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Goh Chok Tong - Former Singapore Prime Minister

Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong became Singapore’s second Prime Minister in 1990. He called himself the reluctant Prime Minister but won the hearts of Singaporeans with his affable personality and consultative leadership style. ESM continues to serve in the government, travelling extensively and cultivating diplomatic ties with other countries. In his interview with DNA, ESM Goh talks about his leadership journey as Prime Minister of Singapore, the challenges with leadership changes in the region, and his thoughts on ASEAN.

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Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono - The 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia

Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono served as Indonesia’s sixth President from 2004 to 2014, and was the first President to be elected through a direct election. The United Nations has described Dr Yudhoyono as a leader who has assumed a number of self-transformations – from student to soldier, soldier to reformist general, four-star general to cabinet minister, minister to politician, and politician to President.

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Delia Albert - Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines (Part 2)

Delia Albert served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines from 2003 to 2004. She was the first female Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines. Ambassador Delia began her political career at the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1967, and served in prominent Filipino diplomatic missions abroad including Geneva, Romania, Bonn, West Germany, and Australia. She was Director-General of the ASEAN National Secretariat in the Philippines in 2003 and was also an elected Chairwoman of the United Nations Security Council in 2004.

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Delia Albert - Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines (Part 1)

Delia Albert served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines from 2003 to 2004. She was the first female Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines. Ambassador Delia began her political career at the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1967, and served in prominent Filipino diplomatic missions abroad including Geneva, Romania, Bonn, West Germany, and Australia. She was Director-General of the ASEAN National Secretariat in the Philippines in 2003 and was also an elected Chairwoman of the United Nations Security Council in 2004.

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Vu Khoan - Former Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam (Part 2)

Vu Khoan was Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister in charge of international trade. He is credited as one of the main architects integrating Vietnam with the outside world. He joined the diplomatic service at age 19, and continued to rise through the ranks throughout his stellar career in the civil service. In this DNA exclusive, Mr Vu Khoan gives his thoughts on Vietnam becoming part of ASEAN, and the leadership challenges he faced as well as lessons learnt from the country’s normalisation of foreign relations.

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Vu Khoan - Former Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam (Part 1)

Vu Khoan was Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister in charge of international trade. He is credited as one of the main architects integrating Vietnam with the outside world. He joined the diplomatic service at age 19, and continued to rise through the ranks throughout his stellar career in the civil service. In this DNA exclusive, Mr Vu Khoan gives his thoughts on Vietnam becoming part of ASEAN, and the leadership challenges he faced as well as lessons learnt from the country’s normalisation of foreign relations.

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José Ramos-Horta - Nobel Peace Prize winner and Former President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Former President of Timor-Leste, Jose Ramos-Horta fought for the independence of his country for more than 30 years and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996 for his efforts. He shares with DNA what drove him to continue with his struggle and how he managed to forgive and pardon those behind his assassination attack in 2008.

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