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13 Oct 2017

Australia ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program | apply now



The Australia ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) is a three month leadership program for 15 social entrepreneurs from ASEAN and Australia. The program includes: pre-program education, a ten-day intensive program in Melbourne and Sydney including workshops, networking events, field visits, cultural activities, and support for implementation.

The A2ELP 2018 aligns with the ASEAN-Australian Special Summit, a high-level event which aims to strengthen Australia’s strategic partnership with ASEAN. A2ELP 2017 alumni and 2018 delegates will partake in a range of activities associated with the Summit, including high level dialogues with leaders in government and business.

A2ELP is designed to:

  • Enhance the leadership potential of participants;

  • Strengthen and expand people-to-people, professional, and institutional networks between Australia and South-East Asia and;

  • Showcase contemporary Australian and South-East Asian creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.


A2ELP is an Australian Government initiative and is a flagship program for the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) with co-funding contributions from the Australia Awards and Alumni Branch (AWB) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The 2018 program will also include co-funding from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) for the 2017 alumni. The A2ELP is implemented by Asialink, at The University of Melbourne. The 2018 workshop delivery partners include Asialink Business and BlueChilli.

Over a three-month period, participants will:

  • build knowledge of scalable and sustainable business models to achieve long term change

  • develop skills to engage a range of stakeholders

  • receive training in cultural intelligence and lean start-up methodology

  • participate in networking events and field visits to innovative social ventures in Australia

  • discuss the latest thinking and ideas in social impact with academic experts and industry leaders

  • foster connections with participants through peer mentoring exercises and alumni engagement


Participants will travel to Australia from 10 to 19 March 2018 to participate in a ten-day intensive program in Melbourne and Sydney.

ELIGIBILITY: Program participants will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Citizens of Australia or an ASEAN country (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines)

  • founder or co-founder of a social enterprise

  • aged between 25-35 years old

  • can demonstrate said enterprises potential impact in social / economic / environmental causes while being scaleable and profitable

  • be able to demonstrate relevance to a relationship with, or ability to scale in South-East Asia

  • be able to commit to the three-month program including pre-departure preparation, ten-day intensive, and post program requirements

  • be able to access digital technology to engage in all three stages of the program

  • be able to provide one professional written reference

  • professional working knowledge of the English language


Deadline for applications: 13 October 2017