The Obama Foundation Leaders: Asia-Pacific Program is a one-year leadership development and community engagement program that seeks to inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region.
About the Program
In just a few weeks, 200 emerging leaders from 33 nations and territories across the Asia-Pacific region will gather in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to begin their journey in the Obama Foundation Leaders: Asia-Pacific program! Over the course of the five-day convening, President and Mrs. Obama, as well as other prominent speakers and thought leaders, will join our Leaders for discussions around progress and opportunity in the Asia-Pacific region and values-based leadership.
In addition to the plenary sessions, Leaders will participate in skill-building workshops, leadership development training, and a community service project, among other activities.
Get to know the Leaders below, then tune in for livestreams of the event beginning on December 10, 2019!
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December 2, 2019More
Tuesday, December 10
11:30 AM-12:30 PM MYT (UTC +8) | 10:30-11:30 PM EST (UTC -5)
We Are the Future: Progress and Possibility in the Asia Pacific
The Asia-Pacific region is alive with possibility, promise, and progress. Leading changemakers will talk about the opportunities and challenges in the region—and how to take on issues together.
Wednesday, December 11
9:30-10:30AM MYT (UTC +8) | 8:30-9:30 PM EST (UTC -5)
Entrepreneurship: Working with Purpose
Entrepreneurs from vastly different industries share what it means to practice values-based leadership—and what drives them to pursue their path. Hear the purpose behind their work and what it took to grow their organizations from the ground up.
Thursday, December 12
11:00 AM-12:30 PM MYT (UTC +8) | 10:00-11:30 PM EST (UTC -5)
Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts reflect on their trip to Vietnam with the Girls Opportunity Alliance—and share stories from their own journeys in leadership.
Friday, December 13
11:30 AM-1:00 PM MYT (UTC +8) | 10:30 PM-12:00 AM EST (UTC -5)
How the Asia Pacific Shaped Us: President Obama and Maya Soetoro-Ng
President Obama takes the stage with his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, for a conversation about values-based leadership and growing up in Indonesia and Hawaiʻi.
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MEET THE LEADERS
Designing Leaders: Asia-Pacific
At the beginning of the year, we invited a group of 21 emerging leaders from 16 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific for a hands-on workshop in Hawaiʻi. Together, we explored how to design the future Leaders program in the region. Incorporating their input, passion, and drive, the context-specific and engaging leadership program has come to life!
Get a closer look at the Hawaiʻi design workshop and the 21 leaders who helped craft the current program.
Read our FAQ sheet for more detailed information about Leaders: Asia-Pacific.