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2017 Young Leaders’ Institute: India

Cultivating Global Leaders for the 21st Century

In order to be prepared for the challenges of the 21st century, students need to be globally competent. The Young Leaders Institute (YLI) is a week-long program intended to prepare Houston high school students for leadership in a globally interconnected city and world. Students will engage in the four tenets of global competency:


The first session for YLI will focus on China. Topics for the week may include Chinese foreign affairs, cybersecurity, global trade networks, and social issues in the world’s most populous country. Learn more »

  1. Investigate the world
  2. Recognize perspectives
  3. Communicate ideas
  4. Take action

Throughout the week, students will learn the value of collaboration as they work in teams, researching, debating, and presenting solutions for the challenges facing our world. They will be mentored throughout the week by Asia Society staff and local experts in their respective fields. Students will also receive nightly assignments and readings. All content provided will help students form arguments when taking the side of an issue and be invaluable when presenting policy recommendations on the Institute’s last day.

Almost two dozen students learned about China in the inaugural year of the Young Leaders’ Institute.The Institute’s second year will feature a repeat of China with some revised topics, and an additional week focusing on India.

Topics for the week on India may include foreign and regional policy, women's rights, the country’s economic infrastructure and development, population growth, and access to resources. Please note that topics are subject to change and speaker information will be released soon.

An application is required to be admitted to the program. Due to a generous donation, the Institute will be offered free of charge in 2017.


Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn and refine public speaking and oral presentation techniques
  • Students will gain critical thinking, research, and writing skills
  • Students will gain a deeper understanding of political, social, economic, and environmental issues in Asia and their local impact
  • Students will learn how to work collaboratively in a team to create cohesive research presentations



The deadline to apply is Friday, May 5, 2017. For questions about the Institute, please contact Saleena Jafry (Director of Education, Business and Policy) at [email protected] or 713.496.9901. 

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About the Speaker

Dr. Russell A. Green, Ph.D., is the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute and an adjunct professor in the Economics Department, where he teaches financial markets, international finance and macroeconomics. Green’s current research focuses on monetary and exchange rate policy, financial market development in emerging market economies, and Indian developmental challenges. His book, "International Monetary Cooperation: Lessons from the Plaza Accord After Thirty Years," co-edited with C. Fred Bergsten, was published in Spring 2016. Prior to joining the Baker Institute, Green spent four years in India as the U.S. Treasury Department’s first financial attaché to that country. His engagement in India focused on financial market development, India’s macroeconomy and illicit finance, cross-border tax evasion, and financing global climate change activities. He worked with counterparts in India’s government to develop the U.S.-India Economic and Financial Partnership, launched in 2009 by Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Green was previously the deputy director of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of International Monetary Policy, where he led efforts to strengthen International Monetary Fund exchange rate policies and international reserve management. Green speaks Spanish and Japanese and holds a B.A. from Pomona College and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.


Event Details

Mon 17 Jul 2017 - Fri 21 Jul 2017
8:30am - 12:30pm

1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004

Due to a generous donation, the Institute will be offered FREE of charge in 2017. An application is required to be admitted to the program.