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GIFT works to support the freedom to cultivate and promote original ideas in response to the forces of globalisation, technological progress, the rising economic influence of Asia, and the need for new models for leadership and business.

July 31, 2020

New Models for a New World: Myanmar (2018)

July 7, 2020

New Models for a New World: Vietnam (2019)

July 1, 2020

Leadership to achieve a common goal: Nary Ung, ASEAN YLP, 2018

June 23, 2020

New Models for a New World: Jakarta

June 19, 2020

Broadening Globalisation’s History Beyond the Anglo-Saxons

May 27, 2020

Explaining Hong Kong’s Coronavirus Response

February 13, 2020

Explaining the KCE: Knowledge

February 13, 2020

Fostering Business Insights: Sarawak’s Indigenous Culture

February 12, 2020

Fostering Business Insights: Myanmar’s Opening Economy

March 4, 2019

Creating Employment for Over 200 Thousand in Jakarta

February 9, 2019

Tough Love: The Art of Giving & Receiving Feedback

October 15, 2018

The Power of Purposeful Engagement

August 9, 2018

10 things you didn’t know about Xi’an: Experiential learning in China

July 5, 2018

Honest Inquiry Interview: Zheng Bing

April 10, 2018

Honest Inquiry Interview: Po Chung (Part 2 of 2)

March 18, 2018

Active Passivity & the Will to Act

January 17, 2018

Diversity in Thinking: Shedding the Corporate Persona

December 8, 2017

Honest Inquiry Interview: Po Chung (Part 1 of 2)

June 6, 2019

Planting Trees: Ecological Restoration as a Path to Creditworthiness

February 15, 2019

The Greater Bay Area: A New Kind Of Megalopolis

February 9, 2019

Fostering Business Insights: Vietnam And Geopolitical Change

February 1, 2019

Basic Needs Are Not Basic Business: Rural Electrification in East Malaysia

May 16, 2018

Learning Places: Hong Kong, China (v.1, ch.1)

November 12, 2017

Learning Places: Esfahan, Iran (v.1, ch.2)

June 29, 2017

Learning Places: Kerala, India (v.1, ch.4)

June 15, 2017

5 Questions to Ask of Any Experiential Learning Programme



    Karim joined GIFT in 2010 after participating in the Global Leaders Programme and has since designed and facilitated dozens of experiential programmes for high potential executives and government officials. In his current role Karim leads the ASEAN office and is responsible for GIFT’s regional activities and programmes across Southeast Asia. Prior to GIFT Karim spent a decade in Mainland China where he was a partner in a successful nationwide food and beverage business. Karim’s articles on insights gathered through GIFT programmes have appeared in a range of publications. He has an MBA from the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing and is a proficient Mandarin speaker.


    In addition to leading GIFT’s dynamic team and business, since 2008. Eric has facilitated more than 50 experiential leadership programmes in fifteen countries. He is well versed in introducing new ideas on governance, business and sustainability and coaching participants to think critically about their role as leaders. Before joining GIFT, Eric spent several years managing multi-stakeholder partnerships between global brands and civil society groups in the United States and China. He writes and speaks regularly on topics related to leadership development and the changing role of business in society. Eric is an alumnus of Standford University and holds a Masters from Hong Kong University.


    For more than three decades, Chandran has advised governments and MNCs on strategic management, leadership issues and sustainability, and is often invited to facilitate for top corporate education providers including Duke CE, INSEAD and NUS. He was previously Chairman of ERM in Asia Pacific, helping establish it as the world’s leading environmental consultancy. Chandran is on the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome and is a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability and Experts Forum, where his thought leadership is sought for its fresh insights and intellectual honesty. He is the author of the best-seller – Consumptionomics: Asia’s Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet, and The Sustainable State: The Future of Government, Economy and Society.