LeadNext: Ambassadors for a Global Future

Our dynamic new program focused on global citizenship for the 21st century

LeadNext builds a vibrant network of future leaders aged 18-25 from across Asia and the United States and supports their growth, impact, and capacity to address today’s greatest challenges

Exchange between the U.S. and Asia is more important than ever

With the profound structural changes that will transform geopolitics, global governance, the global economic order, and social landscape over the next decade, a new generation of globally minded leaders is imperative. The LeadNext program equips emerging leaders across cultures and disciplines with strong international networks, exposure to wide-ranging experiences, and leadership tools to thoughtfully steer the future.

Harnessing the innovation and energy of young leaders is essential. Positive and lasting change will depend on leaders who can move ideas and action forward to address rising inequality, find solutions to climate crises, mitigate conflict, and empower communities most vulnerable and insecure.

Investment in

Transformative leadership

Emerging leaders aged

18-25

Fellows from Asia

10

Fellows from the U.S.

10

Program components

Leadership Training Intensive

Jan-Feb 2022
This component will build Fellows’ leadership competencies for effective leadership such as public speaking and elevating impact. The Intensive includes interactive teambuilding, knowledge sharing, and skills-building exercises. Fellows will have opportunities to share their backgrounds, communities, projects, and passions.

Monthly Virtual Masterclasses

Feb-Jul 2022
Global experts will provide exposure to real-world experiences of leaders in the U.S. and Asia addressing a range of 21st century issues. Fellows will develop lasting skills, tools, and mindsets to better understand the policies and ecosystems that drive entrepreneurship and impact. They will study complex issues, processes, and challenges related to social change in the U.S. and Asia and bring collective experience to bear on these discussions.

Global Leaders Summit

Week of August 8, 2022
This capstone convening will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area (subject to Covid-19 restrictions). Fellows will deepen and expand learning from the previous eight months through rigorous exchange, continued leadership development, and tools to tackle 21st century challenges. They will also gain exposure to cutting-edge approaches and best practices in innovative leadership.

Mentorship

Fellows are paired with a professional mentor based on their specific interests. These mentors will be drawn from the Foundation’s broad network to connect emerging leaders with recognized leaders, influencers, and shapers.

Eligibility

LeadNext Fellows are dynamic emerging leaders from any sector with a commitment to creative approaches to addressing issues such as climate change, inequality, injustice, poverty, or other pressing issues. Fellows demonstrate outstanding character, integrity, and are respected leaders within their communities with an interest in cross-cultural exchange.

To be eligible for the program candidates must be:

  • Aged between 18-25 during the entire program year.
  • Fully conversant in English.
  • Able to commit to attending all sessions with an understanding that we are working across many time zones. Virtual sessions will take place in the mornings in Asia and evenings in the U.S. for approximately 2 hours per session.

Application information

Applications open September 27-November 15, 2021

US candidates should apply directly through the online application portal.

Candidates from Asia must be nominated by Asia Foundation staff in countries and regions where the Foundation maintains a presence: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pacific Islands, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Contact us to connect with your nominating office.