2017 Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program

The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) has been designed to create meaningful people to people links between entrepreneurs across Asia. The focus of the program this year will be in the social impact space. The program will bring together ten social entrepreneurs from South-East Asia and five from Australia to take part in a series of innovative learning and development opportunities in 2017.

The program is designed for individuals who have up to 2/3 years of experience working in organisations that generate social impact. The program is looking for applicants with proposals to expand a social enterprise or create a new social venture.

A2ELP aims to showcase Australian and South-East Asian creativity and innovation in social impact. Applicants will be judged on the likelihood of their proposal delivering measurable impact; the potential for their social venture to develop links across the region over time; and their capacity to become an ambassador for social entrepreneurship and contribute to regional policy dialogues and industry roundtables.

The final selection of participants will reflect a diversity of professional and personal backgrounds, with one representative each selected from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. All participants should have an active interest in learning and collaborating with peers from across Australia and South-East Asia.

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm (AEST) on 11 January 2017.

Applications must be submitted on Asialink’s website. Interviews will be conducted the week following the submission of applications.

The program will be delivered in three phases:

1. Pre-departure preparation.

Following a competitive application process in January 2017, virtual meetings will be convened with program participants. These sessions are designed to introduce participants to each other, provide online learning materials and brief participants on program content, expectations, travel preparations, visa applications and customs requirements. Participants will submit a video at the conclusion of pre-departure training which pitches their social venture proposal.

2. Intensive training in Australia

Participants will travel to Melbourne and Sydney for an eight-day program in March 2017, where they will take part in a range of workshops, site visits, masterclasses, peer learning sessions and networking events. Participants will refine their proposal using the skills developed through these activities and present the final version to the Australia-ASEAN Council Board in Sydney.

3. Implementation and ongoing network  

Following the program, proposals will be circulated to social venture leaders and program partners to seed potential ideas for collaboration.  Participants will be invited to form smaller interest-based groups and will receive regular check-ins and invites to selected activities in the region, including Asialink and DFAT-sponsored dialogues and networking events.

For further discussion aboutthe program or application process, please contact David Schaefer, Research Associate, on +613 8344 0680 or d.schaefer@asialink.unimelb.edu.au.


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