About the Leaders Program

What is the Asialink Leaders Program?

With over 20 years of success, we are looking to foster Australia's emerging leaders in the corporate, government and community sectors to thrive in the contemporary economic, political and social landscape
of our region.

Run over nine months in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, the program involves the equivalent of three weeks full-time learning, exploring diverse models of leadership for Asian and Western contexts, and investigating contemporary Asian political, economic, cultural and regulatory environments.

Since 2014, the Leaders Program has operated under Asialink Business, an historic federal initiative that combines the expertise of business and universities to build an Asia-capable workforce through training programs, research and developing regional networks.

Program benefits

The program provides an exceptional opportunity for your professional growth, successfully positioning you and your organisation to meet the increasing demand for effective Asia engagement.

  • Obtain a deeper understanding of the complexities of the Asian region, leading to better relationship building and business outcomes
  • Learn from industry experts on current market trends and first-hand experiences in Asia engagement
  • Develop a specialised Asia skill-set that positions you to lead or support your organisation's Asia strategy
  • Refine your cultural intelligence skills for effective cross-cultural communication with Asian colleagues, partners or clients
  • Learn from peers who have the same passion for Asia and desire to be leaders in their field
  • Access a global network of more than 600 active alumni members who can provide ongoing advice, support and networking opportunities in Australia and the region

Hear from some of our Alumni:

Program structure

For an overview of the program year, please see our sample program schedule [PDF]. You can also find out more about our who facilitates the Leaders Program, as well as the key speakers and topics for the 2014 Canberra Retreat.

Workshops with Asia Experts

Build essential knowledge for effective Asia engagement.

Workshops: Conducted by expert facilitators, these hands-on and practical sessions will build your Asia capabilities in cultural intelligence, problem-solving and managing relationships.

Seminars: Industry experts provide in-depth analysis and thought-leading insights on current market trends and development in an interactive forum.

Workshop and seminar topics have been strategically selected based on requirements identified for building Asia capabilities.

Key topics include:

  • Cross-cultural intelligence and skills
  • Country-specific insights on society, history, politics, cultures and economies
  • Leadership, problem-solving and managing conflict
  • Industry insights and trends in business engagement
  • Diplomacy in the region

Canberra Retreat

The Canberra Retreat is an exclusive and intensive five-day module that explores the policy challenges facing Australia in the region. This module features insights from senior Australian politicians, foreign diplomats and leaders from academia.

Convened by Professor Anthony Milner AM, Basham Professor of History at ANU, this five-day module brings the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane groups together.

To read past retreat reports, please visit our Canberra Retreat pages.

Workplace project tab

Undertake a practical, guided Asia-focused project that applies the skills and knowledge you gain in the program to achieve business or organisational outcomes. You will receive professional mentorship and peer coaching to support concept development and planned implementation of your project.

Read about past workplace projects by Leaders Program participants.


To graduate from the Asialink Leaders Program, participants must:

  • Attend 85% of program events
  • Attend the Canberra retreat
  • Successfully complete the negotiated workplace project, including presentation to panel in November

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