SINGAPORE – The inaugural Asian meeting of the International Strategy Forum (ISF) this week in Singapore aims to connect the next generation of leaders who will face some of the world’s toughest issues such as climate change and disaster preparedness. pandemics, said Mr. Eric Braverman, managing director of Schmidt Futures, on Tuesday, April 26.
He said Schmidt Futures, the philanthropic initiative of former Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and his wife Wendy, seeks to connect leaders with “extraordinary potential”.
“The main objective is to create and maintain networks of emerging leaders with extraordinary potential in geopolitics, innovation and public leadership, whose relationships will be essential in solving the world’s toughest challenges,” said Mr Braverman.
“By bringing together and connecting leaders at the start of their careers, we hope to play a role in strengthening the bonds between nations, generations and disciplines.”
ISF’s inaugural three-day program in Asia, which ends on Wednesday, is presented by Schmidt Futures and the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (SRIS).
The first cohort of 25 fellows from 10 Asian countries – including India, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam – from fields including technology, economics and policymaking are participating in the program. ISF is committed to supporting its leaders through networking and mentoring, with the goal of helping them solve global problems on a collaborative basis.
Tuesday’s S Rajaratnam Endowment Dialogue, presented by the Temasek Foundation, ISF, RSIS and The Straits Times, marked the second day of the program. Sarawak Prime Minister Abang Johari Openg was the featured speaker at a closed-door dialogue with ISF scholars held at the Arts House and moderated by Straits Times Deputy Editor Ravi Velloor.
Launched in 2020 in the United States, the ISF program will also admit its first European cohort of scholars at the Salzburg Global Seminar in June in Austria.
Referring to the former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Braverman said: “S Rajaratnam said that Singapore should be a democracy of deeds, not words, and that same principle underpins the (ISF) today. today, namely that communities must be created through action.
“We believe that the answers to the world’s toughest problems lie in the imaginations of the world’s brightest minds.”
ISF’s modus operandi of connecting future leaders could help support innovation with a focus on climate change, a strategic focus of the Temasek Foundation, its deputy chief executive Benedict Cheong said.
He said: “We all understand that we need to work together and collaborate on research, technology, equipment and solutions.”
Mr Warren Fernandez, Editor of the English/Malay/Tamil Media Group of SPH Media Trust and Editor of ST, welcomed the prospect of more such meetings.
He said, “When they come to Singapore, we are happy to be their partners, whether it’s offering our media expertise, moderating discussions or offering our content to fellows.”