After having spent the previous day at companies, the fourth day of our preparatory seminar began at 08:30 back at campus Olten. Our first guest on this day was Mr. Niklaus Glatthard, Chairman Young Professionals Committee of the Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce, who had already given presentations for previous editions of exploreASEAN. We were thrilled to welcome him once again at our preparatory seminar where he delivered a most interesting presentation about challenges and opportunities for young professionals in ASEAN.
Mr. Glatthard outlined the challenges which young professionals in the ASEAN region face, which include factors such as cultural, social, political, and economical aspects, but at the same time gave practical tips on how to overcome those challenges. He especially emphasized the need for perseverance if one wants to have a successful career in the ASEAN region.
After the presentation of Mr. Glatthard, we were very happy to listen to a presentation with a slightly different format. Mr. Tobias Weisskopf, who is a part of our delegation, shared his experiences on Asia together with the project management team and his fellow delegation members. His insights included facts not only from Southeast Asia, but also East Asia as well, which enabled our delegation to also hear something about a different region in Asia.
After two interesting presentations, our communications team consisting of My Linh Nguyen and Anita Ferrara took some nice group pictures of the delegation and individual portrait photos of each exploreASEAN delegate.
In the afternoon, three roundtable discussions were scheduled. The experts for our roundtable discussion were Dr. Teresa Freiburghaus, Head of Southeast Asia Center at our university and exploreASEAN supervisor, Mrs. Le Anh Huyen Tram, who is a lecturer at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, and Mr. Jonas Franceschina, Purchasing Manager SCM at 3S Solar Plus. They all kindly shared their advices and experiences for the ASEAN region in a very interesting discussion format.