• Asia Pacific Youth Exchange program

  • "Empowering Youth to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals"

3 - 17 January 2016 | ADB HQ, Manila, The Philippines

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Why Youth?

Over the past decade, there has been a growing recognition of the youth's participation in economic, social and political processes.

Governments, international agencies, civil society and private sector organizations across the Asia-Pacific region have realized that young people are powerful agents of change who, if supported and empowered, can drive the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.


What to Expect

APYE program will mobilize more 300 young leaders and representatives of youth-led civil society organization from across Asia and the Pacific to support efforts towards achieving the SDGs.

Learning & Team-building

These sessions will teach youth participants concepts and build their skills related to sustainable development. Moreover, youth will get to know each other in teams and strengthen their relationships in preparation of upcoming activities in communities.

Research & Local Action

These sessions will deepen youth participant’s understanding of local contexts to enable them to undertake concrete short-term local action. Through these opportunities to see on-the-ground realities, youth will identify longer-term project opportunities and development interventions.

Communication & Advocacy

After local experiences, youth teams will present their output and receive feedback from experts in an international conference to be held in ADB headquarters. These youth will be inspired to identify next steps to act together towards the achievement of the SDGs for Asia and the Pacific


  1. Improve young people’s understanding of SDGs and their roles in achieving them
  2. Increase understanding and cooperation between young people across Asia and the Pacific
  3. Build the capacity of youth in implementing projects and activities aligned to the SDGs
  4. Strengthen global and regional partnership for the SDGs and youth development in Asia and the Pacific
  5. Identify opportunities for inclusion of young people in decision-making and implementation of the SDGs



  • Chris Moris
    Head of NGOs and Civil Society
    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Chris Morris heads the ADB NGO and Civil Society Center (NGOC) and oversees the planning, implementation, and monitoring of ADB’s overall engagement with civil society organizations (CSO). He leads the design and implementation of the CSO program at the ADB Annual Meetings. Before joining the ADB, Chris was Vice President within the water division of the global engineering firm Black and Veatch. A British citizen, Chris holds an MSc degree in irrigation engineering from the University of Southhampton, UK and a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK.

  • David Kim
    Managing Director
    Urban Youth Academy

    Mr. Hyoungmin Kim is Managing Director of Urban Youth Academy (UYA), a non-government organization that develops global youth leaders to support local and international development. Headquartered in South Korea, UYA presently has operations in Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and Kenya. As one of UYA's flagship initiatives, Mr. Kim leads the Asia Pacific Youth Exchange (APYE) and Global Youth Exchange (GYE) programs. Mr. Kim also serves as focal point of UN Habitat Youth Unit in its project and partnership development efforts with governments, Universities, civil society, private sector, and youth.

  • Douglas Ragan
    Chief of Youth and Livelihood Unit

    Douglas Ragan has worked in youth development with NGOs, local and national governments and the United Nations for the past 25 years. Currently he is the Unit Leader for Youth and Livelihoods for UN-Habitat, managing UN-Habitat’s Global portfolio on youth development in over 75 developing countries. The programmes focus on urban youth development, including youth employment, governance and participation. He manages three flagship youth programmes for UN-Habitat: the Urban Youth Fund, Youth 21 initiative and the One Stop Youth Resource Centres.

  • Ponce Samaniego
    Youth Specialist Consultant
    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Ponce Ernest Samaniego is a young expert on civil society and international development. Having joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as a consultant in 2012 at 22 years of age, he is often acknowledged as ADB’s youngest consultant. Currently, he is Lead Youth Coordinator, a team leader position in ADB Youth Initiative a program which empowers Asia’s youth as development partners by mainstreaming their participation in ADB operations. Ponce’s portfolio of initiatives includes water resources management, sanitation and health, environment and natural capital, youth employment, and social entrepreneurship. He is an active member of UNEP Tunza Southeast Asia Youth Environment Network, APEC Voices 2015 Working Committee and US Government’s Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative. Because of his leadership, Ponce has been recognized as British Council Global Changemaker, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, New Media Consortium Emerging Leader, and a World Innovation Summit for Education Learner among other designations.

  • Pondet Ananchai
    Chief Executive Officer
    Find Tech Group Co., Ltd.

    Pondet Ananchai is an entrepreneur, soft-skill trainer and science communicator. Pondet is a co-founder and CEO of Find Tech Group Co., Ltd. (www.FindTech.co.th), a tech startup that successfully developed a tutor matching service "Find My Tutor" in Web and iOS platform (www.FindMyTutor.in.th). He also co-founded and served as a Chairman of Secret to Rich Co., Ltd. (www.Secret2Rich.com), a Forex Introducing Brokerage startup which provide a trading platform with automatically trading softwares in Web, PC and Android. Earier, he worked as a Chief Operating Officer of Unigin Ventures Co., Ltd. (www.UniginVentures.com), a Venture Capital based in Bangkok. Prior to his entrepreneur career, Pondet served as the National Youth Advisor (NYA) of United Nations Environment programme (UNEP)'s South East Asia Youth Environment Network (SEAYEN) (www.SEAYEN.org) where he advocated for empowering young leader in Asia Pacific, especially focusing on water, sanitation and climate change issue. In science, he had been awarded the 2nd prize from APEC Future Scientist Conference (AFSC) for his Thermoelectric Material study in 2012, and also won Thai Young Astronomy Ambassador (TYAA) award in 2011.

Participation Fee and Scholarship



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