Asia 21 Summit (Melbourne)


World Disrupted: Asia's future

Asia 21 is the Asia-Pacific’s foremost young leaders network with more than 800 influential alumni from more than 30 countries.

They are social entrepreneurs, CEOs, academics, policy-makers, journalists and artists.

They are change-makers, visionaries, and leaders that have made significant contributions to society and to the future of the Asia-Pacific region.

Meet the 2017 Class of Asia 21 Young Leaders heading to Melbourne

Asia 21 alumni include: an Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid, the youngest Senator of the 16th Congress of the Republic of Philippines Bam Aquino, Afghanistan's Ambassador to Australia Wahidullah Waissi, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, Olympian and Cirque du Soleil performer Raj Bhavsar, Emergency medicine pioneer Satchit Balsari and many more.

And from 29 November to 1 December 2017, Asia 21 is coming to Melbourne. 

It is the first time Asia 21 Summit will be held in Australia, and it coincides with the 20th Anniversary of Asia Society Australia.

Presented in partnership with the Victorian Government, the Summit will explore the theme of: World Disrupted. Asia's Future.

Workshops, action labs and leadership masterclasses will focus on the major shared challenges faced by Australia and our region — geopolitical realignment, urbanization, mobility and technological change. 

From a macro, global view on these interconnected challenges, through to the Asia-Pacific and Australian context, the Asia 21 Summit will draw upon combined expertise and leadership of the 2017 Class, Alumni and global and Australian experts to generate creative, multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving and develop communities of leaders to drive positive change.

What is Asia 21?

A decade ago, Asia Society had a dream: To build a network of young leaders (under the age of 40) across the Asia-Pacific as a way to promote mutual understanding and effective collaboration among the next generation’s most important and influential leaders. A decade later, we have built a movement of more than 800 powerful alumni from more than 30 countries. Today, the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative stands as the Asia-Pacific’s foremost young leaders network. Asia 21 crosses geographic and sectoral boundaries. It convenes young leaders for discussions and collaboration and unleashes them to continue working across boundaries to maximum impact. Explore the Asia 21 network>> 

Meet the Class of 2017

  • Cherrie Atilano (Philippines), founder, president, and CEO, Agrea Agricultural Systems International, Inc.
  • Jieun Baek (U.S.), PhD candidate studying early dissenters in authoritarian countries, Oxford University
  • Battushig Batbold (Mongolia), chairman of the board, Altai Holding LLC
  • Serey Chea (Cambodia), director general, National Bank of Cambodia
  • Robin Chiang (Taiwan/ Australia), venture partner, Welkin Capital Management
  • Kushal Gurung (Nepal), founder and CEO, WindPower Nepal
  • Asuka Hamakawa (Japan), executive director and co-founder, Earth Company
  • Sayed Zafar Hashemi (Afghanistan), political counselor, Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington, DC
  • Melissa Jardine (Australia), board director, Global Law Enforcement & Public Health Association
  • Shougat Khan (Bangladesh), founder and chairperson, H.A. Foundation
  • Raheel Khursheed (India), head of news partnerships for India and Southeast Asia, Twitter
  • Sasibai Kimis (Malaysia), managing partner, Earth Heir
  • Tenzing Lamsang (Bhutan), founder, CEO and editor-in-chief, The Bhutanese Newspaper
  • Chenhui Liu (China), co-founder and COO, Apricot Forest
  • Henry Makeham (Australia), associate, Linklaters LLP
  • Sana Mir (Pakistan), captain, Pakistan national women’s cricket team
  • “Allen” Ali Mohammadi (Iran), CEO and co-founder, Hippogriff AB
  • June Park (South Korea), postdoctoral fellow specializing in U.S. foreign economic policymaking in Northeast Asia, National University of Singapore
  • Cheryl Perera (Canada), founder and president, OneChild
  • Eleanor Rosa Pinugu (Philippines), founder, Mano Amiga Academy
  • Ruangroj “Krating” Poonpol (Thailand), managing partner, 500 TukTuks
  • Shameer Rasooldeen (Sri Lanka), host, “Face the Nation”
  • Santitarn Sathirathai (Thailand), head of emerging Asia economics research, Credit Suisse
  • Jhuma Sen (India), assistant professor, Jindal Global Law School
  • Sim Chi Yin (Singapore), photographer and filmmaker
  • Mark Switkowski (Australia), executive director, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victorian State Government, Australia
  • Yeganeh Torbati (U.S.), journalist, Reuters
  • Guan Wang (China), news anchor and chief political reporter, CGTN
  • Eugene Yi (U.S.), co-founder, Cortico
  • Zhao Zhong (China), founder and board director, Green Camel Bell

Partner with us

We invite our members and supporters to partner with us in making the Summit a successful and truly impactful event. 

Asia 21 offers unique opportunities to tap into the Asia-Pacific's best minds, engage with the most inspiring emerging leaders to solve the challenges faced by their company and industry.

A partner of the Asia 21 Summit can expect to be positioned as:

  1. The leader of its industry in the Asia-Pacific region,
  2. An enabler of diversity, innovation and the new generation leadership
  3. A good global corporate citizen

The Summit presents unique sponsorship, partnership, and thought-leadership opportunities. Contact us to find out more »

Asia 21 is a part of our Global Initiatives programs bring together the best of our 14 centres to Australia. Convened as both stand-alone events and ongoing collaborations, Asia Society Australia combines global reach with local networks to deliver an international portfolio of programs.

Asia 21 Presenting Sponsor                            Underwriter


Strategic Partner                                             

University Partner                                            Summit Dinner Sponsor

Founding Action Lab Sponsor                       Challenge Partners


Supporting Partner                                          Adventure Partner


For more information on partnership opportunities please contact: 

Event Details

Wed 29 Nov 2017 - Fri 01 Dec 2017


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