The “Asia’s Challenge 2030” Global Essay Competition is jointly organized by the Asia Business Council, the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, and Nikkei Asia. The purpose is to encourage students to make an impact on business and public policy by articulating the key challenges and potential solutions for Asia’s continued competitiveness in the next decade.

Young people aged 18 – 22 years old are invited to submit essays on “How would you tackle some of Asia’s biggest challenges in the run-up to 2030?”  Contestants from all nationalities and backgrounds are eligible to participate and must choose from one of three designated categories.

For each category, a total of five finalists, including one winner, will be invited to a virtual fireside chat with a prominent business leader, who will also serve as adjudicator:

1. Economy, Trade, and Finance:

Nobuyoshi John Ehara

Co-founder of Unison Capital and first Japanese national to become general partner at Goldman Sachs

2. Public Health and the Natural Environment:

George Tahija

Commissioner and Chairman of the Risk Management Committee at PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk; Funded the World Mosquito Program’s Project to eliminate dengue in Indonesia

3. Cities and Urban Development:

Zhang Xin

Chief Executive Officer of SOHO China Ltd and celebrated entrepreneur known as “the woman who built Beijing”

Apart from the business leader from the Asia Business Council (see above), the adjudication panel will also include 1 faculty member from the Blavatnik School of Government, and 1 journalist or editor from Nikkei Asia.

The essays of all fifteen finalists will be published on the website of the Asia Business Council and the digital version of Nikkei Asia. Only the winner for each category will be awarded a cash prize of U.S.$1,000.

The deadline for essay submissions is 12 noon Hong Kong time on 30 April 2021. Participants must be born between 1 May 1998 and 30 April 2003. For more details, please refer to the poster below.