2019 Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit


November 15-16, 2019 in San Francisco and Silicon Valley

Asia 21 Annual Summit

The 2019 Class of Asia 21 Young Leaders will meet on November 15-16 in San Francisco and Silicon Valley at the annual Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit. This summit – the first to be held in the United States – will carry the theme “Technology & Humanity: Roadmaps for the Future.” Since the first Asia 21 summit, held in Seoul in 2006, the initiative has connected people from the region and facilitated collaborations in tackling the common challenges of the 21st century.

Made up of 40 visionary leaders from 31 countries, the 2019 Class is the 13th joining an unparalleled network of accomplished individuals under the age of 40 from across the Asia Pacific.  This year’s class includes activists, artists, educators, journalists, scientists, and social entrepreneurs and represents private, public, and nonprofit sectors.


Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:45 PM

Asia Society Northern California
500 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

9:00 AM Registration & Networking

9:30-10:30 AM Engineering Leadership in a Globally Connected Society: Fireside Chat with Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley
•    Moderator: Chuck Ng,  President,  Project PAI Steering Committee (Class of 2008)

11:30-1:00 PM Lunchtime Roundtable Conversation: The Rise of 2 Internets & The Great Firewall 
•    Alex Moazed, Founder & CEO, Applico (Class of 2019)
•    Alistair Thornton, Co-Founder, Young China Watchers (Class of 2019)
•    Bing Chen, Co-Founder & Chairman, Gold House Foundation (Class of 2019)

•    Moderator: Ernestine Fu, Investor, Alsop Louie Partners (Class of 2018) 

1:15-2:15 PM Art for Catalyzing Social Change
•    Lesley Ma, Curator, Ink Art (Class of 2019) 
•    Zen Cho, Speculative Fiction Writer (Class of 2019)
•    Nikora Ngaropo, Founder and Managing Director, NNMD and Young Animators Local Artists (Class of 2019)

•    Moderator: Jack Wadsworth, Honorary Chairman, Asia Society Northern California

2:15-2:45 PM Coffee and Networking Break sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in San Francisco

2:45 PM Conclusion of Public Agenda
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Hero City at Draper University
55 E 3rd Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401

9:00 AM Registration & Networking

9:30 AM Opening Remarks

9:45-11:00 AM Setting the Stage
•    James Higa, Executive Director, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
•    Moderator: Tania Hyde, Director, Jata Advisory (Class of 2013)

11:00-12:00 PM Session I: Conversation with Norman Liang, Startup Advisor and Mentor, TBD, on Sustainable Leadership & Innovation

  • Moderator: Stephanie Sy, Founder, Thinking Machines (Class of 2019)

12:00-1:30 PM Session II: Workshop on Hero Training
At Hero City, you will go from an idea to a product ready to pitch to venture capital investors as you learn from top-tier venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

  • Mitch Kitamura, Managing Director, Draper Nexus Ventures
  • Yasumasa Yamamoto, Managing Partner, Capital Technology LLC (Class of 2016)

1:30 PM Coffee & Networking Break

1:45-2:45 PM Session III: Regulating Big Tech and AI Global Governance with Armen Orujyan, CEO, Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (Class of 2008)

•    Moderator: Heather Evans, Director of Frontier Technology Research, Asia Society Northern California

2:45-4:00 PM Session IV: Celebrate Women in Leadership
An empowering conversation with influential, diverse women paving the way in business, culture and technology. Hear how these leaders are changing their fields and making a substantial impact in their respective communities, with the aim to scale globally.

4:00 PM Conclusion of Public Agenda

Agenda details subject to change.

Thank you to our supporters

Susy & Jack Wadsworth     Duncan L.J. Clark O.B.E.     Norman Liang and Jennifer Lu     Paul Chong     Charles Eric Rosenblum and Mina Titi Liu     Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco     Consulate General of India, San Francisco     Union Bank     Southwest

Event Details

Fri 15 Nov 2019 - Sat 16 Nov 2019
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

San Francisco & Silicon Valley

Buy Tickets
$50 One-Day, $80 Two-Day for Members; $60 One-Day, $100 Two-Day for Non-Members; $75 cash each day to purchase at the door
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