The year barely began (at least to me) and suddenly, its fast approaching August! There are a few important events happening in August, chief among which would be Singapore’s National Day on 9th August, its extra special this year as we celebrate our golden jubilee (and yes, I am a Native Singaporean).
The second important event (to me) would be the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Asia 2015, taking place from 20th – 24th August in Manila, Philippines.
So what exactly is HPAIR? Well, let me share what HPAIR does, they organize Harvard University’s largest annual student conferences in the Asia-Pacific region. Since 1991, HPAIR has continuously gathered a growing pool of international students from top universities, renowned academics, business professionals, and political leaders to engage in their rigorous educational events.
The programs intend to achieve three goals:
- Provide a dynamic forum of exchange on international issues vital to Asia
- Foster long-term relationships among young leaders from around the globe
- Connect talented delegates with some of today’s leaders in academia, business and government
This year, I have the honor of being invited to speak on the topic “Encouraging Healthy Behavior – The Role of Public Health and Social Media“, under the Health and Social Policy Panel.
What is so important about speaking at HPAIR Asia 2015? Well, other than the fact that it is a Harvard event, past speakers includes the Honorable Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, United Nations, His Excellency S. R. Nathan, (Immediate Past) President, Singapore. While there are many other notable speakers, the two gentlemen holds special status to me – as a Singaporean who is trained in Public Health (among other disciplines).
On a personal basis, I am actually quite excited about HPAIR so stay tune for more updates. 🙂