. A former lecturer of Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture at Holy Angel University in the Philippines, Arienne is also the founder of LEAD: Leaders in Education, Advocacy, and Diversity, collaborating with local citizens to create education programs impacting the lives of over 5000 street children and indigenous Aeta children in the Philippine province of Pampanga. As a social entrepreneur and education advocate, Arienne has given talks on cultural diplomacy, diversity and inclusion, and international higher education at such venues as Harvard University, Georgetown University, Office of the Higher Education Commission of Thailand, Fulbright Thailand, and the British Council. She is the first woman to serve as EducationUSA Ambassador for the U.S. Embassy in Manila, having completed her undergraduate degree with honors from Georgetown University. Besides her extensive work in education, Arienne is a graphic designer, award-winning poet, inspirational speaker, ballerina, violinist, and self-taught pianist. She is left handed and, like most left-handed individuals, loves viewing the world through a creative lens.


Samuel Hungsoo Kim

Anushka Ghosh

Anushka holds a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As the Program Lead at the Simple Education Foundation in India, she designed and implemented the training program for 97,800 K-8 government school teachers in the provinces of Jammu and Kashmir. As a Consultant and Researcher, she has served for USAID in South Africa to reverse the effect of Apartheid regime policies; created a curriculum on cognitive neuroscience and social emotional development for K-5 students, under the mentorship of Harvard University Professor Tina Grotzer; and created an interdisciplinary body across the Harvard community that ensures collaboration between all Harvard schools and centers on human rights, under the mentorship of Harvard University Professor Marshall Ganz. Anushka is originally from India.



Time Program

8:00 Registration

9:00 Opening Remarks

9:10 TED-style Talk A

9:20 Plenary

10:00 Break out to Workshop

10:15 Workshop A

11:35 Break out to Professional Development

11:50 Professional Development

12:40 Lunch

13:30 Workshop B

14:50 Break out to Career Mentoring

15:05 Career Mentoring

15:55 Return to Hall

16:10 TED-style Talk B

16:20 Closing Remarks

16:25 Certificate Collection

16:30 End