Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP)

Announced in 2016, the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) is a three month program that brings together social entrepreneurs from Australia and ASEAN member nations.

A2ELP is designed to:

  • enhance the leadership potential of participants
  • strengthen and expand people-to-people, professional, and institutional networks between Australia and Southeast Asia
  • showcase contemporary Australian and Southeast Asian creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The program also aims to highlight Australian and Southeast Asian creativity and innovation in social impact and demonstrate the role of business in driving social change.

As the ASEAN Economic Community develops momentum in the years ahead, this sector is widely identified by many experts as a way to contribute to rapidly evolving economic changes.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs announced the 2019 participants in an Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program media release.

The 2019 A2ELP brings together 15 young entrepreneurs to build knowledge and develop skills in business modelling, stakeholder engagement, cultural intelligence and lean start-up methodology. Participants will also expand their personal and professional networks and build their knowledge of Australian community life.

The 2019 program theme is smart cities, and includes an eight-day intensive program in Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta and Singapore.

A2ELP is delivered by Asialink at the University of Melbourne.

Last Updated: 23 September 2019
The 2019 A2ELP participants in Singapore, August 2019. Photo: DFAT