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Hong Kong | 26 Feb - 2 Mar
Hong Kong  

Hong Kong | 3 - 9 Mar
Bangalore, India

US$ 18,000 per participant
Early Bird: US$ 15,000 per participant
Fees are all inclusive once participants arrive in Hong Kong (including hotels, flights to/from India, most meals, course materials, etc). Click here for detailed breakdown of all items covered.

“The programmes are designed to help participants … learn how to adapt their business models to succeed in new markets.”
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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. The GLP introduces new paths to success in a complex world by challenging conventional wisdom and demonstrating the value of soft skills through real-world field projects and managing diverse teams in unfamiliar situations.

Your participants will work alongside other high potential leaders from organisations such as:

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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. 

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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. Participants are encouraged to think critically as well as to question their own assumptions and challenge conventional notions of global business.

Core topics include:

Sample topics covered in sessions from Module One include:

Impacts of Globalisation

  • How has globalisation transformed the world and what are the challenges it presents despite its innumberable benefits?
  • Examine the rapid spread of globalisation in Asia and its impact on political structures, social norms, employment, environment, culture and values.
  • What can be done to mitigate the worst excesses of globalisation while spreading its benefits?

Role of Government

  • How should we understand the role of the state in this century, as complex societal challenges make the role of the government more important than ever before?
  • How far should governments go in steering citizens to make better choices?
  • Explore the role of the state in various countries in Asia and their indispensible role in providing for basic needs, managing economic growth and improving overall well-being of their citizens.

Role of Business in Society

  • Examine the nature of the role that business plays in society and examine issues related to pricing, externalities, privatisation and the license to operate.
  • How will businesses need to prepare to remain relevant in a future of government intervention, consumer awareness, resource crunch, geo-political changes and increased connectivity?

Guest Speakers

GLP participants will hear from respected leaders in government, business, civil society and media.


Member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF


Co-Founded of DHL International (Asia Pacific), Chairman-Emeritus of DHL Express (Hong Kong)


MODULE TWO: Field Project in India

More than half of India’s vast population of 1.3 billion is younger than 25. The country faces the significant challenge of harnessing this generation as a productive work force. An estimated 200 million young people must be trained by 2022 and skills training is today a major policy issue.

In addition, the informal sector accounts for 90% of non-agricultural employment, making it one of the largest informal economies in the world. Informal workers are therefore denied access to government protection and regulation.


Participants on the GLP will work with LabourNet, a professional social enterprise based out of Bangalore, India and dedicated to providing work-integrated job training informal workers across India, spanning all trades including construction, manufacturing, textiles and cosmetics/beauty. The group of global executives will develop strategic recommendations and a business model to support the socio-economic livelihoods of people in urban and rural India through education, employment and entrepreneurship.

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Rigourous field-based learning alongside business planning sessions encourage participants to stretch themselves and give meaning to "thinking outside the box". Site visits and meetings with government officials, community and business leaders provide a unique view of the region's social, political and economic landscape.


Dr. Gayathri Vasudevan is the Co‑Founder and CEO of LabourNet. She was awarded the “Entrepreneur of the year - 2015” in Service Business — Training by Entrepreneur India Magazine and is one of the 53 “Most Powerful Women in Business in India in the Impact Women category” according to Business Today’s annual survey. She holds several advisory posts in the government and has authored more than 30 publications in the areas of labour, employment and gender issues.

Key benefits of GIFT's experiential learning methodology:

  • Develop a well-rounded understanding of major global trends as viewed through the lens of an Asian perspective.
  • Provoke new thinking on future markets, customers, business opportunities and business models that are often overlooked.
  • Provides participants with insights into their own leadership style and renewed motivation to become effective leaders.
  • The action-based and participant-led methodology inspires new approaches to collaboration and team work and demonstrates the importance of empathy in global leadership.
  • Builds greater appreciation for effective communication across cultures, industries and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Embrace diverse worldviews and lead with a sense of purpose.

Learn more about GIFT's Methodology and Leadership Toolkit here.


Featuring a panel discussion on sustaining social projects in India

Date: Friday, 9 March 2018
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Venue: The Gateway Hotel Residency Road, Bangalore India


Outcomes matter and at the conclusion of every programme, participants present their recommendations to key stakeholders, potential investors and business partners at a public forum. This is an important opportunity for participants to communicate their business model effectively and answer questions related to their final proposal.

We will also welcome an esteemed panel of speakers to share more broadly on how social projects can be made sustainable and create the impact that is sought. They include:

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Gayathri Vasudevan - Co-Founder of LabourNet Services, a social enterprise with the vision to enable livelihoods and enhance quality of life through Education, Employability and Entrepreneurship.

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Nagaraja (Naga) Prakasam - a full time angel investor, Naga spearheaded Impact thinking in Indian Angel Network and co-founded IAN Impact. He is a Partner at Acumen – a New York based $100M impact venture fund and serves as an independent director in one of its portfolio company, Guardian – a micro finance venture working in Water and Sanitation. He is also the Founder Chairman of Native Angels Network (NAN) by Nativelead foundation (NLF).


Amit Garg - Senior Manager - Sustainability at the Godrej Industries Group, Amit manages a part of its education & livelihoods grant portfolio. His passion and primary research interest is to identify the role that businesses need to play in the preservation of human rights and dignity.


Wilma Rodrigues - Founder of Saahas Zero Waste (SZW), a Bangalore-based not-for-profit. She is a former journalist who has worked for several years with renowned publications like Times of India group and Business World Magazine in Mumbai.

RSVP below to join us on 9 March 2018 to hear the strategic recommendations from business leaders from around the world and join the discussion on ways to develop commercially-viable business solutions for skill development in India.

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