2021 Asian-Australian Leadership Summit & 40 Under 40 Awards


COVID-19 has been more than just a health and economic crisis but a societal one, with reports of racism and a ‘macho strain of nationalism’ on the rise worldwide – and Australia is no exception.

At this critical time, strong leadership is required, and a renewed emphasis on the importance of Asian-Australian leadership to safeguard our inclusive cohesive society and economic prosperity.

The third Asian-Australian Leadership Summit (AALS) is convened by PwC Australia, Asialink at the University of Melbourne, Johnson Partners and the Australian National University.

The 2021 Summit will be held in Sydney on 8-9 September.

Follow #AsianAustralianLeadership for more updates and visit the AALS site for more details

AALS partners

40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards

An initiative of Asialink at the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, Johnson Partners and PwC Australia, the Awards form part of the Asian-Australian Leadership Summit (AALS) 2021.

Now in its third year, this initiative seeks to reshape the debate and confront Australia’s “bamboo ceiling” – the underrepresentation of Asian-Australians in leadership positions. As communities, companies and governments rethink and reshape leadership for the post-pandemic world, now is the time to celebrate the powerful contribution of Asian-Australians to this country.    

Past winners include Darwin-based barrister Lyma Nguyen (2020 overall winner), LPGA golfer Minjee Lee, disability advocate Danny Hui, academic and Super Star of STEM Dr Muneera Bano (2019 overall winner), broadcaster Benjamin Law, educator Eddie Woo, and many more.

Applicants across the following fields are encouraged to apply:

  • Arts, Culture
  • Community & Advocacy / Not for Profit
  • Corporate
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Legal & Professions
  • Public Sector / Government
  • Science & Medicine
  • Sport
  • Under 25 Rising Star (Under 25s)

We are introducing a new category for the 2021 awards, the Under 25 Rising Star. This category will recognise the contributions and impact of emerging young leaders. Recipients in this category demonstrate a record of ongoing excellence and growth in their relevant industry, field, sector or community. Applicants in this category must be born after 1 November 1996 to be eligible for this category.

The Awards will be decided by a panel of judges from a diversity of fields and coordinated by leading executive search firm Johnson Partners.

Eligibility: Australian citizens or permanent residents born after 1 November 1981 domiciled in Australia or abroad.