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AKYPA Leadership Forum 2021

Date: TBA
Time: 9am - 5pm (AEST)
Location: Melbourne Marriott Hotel, Corner Exhibition and Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Application to join our Leadership Forum 2021 is now closed

For further enquiries, please email admin@akypa.org.au.


We are currently monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation across Australia. New dates for the AKYPA Leadership Forum 2021 will be announced shortly.

AKYPA Leadership Forum 2021 will bring together young professionals in the Australia-Korea space for a dialogue focused on leadership and the opportunities in the bilateral relationship.

Emerge. Grow. Innovate.

AKYPA will deliver its first national forum for young professionals across Australia who have a collective interest and passion for the Australia-Korea relationship. The forum will provide a platform for young professionals to engage in a dialogue focused on leadership and the next generation of opportunities in the bilateral relationship.

Korea is Australia’s fourth largest trading partner, and emerging opportunities such as new energy, defence and innovation offer increasing opportunities for young professionals to engage in the bilateral relationship. Building on the momentum and celebrations of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Australia and Korea, the forum will feature presentations from industry experts and provides delegates with an opportunity to network and connect with other leading young professionals in the Australia-Korea bilateral relationship. The forum's goals are to develop leadership capabilities of this group, provide the latest intelligence on the trends and opportunities in the bilateral relationship and create a powerful network of leaders ready to advance our bilateral relationship.

Forum agenda and speakers
The forum over two days will include a networking dinner. Our speaker line-up includes:
Ms Katerina Aleksoska - Acting Director, International Investment, Invest Victoria
Mr Richard Cho - Managing Director, Hanwha Defense Australia
Dr Jaime Lee (MBBS, MPH, BMedSc) - Founder and CEO, Health Quotient
Dr Scott Watkins - Chief Marketing Officer, Kyung-In Synthetic Company (KISCO)
Mr Hanil Cheon - Consul-General of the Republic of Korea (ROK)
Mr Mark Snowden - Manager, Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
H.E. Ms Catherine Raper - Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (ROK) will deliver a congratulatory message via video from Seoul

Selection criteria
Applications are open to young professionals aged between 25 and 40 from all backgrounds and industries. Candidates who are actively involved and engaged in the Australia-Korea space are preferred. Applicants must:
    - Be aged between 25 - 40
    - Have a demonstrated interest in the bilateral relationship, or have ties to the Australia-Korea relationship
    - Have demonstrated existing leadership qualities
    - Have a commitment to participate in the AKYPA Leadership Forum activities
    - Be available to attend the program in Melbourne in-person from 5pm (AEST) Thursday, 22 July  (networking dinner) to 5pm (AEST) Friday, 23 July 2021

Important note:
All delegates must be available to attend the full program in Melbourne in-person to be eligible to apply.

How to apply
Application to join our Leadership Forum 2021 is now closed.
Participants will be selected through a merit-based application process. The AKYPA Executive Committee will review each application against the selection criteria and notify only the successful applicants of the outcome by Friday, 28 May 2021. Participant numbers at this forum are capped at 40.

All applicant information collected will be stored privately and securely and is only for use in association with the AKYPA Leadership Forum 2021.

Forum fees
There is no fee* applicable to attend this forum, however all transport costs to and from the conference venue are expected to be covered by the delegates. AKYPA will fund up to two nights accommodation for interstate and regional participants only.

* Any other incidentals are to be borne by participants.


The Australia-Korea Foundation is the major sponsor of the AKYPA Leadership Forum 2021.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Malcolm Roberts and Kate Kim for more information at admin@akypa.org.au.

All best endeavours will be made to present the forum as printed on this website. AKYPA reserves the right to alter without prior notice, any of the arrangements, schedules, plans or other items relating to the event, for any cause beyond its reasonable control. AKYPA will not be liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such alteration. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, AKYPA do not accept responsibility for loss of monies caused by delays or cancellations. Participants are advised to take out personal travel insurance and to extend their policy to cover personal possessions. AKYPA does not cover individuals against cancellations of bookings or theft or damage to belongings.