The Future of Mental Health in Southeast Asia: From Individuals to Organizations

The 2024 Health Seminar targets budding managers who want to develop leadership competencies that promote mental wellbeing in their teams, organizations and communities while retaining productivity. Acquiring leadership skills that promote organizational mental wellbeing is a highly practical endeavour. Our health seminar will teach leadership practice through a series of 5 highly, immersive, customized workshops that focus on creating psychological safety, teamwork, and communication. Our workshops will be complemented by lectures delivering cutting-edge knowledge about emerging topics such as neurodiversity and the role of biotechnology and AI in mental health treatments. Click on our curriculum topics for more information on our workshop content and the leadership competencies each workshop will deliver! We look forward to inspiring you on your leadership journey!  

The ideal participant

We will recruit 30 YSEALI fellows, who are young professionals between the ages of 25-40, highly qualified and motivated, from all 10 ASEAN member states and Timor-Leste. Ideally, participants are budding managers, i.e. have experience or are about to manage and supervise a middle management team, multiple teams or entire organizations and communities. Participants are required to commit at least 8 online hours for pre-seminar tasks (attending lecture and reading materials) from April 19 – 22, 2023, and at least 38 hours to in-person seminar activities in Vietnam from April 22 – April 26, 2023. Therefore, participants are required to commit full-time to the seminar period for successful completion and obtaining the certificate. 

Key timeline:

  • Application opening: January 31, 2024
  • Info-session webinar: February 8, 2024, 20:00 – 21:00 Vietnam time 
  • Application deadline: February 16, 2024.
  • Announcement of results: Early March 2024.
  • Pre-seminar online sessions: April 17 & 19, 2024
  • Seminar dates: April 22 – April 26 2024 (Monday– Friday, in person) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

NOTE: Selection for our seminar is highly competitive. All travel, accommodation and participation costs will be fully covered by the YSEALI Academy.


Pre-seminar online sessions:

April 17 & 19, 2024 from 19:00 - 21:00: Instructors introduce themselves, Pre-seminar assignments & FAQ

In-person workshops:

April 22 - 26, 2024 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Please click here for detailed workshop program booklet. 

Day 1: 

9:00 - 10:00: YSEALI Health Seminar Opening Ceremony

10:00 - 10:30: Refreshments & Networking

10:30 - 12:00: Workshop 1 on “Joy in the workplace and empathic leadership” (Prof. Nathan Gehlert, PhD)

12:00 - 13:30: Lunch 

13:30 - 19:00: Workshop 1 continued

Day 2: 

8:30 - 9:30: Lecture on “Why Organizations should promote Neurodiversity” (Ha Thi Hoang, MD, PhD)

9:30 - 12:00: Workshop 2 on “Design and Implementation of scalable short Mental Health Interventions in Organizations and Communities” (Ha Thi Hoang, MD, PhD)

12:00 - 13:30: Lunch 

13:30 - 19:00: Workshop 2 continued

Day 3: 

8:30 - 9:30: Lecture on “The future of mental health from a biotech perspective” (Ha Thi Hoang, MD, PhD)

9:30 - 12:00: Workshop 3 on “Decision Strategies for Oganizational Health” (Janny W Fritzen, PhD, Graeme Walker, PhD & Willem Smit, PhD)

12:00 - 13:30: Lunch

13:30 - 19:00: Workshop 3 continued

Day 4: 

8:30 - 12:00: Workshop 4 on “Transforming Organization Conflict into Collective Well-being” (Minh Vo, PhD; Nam Pham, MSc)

12:00 - 13:30: Lunch

13:30 - 16:00: Workshop 4 continued

16:00 - 19:00: Mini-Hackathon on “AI for Mental Health” - Part I (Vladimir Mariano, PhD; Tobias Burgers, PhD; Ian Kalman, PhD)

Day 5:

8:30 - 12:00:  Mini-Hackathon on “AI for Mental Health” - Part II & Group Pitch (Vladimir Mariano, PhD; Tobias Burgers, PhD; Ian Kalman, PhD)

12:00 - 13:30: Lunch

14:00 - 18:00: Preparation for Gala Dinner & Culture Show

18:00 - 23:00: Seminar Closing Gala Dinner


We bring together a renowned group of educators and experts dedicated to empowering leaders like you to champion mental wellbeing within your teams, organizations, and communities. Through their diverse expertise and engaging presentations, they will guide you on this transformative journey. Click here to see the full list of speakers and their profiles.

Webinar Registration

Please join our first info session to find out more about the seminar:

Register here:

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