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
The Leaders: Asia-Pacific program focuses on building a tightly-knit cohort, while simultaneously supporting individuals and their initiatives. Throughout the year, Leaders participate in virtual skill-building workshops, networking opportunities, and a variety of moderated conversations with issue-area experts and prominent figures. Leveraging the full power of the Obama network, Leaders grow their impact on critical issues in their communities and around the world.
The Obama Foundation Leaders: Asia-Pacific Program is more than just a leadership program—it’s a community of support, enduring friendship, and lifelong connections.
Get to know the Leaders below! For more information about the in-person convening we hosted last December, you can check out the program guide here.
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Filmmaker Maya Newell and Aboriginal leader William Tilmouth joined Leaders for a timely conversation about their award-winning documentary, In My Blood It Runs (2019). Moderated by Obama Leader Hayley McQuire (Australia), Co-Founder of the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition and impact advisor for the film, the discussion covered a range of topics, including indigenous livelihoods, systemic oppression, and the power of resilience. The film, which was created in careful collaboration with those depicted onscreen, follows Dujuan Hoosan, a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy from Alice Springs, Australia, as he navigates the challenges of a society that was designed to exclude him.
Simon Moss, the Co-Founder of Global Citizen, joined Leaders for a conversation facilitated by Leaders Angga D. Martha (Indonesia) and Jaclyn McLendon (Australia). Drawing from his decades of experience as a campaigning and community education expert, Simon discussed the powerful potential of uniting like-minded people for a common purpose, recapping Global Citizen’s virtual concert, One World: Together at Home — a campaign that attracted nearly 21 million viewers.
Dr. Maya Soetoro, Director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Co-Founder of the Institute for Peace & Climate, joined Leaders to talk about her career in global peace education. Sharing lessons from both theory and praxis, Maya inspired the cohort with her comprehensive approach to peace work. Obama Leaders Leanne Kealoha Fox (Hawaiʻi) and Yunmei Li (China) moderated the conversation.
In February 2020, President David W. Panuelo of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) joined us as our inaugural speaker for our Virtual Speaker Series. President Panuelo spoke to the cohort about the importance of values-based leadership, the importance of transparency in governance, and the role of island communities in the region. The conversation was moderated by fellow Micronesian and Obama Leader Yolanda Joab-Mori, who works on climate action issues in Chuuk, FSM.
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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.
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