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A GIFT Online Education Series

The Leadership Reset:
Shaping the Future We Want


The inaugural Leadership Reset series was launched in May with 36 participants from 19 different countries and 11 industries and sectors, with a 50/50 gender balance.

Dates: 24th June - 26th August 2020

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At the forefront of tomorrow's issues.

For over a decade, GIFT has been promoting new business models and policy approaches related to pressing issues, such as resource constraints and the shift of influence to Asia.


Fully online to fuel your learning journey

GIFT’s newest offering, the Online Education Series, delivers essential, highly relevant, thought-provoking content to prepare leaders for today’s challenges.

Contemporary in structure and material, it leverages upon 15 years of experience developing our proprietary curriculum and methodology and facilitating field projects across Asia.​

The Online Series is intended neither for passive consumption nor feel-good reinforcement, but to foster practical leadership insights and develop outcomes for personal development inspired by our ethos of confronting hard truths and embracing new realities.






3 Months, 10 Modules

Weekly modules will consist of original content, curated readings, critical thinking exercises, analysis of selected business models and core principles from field projects, book recommendations and introduction of GIFT’s proprietary Leadership Toolkit.
week 1 Introduction, Reframing Purpose & Cultivating the Right Mindset
week 2 Anticipating the World in 2050: Beyond Economic Globalisation & Industrial Revolution X.0
week 3 Reshaping Capitalism: Why the 21st century will Surprise Us
week 4 The Role of Business in Society: From the ashes of “Business as usual”
week 5 Externalities: Pricing Consumption and our New Normal
week 6 The Role of the Sustainable State on a Crowded Planet
week 7 Frontline Insights: Sustainability-driven Business Model Case Studies: China, India, ASEAN
week 8 Civil Society: Embracing its Growing Role and Influence
week 9 The Role of Technology: Innovations Beyond Digital
week 10 Unleashing your Potential: Creating Value for Yourself, Your Organisation & Society at Large

The Leadership Reset is an interactive online leadership development programme consisting of:

  • 20 hours of online expert facilitation plus 40 hours of individual assignment and virtual teamwork with high potential leadership talents from diverse industries, spread over 10 weeks
  • Original content developed over 15 years, designed to sharpen your global acumen, leadership skills, and strategic thinking
  • Individual onboarding calls to align leadership goals
  • Tailored preparatory reading and individual or group assignment each week
  • Highly engaging sessions with live breakouts that are focused on building GIFT's learning pillars of Knowledge, Communication and Empathy for effective leadership
  • Resource library to support your learning, including original business plans and project insights from 70+ GIFT flagship leadership programmes across 15 countries in Asia
  • Access to GIFT's global alumni network of 1,500 top talents upon completion
  • Takeaway GIFT toolkits to help you drive high-performing teams, lead outcome-driven meetings, and derive purpose from your professional and personal roles
  • Practical recommendations and individual commitments to take benefits back to organisation

Participant Cohort:

Designed for high-potential managers from leading global companies, government departments and prominent international civil society groups. Limited to 40 individuals on first-come, first-served basis.

Programme Schedule: 24 June - 26 August, 2020 (Live webinars every Wednesday at 4pm GMT+8)

Participant Fees: US$3,000 per person


Customised Offering

Interested in creating a customised online learning experience for your company? Reach out to us at and let us help you design the experience today!


Course materials drawn from:

by Chandran Nair
by Chandran Nair
The GIFT Report
GIFT’s full library of
field project business plans

GIFT Facilitators


Chandran Nair

Founder & CEO

Chandran is the CEO of GIFT and founded the company in 2004. A bio-chemical engineer by training, Chandran was formerly regional chairman of Environmental Resources Management (ERM), establishing the company as Asia’s leading environmental consultancy.

For more than two decades he has strongly advocated a more sustainable approach to development in Asia, advising governments and multi-national corporations to instill these principles into their policies and key decision-making processes.

He is a regular speaker at World Economic Forum (WEF), APEC and OECD events and is a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability. He has also served as Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore.

Chandran is also the author of Consumptionomics: Asia's Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet and The Sustainable Stateandhe writes frequently for publications including The Financial Times and The New York Times.


Eric is the Managing Director of GIFT. In addition to leading GIFT’s dynamic team and business, since 2008 Eric has facilitated more than 40 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 Stanford University and holds a Masters from Hong Kong University.

Eric Stryson

Managing Director- Global Services


Karim Rushdy

Managing Director - ASEAN

Since joining GIFT in 2010 Karim has worked on leadership, strategy and business model generation with over 2,000 high potential managers, senior executives and civil servants from Fortune 500s, regional companies, governments and NGOs.

Karim is currently based in Kuala Lumpur where he leads GIFT’s dynamic ASEAN office and manages several of GIFT’s key client relationships including the Central Bank of Malaysia, Petronas, Maxis and DBS amongst others.

Karim has lived in Asia for almost 20 years and prior to joining GIFT spent a decade in mainland China where he was a partner in a successful food and beverage company which today employs 5,000 people across a dozen major cities. Karim's articles on insights gathered through GIFT programmes have appeared in a range of publications. He has an MBA from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and speaks Mandarin Chinese.




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About Us

GIFT is an independent pan-Asian think tank and executive education provider with offices in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo. GIFT develops and promotes new business models and policy approaches related to some of the most salient contemporary issues, including the shift in influence from the West to Asia, shifting trends in capitalism and globalisation, and economic and sustainable development throughout Asia.