The 2016 Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in Seoul, Korea welcomed over 80 young leaders from 30 different countries across the Asia-Pacific. Young Leaders from a wide variety of sectors including politics, business, arts, media, academia and civil society were in attendance.
The theme of the 2016 summit was Building a Resilient Future; Leveraging the Asia 21 Network. The three day Summit began with a forum for the members of the 2016 class to introduce them to the network, and each other, as well as delve deeper into the Asia 21 Action Lab, a year-long public service project. In the days that followed, all members of the Asia 21 network partook in formal and informal sessions on a variety of subjects including leadership, global affairs and social change. They participated in workshops and breakout sessions aimed at developing solutions to critical issues facing the region and each individual’s work.
In addition to sessions led by members of the Asia 21 network, the Summit included a few special guests: 2016 Asia Game Changer, Dr. Sanduk Ruit; DBS Chief Innovation Officer Neal Cross; Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President Wendy Cutler; Google's Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for the Asia Pacific Barbara Navarro; Korea's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Lim Sung-nam; and Commander, U.S. Marine Forces Korea, Major General Robert Hedelund.