Kelvin Tan, Chief Government Officer of Challenge ID, a pupil improvement and soft-skills primarily based social enterprise primarily based in Malaysia and over 100 different changemakers from throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe met with President Obama final week as a part of the Obama Basis’s Obama Leaders Convening in Athens, Greece.
The five-day convening introduced collectively changemakers from the 2023 Obama Basis Leaders program – a management improvement programme based on and impressed by the values and legacy of President and Mrs. Obama.
Kelvin, who represented Malaysia together with different Obama Basis Leaders programme individuals, referred to as “Obama Leaders,” exchanged concepts with President Obama, telling him the challenges they face and studying about alternatives to advance their work.
President Obama believes within the promise and potential of the following technology of leaders and is dedicated to equipping them with the instruments and assist they should hold tackling a few of the greatest challenges of our time.
Throughout the Convening’s closing session, President Obama was joined onstage by his sister, Maya Soetoro. The 2 engaged in dialog about what they hope the following technology of changemakers will accomplish. President Obama was additionally joined in dialog by Kelvin Tan of Malaysia and three different Obama Leaders to share their key learnings all through the programme.
The closing session marked the tip of the 2023 Obama Leaders program expertise with the Obama Basis. The individuals are actually members of the Obama Basis Management Community, a worldwide neighborhood of program alumni
Earlier in February, the Obama Basis Leaders programme introduced Kelvin amongst 105 rising leaders chosen to affix the programme’s 2023 cohort this 12 months.
The programme trains individuals world wide in management improvement and civic engagement to assist construct their expertise and scale their work throughout public, personal, and non-profit sectors.
Kelvin was amongst 35 Leaders collaborating within the Asia-Pacific programme. This 12 months’s Asia-Pacific cohort represented 22 nations and territories throughout the area.
He obtained his begin as a public-school trainer via Train For Malaysia and went on to co-found and handle Challenge ID for greater than a decade. He has additionally been recognised as an Acumen Fellow and as a Tatler Gen.T Honouree.
He most not too long ago based Edflow, a digital studying platform to assist high-school college students by offering an area for them to share and entry studying assets.
As a part of the six-month, non-residential programme, these devoted changemakers convened just about every week for interactive periods designed to assist them drive change by honing their management expertise, constructing deep relationships with their friends, and interesting with thought leaders and members of the Obama Basis neighborhood.
In addition they participated in varied digital experiences and particular occasions, together with one-on-one conversations with skilled mentors within the Basis’s world community.
President Obama’s familial ties to the area, his time in Indonesia as a younger man, and his upbringing in Hawai’i’ve knowledgeable his values and his religion within the ardour of this technology of changemakers throughout the Asia Pacific area. Launched in 2019, this system is making a community of leaders who drive constructive, revolutionary change of their communities all through the continent and throughout the globe.
The 2023 cohort of Asia-Pacific Leaders labored throughout a broad vary of points and focus areas, together with the local weather disaster, indigenous rights, training, and extra.
The Obama Basis Leaders program is designed to additional encourage, empower, and join rising leaders from Africa, Asia Pacific, and Europe to vary their respective communities and the world. To be taught extra, go to obama.org/leaders.