The Australia ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) is a three month leadership program for 15 social entrepreneurs from ASEAN and Australia. The program includes: pre-program education, a ten-day intensive program in Melbourne and Sydney including workshops, networking events, field visits, cultural activities, and support for implementation.
The A2ELP 2018 aligns with the ASEAN-Australian Special Summit, a high-level event which aims to strengthen Australia’s strategic partnership with ASEAN. A2ELP 2017 alumni and 2018 delegates will partake in a range of activities associated with the Summit, including high level dialogues with leaders in government and business.
A2ELP is designed to:
- Enhance the leadership potential of participants;
- Strengthen and expand people-to-people, professional, and institutional networks between Australia and South-East Asia and;
- Showcase contemporary Australian and South-East Asian creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
A2ELP is an Australian Government initiative and is a flagship program for the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) with co-funding contributions from the Australia Awards and Alumni Branch (AWB) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The 2018 program will also include co-funding from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) for the 2017 alumni. The A2ELP is implemented by Asialink, at The University of Melbourne. The 2018 workshop delivery partners include Asialink Business and BlueChilli.
Over a three-month period, participants will:
- build knowledge of scalable and sustainable business models to achieve long term change
- develop skills to engage a range of stakeholders
- receive training in cultural intelligence and lean start-up methodology
- participate in networking events and field visits to innovative social ventures in Australia
- discuss the latest thinking and ideas in social impact with academic experts and industry leaders
- foster connections with participants through peer mentoring exercises and alumni engagement
Participants will travel to Australia from 10 to 19 March 2018 to participate in a ten-day intensive program in Melbourne and Sydney.
The program will be delivered in three phases:
1. Pre-departure preparation
Following a competitive application process from September – October, participants will be selected in November 2017. Virtual meetings will be convened with program participants. These video meetings are designed to introduce participants to each other, provide learning materials and brief participants on program content. Participants will also receive support for travel arrangements, visa applications, and other immigration requirements.
2. Intensive training in Australia
Participants will travel to Melbourne and Sydney for a ten-day program from 10 to 19 March 2018, where they will take part in a range of workshops, site visits, master classes, peer learning sessions and networking events. Participants will cultivate their leadership capabilities and refine their business proposal using the skills developed through these activities, presenting their final version to members of the Australia-ASEAN Council Board in Sydney.
3. Implementation and ongoing network
Participants are required to prepare an implementation plan to follow the intensive training. Asialink and DFAT will support participants to identify potential activities, events, mentoring, connections, and other opportunities that align with their post-program goals. Participants will be given the opportunity to participate in Asialink and DFAT-sponsored dialogues and networking events. Opportunities will also be explored to involve participants in regional projects relevant to their professional interest. Through this activity, A2ELP alumni will be connected with DFAT and Asialink’s regional networks.
Program participants will need to meet the following criteria:
- Citizens of Australia or an ASEAN country (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines)
- founder or co-founder of a social enterprise
- aged between 25-35 years old
- can demonstrate said enterprises potential impact in social / economic / environmental causes while being scaleable and profitable
- be able to demonstrate relevance to a relationship with, or ability to scale in South-East Asia
- be able to commit to the three-month program including pre-departure preparation, ten-day intensive, and post program requirements
- be able to access digital technology to engage in all three stages of the program
- be able to provide one professional written reference
- professional working knowledge of the English language
In addition to these criteria, applicants will be assessed on their:
- demonstrated awareness of the challenges in their entrepreneurial area that can be explored during the program
- commitment to actively seeking to network opportunities with peers from the region to enhance their professional and personal development
Applications have now closed for 2018.
The AAC generates opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation and the arts to work with partners in South-East Asia. The Council's mission is to increase knowledge and promote Australia's interests in South-East Asia by initiating and supporting activities designed to enhance awareness, understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and South-East Asia.
Asialink is Australia's leading centre for the promotion of public understanding of the countries of Asia and of Australia's role in the region. We are a key provider of information, training and professional networks. Our purpose is to build an Asia-capable, deeply Asia-engaged Australia through thought leadership and innovative programs that build knowledge, skills and partnerships.
As Australia’s National Centre for Asia Capability, Asialink Business provides tailored solutions to help businesses seize the potential of diverse Asian markets. Asialink Business will deliver a workshop on cultural intelligence as part of the program. This will provide the intellectual tools and communication strategies for participants to collaborate with peers from the region, build international networks and scale up their social ventures across Australia and South-East Asia in the future.
Australia Global Alumni
The Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy is a whole of government initiative developed in collaboration with Australia’s education sector. The Strategy recognises the lasting, powerful impact of Australia’s global alumni connections. It reaches out to the global alumni community – people from overseas who have had an Australian educational experience and Australians who have studied and worked abroad - inviting alumni to connect and engage with Australia and each other.
Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement. It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 33 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016).
BlueChilli is a leading Australian accelerator. Their mission is to ‘connect corporates, investors and entrepreneurs to solve the world's biggest challenges’. BlueChilli will deliver workshops designed to address the foundational elements of managing a start-up including demonstrating a deep understanding of the customer problem and then a high level framework for the implementation of a solution to match. BlueChilli’s workshops and master classes are designed to provide participants with the tools they need to develop, execute and amplify their ventures and to succeed as social entrepreneurs.
Below are the 15 social entrepreneurs who were selected from across South-East Asia and Australia to take part in the inaugural 2017 program. In March 2017 participants traveled to Melbourne and Sydney for an eight-day program, where they took part in a range of workshops, site visits, masterclasses, peer learning sessions and networking events to expand on their social enterprise or create a new social venture.
Natalie is Founder and CEO of My Green World, a wildlife and environmental organisation developing youth-focussed solutions to global ecology crises. She also created World of the Wild, the first mobile game app which allows young people to participate in virtual wildlife conservation scenarios. Natalie has a Bachelor degree in Journalism and a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne, as well as a scholarship degree in Gender and Security from the University of Delhi. Since 2010, Natalie has been creating pioneering youth programs that aim to increase engagement in nature conservation efforts worldwide.
Cherrie is a founding farmer in AGREA Philippines, an agri-social enterprise on Marinduque island. AGREA aims to develop a replicable “one island” economy model founded on sustainable agriculture and quality education for the children of local farmers and fishermen. In 2016 Cherrie received one of The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service awards, in recognition of her work in the Filipino agriculture sector over the last 18 years.
Josh is a Worimi man from the Mid North Coast of NSW, who uses Indigenous wisdom and values, alongside his environmental and agricultural knowledge, to shape modern society. He works as a Senior Consultant with PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, and has received several awards, including Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Green Globe Young Sustainability Champion. In 2015, Josh was named in Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 as one of the top 25 most influential people in Australia for his work in climate change and agriculture.
Ex-Radio DJ with a program that inspires young people to start their own enterprises, Emily is known in Singapore as the “Chief of Awesome”. She delivers a program called Beyond Awesome to at-risk students, providing education and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities through work experience and training. Emily’s achievements have been recognised by Yahoo! Singapore 9 Awards, Cosmopolitan Singapore’s ‘Fun Fearless Female’, Singapore International Foundation’s Young Social Entrepreneur Program, and the GOOD 100 Global Changemaker.
Gigih co-founded and runs a medical crowdfunding platform, WeCare.id, that helps fund medical treatment for patients in Indonesia’s underserviced communities. With a computer engineering background and passion for building things, Gigih has also established a tech agency which consults to the government and local start-ups in Indonesia. Gigih has received numerous awards, including the Asia Social Innovation Award, the Bayer Aspirin Social Innovation Award, and has also been a Mandiri Young Technopreneur.
Aimi is Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer of Tyne Solutions, a consultancy firm building custom software that lets businesses focus on what they do best. Previously an Associate Director at Institutional Investor Forums and Memberships in London and Hong Kong, she co-directed the Asia TraderForum and helped to establish the Asia Institute. Aimi has also been an Education Officer with the Ministry of Education in Brunei and a writer for NewsBites.com.au in Melbourne.
Michael is CEO and Co-Founder of Global Patient Portal, a digital health company based in Melbourne. For the past 3 years his focus has been on India, where he has rolled out an award winning electronic health record product. Michael advises on digital health policy across India and has recently been named as one of the 100 Most Impactful Healthcare Leaders in the country. He is currently expanding his focus across Asia. Prior to his current role Michael worked as a Commercial Lawyer in Melbourne, he also holds as Master of Laws degree.
Emme is Founder and Chairman of Teky Academy, the first STEAM Academy for children between 6 and 18 years old. The ambition of Teky Academic is to empower the next generation with computer science skills and knowledge for the digital economy, nurturing Vietnam’s future “technopreneurs”. Emme also co-founded Nexttech Group, a pioneer in cross border e-commerce, fin-tech and e-logistics solutions, with a commercial presence in the US, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.
Souliyo is a co-founder and CTO of Bizgital Company, a startup that aims to bring technology and media to underdeveloped areas in Laos. Partnering with the only co-working space in Laos, Toh Lao, Souliyo is working to expand the start-up and entrepreneurial culture in his country. He is currently researching and building a platform to host service providers and businesses in one place to maximise the efficiency and convenience for local users in Laos.
Hsu is an administrator of Youth Doctors Healthcare Group, which organises young doctors and medical students to give free and reliable medical services in Myanmar’s remote areas. She is a volunteer doctor for other NGOs and INGOs to support medical check-up programs and is also a freelance trainer for community health workers. She was the 2011 Miss SMART (Outstanding Youth) in the Youth Development Program of the United Nations Population Fund and is currently working as medical officer for an epilepsy project at the World Health Organization.
After working in commercial banking for 6 years, Koy co-founded CAMSOLAR, a social enterprise which provides solar systems to rural communities. With an academic background in Finance and a Master’s degree in Risk Management, Koy has also created GROW, a microcredit operator which provides finance for people to purchase solar technology through affordable instalments. Under his direction, CAMSOLAR has already installed solar systems in more than 300 rural households across Cambodia.
Wen Shin is the Founder of Green Yards, a social enterprise which reduces water pollution in Malaysia. Green Yards provides a channel for local communities to dispose of used cooking oil by reprocessing grease into eco-friendly soap and candles. Since being established in 2016, Green Yards has already prevented 1.8 tons of used cooking oil from polluting waterways. Wen Shin is now organising soap making workshops across Malaysia to raise community awareness and participation in recycling projects.
Thanapon is a social entrepreneur with professional experience in Thailand’s corporate and social impact sectors. After years of working in advertising, he decided to leave the business world and jumped into his country’s social sector. Joining the ChangeFusion Institute, Thanapon managed an incubation program for emerging social entrepreneurs before founding Nokhook Group in 2014, a social enterprise that aims to lift small-scale farmers out of poverty.
Celia is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of SHE Investments, a social enterprise in Cambodia. SHE supports women micro entrepreneurs to scale their businesses through culturally tailored incubator and accelerator programs. Celia’s background in international development across multiple countries, combined with her passion for women’s economic empowerment, also led her to recently launch a socially responsible café in Phnom Penh.
Annisa is the Founder of Ecofunopoly® environmental interactive Board Games. Her social enterprise, Ecofun Indonesia, aims to develop more understanding of environmental issues and science through interactive games. Annisa is also a founder and leader of the Ecofun Community, a voluntary community in Indonesia which has been active since 2009. Aside from developing Ecofunopoloy, Annisa recently authored 'Student Traveller', a book about her travel experiences.
For further discussion about the program, please contact Wesa Chau, Program Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or call + 61 3 8344 4800.