Transcultural Leadership Summit 2021 - Perspectives from Southeast Asia

speakers and initiators


For the sixth consecutive year, the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (LEIZ) at Zeppelin University, together with a student organisation team headed by LEIZ Director Professor Dr Josef Wieland, brought together over 30 high-ranking experts from business, politics, civil society and academia to discuss the challenges and opportunities of global cooperation.

Under the title "Perspectives from Southeast Asia", keynotes, panel discussions and workshops highlighted the opportunities and challenges of Southeast Asia as one of the most dynamically developing and culturally diverse regions in the world.

Andreas Schell, CEO of main sponsor Rolls-Royce Power Systems, opened the conference by stressing the region's strategic relevance for his company, but also by emphasising the role model function of Southeast Asia in the areas of digitalisation and sustainability.

The two-day hybrid conference - which took place both at Zeppelin University’s ZF Campus and as an online stream – was attended by more than 200 participants from all over the world. It offered deep insights into the corporate culture and everyday work of global and regional companies operating in the region. In addition, economic, historical and cultural perspectives on Southeast Asia were highlighted to gain a better understanding of this vibrant region.

On the second day of the summit, participants had the opportunity to participate in different workshops and to dive deeper into topics such as compliance and value management, women in leadership, social entrepreneurship, geopolitics, and cultural diversity in general. More information about the speakers and program are available here

Overall, this year’s TLS underlined the relevance of multi-benefit cooperation, the ability to truly listen to others and the curiosity to learn from, and with, each other.

The multi-faceted nature of the conference topic was enriched by an online exhibition about “Fluid Identity and Transculturality” and traditional Indonesian dance and music performance by Freunde Indonesiens e.V  from Friedrichshafen. Click here to explore the online exhibition.

Thus, it was specifically the conference’s transdisciplinary and transcultural methodology that opened up new perspectives on Southeast Asia and helped to better assess the opportunities and challenges of this diverse region.

In addition to the main sponsor Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, the congress was supported by Zeppelin Universitätsgesellschaft, Buchhandlung und Café Gessler 1862 and ZU’s Student Lounge.

More information about the Transcultural Leadership Summit can be found here

Welcome Address Andreas Schell

© all pictures: ZU | Nikolas Beyer

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