14 - 15 September 2018

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

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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 business and thought leaders from around the world. The Singapore Summit is a by-invitation-only event attended by Chairmen, Chief Executive Officers and prominent thinkers from Asia and globally. Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong is the Patron of Singapore Summit.

2018 Programme Highlights

The second edition of the Singapore Summit YSL Programme, held from 12 to 15 September 2018, welcomed 22 remarkable YSLs from across Asia and beyond.

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore, was the Guest-of-Honour at the Welcome Dinner on 12 September 2018. Over the course of the programme,  the YSLs engaged with Singapore's Minister for Social and Family Development, and Second Minister for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, and leaders from the people and private sectors such as Dr Noeleen Heyzer, Member of the United Nations (UN) High Level Advisory Board on Mediation and former UN Under-Secretary-General, and Mr Piyush Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of DBS Bank.

The YSLs also visited organisations focusing on societal impact and technology, and engaged with community leaders on issues related to migrant workers, social diversity and inclusion, and youth empowerment.

The Programme culminated with the YSLs’ attendance at the Singapore Summit, where two YSLs were featured in a plenary session on how businesses and non-governmental organisations could collaborate to address societal challenges and make a meaningful impact in today’s society.

For highlights of the Singapore Summit YSL programme in 2018, visit this page.

Singapore Summit 2019 will be introducing a new class of YSLs soon. 

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