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HONG KONG YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAMME
Photo credit: Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze
5-10 & 25-30 September 2016
Executive education with a difference
The inaugural Young Leaders Programme (YLP) in 2015
was attended by young professionals from some of Hong
Kong’s most prominent companies and NGOs, as well as
the civil service. In 2016 the second YLP will again
leverage a beyond-classroom methodology, recognised
by the United Nations as an “innovation in leadership
development”, to advance new thinking on what it
means to be an effective leader in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong, one of the most dynamic cities in the world,
is in a state of transition. Bold ideas and bold leaders are
needed to build on its past success, understand today’s
trends and create a sound future for its next generation.
By challenging conventional wisdom and demonstrating
the value of soft skills such as problem-solving, critical
thinking and empathy, the YLP introduces participants to
new paths to success in a complex world.
Action-based and participant-led, GIFT programmes use
real-world and socially beneficial business projects to
heighten self awareness and develop the practical skills
required to achieve high performance outcomes.
The programme has been designed as a platform to
inspire a new generation of leaders and a new precedent
of constructive dialogue and ideas, as well as promote
cooperation and collaboration across sectors.
Research shows that people learn 70%
through experience, 20% through
relationships, and 10% through formal
“The programmes are designed to help
participants develop a better understanding of
long-term sustainability, pick up leadership skills
and learn how to adapt their business models.”
Professional platform for new ideas
Help participants develop the ambition, curiosity and
sense of purpose required to excel in their organisations;
Encourage a well-rounded understanding of major world
trends and how they are impacting Hong Kong;
Inspire new approaches to collaboration and team work,
and demonstrate through practical situations the
importance of empathy in leadership;
Build a greater appreciation for effective communication
across sectors, industries and socio-economic
Gain insights and skills, including the
nuances of communication
From classroom to real world
Hong Kong’s challenges present many opportunities for
forward thinking organisations from the private sector,
civil service and civil society. From affordable housing to
youth employment; urban agriculture to rural
revitalisation; elderly care to early childhood
development, the potential for businesses that create
social and financial value is vast.
Finding inspiration to spark new ideas and
The YLP field-project provides fertile ground where
knowledge from the classroom is put to the test
alongside soft skills and leadership qualities. Intense and
engaging, the creation of a new business plan allows
participants to hone their project management skills
while learning to critically examine business models.
Combining classroom and field-based learning
During Module One, new ideas for action come from
participants’ engagement in candid discussion, debate
and role play related to the trends and changes shaping
Hong Kong’s future. Facilitators and guest speakers will
convey a new narrative on Hong Kong, China and the
world, economic development and the role of different
sectors in our society.
In Module Two, rigorous field-based learning alongside
intensive business planning will stretch participants and
give meaning to “thinking outside the box”.
Founder, Hong Kong Institute
of Contemporary Culture
Chairman & CEO,
Meetings with project stakeholders including government
officials, business leaders and community members will
allow participants to gain unique insights from a variety
of different perspectives.
In partnership with the Countryside Foundation and the
Policy for Sustainability Lab, Faculty of Social
Sciences/HKU, participants will produce a report to
support the revitalisation of deserted villages across Hong
Kong. Outcomes matter as participants will present
recommendations to key stakeholders, potential
investors and business partners at a special forum.
Former Chief Secretary,
Hong Kong SAR
Chairman, Hang Lung Group
Co-Chair, Asia Society
HSBC Asia Pacific
CEO and Founder, GIFT
Former Asia Pacific Chairman at ERM Consultancy
Regular speaker at WEF, APEC and OECD events
Author of Consumptionomics and creator of The Other Hundred project
Independent think tank focused on advancing a
deeper understanding of global issues;
Founded and based in Hong Kong with unique
insight into the region and extensive contacts
within business, government and academic circles;
Methodology refined over 50 programmes and
workshops across 13 countries and featured in the
Wall Street Journal and Financial Times;
Presented as an “innovation in
development” at the United Nations.
Participants in GIFT programmes include:
By collaborating with other talents from
differing sectors, I was inspired to see
things from a different perspective.
GIFT's focus on output is truly unique,
and they created a deep learning
experience that I fully enjoyed.
The experience was unlike traditional
executive training and I can definitely
leverage what I have learned in my
A truly valuable experience which has
inspired me to perceive things
differently and appreciate how
common goals can be achieved with
genuine commitment regardless of
people’s diverse backgrounds,
knowledge and experience.
Hong Kong Jockey Club
From the business sector to civil
society, these diverse backgrounds, all
put together under one roof, enable
different ideas to blossom, dialogue to
occur, and ultimately, cooperation and
collaboration to take place.
EMSD, Hong Kong SAR Government
Under 35 with at least five
years experience. Limited to 30
participants, maximum five per
HK$98,000 per participant. Includes
course materials, accommodation in
Module Two, local logistics, most
Want to know more?
Email Helena Lim [email protected]
Tel: +852 3571 8133
Email [email protected]
Module One : HK Football Club,
Module Two: Crowne Plaza
Module One: 5-10 Sep 2016 |
Module Two: 25-30 Sep 2016 |
Village Revitalisation: Reviving Hong Kong’s Rural Heritage
Hong Kong Young Leaders Programme| 5-10 & 25-30 September 2016
Better known for its skyscrapers and densely populated urban areas, there is another
side to Hong Kong which reflects its rural heritage and presents an opportunity for
creative new thinking around sustainable development and social impact investments.
Participants on the 2016 Young Leaders Programme will apply their leadership skills to
support the revitalisation of villages across the territory. Building on efforts of the
Hong Kong Countryside Foundation, Policy for Sustainability Lab/HKU and other local
partners to revitalise Lai Chi Wo, participants will be challenged to think outside the
box about how social enterprise, enabling policies and community engagement can
revive the culture and economies of Hong Kong’s deserted rural enclaves.
Population in 1898
when British took
Photo credit: Policy for Sustainability Lab/HKU, Christina YM Chan
There are dozens of villages located within the boundaries of country parks. Once
home to active agricultural and trading communities, mass emigration from the 1950’s
onwards and more recent freezes on development have led to most of these villages,
known as enclaves, being partially or completely deserted.
In recent years local communities and NGOs have been working to promote the
conservation and traditional values of these rural areas. The opportunities for
agriculture, education, cultural activities, recreation and rural businesses are
significant but so are the challenges, particularly when it comes to financial and
Square feet of
far at Lai Chi Wo
Lai Chi Wo Village
• Located in the northeastern New Territories, Lai Chi Wo
is one of the oldest Hakka villages in Hong Kong with a
history dating back to more than 300 years.
• Once one of the most affluent hamlets in the area, the
village is flanked by a feng shui woodland and features a
diverse and rare variety of flora and fauna.
Photo credit: Policy for Sustainability Lab/HKU, Christina YM Chan
• The Sustainable Lai Chi Wo programme is co-organised
by the Policy for Sustainability Lab/HKU, the Hong Kong
Countryside Foundation, the Produce Green Foundation,
the Conservancy Association and the Cultural
Development Society of Lai Chi Wo.
• Watch an SCMP.tv report on Lai Chi Wo’s revitalisation