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Digital Narratives of Asia

Digital Narratives of Asia (DNA) is an online repository of interviews with societal leaders who have shaped or contributed to Asia's collective history. These leaders from the government, corporate, media, arts and social spheres share their stories of challenge and motivation, as well as reflections on effective leadership styles and traits. DNA videos allow users to learn how leadership is practised in Asia through personal accounts from the leaders themselves.


DNA will be an interactive web portal with high-definition streaming video. Interviews will be accompanied by scrolling transcripts and organised by countries and themes. While the DNA website is being created,videos are accessible on the Institute for Societal Leadership's Youtube channel.

List of interviews conducted to-date:

  • Ep. 3. Ko Ko Gyi General Secretary, 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (Myanmar) former political detainee
  • Ep. 8. Chea Vannath  Former President, Center for Social Development (Cambodia)
  • Ep. 9. Wang Gungwu Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Hong Kong
  • Ep. 15. Kaset Rojananil Former Supreme Commander of the Thai Armed Forces
  • Ep. 16. Emil Salim Former Indonesian Communications Minister
  • Ep. 18. Herman Hochstadt Former Permanent Secretary of Singapore's Ministries of Communications, Education and Law
  • Ep. 19. Ciputra Founder and Chairman, Ciputra Business Group
  • Ep. 20. Kwa Chong Guan Senior Fellow, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies
  • Ep. 22. Kishore Mahbubani Retired Diplomat & Dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  • Ep. 24. Surakiart Sathirathai Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Chairman of Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council
  • Ep. 25. Alimin Wahab Former CEO, Petroleum Brunei, Former Permanent Secretary of Brunei's Ministry of Defence and Prime Minister's Office
  • Ep. 26. Anan Kalinta Former Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Royal Thai Airforce & Former Minister of the Interior
  • Ep. 28. Dominic Puthucheary Founder Vice-President, Barisan Sosialis, Former Malaysian Member of Parliament for Nibong Tebal
  • Ep. 29. Hanif Omar Former Malaysia Inspector General of Police
  • Ep. 31. JY Pillay Chancellor, Singapore Management University & Former top Singapore Civil Servant
  • Ep. 32. Ong Keng Yong Former ASEAN Secretary-General, Executive Deputy Chairman, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies
  • Ep. 33. Tan Cheng Bock Singapore Presidential Candidate and Retired Member of Parliament
  • Ep. 35. Zainul Abidin Rasheed Singapore Diplomat and Former Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
  • Ep. 36. José Ramos-Horta Nobel Peace Prize winner and Former President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste



Last updated on 03 Jul 2017 .