ASEAN Leaders’ Programme

The ASEAN Foundation is delighted to be a partner of Common Purpose, an international leadership development organisation, in running the ASEAN Leaders programme since 2016.

The ASEAN Leaders Programme

Now in its fifth run, ASEAN Leaders Programme is an annual leadership development programme that brings together senior leaders from the ASEAN region and beyond, from the private and public sectors as well as civil society, onto a common platform.

The programme anchors on a compelling leadership challenge that is real, significant and critically impacts the growth of ASEAN and the success of its people. Through addressing the challenge, leaders embark on a journey with peers from diverse backgrounds to develop their leadership skills, build networks, share knowledge and tap in on the immense potential of the ASEAN Community.

In the experiential learning process using cities as classrooms, leaders also develop their Cultural Intelligence; the ability to cross boundaries and thrive in multiple cultures, and hone it in their bid to find innovative solutions to the challenge through collaboration.

Challenge for ASEAN Leaders Programme 2020

This year, participants on the ASEAN Leaders Programme will tackle the challenge of “What makes a city smart and inclusive?”

The programme will take place in Singapore and a second part in another ASEAN city, where participants will meet diverse contributors across sectors and industries. They will explore how systems, sectors, leaders and people in both cities cross boundaries to connect, collaborate and innovate, making cities both smart and inclusive and equipping citizens to face present and future challenges together.

Programme Dates and Locations

As the impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt across the world, we have made some relevant updates to the ASEAN Leaders Programme.

Online Learning Portal

Begins on 30 June 2020


The journey begins on an online platform, where information exchange and knowledge sharing begins prior to the real time online learning and continues through the first face-to-face part of ASEAN Leaders Programme in Singapore until the end of the year


Real time Online Learning

15–17 July 2020


Sessions will run virtually, with real time conversations and breakouts sessions.



8–11 September 2020, Singapore


Singapore leads the initiative for the ASEAN Smart Cities Network, as technology and ideas play a key role in preparing Singapore for the future. Participants come together here for the first time to begin their experiential learning process.


Health and safety of our participants, staff and contributors continues to be our utmost priority. Any further resulting changes will be communicated by the team accordingly.


The second face-to-face will take place at a later stage.


Who Should Participate?

Senior leaders who:

  • Manage multiple stakeholders – internally and externally
  • Lead diverse teams and job functions
  • Seek to widen their perspectives
  • Seek a better understanding of the ASEAN region

Participants on the ASEAN Leaders Programme are gathered from different sectors and backgrounds across the region. We recommend applying early as participants will go through an open selection process before being offered a place.

Click here for more information about the initiative and to apply.

Related Documents

ASEAN Leaders Programme Report 2019
ASEAN Leaders Programme Brochure


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