Every year, Gen.T puts together a panel of industry leaders to help us identify the 400 strongest candidates for the Gen.T List.
This panel of experts, which we call the Tribe, nominate names from their country and help us decide on the final line-up through a series of in-depth vetting meetings across the year.
Hailing from across Asia, the 2020 Tribe comprises 66 industry experts and veterans from a wide range of sectors, from architecture and entertainment to healthcare and technology.
Here, we speak to six of them to discover their thought process during the nomination and selection of this year’s Gen.T honourees, and the changes they hope the next generation of leaders will bring.
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Location: Singapore and Australia
What went through your mind when you were nominating candidates and helping to vet this year’s Gen.T List?
I looked out for individuals who are leading themselves and others with passion and purpose, showing us new possibilities. Bonus points also went to those who are serving others above themselves, and trailblazing something unique and special.
What makes a good leader?
Heed the ancient Afghan proverb: “If you think you're leading and no one is following you, then you're only taking a walk.”
What do you hope to see in this next generation of leaders?
The courage to lead the human race forward. Like Greta Thunberg, I’d love to see Gen.T honourees boldly challenging our conventions and rethinking and reinventing our broken systems and ways.
As the English science writer Sir Arthur C Clarke once said, “New ideas pass through three periods. Number one: it can't be done. Number two: It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. Number three: I knew it was a good idea all along!” Likewise in Asia, Mahatma Gandhi once said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” So carpe diem!