Asian Leadership Conference

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Asian Leadership Conference
Asian Leadership Conference Logo.jpg
Formation 2005
Type Conference
Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
Region served
Asia, Worldwide
Official language
Parent organization
The Chosunilbo

The Asian Leadership Conference (ALC) is an annual international conference hosted in Seoul, South Korea, by The ChosunIlbo, a major Korean daily newspaper. The inaugural conference was in March 2005. The conference addresses important issues in Asia and the world. The conference has hosted over one hundred and fifty speakers and over one thousand guests.


The inaugural conference was convened after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami with the theme, Cooperation and Rebuilding after the Tsunami. The ChosunIlbo proposed that South Korea, after overcoming extreme poverty and political turmoil, should take a leading role in the post tsunami period. Korea needed to be a model and provide the vision for future development. While the conference was initially a forum for Asian issues, it developed into an international event finding commonality in political, economic, and social topics.[1]


The conference of 19 to 20 May 2015 was held at the Shilla Hotel, Seoul, Korea. The main theme was Commemorating the Past, Celebrating the Future referring to the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 70th anniversary of Korean independence. The agenda included: the imperative of Korean unification with reference to economic development projects such as the Greater Tumen Initiative; efficient global aid giving; equality for women in business; models of innovative internet technology business models such as sharing economy, FinTech and Big Data marketing; and the fusion of the culture of Korean business, known as K culture with that of other businesses. Keynote speakers included: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Chuck Hagel, Former US Secretary of Defense, Horst Köhler, Former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Tang Jiaxuan, Former State Councilor of the People's Republic of China, H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Education Above All, Murayama Tomiichi, Former Prime Minister of Japan, Jack Ma, Founder & Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group.


The conference of March 2014, was titled One Korea, New Asia. It examined Asian regional security, the integration of the Koreas and growth in Korea. The conference agenda included: Envisioning a Unified Korea, Asia’s Turning Point, New Order in the Asia-Pacific and Seeking a New Engine for Creative Growth. In 2014, George W. Bush attended. The keynote speakers were: Park Geun-Hye, President of the Republic of Korea, George W. Bush, President of the United States, Hatoyama Yukio, Prime Minister of Japan, *Goh Chok Tong, Prime Minister of Singapore. Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, Lothar De MaizÈre, Prime Minister of East Germany, Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of ASEAN, Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense of the United States.


Secretary of Defense Colin Powell speaking at ALC 2013

ALC 2013 was convened on a background of turmoil from the 2008 global financial crisis and the Eurozone crisis. ALC 2013 kept the "tab-ference" initiative that began with the ALC 2012.[2] ALC 2013 also continued its partnership with Table for 2.[3] One percent of registration fees were to be donated to the International Vaccine Institute to help treat cholera.[3] The agenda for the conference included: Asia as the Next Solution; In Search of a New Growth Model for Asia: The Case of the Republic of Korea; Path to Good Growth and Preparing for the Asian Century. The keynote speakers were Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, Yasuo Fukuda, Prime Minister of Japan, Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, Fleur Pellerin, French junior minister for small and medium enterprises, innovation and the digital economy at the Ministry for Productive Renewal; Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia, Dominic Barton, global managing director of McKinsey & Company, David Rubenstein, the founder and chief executive officer of Carlyle Group, Douglas Flint, the group chairman of HSBC Holdings, Roland O’Hanley, president of asset management and corporative services, Fidelity Investments, Shigetaka Komori, the chairman and chief executive officer of Fujifilm Holdings Corporation and Steve Chen, a co-founder of YouTube.[4]


Panel discussion on finance in capitalism

ALC 2012 was held from 6 to 7 March 2012 at the Shilla Hotel, Seoul. The main theme of the conference was Capitalism 4.0: Searching for Post Crisis Solutions. Over 40 speakers and 900 guests attended. Discussion focussed on topics such as the global financial crisis, social welfare, and CSR. ALC 2012 was the world's first tab-ference, a paper-free conference conducted entirely through tablet PC.

ALC 2012 was a joint venture with Table for 2[5] an international entity that seeks to reduce obesity in developed countries and malnutrition in third world countries through a calorie transfer program.[6] The Shilla hotel, which was catering the conference, reduced the meal to ten to fifteen grams of food per serving (equivalent to 500 calories) for approximately one US dollar per serve. Money saved on the conference meal was donated to feed children in developing countries.

The conference also featured an open session for university students called the Chosun Talk.[7] One hundred university students were chosen through an essay competition at the official conference website. They were invited to the talks of four speakers including PyeongChang's 2018 Winter Olympics bidding committee spokesperson, Theresa Rah; the founder and executive director of Table for Two, Masa Kogure, Wired senior writer Steven Levy, and the president and chief executive officer of Viacom International Media Networks, Robert Bakish. Each speaker spent approximately twenty-five minutes giving motivational speeches and answering students’ questions.

The 2012 key note speakers were: Göran Persson, Prime Minister of Sweden. Thaksin Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, Stephen A. Schwarzman, Blackstone Group and Anatole Kaletsky, the author of Capitalism 4.0.


The ALC 2008 was held from 21 to 22 March 2008 at the Shilla Hotel, Seoul, South Korea. The main theme of the conference was Leadership and Change. Over 35 speakers and 500 guests attended. Fundamental changes in international systems and the need for new leadership that embraced regional and multilateral perspectives were discussed.[8] The President of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak, the president elect, gave the welcome speech.[9] The keynote speakers were: Henry Kissinger, US Secretary of State, Paul Keating, Prime Minister of Australia, Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer of Renault-Nissan Alliance, and Jim Rogers, co-founder of Quantum Group of Funds.


ALC 2005 was held from 3 to 4 March 2005 at the COEX Grand Ballroom, Seoul, South Korea. It was the inaugural ALC and was titled "Cooperation and Rebuilding after the Tsunami". The conference was held on the 85th anniversary of the first publication newspaper, Chosun (ko:조선일보). Its keynote speakers were: Megawati Sukarnoputri, President of Indonesia, Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ong Keng Yong, ASEAN Secretary General and Nakasone Yasuhiro, Prime Minister of Japan.

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  1. ^ The 6th Asian Leadership Conference. Alcchosun Accessed 5 October 2015.
  2. ^ [1] Chosun 18 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b [2] Chosun 18 February 2013.
  4. ^ 4th Asian Leadership conference. March 2013. pdf. Accessed 5 October 2015.
  5. ^ [3][permanent dead link] Table for 2. Broken link.
  6. ^ Solving obesity mission. Archived 24 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Table for 2. Broken link.
  7. ^ [4] Chosun.
  8. ^ A Geriatric Peace:Democracy and Demography in the 21st Century. Science Council of Japan. pdf 21 February 2008. Accessed 5 October 2015.
  9. ^ Welcome Speech. in Korean. 22 February 2008. Accessed 5 October 2015.

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