A group photo taken at Googleplex, Mountain View

2015 - 31st YLC - San Francisco, USA

31st Young Leaders Conference, San Francisco, 1-3 October

Cooperation, Competition, or Conflict? The Evolving Relationships between Asia and the West” was the theme of the 2015 Young Leaders Conference, that took place in San Francisco on October 1-3.

The conference focused on the multi-faceted interaction that takes place between Asia and the West, in particular the challenges and opportunities it presents to the many participants.

This meeting - the 31st in an annual series that began in 1984 – brought together 50 participants under 40 years of age, coming from the United Stated, Italy and 12 other countries (China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Russia, Turkey, Syria, Vietnam, United Kingdom).

The Young Leaders were selected from 150 nominations in a highly competitive process. Among them were managers, startup company entrepreneurs, academics, public officials, experts in finance, researchers, media professional. A designer, an expert in urban consulting, and an architect were
 also present.

As usual, the participants met some local prominent personalities, such as Michael Armacost, Distinguished Fellow of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (Stanford University), Sean Randolph, Senior Director of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, Mauro Battocchi, Consul General of Italy in San Francisco, David Chiu, California State Assemblymember, Gopy Kallayil
, Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing of Google, and Wilson White Head of Public Policy per Android, Play and Chrome of Google.

The Conference was organized with the support of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Google, Unicredit / EastKaren Katen Foundation and Roy A. Hunt Foundation.