August 2023

ASEAN Young Leaders Programme

Bringing together young leaders from across the ASEAN onto a common platform. 

Key information

Who's it for?

Young professionals and students aged 18-25 years


Asynchronous: 1 month

Synchronous: 4 days




Online and in-person


Asynchronous: Starts August 2023

Synchronous: 10-14 October 2023

Are you ready to build your networks and disrupt where disruption is needed?

The ASEAN Young Leaders Programme will help you with both. You'll be equipped, alongside young leaders from across the ASEAN region, with the connections and bridge building skills needed to lead with positive, game-changing impact.

The results speak for themselves. Since launching in 2018, our alumni have gone on to tackle complex challenges in various industries, all with an informed, inclusive and confident approach.

So what comes next? That's where you come in.

Our approach

How it works


Join forces with like-minded peers from your city / region / continent and work together to address a pressing challenge that's impacting your community.

Connect with industry and city leaders to explore the challenge through their eyes. They will give you their perspectives on how they are working to create real change.

Work together in small teams to come up with a creative way to help tackle the challenge. You will have the opportunity to test and refine your idea across the programme.

Pitch your game-changing idea to a panel of industry experts and gain valuable feedback along the way. You will learn how to improve your leadership skills and set achievable goals for your future success.



Programme outcomes

What's in it for me?

Develop your skills

Build and practice leadership skills such as problem solving, communication and working in diverse teams.

Find your voice

Voicing your ideas and opinions is an art. For some it comes naturally, while others really need to work at it. Either way it is a skill that is really important to practice.

Grow your networks

Connect with established leaders and organizations who are working together to tackle complex problems.

Connect with peers

Work with young professionals and peers from your city. Build your connections and have lots of fun along the way!

Showcase your learning

Earn great industry relevant experience that will benefit your CV and LinkedIn profile.

Practical tools and tactics

Real take aways that you can continue to practice and apply in your everyday back at work or studying.

The experience

An experience like no other...

The ASEAN Young Leaders Programme is an unforgettable experience! It unlocks exclusive access to industry and regional leaders - their challenges and their innovative thinking. You will have three days of working as teams with peers to raise your voice and explore the future of the ASEAN region. 
Most importantly, you will learn so much more about yourself - what drives you, what your strengths are and how you can use your voice to leave a legacy.

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Khin Khin Lwin
PhD Student, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (Myanmar)
"The strength of the ASEAN Leaders Programme lies in its experiential component, where cities become classrooms and experts from different fields share their stories. In a sense, it's like our heads and our hearts go on a journey of experience and learning."
Dang Quang
Student, RMIT University
"The event has been really thought provoking. Thanks to the many incredible speakers I have gained a better insight on my journey to identify myself, and my leadership weakness and strength."

Next steps

Are you ready?

Step forward and use your voice to shape the future of ASEAN.


Ready to apply?

The programme costs are FREE for all participants including accommodation, food and transport during the programme. Participants will only have to cover the cost of their own flights, travel insurance and visa (if any).

August 2023: Asynchronous online course to provide a starting point on the Challenge, Cultural Intelligence and meeting the group.​

1 Sept 2023: Selection for in-person programme​

10-14 October, 2023: In-person programme at Jakarta, Indonesia

For more information:​ Download the programme flyer which has more information and FAQs.

Application deadline: 31 July 2023

Frequently asked questions

Yes, if you have any further questions or would just like to discuss the programme in more detail, please reach out to a member of our team in your specific location who would be delighted to help.

Get in touch

We are a global not-for-profit leadership development organization on a mission to develop people who can cross cultural, social, and institutional boundaries. We work passionately with people to help push the boundaries of what is possible, all so that they can become those who can help us to work better together, be the connectors of our unique lived experiences and lead, with a difference.

Yes! The Common Purpose Charitable Trust was established as a charity in 1989. It is registered with the Charity Commission under the Registered Charity number 1023384.

The benefits of Common Purpose leadership programmes include gaining increased:  

  • Agility in adapting to changing circumstances and environments.  

  • Empathy to what other people feel, think and need. Seeing things from their point of view.

  • Influence in leading change with limited decision-making power.  

  • Openness to new ideas, possibilities and perspectives, including views they might deeply disagree with.    

  • Purposefulness in leading with intentionality, determination, commitment and resilience.

  • Self-awareness to their behaviours and outlook, and how they interpret and respond to situations.

When it comes to learning, there is no substitute for the power of real experience and fresh perspective. Our approach uses a robust behaviour and mindset change philosophy rooted in real life leadership challenges and experiences. To turn those experiences into real learning we follow five tried and tested steps that lead to habitual change in how people think, feel and act.    

  1. Experience: Being presented with new experiences. Engaging with leaders across multiple boundaries and being immersed in new environments.   

  1. Reflection: Learning activities to gain a deeper and more personalized understanding of the learning.    

  1. Translate: Exploring how to relate new ideas and thought processes back into the learner’s role or context.

  1. Practice: Developing a set of leadership practices that can be used to turn new behaviours into habits.

  1. Assess: Embedding numerous assessments to help learners track their progress pre, during and even beyond the programme.

Experiential learning is a core component of our programmes.

Our programmes create a carefully constructed microclimate to explore real-life leadership challenges in a safe environment, often leading to the types of purpose-driven conversations needed to achieve transformative change.

We also focus on the importance of active learning, by getting people out of their comfort zones and into the world, seeing things, meeting people, taking part, and taking advantage of processes that stimulate multiple neural connections in the brain and promote memory.