2017 Asia Foundation Development Fellows Converge in Korea and Vietnam

Seoul, April 12, 2017 — This week, The Asia Foundation hosts the 2017 class of the Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program in Seoul, Korea. Coming together for the first time as a community of young changemakers representing 12 Asian countries, the 2017 Development Fellows will participate in a customized Leadership Training Program held in Korea, held with the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management, and with generous support from the Hansae Yes24 Foundation.

In Korea, the Development Fellows will participate in an intensive Leadership Development Workshop program with the larger objective of enhancing leadership skills and potential. The training focuses on strategic thinking and decision-making, working with participants on developing critical perspectives, solving complicated problems, managing change, and introducing innovative approaches in leadership and management.

The Fellows will then continue to Vietnam for an applied Workshop on Asian Development, where development challenges and innovations will serve as a contextual backdrop for applying theories and concepts in international development. The Workshop on Asian Development is held each year in a different Asian nation, where development challenges and innovations will serve as a contextual backdrop for applying theories and concepts in international development.

Now on its fourth year, the Development Fellows program recognizes and empowers a dynamic community of rising young Asian leaders – NGO and civil society leaders, government officials and policymakers, social entrepreneurs, journalists, environmentalists, and academics – in their pursuit of creative solutions to the region’s most critical development challenges. The members of the 2017 class represent Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Learn more about them here. Previous years’ programs took the Fellows to SingaporeNepal, the Philippines, and Mongolia.

To learn more about the program, watch this video featuring these emerging leaders across Asia.

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