On 13 September 2021, YSEALI Academy welcomed 35 fellows of Digital Transformation Seminar – the second seminar among YSEALI Academy’s three flagship seminars in 2021. This two-week seminar provides an overview of digital transformation in Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on the existing technologies and their real-life applications and implications in digital society, digital economy, and digital government.
Representing the YSEALI Academy Team, Dr. Le Vu Quan, Director of the YSEALI Academy at Fulbright University Vietnam, opened the plenary session with his strong belief that the fellows will be the voice of rising young leaders in Southeast Asia. Madame Dam Bich Thuy, the president of Fulbright University Vietnam, expressed her warm greetings, stating that she hoped the fellows would make the most out of the seminars, and find their paths to their fronts of their respective industries.
Joining the distinguished panel was Mr. Adam Murray, Indo-Pacific Economic Coordinator from U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs. In his speech, he emphasized the importance of artificial intelligence (A.I) on diverse aspects of our life. Mr. Murray reflected on how we should develop and deploy A.I. in a safe and fair manner – and young leaders play important roles in uplifting and empowering people.
Ambassador Tran Duc Binh, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, congratulated all the fellows on embarking upon the Digital Transformation Seminar and gave the fellows an insightful overview of ASEAN digital market. ASEAN has been working to lay out policy measures framework to accelerate the potential ASEAN digital economy and transformation. In addition, ASEAN and the U.S. Government has worked together on USAID IGNITE to promote the growth of the regional digital economy. A strong network of young leaders, such as YSEALI, would be a boost for these developments.
The highlight of the plenary session was the keynote speech from Ms. Stephanie Davis, Vice President of Google Southeast Asia. Ms. Davis shared about the digital transformation opportunities, priorities to accelerate the digital transformation process, as well as the roles of young leaders to address global and regional challenges. The excitement of the fellows could be seen by their stream of questions in the Q&A section with the keynote speaker.
In the upcoming two weeks, the fellows will emerge into a profound schedule of lectures and discussions. The YSEALI Academy Team will keep updating the fellows’ expedition in the digital world.