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Hong Kong | 13 - 17 November
Excelsior Hotel, Hong Kong

Cambodia | 18 - 24 November
InterContinental Hotel, Phnom Penh

US$ 18,000 per participant
Includes course materials, flights (HK to/from Phnom Penh), hotels and most meals


Business today face challenges that are complex, global and often appear intractable. The speed and scale of change are shaking traditional economics and management theories at their core. Fresh ideas are needed to challenge business orthodoxy and help companies achieve sustainable growth.

The Global Leaders Programme (GLP) is internationally recognised for its intellectual rigour, beyond-classroom methodology and its output driven approach to leadership development.

MODULE ONE: Challenging Business Orthodoxy

Module One facilitates a greater awareness of the drivers of change in today's world, engaging participants in candid discussions and debates related to the role of business in society and the changing realities in different political and economic systems. 

The core curriculum in Module One conveys a new narrative on economic development and the role of different sectors in society. The course paints a vivid picture of the world we live in based on facts, figures and examples and asks hard questions about the nature of globalisation. It presents the need to reshape economic systems and for the roles of government, business, civil society and media in our societies to be more aligned with our new realities. Core topics include:

Visit our GLP page for an overview of Speakers & Mentors.

Participants are encouraged to think critically about pricing, externalities, the role of the state and ethical dilemmas in business, among other topics as well as to question their own assumptions and challenge conventional notions of global business.


MODULE TWO: Field Project in Cambodia

Agriculture remains the lifeblood of most ASEAN economies. Increasing agricultural productivity to improve livelihoods and drive economic growth is a key focus of governments in the region.

In Cambodia, the nascent coconut sector is facing a shortage of raw materials whilst the demand for high-quality mature coconuts is on the rise. Smallholder farmers tend to sell their young coconuts to vendors and traders rather than letting them mature, which would enable them to sell at a higher price to healthcare and cosmetics producers.

At the same time, the demand for coconuts and its by-products is soaring globally. Its uses range from food, fuel, housing materials, and cosmetics, just to name a few. Coconut oil and coconut water are today considered trendy superfoods in numerous affluent societies, yet smallholder farmers only reap a fracture of the selling price. 

Coconut farmers are among the least resilient to environmental and economic shocks, including natural disasters, global market volatility and crop failure.


Participants on the GLP will work with Soma Group, a founding member of Grow Asia, to propose recommendations to strengthen its coconut business, as well as a supply chain that can upgrade the quality and quantity of coconuts whilst improving the socio-economic development of smallholder farmers. 

OPEN FORUM: Building the coconut sector in Cambodia

Date: Friday, 24 November 2017
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Venue: tbc

You are invited to attend our free public forum on 24 November to hear strategic recommendations from business leaders from around the world and join the discussion on ways to build and support the nascent coconut sector in Cambodia and ASEAN region. 

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