IN ASIA PROGRAM
WHO WE ARE
The Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP) is Harvard's premier organization for US-Asia academic, cultural, and social exchange.
Learn, engage, and be inspired by hundreds of leaders from around the world, in a conference like no other.
In the winter, we host the Harvard Conference and invite our partner schools to Harvard to engage in meaningful dialogue, network, and build community. In the spring, our partner schools each host conferences in their country and invite us to learn more about their culture and their interpretation of the HCAP theme.
2023 WINTER CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Global Director for Sustainability, UNIQLO USA
He oversees both strategy development and tactical execution of that strategy at the local market level.
DR. SHUJEN WANG
Professor of Media Studies, Emerson College
Her research interests include media globalization, media platformization, and film distribution and piracy.
DR. HUSSAIN LALANI
Board-Certified Internist and Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
His research focuses on understanding the challenges & inequities patients face in accessing affordable prescription drugs.
DR. JOSEPH ALLEN
Associate Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
He works with senior executives at Fortune 500 companies across major sectors of the economy to implement healthy buildings strategies.
Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Anthropology, Harvard University
His interests are focused on the inter-relations between history, philosophy, anthropology, and religion.
Executive Director, Albert Einstein Institution
Jamila Raqib is a specialist in the study and practice of strategic nonviolent action and the executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution.
MS. RUSHAN ABBAS
Campaign for Uyghurs
She established the Campaign for Uyghurs to advocate for her people among the government officials and lawmakers, interfaith organizations, universities and think tanks.
DR. GRACE CHAO
Senior Advisor to Dept. of Human Services, Behavioral Health Division of North Dakota
Dr. Grace Chao is a leader in the critical field of mental health, specializing in support for indigenous youth.
Asia Advocacy Director, Amnesty International USA
She has also lived and worked on human rights programming in Indonesia, East Timor, Kenya, and Uganda.
PROFESSOR OLIVIER DE WECK
Astronautics and Engineering Systems,
MIT Dept. of Aeronautics & Astronautics
He has focused on how human-made systems such as spacecraft designs evolve over time.
DR. METTA MCGARVEY
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Her work integrates mindfulness, leadership, and social and emotional development to help adults build the inner resources to handle complex multi-faceted challenges.
Eduardo Briceño is a prolific keynote speaker and facilitator supporting leaders in developing cultures of learning and high performance.
HCAP 2024 CONFERENCE
EMBRACING THE UNKNOWN
The Path Less Traveled
Choosing the path of most resistance may seem counterintuitive, but reframing challenges as opportunities can allow us to discover new paths to achieving our goals. Whether it is starting a business, developing AI technology, preparing for the next pandemic, or promoting the arts, we all have to face a future filled with opportunities and uncertainties. How we choose to embrace the uncharted possibilities of the future will be a key factor in determining the outcome of our endeavors. Many changemakers in the world have experienced countless failures or have been told their work was “impossible” yet continued down their path anyway. By featuring speakers who have taken unconventional paths and defined their own goals, our conference aims to educate attendees about embracing uncertainties and taking a leap of faith.
PAST NOTABLE SPEAKERS
VP, Risk Management & Partner Relations at Huawei Technologies
He is responsible for understanding and managing business risks in the context of cybersecurity and privacy.
Founder and CEO, EdX
Professor of EECS, MIT
He is the CEO of edX, a worldwide, online learning initiative of MIT and Harvard.
Founder and CEO, Teach for All
Founder, Teach for America
She hosted and co-produced a Refinery29 documentary series titled Style Out There.
Creator of Wildflower Film Awards
Paquet was awarded the Korea Film Reporters Association Award at the 15th Busan International Film Festival.
TIME's 100 Most Influential People 2009
She is an American transportation entrepreneur and has led multiple startups in transportation.
Miss Thailand 2017
Founder of SOS Earth Campaign
She represented Thailand at Miss Universe 2017, and now leads environmentalist efforts in Thailand.
Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics, Harvard University
He is known for his work in New Keynesian economics, and is the author of several best-selling textbooks.
Vice Provost for International Affairs, Harvard University
He is also the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Harvard University.
Martin Marshall Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
He teaches in the Technology, Operations and Management Unit.
University of Hong Kong
University of Tokyo
St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai
Ewha Womans University in Seoul
National University of Singapore
National Taiwan University
Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok
Boğaziçi University in Istanbul