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UW Converge 2021

November 2021      


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In a series first, UW Converge Virtual 2021 brought together five host communities for an event series like no other. The Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore Huskies each hosted events on leadership and a final keynote address featured UW President Ana Mari Cauce in conversation with UW Vice President for Student Life Denzil Suite.

Each of event offered a unique perspective on the topic of leading through change. Whether pushing the bounds of innovation or navigating times of crisis, change is something we all face. How we lead through that change has significant impacts on ourselves, the people we work with and our organizations.

Below, you can learn more about the event and the topics covered as well as stream recordings of the sessions.

Session Recordings

Leading the UW Through Change

Our final event of the series featured UW President Ana Mari Cauce in conversation with UW Vice President for Student Life Denzil Suite. Find out how the UW is leading through change by putting people first. Hear more about our continued commitment to supporting international students and building partnerships around the world. And gain insights into President Cauce’s and Vice President Suite’s thoughts on leading with compassion, prioritizing health and safety, and building a supportive community.


  • Ana Mari Cauce, President, University of Washington
  • Denzil Suite, Vice President for Student Life, University of Washington

The Future of Finance – Indonesia

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The 21st century ushered in a major era of change for global finance. As new technologies and new ways of doing business emerge, it can be challenging to know where you should focus your attention. What do leaders need to know about this rapidly changing environment to make decisions? You’ll find out from this panel featuring experts in digital banking, private equity and crypto-currency. This interactive session was hosted by the Indonesia Huskies.


  • Jerry Ng, Founder and Chairman, Bank Jago
  • Glenn Sugita, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Northstar Group
  • Raymond Sutanto, Co-Founder, Zipmex
  • Aldrin Tando, CEO & President, Aldiron Hero Group

Leadership at the Crossroads of Gender and Culture – Hong Kong

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What does it mean to be a woman leading a business in Asia? How do Asian women chart their own paths in global business? What are the pitfalls, systematic pressures and keys to success? Engage with an exciting panel of women in leadership on these and many more topics at this event that was hosted by the Hong Kong Huskies.


  • Diana Chou, Founder and Chairman, Dragon General Aviation Group
  • Norma Chu, Found and CEO, DayDayCook
  • Lui Tong, Director, Direct to Consumer, Swire Coca-Cola HK

The Evolution of Event Technology – Japan

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In a time of uncertainty, one thing we can be sure of is that in much of the world, large gatherings look very different than they did two years ago. How can technology help us meet the desire for human connection? What lessons did we learn from large events like the Tokyo Olympics? And what tools and approaches will create successful gatherings in the future? Watch a discussion of these and many other questions during this session hosted by the Japan Huskies.


  • Hiroshi Baba, General Manager, Sports and Entertainment Planning Office, NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
  • Shuhei Tajima, General Manager, Administrative Department, Tokyo University of Science Innovation Capital

Mental Resilience in the Transition to Endemic – Singapore

As it becomes increasingly likely that COVID-19 will be a part of our daily lives for the foreseeable future, how do we build the mental capacity to keep our lives moving forward? As leaders, how do we encourage resilience in others? What strategies can we rely on to help us cope with uncertainty and thrive in times of trouble? Explore the answers in this recorded session hosted by the Singapore Huskies.


  • Megan Kennedy, Director, UW Resilience Lab
  • Kelvin Lim, Senior Marketing Director, ERA
  • Marc Lim, Chief Strategy Officer, The Gym Studios
  • Erin Pung, Deputy Director, Communicable Diseases, Singapore Health Promotion Board

Global Month

UW Converge is part of Global Month at the University. Global Month is a celebration of the UW’s international impact and community. With projects and partnerships in more than 130 countries, there’s a world of opportunity for our students, faculty, researchers and alumni to engage with our impact abroad. Find out more about events and opportunities by visiting the Global Month website.

About UW Converge

UW Converge is the University of Washington’s signature event for international alumni and friends. Each year it is hosted in a global city by one of our international alumni communities. It offers a direct connection to the UW, its faculty and leadership, and its global alumni network. It is an outpost of Husky Spirit, a place to gain cutting-edge knowledge from experts, and a link to the University’s work and initiatives.