Youth completes inaugural next-gen leaders programme

Bruneian youth Faiq bin Airudin recently completed the Temasek Foundation – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (TF-LKYSPP) Southeast Asia Next-Gen Leaders Programme.

With 600 applications from Southeast Asian to join the programme, 35 between the ages of 25 and 35 from ASEAN and Timor Leste were selected for the five-month programme.

Faiq, an executive officer at Darussalam Enterprise (DARe), said, “Alhamdulillah, it is an honour to be selected as the only Bruneian participant in the inaugural TF-LKYSPP programme. I hope to share the knowledge with my country, my organisation DARe, and the youth organisations I am actively part of, such as Just Bruneians.”

He added, “Programmes like this are important to understand the region’s best entrepreneurship and innovation practices. It is a fantastic opportunity to align these practices and methodologies with Brunei’s Vision 2035.”

The inaugural run of the programme, organised by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) in partnership with Temasek Foundation, carried the theme ‘Reimagining and Shaping the Future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.’

The programme is a capability-building, knowledge exchange, and networking platform for next-generation leaders and changemakers, to engage with distinguished thought leaders from public, private and people sectors in the Southeast Asia.

In the Singapore leg, Faiq had an opportunity to have a dialogue with the city state’s Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry Dr Tan See Leng, while in Jakarta, Indonesia held a youth dialogue with its Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno.