Updated: Dec 24, 2020
The Singapore Summit Young Societal Leaders (YSL) Programme is an exclusive by-invitation-only programme designed for YSLs, aged 40 and under, who are doing significant work of making societies better for all. The Programme is designed for YSLs to have a voice on a global stage to convey their perspective, passion and purpose.
Through the Programme, YSLs in Singapore, across Asia and beyond will have the opportunity to interact with one another, and with the business leaders at the Singapore Summit. A platform for continued multigenerational conversations, the Programme will allow YSLs to glean diverse perspectives from each other and from established leaders that can further inform their work and on global societal issues that matter.
The Singapore Summit YSL Programme is part of the Singapore Summit, which brings together global and regional C-suite executives and thought leaders to discuss geopolitical, social and technological developments, and their impact on economic growth, financial markets and industries. Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam is the Patron of the Singapore Summit.
The third edition of the Singapore Summit YSL Programme, held from 18 to 21 September 2019, welcomed 18 remarkable YSLs from across Asia and beyond. NUS, represented by the NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, is honoured to be the partner for this third edition of the Programme.
Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Manpower, Republic of Singapore, was the Guest-of-Honour at the Welcome Dinner on 18 September 2019. Over the course of the programme, the YSLs engaged with the former Permanent Secretary of Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Middle East Institute, Mr Bilahari Kausikan, the Deputy Secretary of the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office, Prime Minister’s Office of the Republic of Singapore, Mr Tan Kok Yam, and leaders from the people and private sectors such as Prof Jack Sim, Founder, World Toilet Organization, Ms Aw Kah Peng, Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore and Ms Grace Clapham, Head, Asia Pacific Community Partnerships and Programs, Facebook.
The YSLs also visited organisations focusing on societal impact and technology, and engaged with community leaders on issues related to community building, human well-being, and navigating the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world.
The Programme culminated with the YSLs’ attendance at the Singapore Summit, where two YSLs were featured in a plenary session on sustainable urban development and how closer public-private collaboration could be established to enable more efficient allocation of resources, and policies to be more inclusive.