PETALING JAYA: US Secretary of State John Kerry is among the notable speakers at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which is hosted by Malaysia, the first nation in east Asia to do so.
Other prominent speakers include Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Blue Ocean Strategy author Professor W. Chan Kim and Tune Group of companies founder Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.
Kerry is representing US President Barack Obama, who had to withdraw from the summit at the last minute due to the US federal government shutdown.
The fourth GES, which takes place today and tomorrow, is expected to attract some 4,000 participants.
With the theme “Empowering and Connecting Entrepreneurs”, the GES will have four distinct tracks: building an entrepreneurial eco-system, creating tomorrow’s game-changers, emerging trends and connecting for growth.
The GES is meant to follow through on Obama’s emphasis on entrepreneurship as one of the most powerful ways for people to improve their economic circumstances.
The first GES was held in Washington in 2010, followed by Istanbul (2011) and Dubai last year.
Before the summit kicks off, Kerry will meet Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETA), their students and mentors at the JW Marriot Hotel.
The Fulbright ETA programme, which engages young Americans in intercultural experiences early in their careers, started in Malaysia in 2005.
After a meeting between Najib and Obama in 2010, the programme was extended and there are now 75 Fulbright ETAs in four states in the country.