How are leaders in Asia working to make a difference?  What stories are they telling about their experiences and the lessons they learned?  We listen, we select and we capture stories worth sharing, to inspire aspiring leaders on their journey.  Contact us if you have suggestions for leaders to be interviewed.  And what is the untold story about your own leadership journey? 

 
 

Candra Fajri Ananda, Dean, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Brawijaya

Meet Candra Fajri Anandaa professor of economics and business who cleaned his family’s shoes and became a national advisor in fiscal decentralization. What are his 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia?

 
 
 

Yoshida Chandra, Director, Cinta Bahasa

Meet Yoshida Chandraa copywriter and feminist who baked cookies and then founded a language school. What are her 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia?

 
 
 

Pacita Juan, Chair,  ECHOglobal Holdings Inc. 

Meet Pacita Juan,  a CEO and coffee connoisseur who founded a social enterprise and then championed slow food in her country. What are her 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia?

 
 
 
 

Aldrin Calderon, Professor, School of Graduate Studies, Mapúa Institute of Technology

Meet Aldrin Calderon, a cadet officer who led high-school students in citizen army training and then became a passionate designer of energy-efficient technologies. What are his 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia? 

 
 
 

Anne-Marie Mananquil Bakker, Vice-President of Operations, Fostering Education & Environment for Development (FEED)

Meet Anne-Marie Mananquil Bakker an entrepreneur with a passion for planting trees who embraced renewable energy and started looking for misfits. What are her 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia? 

 
 
 

Melati and Isabel Wijsen, Co-founders, Bye Bye Plastic Bags Bali Campaign

Meet Melati and Isabel Wijsen, a sister duo in Bali with a passion for the environment who started campaigning at age 10 and 12 to stop plastic bags and spurred a global movement for change. What are their 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia? 

 
 
 

Ketut Sulistyawati, Managing Director, Somia Customer Experience

Meet Ketut Sulistyawati, a free spirit with a passion to find her independence who researched fighter pilots and founded a user experience consultancy.  What are her 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia? 

 
 
 

Patricia Alejandro Paterno, Managing Director of Papemelroti Stores and Korben Corp

Meet Patricia Alejandro Paterno, an interior designer with a passion for writing who led her four siblings to grow their first family shop into 20 thriving stores. What are her 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia? 

 
 
 

Bambang Setia Dharma, Chair of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association—Batu Chapter

Meet Bambang Setia Dharma, an apple seller with a passion for marketing who rose to the corporate top in Southeast Asia and then became a boutique resort owner. What are his 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia? 

 
 
 
 

Kimio Takeya, Distinguished Technical Advisor to the President, Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA

Meet Kimio Takeya, a national football player with a passion for winning who innovated engineering excellence and then became an international champion for disaster risk reduction. What are his 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia?

 
 
 

French Vibar, Co-Founder, Business Fair Trade Consulting

 

Meet French Vibar, a leadership trainer with a passion for literature who worked in Africa and then became a social entrepreneur in agribusiness. What are her 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia? 

 
 
 

Hyoungmin Kim, Managing Director, Urban Youth Academy

Meet Hyoungmin Kim, a student of management with a passion for education who worked at a professional football club and then became a convener of urban youth exchange programs for Asia and the Pacific. What are his 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia?

 
 
 

Jessica Lam – Co-founder and COO, Origins Technology

Meet Jessica Lam, an accountant with a passion for working with people who became an environmental advocate and then co-founded a start-up company producing air-quality technology. What are her 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia?

 
 
 

Andina Dwifatma – Writer

Meet Andina Dwifatma, a communications specialist with a passion for journalism who became an award-winning novelist and then founded a collaborative platform for lay writers. What are her 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia?

 
 
 

Sun Fu – Assistant Professor at Tsinghua University

Meet Sun Fu, an environmental specialist with a passion for teaching who became an international coordinator for water security. What are his 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia?

 
 
 

Sun Feng – Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation, Yellow River Conservancy Commission

Meet Sun Feng, a language graduate with a passion for dancing who became a master of science in water management and a leader in international cooperation for healthy rivers. What are her 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia?

 
 
 

Toshi Nakamura – Co-Founder and CEO, Kopernik

Meet Toshi Nakamura, who studied law and political science and grew passionate about resolving societal conflicts on an international scale, and then started an enterprise that connects simple and life-changing technology with people 'in the last mile' in 24 countries around the world. What are his 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia?

 
 
 
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Endang Widiati – General Manager, BaliSpirit Group

Meet Endang Widiati, a civil engineer who grew into a participatory development advocate and then became general manager of Bali’s leading business group in yoga-based events, retail clothing, healthy food, holistic healing, community support, business registry and media resources. What are her 3 recommendations for aspiring leaders in Asia? 

 
 
 
 
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Soemantri Widagdo – Chief Innovation Officer, InnoSEA

Meet Soemantri Widagdo, a leading innovation scientist, international art curator, and social change maker, affectionately known as Pak Tri.  What steps does he recommend aspiring leaders in Asia to take? And in doing so, what strengths can they build on, and what leadership roles can they explore?

 
 
 
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Maria Loretha – Founder, Yayasan Cinta Alam Pertanian (Love for Nature’s Farming Foundation)

Meet Maria Loretha, a champion leader for healthy change in Eastern Indonesia. The eldest of five children, Maria grew up in West Kalimantan, home of Indonesia’s Dayak people. How did she become a community leader for nutritious local foods across her country?

 
 

 

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