Singapore Business Leaders Programme

Leadership from a Globalised Asia

The Singapore Business Leaders Programme (SBLP) is Asia’s premier senior business leaders’ programme. It was first announced in 2009 by Singapore Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, as a leadership development programme that would cater to senior business executives expecting to take on regional or global responsibilities.

Since its first run in May 2011, the SBLP has attracted an illustrious set of speakers such as the Presidents and CEOs of global and regional companies as well as political leaders including the late Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, who shared his thoughts on key political, economic, and social developments across Asia. 

Programme Experience

At the programme, participants spend five days together with a small and exclusive group of senior business leaders who become their sounding boards and confidantes. This drives the learning both during and following the programme.

The residential retreat setting provides an oasis for leaders to refresh, reset, and reimagine what is next for themselves, their organisations, and their industries. SBLP provides an opportunity to zoom out from the day-to-day, and gain new insights from industry champions, political leaders, and global thought leaders.

As more global corporations set up their decision-making functions in Asia, and Asian companies embark on globalising operations, a pipeline of strong leaders in Asia is needed. 

The SBLP’s content has a unique emphasis on foresight and emerging issues, enabling participants to carve out time to drive future thinking. Global and regional challenges facing business leaders in Asia across industries are examined. Participants will have space to reflect on their personal challenges and develop plans of action to drive forward.

Key Benefits

You'll come away from this programme with:

  • The ability to make sense of the unique characteristics of Asia's complex business, political and social environments in the course of your regional business strategy formulation
  • Confidence to identify key success factors in your organisational strategies which will future-proof your organisations in the regional context
  • Access to a group of leaders in government, business and academia who are critical resources for your leadership success in Asia
  • The privilege to be part of HCLI's alumni network of senior leaders across the region and beyond
  • Learn from leaders
    We believe the best way to learn leadership is from leaders. In addition to top academic and political leaders, the SBLP brings together illustrious business speakers who share practical advice for the challenges our participants face. The SBLP’s distinguishing feature is that the majority of its speakers come from the business world. 
  • Asia lens
    We believe that to be a global leader, one has to know Asia. The SBLP brings in the insights, knowledge, and network of Asia, enabling participants to understand leadership through an Asian lens. Through SBLP, participants are better equipped to lead and succeed in Asia and the world.
  • Personal approach
    We believe that senior leaders benefit from a safe and trusted environment outside of their companies in which to discuss business challenges. Each cohort size is kept small to facilitate open and honest conversations amongst peers. SBLP participants graduate to become part of a larger network of senior leaders across industries.
Participant Criteria

SBLP welcomes senior business leaders and entrepreneurs based anywhere in the world to apply. Typical applicants include CEOs, direct reports of CEOs, and business owners of mid-to-large size companies. All applications are subject to the review of the SBLP Selection Committee.

Programme Details
21 - 25 May 2023
4.5 days
In-person, Residential
SGD 25,000*

*Fees include a 4-night stay at Capella Singapore

Exceeded my expectations - a must for all thought leaders who want to shape our future.

Rosalind Ng
Global Head, Client Experience and Strategic Business Enablement ,Standard Chartered Bank

SBLP 2021

This has been a truly transformative programme. This is really world-class! The quality of speakers, thoughtfulness of the facilitators and the exacting standards of the organisation really shone through.

Zanna McCormish
Vice President, Strategy Planning & Integrity, 

SBLP 2020

Having some of these established leaders come and share their personal experience was really the biggest takeaway.

Robert Lee
President & CEO, Continental Korea
SBLP 2017

I do not feel as isolated anymore and I am very much empowered to go forward and to see how I can implement this in my new job within Asia.

Michelle Erwee
Executive Director Business Operations NEMEA, Takeda
SBLP 2017

Best programme that I have attended so far.

Chng Sok Hui
Chief Financial Officer, DBS Bank
SBLP 2015

Empowering and inspirational experience.

Augustine Teo
Vice President, Tokyo Electron Japan

SBLP 2020

I thought that four and a half days may be a little too long, but at the end of it, I felt that it was too short. I think we could have gone on for another couple of days productively working together and learning from each other as a community.

Philip Chew
Managing Director and Head of Investment and New Business, Grab
SBLP 2021

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