As we examine how UWCSEA will rise to the challenges of the decades to come, our newest Kishore Mahbubani Speaker Series invites our community to engage in an exploration of the possibilities of evolution, and perhaps even revolution, of learning at UWCSEA.
Please join UWCSEA as we engage pioneers and thinkers in education to uncover how we can align our mission-inspired education with the needs of our students and their communities to ensure a flourishing future and that the next generation can not just survive, but thrive.
We need a revolution in how and what humans learn." Tom Fletcher CMG, Project Director, Towards Global Learning Goals
- Navigating learning in the 21st century
- Digital learning and disruption
- If not now, when? Committing to Social Justice
- Is this the end of Western curricula?
- Measuring what Matters
Launch event: Navigating learning in the 21st century
Thursday, 29 October 2020 | 18:30 - 20:30 (GMT+8 Singapore time)
Join us in conversation as we shape a vision for UWCSEA. Former diplomat, author, project director of Towards Global Learning Goals and current Principal of Hertford College at the University of Oxford, Tom Fletcher will share the insights he gained on navigating learning in the 21st century, and strategist and author Parag Khanna shares his insights into the globally mobile, work anywhere world in which our students will enter the workforce.
This first event in our new Kishore Mahbubani Speaker Series will include a welcome from former diplomat, author and Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (National University of Singapore), who is also a former UWCSEA Board Chair, Kishore Mahbubani before moving on to explore today's key theme via:
Tom Fletcher, author, former diplomat and Project Director of the UN's Towards Global Learning Goals
Parag Khanna, strategist and author of upcoming book Move: Humanity’s New Geography
Musimbi Kanyoro, Chair of UWC International and former President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women will join our speakers for a panel discussion hosted by UWCSEA Dover alumna Anita Kapoor '89.
Pre-event student perspective
A pre-event panel discussion with UWCSEA students will run 6–6.30pm. As a precursor and important lens for any discussion on learning, UWCSEA students from Grade 11 and 12 will share their ideas on what a future education might look like, and what might be important for them. This 30 minute exploration will set the scene for the keynote speakers who will follow.
Student panel discussion
Welcome by host Anita Kapoor '89 and Kishore Mahbubani, patron of the UWCSEA Kishore Mahbubani Speakers Series
Keynote 1 with Tom Fletcher CMG: “Navigating the 21st Century”
As parents, teachers and policy makers, we have no greater responsibility than to educate the next generation. Yet amid such dramatic political and technological change, how can we be sure that we are teaching them the right things in the right ways? What are the new realities of power in the Digital Age, and how do we navigate them as humans? Where are the education pioneers and what can we learn from them about not just how the next generation can survive, but thrive?
Introduction to Parag Khanna
Keynote 2 with Parag Khanna: "Have Skills, Will Move"
It has been said that today's degrees should come with expiration dates -- and instead, youth should seek to attain a wide range of skills from the technical to interpersonal. Then what? How and where will they use them? What does one need to know about the geographies and markets of the future? For some, the same work can be anywhere, while for others, what one does depends on where one does it.
Panel discussion with Tom Fletcher, Parag Khanna, Musimbi Kanyoro, hosted by Anita Kapoor '89, with moderated questions from viewers
Closing remarks and invitation to the next event
Tom Fletcher CMG
A foreign policy adviser to three Prime Ministers and UK Ambassador to Lebanon, Tom has just taken up a new role as Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University. Prior to this, he was a Visiting Professor at New York University, and chair of the International Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation, promoting Britain’s most dynamic and magnetic sector overseas. In 2018 he founded The Foundation for Opportunity, which supports good people doing good things in public life, including through a pioneering project on the future of learning. He was a Board Member of the Dubai Future Academy, and an Advisor to the Global Business Coalition for Education and the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. His book on the future of statecraft, The Naked Diplomat: Power and Politics in the Digital Age (Harper Collins) has been launched in over 25 countries and has become the bestselling book on diplomacy by a British writer.
He recently led on a report for the UN on what skills the next generation need to thrive in the 21st century, as well as a review of the future of the United Nation for the UN Secretary General.
Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is Founder and Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. Parag's newest book is The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also the author of Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012).
Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to nearly 150 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
He is a parent in the UWCSEA East community.
Dr Musimbi Kanyoro
Dr Musimbi Kanyoro currently serves as Chair of the Board of United World Colleges (UWC) International. She is also a Board member of CARE International and UN Global Compact, where she doubles as the Senior Gender advisor on the #TargetGenderEquality Project. Musimbi has recently moved off the World Bank Gender Advisory Board and previously has served on Boards of UN entities, international NGOs and academic institutions. She is the immediate past President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women , a public philanthropic foundation with offices in San Francisco, New York and London and funds activities in 175 countries. Prior to that, she spent six years managing a US$30 million grant making portfolio the David and Lucille Packard Foundation based in the Silicon Valley, USA. David Packard is one of the two founders of Hewlett Packard (HP) Company.
Before moving to the USA, Musimbi spent 20 years in Geneva, Switzerland leading international NGOs. She made history as the first non-white CEO of the World YWCA in its 150-year-history. She transformed the organisation, bringing it to the agendas of the 21 century which included focus on innovation of young women, embracing technology, and attention to health and environment.
Dr Kanyoro received her Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of Texas in Austin and was a visiting scholar in Hebrew studies at Harvard University. She has a Theological doctorate; Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Musimbi Kanyoro is the recipient of numerous awards over the years including:
- In 2015, recognition as one of the 21 Women Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s E-News.
- In 2016, Forbes magazine named her one of the 10 power brands working for gender equality.
- In 2017, named on the list of 40 over 40 Women who are re-inventing, disrupting and making an impact.
- In 2018, Apolitical honored her on their list of the 100 most influential people in gender policy.
- In 2019, Musimbi Kanyoro was listed as one of the nine people who fought for the planet alongside Bill Gates, Ban Ki-moon and Michael Bloomberg.
In 2019, Musimbi voluntarily terminated her term of service as president and CEO at the Global Fund for Women in order to move back to her country Kenya. She is now based in Nairobi, engaging both locally and internationally mostly in education, gender and climate change activities.
Anita Kapoor '89
Anita Kapoor is a presenter, emcee, facilitator, and a personal transformation specialist for events, galas, discussions, panels and inclusivity awareness circles.
She is the creator and host of a Covid19 #stayhome self series Beyond Chaos which aired once a week on Instagram Live during lockdown in Singapore, 2020, and shareyourvoice.world a platform for collected audio stories from across the world within lockdown and beyond to be heard and shared.
Her 2019 client roster includes TED, Asia's 50 Best Bars and Talks, Michelin Guide Singapore, Singapore International Film Festival, Women in Tech, Viacom, Singapore Tourism Board, Lazada, Patek Philippe, Samsung, Credit Suisse and Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative.
2020 has seen her work with UOB and PSA on to be released voiceover projects, with Linkaja Indonesia to coach employees digitally on women's empowerment for Kartini Day, with Shopify to coach employees on ‘finding our voice and speaking our truth’ during their month-long unity festival Shopify Together, with Samsung on their current Female Gamechangers video series, and as a personality with Lancome in the activation around their 2020 Genifique serum Live Your Strength campaign, end August to end September 2020.
Her work with associations and advocacy includes women, elders, mental health and LGBTQI+ sectors through AWARE, Mental Health Film Festival, Habitat for Humanity and Pink Dot. She is a two time TED speaker - TEDx Women and TEDx Procter & Gamble - and she was the in-patient subject and narrator for social documentary ‘Nursinghomes.sg’ which explored the state of elder care in Singapore.
Anita was born in Mumbai and has lived in Singapore since she was 7. The Lion City is home.