Indo-Pacific Venture
A programme for emerging leaders from across the Indo-Pacific region

The Indo-Pacific Venture is an annual leadership programme that develops exceptional emerging leaders from government, businesses, academia and NGOs, active in the Indo-Pacific (South Asia and South East Asia) region.

The programme enables the transfer of knowledge, know-how and inspiration across generations, involving some of the most inspiring leaders in the world today. It creates a new generation of leaders who have the Cultural Intelligence to work fluidly and flexibly across the region.


2020 Dates & Locations:

Phase 1 Online (includes webinars & content)
Starting August 2020

Phase 2 India face-to-face (4 days)*
Mumbai, India: 1-4 December 2020

Phase 3 Online (includes webinars & content)
Continuing until July 2021

Phase 4 Nigeria/ASEAN face-to-face (3 days)*

*Subject to government regulations and compliances with COVID-19 advisories on travel and safety measures

Latha R, CEO, Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Dept, GoK

"The Indo-Pacific Venture was a wonderful learning experience. The programme emphasized how use of technology increases accessibility."

Why take part?

The Indo-Pacific Venture encourages participants to work in new directions and develop innovative approaches to challenges facing the region today. In the process, it will equip them with the skills and the networks to operate effectively. 

The participants will:

  • understand how to solve complex problems with people who may think and act in a completely different way
  • stretch their analytical and creative skills by exposing them to new approaches to innovation

Who is it for?

The Indo-Pacific Venture brings together exceptional emerging leaders from across the region who are in the early to mid-stage of their careers. The participants are recognized as those who will rapidly progress to more senior roles. Each participant group includes a diverse mix drawn from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

All applications will be reviewed by the Indo-Pacific Venture Selection Group, composed of senior leaders from organizations across the region and across the sectors.
The participants will:

  • develop their Cultural Intelligence (CQ): the ability to cross boundaries and thrive in multiple cultures
  • enhance their ability to lead beyond authority – the ability to lead in situations where they have no formal authority
  • build diverse networks with exceptional emerging leaders from across the region
Sarita Upadhay, VP – Strategy, Medha

"I have brought back a lot of learning with me & strong backup of people who can help me in growth phase of my organization. I could get ideas/suggestions on my biggest challenges in the workplace."

How does it work?

Applied learning

Throughout the programme, we emphasize helping the candidates to learn to apply the leadership concepts which are taught.

In the first contact module of the programme, we do so by presenting the participants with a practical and compelling challenge facing the Indo-Pacific region today. This year’s challenge is: "How do we ensure technological innovation delivers societal (health) as well economic value in cities?"

In the following phases, participants have the opportunity to apply their leadership learning to a challenge which they identify from within their own workplace. They are encouraged to share the learning from this on the online platform. At the final optional contact module, they report back on progress and learn from each other’s experiences.

Blended learning

The programme follows a blended learning approach. The seamless integration of contact and online learning enables participants to continue to develop their ideas, grow their Cultural Intelligence and develop their relationships before and between the face-to-face modules, even though they are dispersed across the region. 

The programme uses the city as the classroom. The participants visit organizations across the city and engage in discussions with senior leaders from across the public, private and NGO sectors. The participants have the opportunity to explore both the group challenge and their own workplace challenges from the perspective of a different country and city. The participants are guided through a process of creativity and innovation to discover how to bring new solutions to old problems.

In 2020, the face-to-face module will be delivered in Mumbai, India. Participants have the option of attending the second contact module with their counterparts on the Africa Venture either in Nigeria OR in ASEAN (details to be announced in due course).*

*Subject to government regulations & compliances with COVID-19 advisories on travel and safety measures.

How to apply

Dates and Locations

The online learning starts in August 2020.

The four day face-to-face module will take place in Mumbai, India between 1-4 December 2020.

There is an optional second 3 day face-to-face module in Lagos OR ASEAN (details will be announced in due course).

The health and safety of our participants, staff and contributors continues to be our utmost priority. Any further resulting changes will be communicated by the team accordingly.

If you are interested in the programme fee for the Indo-Pacific Venture, please get in touch here.


Indo-Pacific Venture 2019 Report

Developing emerging leaders from across South Asia and ASEAN regions.

Dr Vasundharadevi, Director, Directorate of Economics & Statistics, GoK

"Learnt a lot in the journey of leadership. Participatory approach kept us enthusiastic and vigilant always."