Gen A 2020
Preparing the Next Generation for the Asian Century
Asia becomes ever more important, and with it the study of the region and related subjects. Asia Society Switzerland is aware of its responsibility to empower the Next Generation of Asia-engaged professionals. We offer the Gen A program to young professionals and advanced students in Switzerland. The program aims to deepen their knowledge of Asia-related issues, to provide the participants with the tools to interpret Asia’s development and to identify opportunities for a successful collaboration with Asia. With this goal in mind Asia Society Switzerland sets up this one-year program, which will enable the next generation to engage with Asia on eye-level and build a community of young Asia-curious people in Switzerland.
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Asia matters to everyone, not just because of China, but because the economies and people become ever more intertwined with Western markets and societies. The region is a growth motor to the world economy, increasingly shapes politics and global governance, and creative minds from Asia shape our culture. Understanding the economic, political and cultural shifts in Asia is key to stay ahead, as well as to identify opportunities and potential threats. This program gives young professionals and advanced students the analytical tools to gain a deeper understanding of Asia.
- 5 Fireside Chats
- 7 Round Tables
- 3 Asia Society Switzerland events (including webcasts)
- 1 final essay
In this one-year program, you will
- get access to high-level experts;
- get in-depth insights on Asia that help you understand what is happening today;
- build a network of like-minded peers;
- get the ability to analyse and assess future developments on your own;
- get free access to Asia Society Switzerland events;
- receive a certificate confirming your engagement to understand Asian issues.
The program is tailor-made for advanced students and young professionals who aspire to engage with Asia. Whether you want to do business in Asia, travel the region or just gain a better understanding of a region which will shape our future; this program will give you the tools and network to achieve your goals. If you have no more than three years of professional experience, are below 35 years of age and have a strong interest towards Asia, join us! The maximum number of participants is 20.
TV Anchor, business journalist, event moderator and expert on Asia, China and the Middle East based in London and Zurich
Partner at real estate firm Asia Green Real Estate and President of the Swiss-Chinese Association
International correspondent (formerly China bureau chief) with BuzzFeed News and Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader
Vice President and Managing Director at Asia Society Policy Institute
Dr. Michal Meidan
Director of the China Energy Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
DKSH Executive Committee and Head of Business Unit Technology
Writer, journalist and private diplomat working in Southeast Asia since 1987
Lecturer, Leiden University; Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House
Ambassador of Switzerland to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Partner at Galerie Urs Meile and responsible for all Asia-related business
Associate Professor of Anthropology at Sophia University in Tokyo
More experts to be announced soon.
Schedule for Gen A 2020
Monday, March 2
Monday, March 9
Fireside Chat I
Tuesday, April 21
Round Table I
Thursday, May 21
Round Table II – hosted by Asia Society Australia
Tuesday, June 2
Round Table III
Monday, June 8
Fireside Chat II
Monday, July 27
Round Table IV
Wednesday, August 19
Round Table V
Monday, September 7
Fireside Chat III
Wednesday, October 20
Fireside Chat VI
Sunday, November 15
Final Essay Due
Monday, December 7
Fireside Chat V and Graduation
Application process for Gen A 2020 ended.
The final candidates will be announced on January 31, 2020.
Stay tuned for Gen A 2021.