Conference Programme

We are thrilled to share our conference programme with you, which includes amazing and inspirantional panelists from across the world! Please note that this programme is tentative, any changes and news on speakers will be updated in due time. All times are London Time. 

* We are proud to announce Konrad Adenauer Stiftung as our Sponsor for the Event *

9:30 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:00

12:00 - 13:00

13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 14:15

14:30 - 15:30

9:00 - 9:30

Opening Ceremony 
Toru Morikawa, Executive Director, Asia-Europe Foundation 

Co-President, Luke Cavanaugh, Schwarzman Scholar

First Keynote Speech



Second Keynote Speech

Igor Driesmans, EU Ambassador to ASEAN 

Lunch Break

Panel | The Future of Youth Engagement and Exchange

Dr. Katharina Heil, President of Erasmus Mundus Association

Edward Lim, Policy Analyst, Singapore Ministry of Finance



Optional Networking


Day 1 - November 6th

9:30 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:30

12:30 - 13:00

13:00 - 14:00

14:30 - 15:00

15:30 - 16:30

Day 2 - November 7th

Optional Networking


Panel | Sustainable Development and Climate Action

Vladislav Kaim, UN Secretary General's Youth Advisor on Climate Change

Sir Mark Moody Stuart, Former Chair of Shell

Ambassador Luisa Fragoso, Permanent Representative to the UN Environment Programme

Moderator: Nadja Yang, President of European Young Engineers/ Rhodes Scholar

Lunch Break

Delegate Presentations | Policy Competition

Shada Islam, Political Commentator


Reflection of Day 1

9:00 - 9:30

Panel | Cultural Understanding Beyond Our Differences

Dr. Asma Abdullah, Intercultural Specialist



Closing Ceremony

Dao Nguyen, Co-President, Erasmus Mundus Scholar

Representative from 40 Delegates

Christian Echle, Director of Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia, Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Speakers and Panelists
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Toru Morikawa

Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation

Toru Morikawa is the 8th Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation, and a seasoned Japanese Career Diplomat. His previous postings include serving as the Deputy Head of Mission at the Japanese Embassy in Iran and Minister-Counsellor at the Japanese Embassy in France, where he was in charge of various cultural exchange initiatives. He has also worked in the areas of Media and Regional Economic Cooperation and has experience in cultivating and enhancing partnerships for projects with different organisations including the private sector.

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Igor Driesmans

EU Ambassador to ASEAN

HE Igor Driesmans has served as the EU Ambassador to ASEAN since 2019. He was previously a Member of the Cabinet of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission. His responsibilities included Asia and Pacific, Cultural Diplomacy, Transport and Fisheries. He previously served as Principal Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service (2014), Desk Officer for ASEAN (2013-2014), and Deputy Head of the Political, Economic, Trade and Information Section of the EU Delegation to South Africa (2009-2013). Ambassador Igor Driesmans has been an official of the EU since 2003. He holds a Masters in History from University of Gent (Belgium).


Dr. Katharina Heil

Immediate Past President of the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association (EMA)

Dr. Katharina Heil is the immediate past President of the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association, a network of students and alumni currently counting 12,000+ members across 170+ countries. As an Erasmus Mundus Scholar, Dr. Katharina Heil completed her PhD, in 2017 from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. She currently works as Communities Coordinator at the European Life-Science Infrastructure ELIXIR. As such she coordinates and guides efforts across researchers in the life-science field with a specific focus on all aspects of data. During her presidency at EMA, she brought the student community closer together and moved the association further towards being self-sustainable. She is now representing EMA in the GO-DIJIP project, a Key Action 2 project focusing on Integrating Digital Collaborative Environments into Joint Programmes. 

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Edward Lim

Policy Analyst, Singapore Ministry of Finance

Edward is a policy analyst with the Singapore Ministry of Finance. He oversees the financing of the Government’s tech and cybersecurity capabilities. Edward is also part of the secretariat supporting the Ministerial Taskforce on COVID-19, and had written parliamentary speeches for his Minister. Outside of work, Edward founded a community group called “Project: It’ll Be Alright”, which aims to tackle youth mental health issues. During his university days, Edward was elected twice as the President of the Nanyang Technological University's students’ union, he championed hiring beyond academic results, and initiated a student project called "The First Step" with corporate C-suites and political leaders, to help students get a head start at their careers. Edward is an alumnus of Asia-Europe Foundation, where he chaired the 9th Model ASEM in Madrid. He holds a B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering with a Second Major in Business Analytics from Nanyang Technological University.

Dr. Asma Abdullah

Intercultural Specialist

Dr Asma Abdullah is an intercultural specialist who has worked with both private and public sector organizations, professional associations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. She specializes in cross cultural management, intercultural communication, organization development, corporate culture and cultural relocation strategies for organizations and management executives. She is familiar with the issues and challenges among foreign and local managers when they work across cultures. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Anthropology and Diploma in Education from Monash University Melbourne, Australia, Master of Science in Educational Technology from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Master of Arts in Counseling from University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and a doctoral degree in Social Anthropology from National University Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia. She is also a certified coach and trainer on topics related to women and work life integration.

Shada Islam

Senior Advisor at the European Policy Centre

Shada Islam is a respected and well-known Brussels-based commentator on the European Union who runs her own Brussels-based global media, strategy and advisory company, New Horizons Project. Before that, Shada worked for nine years as Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, an influential independent think tank based in Brussels.

Shada is currently Senior Advisor at the European Policy Centre as well as Non-Resident Fellow at the Centre for Global Development. Shada is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) and a Solvay Fellow at the Vrije University Brussel (VUB).

In 2017, Shada was selected as one of the 20 most influential women in Brussels by the magazine Politico.

Sir Mark Moody Stuart

Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation

Mark Moody-Stuart is Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation, and a director of Saudi Aramco. He was Chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group 1998- 2001, of Anglo American plc 2002-09, Hermes Equity Ownership Services and Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC). After a doctorate in geology, he worked for Shell living in Holland, Spain, Oman, Brunei, Australia, Nigeria, Turkey and Malaysia, and the UK. Additionally, he is the former director of Accenture and HSBC, amd he acted as Chairman of the FTSE ESG Advisory Committee 2014-19. He is the Honorary Co-Chairman of the International Tax and Investment Center,  and author of “Responsible Leadership – Lessons from the front line of sustainability and ethics”.

Vladislav Kaim

United Nations Secretary General’s Youth Advisor on Climate Change

Vladislav Kaim is a young economist committed to ensuring green and decent jobs for youth, and he brings deep expertise in international trade and migration.

Nadja Yang

President of European Young Engineers, Rhodes Scholar

Nadja is a PhD student in Systems Engineering at the University of Oxford, where she focuses on sustainable system transformations in the circular bioeconomy and food sector. Trained as a chemical engineer at the Technical University of Munich and Tsinghua University, Nadja serves as the Vice President of Public Policy at the NGO European Young Engineers, which represents more than 350,000 young engineers. Moreover, she was an executive board member of Studierendenforum im Tönissteiner Kreis, a student forum that brings together internationally minded young people to foster projects in the fields of diplomacy, politics, education, skill building and international exchange. As the first German-Chinese Rhodes Scholar (as far as known), Nadja is deeply rooted in both cultures and beyond. She speaks Mandarin, German and English fluently with basic knowledge in Portuguese, Japanese, French and Latin.