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Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP)

Indonesia, Japan

Important Announcement
We will no longer be accepting applications for the program. For details please read the announcement on the ALFP website.

http://alfpnetwork.net/en/important-announcement/

About ALFP

The Japan Foundation Asia Center and the International House of Japan (I-House) have jointly been conducting the Asian Leadership Fellow Program since 1996.
Each year, those intellectuals from Asia, having deep roots in civil society and playing a leading role in initiating solidarity among concerned people are invited to reside in Japan for about two months. During their stay in Japan, Fellows intensively discuss regional and global challenges through a series of dialogues. By offering an opportunity of living together, ALFP seeks to create a close, personal, and professional network of public intellectuals in the region.

The Program Overview in 2018

The grand theme for 2018 is "Imagining Plural Asias: How Can We Enrich Interrelationships across Borders?" Asia today is more diverse and interconnected than ever. Relationships within the region, as well as with other parts of the world, have become multiple and dynamic. These plural faces of and linkages across Asia can be understood from various perspectives, such as Asia's changing position in the world, diversity and interconnectedness within Asia, and complex relations among different groups at the national and the sub-national, local level. How can these plural and diverse "Asias" be translated into resources for creating sustainable and inclusive societies rather than falling into marginalization and conflict? Newly-selected eight fellows will actively engage in constructive discussion on these issues.

Program Period September 10 to November 2, 2018
Accommodation International House of Japan (I-House)
Schedule Monday, September 10: Commencement of Program
September-October: Seminars with resource persons, field trips, public forums etc.

Main events

  • Field trip to Iwate and Miyagi (Late September)
  • Retreat in Kiyosato (October 22 to 23)
  • Public forum at International House of Japan (October 31)

Friday, November 2: End of program

ALFP Fellows for 2018

Asmin Fransiska
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia (Indonesia)

Asmin-Fransiska's-portlate

Lydia Lubon
Documentary Filmmaker and Producer (Independent) (Malaysia)

Lydia-Lubon's-portlate

Alongkot Maiduang
Academic Officer, Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology / Art & Culture Journalist, Judprakai Newspaper (Thailand)

Alongkot-Maiduang's-portlate

Silot Uon
Career Advisor, SeeChange International Cambodia (Cambodia)

Silot-Uon's-portlate

Sawanishi Mikiko
Deputy Executive Head, United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) (Japan)

Sawanishi-Mikiko's-portlate

Sun Dong
Poet / Professor and Deputy Director, Office of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics (China)

Sun-Dong's-portlate

Samrat Choudhury
Author / Journalist (Independent) (India)

Samrat-Choudhury's-portlate

Aziz Ali Dad
Knowledge Management and Communication Specialist, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) (Pakistan)

Aziz-Ali-Dad's-portlate

The Fellows' profiles are available on ALFP website.
https://alfpnetwork.net/en/fellow/

The Program Overview in 2017

The grand theme for 2017 is "Seeking Our Commons in Asia: How Can We Create Visions for the Future?" When the public sphere is expanding into various realms, such as economics, society, culture, nature, and digital space, what can people in Asia share in common while acknowledging and respecting differences in values and standards? And through dialogue and collaboration, how can we create new values, ideas, and movements from this "commons" or common ground, and connect them to a future which starts from Asia? Newly-selected seven fellows will actively engage in constructive discussions on these issues.

Program Period September 11 to November 2, 2017
Accommodation International House of Japan (I-House)
Schedule Monday, September 11: Commencement of Program
September-October: Seminars with resource persons, fields trips, public forums etc.

Main events

  • Field trip to Mie and Osaka (September 24-28)
  • Retreat in Hakone (October 22-23)
  • Public forum at International House of Japan (November 1)

Thursday, November 2: End of program

ALFP Fellows for

Hatano Ayako
Visiting Scholar, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law (Japan)

A photo of Hatano Ayako's portlate

Fazal Khaliq
Reporter, Dawn Media Group / Cultural Activist (Pakistan)

A photo of Fazal Khaliq's portlate

Sudirman Nasir
Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Faculty of Public Health, Hasanuddin University (Indonesia)

A photo of Sudirman Nasir's portlate

Smita M. Patil
Assistant Professor, School of Gender and Development Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) (India)

A photo of Smita M. Patil's portlate

Phan Thanh Duc
Dean, Faculty of Management Information Systems, Banking Academy of Vietnam (Vietnam)

A photo of Phan Thanh Duc's portlate

Saroj Srisai
Head, Environment Division, ASEAN Secretariat (Thailand)

A photo of Saroj Srisai's portlate

Wang Xin
Deputy Director, Multimedia Center, Nanjing Daily (China)

A photo of Wang Xin's portlate

The Fellows' profiles are available on ALFP website.
https://alfpnetwork.net/en/fellow/

The Program Overview in 2016

Grand Theme Seeking Our Commons in Asia: How Can We Create Visions for the Future?
Program Period September 5 to October 28, 2016
Accommodation International House of Japan (I-House)
Schedule Mon., September 5: Commencement of the Program
September-October: Seminars with resource persons, field trips, public seminar etc.

Main events

Fri., October 28: The program ends

ALFP Fellows for 2016

Ayang Utriza Yakin
Lecturer, UIN Jakarta / Vice-Chairman, Central Board of Nahdlatul Ulama for Mosque Affairs(Indonesia)

A photo of Ayang Utriza Yakin's portlate

Criselda Yabes
Writer / Journalist (Independent)(Philippines)

A photo of Criselda Yabes's portlate

Saroj Srisai
Programme Coordinator, ASEAN Secretariat (Thailand)

A photo of Saroj Srisai's portlate

Regrettably, Mr. Saroj Srisai's scheduled visit to Japan has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Phan Ngoc Diem Han
CEO Chief Executive Officer,
Rainbow Media & Entertainment (Vietnam)

A photo of Phan Ngoc Diem Han's portlate

Lee Taeho
Chair, Policy Committee,
People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) (Korea)

A photo of Lee Taeho's portlate

Kumar Sundaram
Senior Researcher, Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (India)

A photo of Kumar Sundaram's portlate

Amran Hossain
Faculty Member, Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka (Bangladesh)

A phot of Amran Hossain's portlate

Fujioka Emiko
Secretary General, Fukushima Beacon for Global Citizens Network (Japan)

A photo of Fujioka Emiko's portlate

The Fellows' profiles are available on ALFP website.
http://alfpnetwork.net/en/fellow/

Program Overview for 2015

Grand Theme Seeking Our Commons in Asia: How Can We Create Visions for the Future?
Program Period September 7 to October 31, 2015
Accommodation International House of Japan (I-House)
Schedule September 7: Orientation、Welcoming Reception at International House of Japan
7Orientation、Welcoming Reception at International House of JapanSeptember-October: Seminars with resource persons, field trips, public seminar etc.

Main events

  • Retreat in Hakone (September 13-14)
  • Field trip in Tokushima, Okayama (September 22-25)
  • Induvudual Activity Period (October 10-17)
  • Public seminar at International House of Japan  (October 28)

October 31: The program ends

*The Fellows were also invited to give lectures and talks at universities.

ALFP Fellows for 2015

Saranarat Kanjanavanit
Chairperson, Green World Foundation (Thailand)

A photo of Saranarat Kanjanavanit's portlate

Karen Lai Yu Lee
Programme Manager, Penang Women's Development Corporation (Malaysia)

A photo of Karen Lai Yu Lee's portlate

Dinah Roma
Poet / Professor, Department of Literature, De La Salle University, Manila (Philippines)

A photo of Dinah Roma's portlate

Harry Surjadi
Executive Director, Society of Indonesian Science Journalists (Indonesia)

A photo of Harry Surjadi's portlate

Nomura Mai
Global Strategic Partnerships Manager, Central European University Business School, Hungary (Japan)

A photo of Nomura Mai's portlate

Yin Shuxi
Professor, Hefei University of Technology (China)

A photo of Yin Shuxi's portlate

Arulanantham Sarveswaran
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo (Sri Lanka)

A photoArulanantham Sarveswaran's portlate

Jaideep Hardikar
Special Correspondent, The Telegraph, India (India)

A photo of Jaideep Hardikar's portlate

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