The Hong Kong Young Leaders Programme is an internationally-recognised executive education programme. Facilitated by the Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT), the 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.

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Hong Kong, one of the world's most dynamic cities, is in a state of transition. The Hong Kong Young Leaders 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.

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Hong Kong, as a city tightly integrated with China, Asia, and the wider world, faces many challenges. But these challenges present an opportunity for bold new ideas about the city's future.

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The Hong Kong Young Leaders Programme 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.

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.

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Through the YLP, 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.

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The HKYLP 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.


EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING METHODOLOGY


PARTICIPATING COMPANIES & ORGANISATIONS

Leading companies and organisations have benefited from GIFT’s approach to leadership development. 


PROGRAMME STRUCTURE & CONTENT

Participants on the YLP gain an awareness of the drivers of change shaping the business landscape; the growing influence of Asia; the shifting relationship between business and society; and new business models aligned with 21st century realities.

Outcome-driven and participant-led, the YLP leverages real-world field projects to heighten self-awareness and hone the practical skills required to manage diverse teams in unfamiliar situations for high-performance outcomes.

By challenging conventional wisdom and demonstrating the value of soft skills through real-world situations, the YLP introduces participants to new paths to success in a complex world.
 

MODULE ONE: CHALLENGING BUSINESS ORTHODOXY

Painting a picture of the world we live in. Fostering open debate and peer learning amongst a diverse cohort.

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Module One invites participants to speak openly about how they understand Hong Kong and its future, through candid discussion, debate and role play exercises.

Module One invites participants to think critically about Hong Kong's place in China, the Asia-Pacific, and the wider world. How will the city's changing relationship with China affect its position as a regional hub and global financial sector? How will Hong Kong compete against other world cities and overcome internal challenges like rising inequality and population pressures?

DISTINGUISHED GUEST SPEAKERS & MENTORS

The GLP is facilitated by the GIFT team and experienced mentors. Guest speakers from business, government, media and civil society offer diverse views on a range of topics relevant for leaders of large organisations.

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RONNIE CHAN
Chairman, Hang Lung Group
Co-Chairman, Asia Society

MARK TUCKER
Group Chief Executive and President, AIA Group

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ANSON CHAN
Former Chief Secretary, Hong Kong SAR Government
 

CHRISTINE IP
CEO and Managing Director, United Overseas Bank Hong Kong

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DAVID ELDON
Former Chairman, HSBC Asia-Pacific; Non-Executive Chairman, HSBC, MIddle East

ZOHER ABDOOLCARIM
Asia Editor, TIME International

MODULE TWO: EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Where theory transitions into practice. Participant-led, output driven process. Boots on the ground. Intensive business modeling. Original business proposals.

In Module Two, rigorous field-based learning alongside intensive business planning sessions encourage participants to stretch themselves and truly “think outside the box.” Over one week, participants collaborate to produce a robust business plan based on their analysis of the field project, including a full set of recommendations in business strategy, sales and marketing, governance, finance and social impact.

Participants meet with government, community and business leaders to gain greater understanding of the social, political and economic landscape in-country. They learn the need 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.

INNOVATIVE BUSINESS MODELS WITH REAL SOCIAL IMPACT

At the core of each programme's business plan is an original business model which presents participants with a demanding conceptual challenge.

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


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

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Action-based and participant-led, the Hong Kong Young Leaders Programme (YLP) uses real-world social impact projects to heighten self awareness and develop the practical skills required to achieve high performance outcomes.

Hong Kong, one of the most dynamic cities in the world, is in a state of transition. Bold ideas and bold leaders are needed to build on its past success, understand today’s trends and create a sound future for its next generation. By challenging conventional wisdom and demonstrating the value of soft skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking and empathy, the YLP introduces participants to new paths to success in a complex world.

Now in its 3rd year, the programme is a platform to inspire a new generation of leaders and a new precedent of constructive dialogue and ideas, as well as promote cooperation and collaboration across sectors.