Reimagining Hong Kong.

Inspiring Young leaders

Reimagining Hong Kong.
Inspiring Young Leaders.

The annual Hong Kong Young Leaders Programme (HKYLP) is a platform designed to bring young professionals together across sectors (government, business, and civil society) to develop solutions that address pressing social issues, from housing affordability to opportunities in the Greater Bay Area.

Redefining “Smart City” for Resilience in the New Normal


This year, the 7th HKYLP will focus on solutions to develop Hong Kong into a smart city that enhances the resilience and quality of life for businesses and individuals.

Participants on the HKYLP will develop a set of strategic recommendations that enables Hong Kong to become a model smart city with a focus on building an inclusive and low carbon economy that bolsters future skills for its youth, promotes individual wellbeing and builds cohesive communities.

Hong Kong should promote an inclusive economy that provides equal access to financial capital for SMEs, boosts employment opportunities, and improves living conditions for vulnerable socio-economic groups.
Through educational reforms, Hong Kong can bolster future skills in its labour force to have greater flexibility in the job market and access to new industries - better preparing its youth for a rapidly changing future.
Bold strategies are needed to achieve Hong Kong’s stated goal of decarbonisation by 2050. If successful, Hong Kong will better secure its future, and create new job opportunities commensurate with a robust green economy.
Hong Kong should prepare the relevant socio-economic and physical infrastructure needed in healthcare, food supply and elderly care to maintain a high quality of life for all its citizens which may include investment and technology application in arts and culture, sports and community wellness hubs, and public space.

Reports and Big Ideas

Redefining Smart City For Honf Kong
Hong Kong Young Leaders Programme

Participant Learning Journey

GIFT's proprietary curriculum, learning tools and high-touch facilitation keep participants engaged and excited from start to finish.

Key Benefits

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Improve business acumen by understanding trends shaping markets, governance and societies

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Strengthen commercial skills and personal effectiveness by creating robust business and policy proposals

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Inspire new approaches to collaboration and high-performance teamwork

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Communicate with confidence across different cultures and backgrounds

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Realise through practical situations the importance of empathy in leadership

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Acquire tools for running outcome-driven meetings and purposeful stakeholder engagement

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Renew motivation to go beyond people management and create a culture of collaboration

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Build networks across industries and sectors

Past Programme Reports

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    Vinobha Anthony Doss is a Programme Associate at GIFT ASEAN. Prior to joining GIFT he was in the practice of civil litigation and dispute resolution. He has been involved in various public policy shaping cases lodged in the Malaysian courts. His creative approach coupled with the depth in legal knowledge has resulted in effective legal reasoning and client management. Vino graduated from the University of London and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2017. He speaks fluent English, Malay, basic Cantonese and basic French.


    Viji is the Operations Manager at GIFT Asean.  She oversees the operational management of the KL office.

    Prior to joining GIFT, Viji worked in various organisations and has spent the last 15 years on NGO work mainly focusing on performance arts and cancer respectively.  Viji holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology from the Dublin Business School.  She speaks English, Bahasa Malaysia, and Malayalam.


    Brenda oversees the programme design and implementation, as well as content development at GIFT. Prior to GIFT, Brenda was a Senior Economist at the Central Bank of Malaysia for almost 8 years, leading macroeconomic assessments and growth projections for monetary policy deliberation. Passionate about public policy, she also sought to diversify her research interests and expertise over the years – ranging from trade competitiveness and investment incentives to social protection. When COVID-19 hit, Brenda had a hand in crafting various stimulus measures to support the vulnerable groups in Malaysia.

    She holds a degree in BSc. in Economics with honours from the University of Warwick, UK. She has also attended various professional courses by the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of Korea at Washington D.C., Singapore and South Korea. She is fluent in Malay, speaks several Chinese dialects and knows basic Korean.


    Venus is Programme Associate at GIFT. Prior to joining GIFT, she worked at the United Nations, USL Technology and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has experience in climate change and sustainability planning, stakeholder engagement and community outreach. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies, with an additional concentration in Inequality Studies. She is fluent in English and Hindi, proficient in Spanish, and conversant in Cantonese.


    Karim joined GIFT in 2010 as Business Development Manager. Over the next decade he served as Head of Programmes in Hong Kong, and as Managing Director of GIFT ASEAN in Malaysia where he led the transformation of a small rep office into a fully-fledged regional business.

    During this period Karim designed and facilitated dozens of public and custom development programmes for thousands of professionals from Fortune 500s, regional MNCs, Government Agencies and NGOs. Karim’s articles on insights gathered through his work in the classroom and in the field have appeared in a range of publications.

    In 2021 Karim left his executive role at GIFT to pursue graduate studies in mindfulness – a practise he is deeply passionate about. He continues to contribute to programme design and facilitation, and is an advisor to GIFT’s new EdTech company GIFT.ed

    Karim has lived in Asia for over 20 years. Prior to GIFT, he was a partner in a successful Shanghai-based food and beverage company which today operates almost 50 restaurants across a dozen major Chinese cities. Karim has an MBA from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in China, and is pursuing a Masters in Teaching Mindfulness Based Courses at Bangor University in the UK.


    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.