Leadership for Inclusive Futures in Hong Kong

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Nov 17, 2017
by Mirva Villa
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Leadership for Inclusive Futures in Hong Kong

Salzburg Global hosts joint session with newly launched HKFYG Jockey Club School of Global Leadership
The HKFYG Jockey Club School of Global Leadership launches with the goal of supporting the emerging leadership in Hong Kong. Photo: HKFYG

Hong Kong’s unstoppable surge from being a fishing village to colonial port city to now becoming one of the world’s foremost financial centers is an outstanding success story.

However, this climb has not been without its difficulties: social divides between different generations and socio-economic communities deepen, housing prices continue to soar, and the tensions are running high both in the regional and global politics.

Now, local young innovators are starting to reject the model of “economic development at all costs,” and instead are embracing the idea of greater social, economic, and political inclusion in Hong Kong.

To support young leaders on their journey to become positive local change-makers with global perspectives, Salzburg Global Seminar, together with the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, will hold the session “Leadership for Inclusive Futures in Hong Kong” in Hong Kong, November 17-19.

The session marks the launch of the HKFYG Jockey Club School of Global Leadership, a joint initiative between HKFYG and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, with a new leadership centre to open Spring 2018 in Fanling, as the “the pioneer in leadership education and training for Hong Kong”. The intensive two-day program starts with a high-level launch event, including a keynote speech and a panel discussion on Visions for an Inclusive Hong Kong by 2030.

Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the program will bring together a select group of young Hong Kongers who are innovators from the public, private, and civil society sectors – providing the rising generation with a chance for cross-sector networking, collaboration, and opportunities for honest discussions about shaping the future of Hong Kong.

The mixed-method approach will see the participants take part in plenaries presentations, small working group discussions, and skill-building workshops facilitated by the expert faculty, including from Hong Kong government and corporations, U.S.-based experts, and Salzburg Global staff. The program will delve deep into the areas of interest for innovators in 21st century Hong Kong. In addition to hearing from experts in economic, social and environmental issues, the participants will learn about peaceful conflict resolution, civic engagement and multi-lateral cooperation and negotiation.

During the session, participants will aim to identify underlying factors behind the most pressing issues affecting Hong Kong’s society. They will reflect on ways to achieve a cohesive and inclusive community, focusing on the methods with which civil society organizations can work together to address the concerns among Hong Kong’s citizens.

The ultimate goal of this new initiative is to build a new leadership cohort in Hong Kong that are ready to respond to these challenges and give them concrete tools with which to drive change in their community. This inaugural meeting will pave way to the creation of a network of young leaders from Hong Kong, and mainland China, that will together creating a more inclusive Hong Kong.


The session, “Leadership for Inclusive Futures in Hong Kong”, is organized by Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) and funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. To learn more see: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/588