Kuala Lumpur & Jakarta | 19 - 30 Nov 2018

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In November, GIFT ran its inaugural ASEAN Young Leaders Programme (YLP). The cohort comprised 30 public and private sector professionals from seven countries who developed their leadership skills through a series of rigorous, classroom-based sessions in Kuala Lumpur and an immersive business project aimed at bridging the skills gap and spurring job creation in Jakarta.

Following a massive reduction in Indonesia’s poverty rate in the last two decades, one in every five Indonesians now belongs to the world’s fourth largest “middle-class”. Despite a sustained period of growth, a number of key challenges including widespread employment remain. In partnership with the Municipal Government, the YLP cohort created a business model to upskill the unemployed and under employment in Jakarta and other urban hubs in Indonesia and the wider region.

Challenging Conventional Wisdom

In Module One, participants were provided a platform to engage in candid discussions, role play and debate on trends shaping the ASEAN region and the world. Participants were encouraged to think deeper about their role as leaders and their impact within their organisation and towards society through real-time feedback provided by GIFT facilitators. They were also treated to insights from distinguished guest speakers from diverse industries.



Sim S. Lim
Country Head, DBS Singapore


Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar
Former Head of Securities Commission Malaysia


Premesh Chandran
Co-Founder of MalaysiaKini and


Sunny Verghese
Co-Founder and Group CEO of OLAM International

Jakarta, Indonesia

After a week of dynamic classroom sessions, participants transitioned to Module Two by travelling to Jakarta to immerse themselves in the experiential component of the YLP. In Jakarta, participants met with a diverse range of stakeholders to develop a better understanding of the project scope and current landscape of the city.

Participants met with communities in the slums to better understand the obstacles to obtaining a job in Jakarta. These communities were followed by entrepreneurs whom have expanded businesses under the guidance of PKT (Integrated Entrepreneurship Development), a Jakarta government initiative designed to foster entrepreneurship. They also met with Government agencies involved in catalysing entrepreneurship, as well as private and civil society stakeholders who contribute efforts to the same cause.

Government site visit - participants met with the agencies in charge of the development of Jakarta Smart City, MSME, Economic Bureau, Manpower & Labour, and Trade & Industry to understand the socioeconomic landscape of Jakarta

Community visit - participants visited communities in the slums to understand their current situation and challenges in obtaining jobs in Jakarta

Private enterprises & foundations - participants learnt about alternative support provided to spur entrepreneurship and job creation through meetings with private enterprises and foundations

Entrepreneurs - participants met with successful entrepreneurs who went through PKT training, a government initiative to foster entrepreneurship


Dharnesh Gordhon
CEO of Nestle Indonesia


Programmes designed by GIFT are linked to a real-world project so as to push participants to think out of their comfort zone. The project drives them to address a specific problem statement through a cross-fertilisation of ideas.

Participants met carefully selected stakeholders at the beginning of Module Two to ensure that they would be informed of the current landscape and understood the core issues. Ideas conceived by participants as they generated solutions were repeatedly questioned to challenge them until they arrived at a consensus on the business plan best suited for Jakarta and our project partner, the Jakarta Municipal Government.


The ASEAN YLP culminated in a public forum, where key highlights of the output were presented to an audience of 200 guests from across the Government, private and civil society sector. Participants also had the honour of sharing the output with the Governor of Jakarta, Bpk Anies Baswedan through a private audience before the forum began. The presentation was then followed by Q&A.

The refined business plan will be shared on this page shortly. Feel free to contact us at for more information about this and other programmes.