ASEAN Leaders Programme
A Common Purpose programme launched with the support of GE and in partnership with the ASEAN Foundation.

A Common Purpose leadership programme for ASEAN leaders

Overview of the programme

The ASEAN Leaders Programme is an annual, two-part leadership development programme that seeks to bring together senior leaders from ten ASEAN countries - from all sectors and walks of life - onto a common platform where they work together to address a carefully selected challenge relevant to the region. The challenge for the ASEAN Leaders Programme 2016 is “What makes a city smart?


Application deadline: 10 June 2016

Part 1: 27 June-1 July 2016 in Singapore.

Part 2: 23-26 August 2016 in Jakarta.
           25-28 October 2016 in New York.

Participant Fees: $10,000

The fee covers all accommodation, meals and local transport during the programme.

Ability to pay is not a criterion for selection. Scholarships and partially funded places are available for applicants who are genuinely unable to meet the fee criteria.

Who can apply?

Participants on the ASEAN Leaders Programme will be drawn from different sectors and backgrounds across the region. We are looking for individuals who are:

  • Exceptional leaders operating at a senior, strategic level in their organisation and/or society
  • Able to demonstrate significant influence in their current role
  • Close to the pinnacle of their career with ambition to achieve even more
  • Passionate about the potential of the ASEAN region and excited about the opportunity provided by the programme

Participants on the ASEAN Leaders 2016 programme share what they have learnt

Dato’ Hasnudin Hamzah, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to ASEAN and Chair of the Board of Trustees, ASEAN Foundation 2015/2016

“This partnership of the ASEAN Foundation with Common Purpose reflects the importance the Board of Trustees places regarding stronger collaboration of an ASEAN body with the private sector and civil society to bring ASEAN closer to the people in line with the aspirations of a people-centred, people-oriented ASEAN.” 

The ASEAN Leaders Programme is made possible with the support of GE. 

The ASEAN Leaders Programme is made possible through support from the ASEAN Foundation.

The ASEAN Leaders Programme is made possible with the support of UKFCO. 

The ASEAN Community

Today, with a population of 625 million across ten nations, the ASEAN region’s challenges and opportunities are vast, complex and transcend national boundaries. 

The Community of the ten ASEAN Member States is looking forward to strengthen ASEAN's vision and identity as it encompasses common economic, political and cultural ties within a free trade area. Imaginative thinking, experiential knowledge and cultural understanding are some of the key factors that could contribute to innovative and sustainable growth of this community in the future. 

Ambassador Hung Seng Tan, Permanent Representative of Singapore to ASEAN

“The ASEAN Leaders Programme promises to be an exciting platform for leaders from our region to interact, exchange ideas and build networks. The Programme has the potential to nurture the next generation of ASEAN leaders, who, to quote Mr S Rajaratnam, Singapore’s first Foreign Minister, are able to 'marry national thinking with regional thinking'.”

Advisory Group Members