Launched in 2015, the Hong Kong Young Leaders Programme (YLP) is an internationally-recognised executive education programme. Facilitated by the Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT), the Hong Kong YLP adapts the Global Leaders Programme for a Hong Kong context, combining intellectual rigor, a beyond-classroom methodology and an output-driven approach to leadership development. The two-week programme provides a platform where young professionals from all parts of society can engage in constructive dialogue, equip themselves to be effective leaders and collaborate across sectors and industries.

Hong Kong, one of the world's most dynamic cities, is in a state of transition. The Hong Kong YLP encourages a well-rounded understanding of major world trends and how they impact Hong Kong, and builds a greater appreciation for communication and cooperation across sectors, industries and socio-economic backgrounds. From affordable housing to youth employment; urban agriculture to rural revitalisation; elderly care to early childhood development, there is vast potential for businesses that create both social and financial value.

The Hong Kong YLP has been designed as a platform to inspire a new generation of Hong Kong leaders and set a new precedent for how they build new ideas and concepts. Through the programme, participants develop the ambition, curiosity and sense of purpose required to excel in their organisations, and are inspired to demonstrate the importance of empathy in leadership.


Module One

Invites participants to speak openly about their understanding of Hong Kong and its future, through candid discussion, debate and role play.

Interim Period

In teams, participants carry out research and due diligence for the upcoming field project.

Module Two

Rigorous field-based learning alongside intensive business planning sessions to truly “think outside the box”.  

Final Forum & Business Output

Participants present the highlights of their analysis and proposal to key project stakeholders from business, government, civil society and media.

module one: challenging business orthodoxy

Module One consists of the core curriculum and conveys a new narrative of Hong Kong, China and the world; economic development and the role of different sectors in society. GIFT’s original classroom-based content challenges participants to go beyond conventional wisdom and business orthodoxy, spurred by topics ranging from the impacts of globalisation; the shifting relationship between business and society; the roles for government, business, civil society and media among others.

Rather than listening to lectures from experts, participants engage in open and candid discussion, debates and role plays, allowing them to internalise often new or unfamiliar views and then come to their own conclusions. Sessions are led by GIFT facilitators and guest speakers and are carefully designed to provide a safe, non-threatening environment that encourages participants to speak openly and honestly, become intellectually engaged, and develop the skills required to assert their views and learn from others.





Chairman, Hang Lung Group
Co-Chairman, Asia Society

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Former Chief Secretary, Hong Kong SAR Government


Former Chairman, HSBC Asia-Pacific; Non-Executive Chairman, HSBC, Middle East


Under-Secretary for the Environment, Hong Kong SAR Government

Senior Editor of the South China Morning Post

Advisor to the Hong Kong Countryside Foundation; Former Director of the Hong Kong Observatory

interim period

Between Module One and Module Two, participants have the opportunity to further research and carry out due diligence on the upcoming field project. Interim Team Assignments will assist in furthering collaboration and discussion around the issues in preparation for Module Two.


Module Two is the experiential component of the programme. Participants' skills are tested on a variety of levels, as is their ability to collaborate effectively across sectors to drive a successful outcome. Module Two is also an opportunity to play a pioneering role in the creation of a socially beneficial output for Hong Kong and show what can be achieved through cross-sectoral collaboration.

Module Two includes project site visits, stakeholder meetings and project planning sessions to gather information and insights, conduct in-depth analysis and acquire practical knowledge about project topics. Fresh perspectives and new ideas are consolidated into a robust business plan or policy paper. Highlights of the plan are presented to a wide variety of stakeholders at a final forum on the final day of the programme.



GIFT’s programmes are conducted in partnership with a local SME, social enterprise, non-governmental organisation, or government agency that are looking to address critical socio-economic and environmental concerns. A partner’s business model and aspirations for growth for example provide provides participants with a central motivating challenge, which they tackle during Module Two.

The output produced by participants provides practical value to the partner, through objective observations and recommendations for improvement. It typically includes an original business model, sales and marketing plans, policy recommendations, organisational and governance recommendations, social impact assessment and financial projections.


Partner: Hong Kong Countryside Foundation, a non-profit organisation established to provide a vehicle to manage and preserve Hong Kong’s natural assets.

Output: Proposal for a Rural Renewal Authority (RRA) to act as a central hub for village revitalisation efforts across the territory.


Supporting partners: The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Efficiency Unit of the HKSAR.

Output: Proposal for a SportsLight Trust to fund the construction of 30-50 sports hubs throughout Hong Kong and to select operators to run affordable and community-based sports programmes.

View the full Business Plans developed by participants on our programmes in the Business Plan Archive.




Participants meet with government, community and business leaders to gain greater understanding of specific social, political and economic landscape. They learn how to be flexible and pragmatic in their approach to problem-solving. 

Participants gain direct exposure to issues shaping the future and are encouraged to “connect the dots” from the global level to the local and practical levels. Field-work builds empathy and an appreciation of the impacts their decisions have on others.



Following site visits and through frank and open discussions, participants question and test their assumptions, learn to navigate conflicting and contradictory views, and learn to transform concepts and theories into practical and actionable ideas. 

final forum

The Hong Kong YLP culminates in a public forum, where participants present highlights of their analysis and proposal to an audience of key project stakeholders, including business leaders, potential investors, community representatives and government officials.

This live learning platform gives participants an opportunity to refine their communication and presentation skills. At the same time it drives interest and engagement in the implementation of the project among key stakeholders.

UPCOMING YLP: 4-9 & 24-29 SEPTEMBER 2017