2015 Asialink Conversations

Conversations Booklet

By Asialink Diplomacy

The 2015 Asialink Conversations were hosted in Singapore on December 9-10, in collaboration with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and the Centre for ASEAN Regionalism at the University of Malaya (CARUM).

Bringing together more than 40 participants from across Southeast Asia and Australia, this dialogue explored the challenges and opportunities for women in leadership. Drawing on their experiences in government, business, and society, the participants compared different cultural perspectives on women in public life, explored innovative areas for female leadership, and discussed new ways to campaign for greater change across this diverse region. You can watch excerpts from an in-depth conversation with Dr. Aline Wong, Chancellor of UniSIM in Singapore, below.

A shared theme from participants at the Asialink Conversations was the challenge of networking for aspiring female leaders, and the need for more structured opportunities in women’s professional development. Based on the findings which emerged from this dialogue, Asialink Diplomacy is coordinating a 12-month mentoring program with support from the Australia-ASEAN Council, and in collaboration with the Centre for ASEAN Regionalism at the University of Malaya (CARUM) and the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI). Click here for more information about the mentoring program.

Asialink Diplomacy will also be delivering a collaborative research project with CARUM, expected in late 2016. For updates on the mentoring program and research project, please subscribe to the Asialink Echo on the right.

Watch the full interview here.

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Renuka Rajadurai