AALS 2020 Opening Remarks
COVID-19 has been more than just a health and economic crisis but a societal one, with reports of racism and a strain of nationalism on the rise worldwide – and Australia is no exception. Since the emergence of the pandemic, some Asian-Australians have been made to feel like outsiders, with some questioning their Australianness, identity and sense of belonging.
At this critical time, strong leadership is required, and a renewed emphasis on the importance of Asian-Australian leadership to safeguard our cohesive society and economic prosperity.
The second Asian-Australian Leadership Summit (AALS) is convened by PwC Australia, Asialink at the University of Melbourne, Johnson Partners and the Australian National University. This year’s Summit, facilitated via an online platform, will host a diverse program of interactive sessions, with the aim of establishing new strategies, new partnerships, and identifying champions of change. The 2020 event will also reveal the results of specially commissioned research.
The second Asian-Australian Leadership Summit will be kicked off by Peter Yu, the inaugural Vice-President (First Nations) at the Australian National University. In his opening remarks, Peter Yu will be sharing his insights in the role of Asian-Australians and the importance of cultural diversity in reconciliation.
Peter Yu, Vice-President (First Nations), Australian National University