Asia Centre for Enterprise (ACE), in collaboration with Centre for Civil Society, and in partnership with Atlas Economic Research Foundation organised a Think Tank Management & Leadership Training on 4 & 5 February 2013, at the Atrium, Surajkund, Delhi-NCR. This two-day residential training, following the first Asia Liberty Forum, served as an introductory program on think tank management and leadership for staff from trusted allies in Asia and individuals in the early stages of starting a think tank. During the Asia Liberty Forum, speakers highlighted the challenges and problems in Asia and how the ideas of liberty can improve the situation. This training aimed to combat these challenges by combining the collective tools and capabilities of the network to devise an integrated approach, and strategies for replicating and improving new projects and identify scope for collaborations. 23 participants from seven countries participated in the training, receiving mentorship from leading figures in the liberty movement from across the world.
Each day featured four discussions, and the first day began with an introduction to Think Tank Models from around the World by Parth J Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society, India. This was followed by Robin Sitoula, Executive Director, Samriddhi-The Prosperity Foundation, Nepal telling participants about his story in Establishing a Think Tank: What I did and how. Rainer Heufers, Managing Director, Siap Solutions, Pvt Ltd, Singapore spoke on the importance of Thinking Strategically for your Institute, before Mirsuljan Namazaliev, Co-Founder, Central Asia Free Market Institute, Kyrgyzstan wrapped up the day with a talk on Developing Leadership in Yourself & Others.
The second day started with D Dhanuraj, Chairman, Centre for Public Policy Research speaking on the uses and application of Public Policy Research in Researching Reality. The importance of communicating ideas effectively was then presented by Tom Palmer, VP-International Programs, Atlas Foundation, USA in Communicating Freedom: Arguing for Liberty in a Diverse World. Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive, Tax Payers Alliance, UK then elaborated on successful strategies involved in policy campaigning during Running a Successful Campaign. The final session of the training was Measuring Success: Outcome Evaluation & fostering Fundraising opportunities facilitated by Siegfried Herzog, Regional Director South Asia, Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
Participants were presented with their certificates by Dan Grossman, Chairman of the Board for Atlas, who spoke of his admiration for the program and the participants, and his hope for the future of the freedom movement in Asia.
For further information contact Srijan Bandyopadhyay at ACE@ccs.in.