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EcosySTEM Asia Summit for Leaders in STEM: Defining Your Leadership Journey with The Elsevier Foundation

Join our two-day leadership summit packed with workshops, panel sessions, and networking opportunities to help you navigate your professional journey towards growth and success.

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2 days

Event start date

26 06 2024

What you’ll get

Professional Branding, Navigating through Conflict, Inclusive Communication, DEI and so much more

Time & Location

26 Jun 2024, 9:30 am - 27 Jun 2024, 5:00 pm

Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore

About The Event


We are happy to announce that applications for our third annual leadership summit is open from now till the end of May 2024! Join the transformative two-day in-person leadership summit this June 2024 designed to empower and equip today’s culturally savvy leaders. 


💡 How do you build a professional brand that showcases your authentic leadership style?


💡 Are your leadership skills keeping pace with today’s multicultural woke society?


💡 How do you leverage cultural awareness to become a more impactful leader?




Back by popular demand, the annual leadership summit returns for its third year on 26 – 27 June 2024.



This is your chance to:



✅ Build your Brand: Craft a powerful professional identity that showcases your unique expertise and fuels your career trajectory.


✅ Spark Connections: Network with like-minded professionals, foster valuable connections, and gain access to collaborative opportunities.


✅ Decode Cultural Cues: Learn to navigate communication styles and conflict across cultures.


✅ Build Inclusive Teams: Discover strategies to create a research environment where everyone feels valued and heard.


✅ Future-proof yourself: Find out how cultural awareness elevates your leadership and unlocks global opportunities in today’s woke society







✨2024 Agenda✨


26 June


Special Fireside Chat on leadership and what it takes to succeed in a multicultural environment

Let’s discuss: Leadership, Success Strategies, Managing Culturally Diverse Teams


🗣Guest of Honour and Dr Juliana Chan, CEO of Wildtype Media


Cracking the Code: How DEI fuels Impactful Leadership

Let’s discuss: Impactful Leadership, Managing Multi-Generational Teams, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Affirmative Action and Quotas VS Meritocracy


🗣 Joanna Sim, DEI Lead in the Greater Asia Region at HP; Andee Chua, Culture & DI&B Program Manager at Hubspot; Kaela Montgomery, DEI Strategy Manager at Google; Dr Sandhya Karpe, Leader–Asia Human Capital Center & Program Director–Asia DEI Council at The Conference Board; Brian Lin, Director of Editorial Content Strategy at EurekAlert! – AAAS


Bridging Differences: Communication Across Culture & Conflict

Let’s discuss: Microaggression and Discrimination, Unconscious Bias, Strategies for Navigating Conflict


🗣 Jingjin Liu, CEO & Founder of Zazazu, LinkedIn Top Voice



27 June




Personal Branding for Professionals in Science: Owning Your Narrative

Let’s discuss: Authentic Leadership, Professional Branding, LinkedIn Best Practices, Effective Strategies for Self-promotion & Visibility


🗣 Dr Juliana Chan, CEO of Wildtype Media & 2022 LinkedIn Top Voice


Speak Out and Represent: Going beyond Likes and Shares

Let’s discuss: Representation, Advocacy and Allyship, Importance of saying YES to opportunities for Representation, Mentorship VS sponsorship


🗣 Dominic Graham, Digital Marketing Manager at Elsevier; Nurul Hussain, DEI startup founder, community builder and coach; Ankur Paliwal, Journalist & Founder Queerbeat


Language Barriers: Inclusive Communication in Scientific Research


Let’s discuss: Inclusive Vocabulary, Language Barriers, Strategies for tailoring messages to a Diverse Audience, Power of Storytelling, Incorporating Diverse Perspectives


🗣 Brian Lin, Director of Editorial Content Strategy at EurekAlert! – AAAS


Success Strategies from the Global South: A Dialogue with Elsevier Foundation OWSD Award Winners


Let’s discuss: Success Stories & Challenges working in the Global South, Strategies on adapting Leadership and Communication styles across various Cultures


🗣 Miwa Sasaki, Academic Relations Manager (APAC) at Elsevier; Dr Tasrina Choudhury, Principal Scientific Officer at the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission; Prof Shirani Manel Kumari Widana Gamageopens, Department of Botany, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka: Applied microbiology, plant virology, bioinformatics


Networking Soiree

Get to know like-minded peers and grow your community from 5pm – 7pm. Canapes & liquid courage is on the house







Who should attend?



Whether you’re a mid-career professional, experienced manager or just starting out in your career, all STEM professionals are invited to learn together, network and take your leadership skills to the next level. To date, over 200 STEM professionals have joined the community and grown along with us since 2021.


So share your insights and be part of the conversation. Applications will close on 31 May 2024.


Admission is fully sponsored; however, participants based outside Singapore are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation.






Submit your application today!





Here’s a snapshot of our past summits!



In 2023, our annual leadership summit brought women and male allies together over two days to celebrate gender diversity and the power of community.


Over the two days, 100 participants shared their experiences,  discussed solutions, built connections and broke barriers towards a more inclusive scientific community.










Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, Mr Heng Swee Keat graced the summit as a guest of honour and spoke at a special fireside chat with our CEO, Dr Juliana Chan.













To heat things up, we consciously designed an all-male-panel titled ‘Allies in Action: Championing gender equality for all’ with four brave male allies who are leaders in their fields. On the stage, they tackled hard-hitting questions from the audience and shared their experiences and insights on how we as a community can push the needle and work towards gender equality.











Participants had the chance to take part in curated workshops and practice new skills through hands-on activities.



There were tons of networking opportunities! Participants met like-minded peers and grew their professional network.



Testimonials from past participants


























To ensure a better learning experience, limited seats are available. We encourage everyone to complete the application form here as soon as possible for a chance to be selected. Applicants will be notified of the results the weeks prior to the summit.




The summit is co-organized by EcosySTEM Asia and The Elsevier Foundation. It is proudly supported by the James Dyson Foundation, EurekAlert!AAAS and Asian Scientist Magazine.