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2019 Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit

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To be held for the first time in the United States!

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The 2019 Class of Asia 21 Young Leaders will meet on November 15-16 in San Francisco and Silicon Valley at the annual Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit. This summit – the first to be held in the United States – will carry the theme “Technology & Humanity: Roadmaps for the Future.” Since the first Asia 21 summit, held in Seoul in 2006, the initiative has connected people from the region and facilitated collaborations in tackling the common challenges of the 21st century.

Made up of 40 visionary leaders from 31 countries, the 2019 Class is the 13th joining an unparalleled network of accomplished individuals under the age of 40 from across the Asia Pacific. This year’s class includes activists, artists, educators, journalists, scientists, and social entrepreneurs and represents private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Ticket sales end November 14. $75 cash each day to purchase at the door.


Date: Friday, November 15, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM - 2:45 PM


Asia Society Northern California

500 Washington Street

San Francisco, CA 94111

9:00 AM Registration & Networking

9:30-10:30 AM Engineering Leadership in a Globally Connected Society: Fireside Chat with Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley

  • Moderator: Chuck Ng, President, Project PAI Steering Committee (Class of 2008)

11:30-1:00 PM Lunchtime Roundtable Conversation

  • Alex Moazed, Founder & CEO, Applico (Class of 2019)
  • Alistair Thornton, Co-Founder, Young China Watchers (Class of 2019)
  • Bing Chen, Co-Founder & Chairman, Gold House Foundation (Class of 2019)
  • Moderator: Ernestine Fu, Investor, Alsop Louie Partners (Class of 2018)

1:15-2:15 PM Art for Catalyzing Social Change

  • Lesley Ma, Curator, Ink Art (Class of 2019)
  • Zen Cho, Speculative Fiction Writer (Class of 2019)
  • Nikora Ngaropo, Founder and Managing Director, NNMD and Young Animators Local Artists (Class of 2019)
  • Moderator: Jack Wadsworth, Honorary Chairman, Asia Society Northern California

2:15-2:45 PM Coffee and Networking Break

2:45 PM Conclusion of Public Agenda

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM


Hero City at Draper University

55 E 3rd Ave.

San Mateo, CA 94401

9:00 AM Registration & Networking

9:30 AM Opening Remarks

9:45-11:00 AM Setting the Stage

  • James Higa, Executive Director, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
  • Moderator: Tania Hyde, Director, Jata Advisory (Class of 2013)

11:00-12:00 PM Session I: Conversation with Norman Liang, Startup Advisor and Mentor, TBD, on Sustainable Leadership & Innovation

  • Moderator: Stephanie Sy, Founder, Thinking Machines (Class of 2019)

12:00-1:30 PM Session II: Workshop on Hero Training

At Hero City, you will go from an idea to a product ready to pitch to venture capital investors as you learn from top-tier venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

  • Mitch Kitamura, Managing Director, Draper Nexus Ventures
  • Yasumasa Yamamoto, Managing Partner, Capital Technology LLC (Class of 2016)

1:30 PM Coffee & Networking Break

1:45-2:45 PM Session III: Regulating Big Tech and AI Global Governance with Armen Orujyan, CEO, Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (Class of 2008)

  • Moderator: Heather Evans, Director of Frontier Technology Research, Asia Society Northern California

2:45-4:00 PM Session IV: Celebrate Women in Leadership

An empowering conversation with influential, diverse women paving the way in business, culture and technology. Hear how these leaders are changing their fields and making a substantial impact in their respective communities, with the aim to scale globally.

4:00 PM Conclusion of Public Agenda

Agenda details subject to change.

Thank you to our supporters

Susy & Jack Wadsworth

Duncan L.J. Clark O.B.E.

Norman Liang and Jennifer Lu

Paul Chong

Charles Eric Rosenblum and Mina Titi Liu

Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco

Consulate General of India, San Francisco

Union Bank


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