NextGen Philanthropy Leadership Scholarship Program

In response to global challenges and the need for innovative leadership, the NextGen Philanthropy Leadership Scholarship Program emerges as a vital program to inspire young leaders to contribute positively to society.

Designed for middle and high school students, it aims to shape them into influential figures committed to societal betterment.

The program uniquely combines expert-led training, case studies, visits to philanthropy foundations and organizations, and experiential learning, enriched by resources from top universities and insights from leading technology entrepreneurs.

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Teaching Resources

Richard Buttrey

Director at Arm, Cambridge's renowned tech company
Richard Buttrey is a Director in the Developer Eco-system Group at Arm, the world leader in semiconductor designs, and its IPO case is the largest in global history. Arm's primary business involves designing central processing unit (CPU) cores that implement the ARM architecture family of instruction sets, positioning it at the forefront of the industry chain.

In particular, he helps clients work their way through the strategy, innovation and leadership challenges that emerge when circumstances change, sometimes in an unpredictable way. Richard has designed and delivered a wide variety of largescale leadership programmes for both corporate clients and professional service firms. He draws inspiration from exemplars he has seen or been involved in. both successful and not, to show how humility in leadership is vital and that those organizations that are genuinely curious to learn always beat the rest.

Richard Buttrey is presently an instructor at the Moller Institute Cambridge, where his practical approach has earned him widespread praise from students. He possesses extensive experience in teaching youth scholarship programs and is deeply passionate and patient in fostering an exceptional younger generation.

Edward Cunningham

Director, Asia Energy & Sustainability Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
Edward Cunningham is the Director of Ash Center China Programs and of the Asia Energy and Sustainability Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer of Public Policy, focusing on energy markets and governance, international economics and competitiveness, the political economy of development, and China’s integration into the world.

He is fluent in Mandarin and Italian, and his work has appeared in media such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Bloomberg. He graduated from Georgetown University, received an A.M. from Harvard University, and holds a Ph.D. from M.I.T. in political science.

Julia Lee Cunningham

Associate Professor, University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business, National Geographic Fellow
Recognized for her work in organizational behavior and psychology. Her role as a National Geographic Fellow enhances her business and leadership teachings.

Viswa Sadasivan

Founder & CEO, Strategic Moves, Former Nominated Member of Parliament, Singapore
With 30+ years in media and public policy analysis, renowned for independent thinking and incisive interviewing style, he's moderated 300+ policy forums worldwide. Specializing in corporate strategy, policy engagement, crisis leadership, and innovation, he holds a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University, excelling in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.


Senior Fellow of ESSEC IRENE (Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation, ESSEC Business School)
Ta-Wei CHAO, Senior Fellow at ESSEC IRENE, is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in negotiation research and education in Asia Pacific. He serves as Executive Director of ESSEC IRENE ASIA and is an Adjunct Professor at multiple prestigious universities.

With a background in management consulting at Accenture, he specializes in Negotiation, Cross-Cultural Management, Innovation, and Leadership. Mr. Chao has conducted workshops globally, including "Negotiate Business Deals in China" and "Cross-Cultural Negotiation" sponsored by the European Commission. He is also set to launch an executive workshop on "Strategic Negotiation for PE and M&A Deals." As an editor and media figure, Mr. Chao is recognized for his contributions to negotiation literature and has been featured in various international media outlets.

He holds a master's degree in transportation engineering from National Taiwan University and is fluent in Chinese, Taiwanese, English, and French.

Cynthia Wu

CEO, Shin Kong Life Foundation
Shin Kong Group scion Cynthia Wu is a business executive, philanthropist, and the leader of a non-profit. After working as an investment analyst at Merrill Lynch in London, Wu moved back to Taipei and joined the family business. Founded in 1945, Shin Kong Group has a diverse portfolio covering financial services, real estate, energy, retail, security, and health care.

Wu is currently the CEO of its philanthropic arm, Shin Kong Life Foundation, which focuses on women’s health, children’s education, oral history, aboriginal education, and disaster relief. Under Wu’s leadership, the foundation has earned multiple awards.