Workshops

Workshop Session 1 | November 12, 10.00 am to 11:15 am, CET

In this workshop, we want to discuss with four outstanding social entrepreneurs from Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam about social entrepreneurship and their learnings. Be ready to get inspired and learn how these social entrepreneurs want to make our world a better place.
Peetachai (Neil) Dejkraisa from Jasberry: Founded in 2011, Jasberry solves the problem of farmers’ poverty through innovative organic products with a global appeal under the brand Jasberry®. Jasberry currently works with over 2,500 small-scale farmers households in the Northeastern part of Thailand helping them to increase their income by several folds by managing the entire agricultural value chain. Jasberry products which are mainly organic Jasberry rice and other rice value-added products are now available in 9 countries, including USA, Germany, UAE, etc.
Minh Ngoc from Green Lady Vietnam: Green Lady Vietnam is a social enterprise supporting women and the environment. We produce and distribute menstrual products that are good for women’s health and the environment. It also organizes free workshops and events about menstruation and environment for the community so that everyone takes care of themselves and reduces waste to the environment.
Charlene Tan from Good Food Community: Good Food Community is all about growing a sustainable society that nourishes everyone—you, the farmers, the land and generations to come. The multiple crises of our age serve as an invitation to evolve a new system and culture—one that puts the planet and people first. We believe that the way to achieve this is through Community Shared Agriculture.
Somsak (Pai) Boonkam from Local Alike: Local Alike is a travel company that offers a wide range of community-based tourism experiences. Their tours and excursions are fun and immersive, earning them consistent praises for being “unique” and “meaningful” by travellers worldwide. Travellers get to take part in off the beaten path experiences that contribute to the preservation of local ways of life and the conservation of our environment. As a social enterprise, Local Alike’s mission is to empower holistic and sustainable growth in local communities through tourism.
This workshop will be moderated by Dr Yolande Steenkamp and Dr Alex Bignotti
We live in what appears as increased complexity and this is perhaps due to heightened uncertainty. The pandemic rages especially in our region, Southeast Asia, where health and economy have yet to find reinforcement as institutional pillars of our emerging countries. Nevertheless, we remain true to our civilization’s values for promoting sustainability, solidarity, and cooperation. Sustainability, which ensures that our present actions likewise redound to the welfare of future generations; solidarity that in humility, we recognize and accept that we are much limited without strong bonds that unite us and our societies; and cooperation, which drives us to act together for achieving our goals together. Which best way to uphold our civilization’s values but through nurturing leadership and creativity? Most of all, creativity to think out-of-the-box because tried-and-tested ways cannot suffice anymore, what we need is innovation. What leadership pathways are there toward this creativity? The workshop will be facilitated by Drs. Elizabeth Urgel, Phil Paje, May Zuleika Salao, Laya Boquiren-Gonzales and Carmita Icasiano of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), Philippines.
Southeast Asia is a rich and diverse region with 11 countries and this vibrant collection of countries are connected by women leaders who strive to solve cross-border issues as well as contribute to their local communities. In this workshop we want to look at the challenges facing women in Southeast Asia as well as the success stories of female leadership in the region. To discuss this, we have invited three extraordinary women that hold leadership positions in the fields of academia and the private sector and who will discuss with us pressing questions about the future of female leaders and their own leadership experience in an interactive workshop session.
Ms. Aimi Ramlee shares with us her experiences as the founder of the award winning software and creative solutions company Tyne Solutions and as the co-founder of SoutheastAsiaWomen.org, a platform that aims to promote the increased representation of Women speakers, mentors and collaborators from Southeast Asia.
Dr. Huong Thi Lan Nguyen has 20 years of experience in higher education and is a Senior Advisor at the RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law in Australia. Her research focuses on academic careers, research leadership, and women empowerment.
Dr. Dang Thi Ngoc Lan is the Director of the Language Center and Foundation Year of Vietnamese-German University (VGU) in Vietnam and she will present a number of preliminary findings of her existing international and comparative study on women and leadership in Malaysia and Vietnam and share her lived experiences as a mid-level female leader in academia in Vietnam for more than two decades.
The workshop will be moderated by Laura Trattner. 
While signifying a vast, populous geographical area, ‘Southeast Asia’ evokes concepts and notions more than the geopolitical construct. It also represents anachronistic imaginaries from spice islands to digital labour to traditional arts and crafts manufacturing. In this back-to-back workshop, co-curators Kristian Jeff Agustin, Yen Ooi, and Martin Vidanes explore creative ways of understanding Southeast Asia’s real conditions of existence as the region is constantly shaped by our imaginations of its past, present, and future. Using participatory approaches such as photography and storytelling, participants will respond to relevant questions about Southeast Asia’s identity as a transcultural region that hitherto negotiates its ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ pressures. The main aim of this session is to understand the many constructs of Southeast Asia and imagine new ones through the creation of personal narratives that relate to a diverse group of nations. What is the significance of ‘Southeast Asia’ in people’s day to day experiences? How can we challenge and/or contribute to these experiences
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As the world becomes ever more globalised, the businesses we work in ever more interconnected and the teams, clients and stakeholders we work with ever more diverse, the need to be able to work across cultures has never been more critical. Cross-cultural competency, or Cultural Intelligence as we define it, is a core employability skill that all graduates need, but how do you develop it? The good news is that university is literally one of the best places to do so. We’ll discuss how you can really maximise your time at university to develop this critical employability skill and give you the edge in a crowded jobs market.
The workshop will be hosted by Common Purpose. Common Purpose is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 that develops leaders who can cross boundaries between geographies, generations, sectors, specializations, backgrounds and beliefs. This enables them to solve complex problems both in organizations and in cities.
You will find more information about Common Purpose here.
Those who act in accordance with compliance comply with the law. But the best rules are useless without a moral corporate culture that is based on values and lived by top management. In this workshop, facilitated by Giovanni Spadaro and Prof Dr Josef Wieland, the participants will learn what are the key aspects for successful compliance and values management in Southeast Asia.
The workshop will be facilitated by Giovanni Spadaro (Managing Director Rolls-Royce Solutions Asia) and Prof Dr Josef Wieland (Director of the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin)

Workshop Session 2 | 12 November, 11.45 am to 13:00 pm, CET

In this workshop we want to explore and discuss innovation, sustainable development and impact in the context of Southeast Asia and specifically with a focus on Cambodia and Indonesia. For this session we invited Natharoun Ngo (Director of the Center for Khmer Studies & Co-founder of Platform-Impact) and Matahari Farransahat (Manager Program of Creative Hub). “Platform-Impact” creates, develops and empowers Impact-Driven Enterprises aiming to overcome poverty, reduce inequalities and maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being in Cambodia and Southeast Asia.
Natharoun Ngo will share with us some of the inspiring projects “Platform-Impact” has initiated and we will discuss questions like “How is Platform-Impact innovating and what is the next frontier in terms of sustainable development and impact?”.
The workshop will be moderated by Martin A. Ciesielski.
 
The “Skilling a Digital ASEAN” is designed as an informal and interactive workshop session to provide an intimate forum for participants to interact and learn. The overall objectives from the session are:
• understand how to build partnerships for impact
• learn how to apply some of those ideas and skills in real life
• understand some of the challenges faced by leaders in other organizations and how they deal with them
The session will start off with a presentation by Eugene Ho, followed by Q&A from participants.
O’Brien said: “The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervener.” We might say it this way: the success of our actions as change-makers does not depend so much on What we do or How we do it, but on the Inner Place from which we operate. The ACLP tries to combine the what with the how and during the workshop you will:
• receive insights into the cornerstones of the theories behind the ACLP 2021 leadership journey, such as TheoryU, system thinking, and further leadership principles,
• get to know the structural set up of the 3 months virtual leadership journey
• gain insight into the uniqueness of a leadership journey acting in a concrete implementing field- here the example of Climate Smart Land Use project in ASEAN of GIZ
• participate in a short dialogue about the impressions of ACLP 2020 and ACLP 2021 with the giz programme advisor, the main facilitator on the programme, and the backstopper of GIZ Germany.
• be invited to your own short TheoryU inspired leadership journey – a reflection praxis
• and we reserve some time for your Q&As
Looking forward to your participation!
Speaker: Heike Pratsch (Leadership/Competency Development Specialist: Academy of International Cooperation/ giz | Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Germany) Backstopper in the ACLP, Zahra Mutiara (Advisor Climate Smart Land Use in ASEAN – giz -Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Jakarta, Indonesia): Advisor/ Coordinator of the ACLP and André de Wit Dean of the Leadership Academy Amsterdam/ Leadership Facilitator in the ACLP
While signifying a vast, populous geographical area, ‘Southeast Asia’ evokes concepts and notions more than the geopolitical construct. It also represents anachronistic imaginaries from spice islands to digital labour to traditional arts and crafts manufacturing. In this back-to-back workshop, co-curators Kristian Jeff Agustin, Yen Ooi, and Martin Vidanes explore creative ways of understanding Southeast Asia’s real conditions of existence as the region is constantly shaped by our imaginations of its past, present, and future. Using participatory approaches such as photography and storytelling, participants will respond to relevant questions about Southeast Asia’s identity as a transcultural region that hitherto negotiates its ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ pressures. The main aim of this session is to understand the many constructs of Southeast Asia and imagine new ones through the creation of personal narratives that relate to a diverse group of nations. What is the significance of ‘Southeast Asia’ in people’s day to day experiences? How can we challenge and/or contribute to these experiences
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Southeast Asia finds itself in an increasingly challenging position. The increasing pressure and assertiveness of global powers have placed ASEAN – and its constituting member economies – in stormy transpacific waters.
The workshop introduces participants to the geopolitical complexity that emerges with contested territorial claims and shifting power balances. To what extent are US-Chinese power relations setting the stage for contested maritime, infrastructural, and digital domains? What are the implications for Southeast Asia? How do ASEAN economies respond to these changes? And how do emerging security alliances (Quad) and regional trade blocs (RCEP) affect regional affairs? The workshop will be facilitated by Prof Dr Christian von Lübke (Southeast Asian Studies, HTWG Konstanz).
The workshop helps to create cross-cultural awareness and is one of the first stepping stones in building your skills in dealing with Southeast Asians. Due to its great diversity, there is not just one answer to questions as to how to communicate and work successfully with people. Apart from knowing the facts of the plural societies in Southeast Asia, their beliefs, values, patterns of behaviour, historical development, and challenges of modernization, we need to understand the complexity and the stumbling blocks that might distort our perception when communicating.
What are some of our unconscious biases? How can we mitigate misunderstandings and frictions? How do our misinterpretations of languages and of the non-verbal affect our cross-cultural communication? What other stumbling blocks are detrimental to our cooperation? Using vivid experiences from encounters made in Southeast Asia, we will explore possible approaches and ways to create better relationships and results in working with each other.
The workshop will be facilitated by Molly Ng (Intercultural Trainer, Facilitator, and Consultant).