Regional Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI)
Leadership Summit

11-13 May 2020 at the Dusit Thani Manila, Makati City, Philippines


1 Amanah and Ann Marie photo.jpgThe Australia Awards and Alumni Engagement Program - Philippines (AAAEP-P) is proud to host the 2020 Regional Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Leadership Summit. The 3-day event will bring together alumni who are in a leadership position across key sectors in the Southeast Asian region to discuss key issues on GEDSI and share best practices on this advocacy. At the end of the summit, the alumni will be able to craft clear goals and feasible action plan on GEDSI to implement in their respective countries.

With the theme “Working Together Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Development”, the summit aims to support the Australian Government’s steadfast and ongoing commitment to promote gender equality, women empowerment, disability-inclusive development, and improved access to basic services and opportunities among marginalised groups as a means to contribute to growth, peace and security, and stability. 

Bagobo-Tagabawa-UM-33.jpgA unique component of the Regional GEDSI Leadership Summit is an institutional visit that will provide an interactive learning experience with staunch advocates and beneficiaries of organisations at the forefront of GEDSI advocacy. This will help participants learn about actual program administration and the social impact resulting from these initiatives.

The summit will also feature an exhibit showcasing alumni-owned or Embassy-supported social enterprises that benefit women, PWDs, and marginalised sectors to promote and support their cause. Regional participants may showcase their own social enterprise or GEDSI initiatives in the exhibit by submitting an intent to the Secretariat. Slots are on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The event will gather 150 participants composed of Australian alumni in the Philippines and alumni from ASEAN countries and other regions with Australia Awards scholars, who are in a leadership position across key sectors in society. 

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Event Details

The 3-day Regional GEDSI Leadership Summit will be held on 11-13 May 2020 at the Dusit Thani Manila, Makati City, Philippines. This hotel is located at the heart of the Makati Central Business District, which is the financial capital of the Philippines. 

The hotel has easy access to a number of malls and shopping centres such as SM Makati, Glorietta Mall and Greenbelt. You will also find an array of restaurants in Greenbelt that serve variety of cuisine. 

We look forward to welcoming you in Manila!

Below are the hotels and recreational, entertainment options nearby Dusit.

Situated in Makati, the financial capital of the Philippines, Dusit Thani Manila boasts easy access to a wealth of business, entertainment and recreational options.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals 1 – 6 km
Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals 2 – 4.5 km
Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 – 3.5 km
Metro Rail Transit: Ayala Station – 0.25 km
SM Makati (shopping centre) – 0.10 km
Glorietta Mall – 0.25 km
Greenbelt (lifestyle centre ) – 0.5 km
Philippine Stock Exchange – 1 km
Ayala Museum – 0.5 km
Santuario de San Antonio Church – 2.0 km
Mall of Asia – 5 km
SMX Convention Cente – 5.5 km
SM Arena – 5.5 km
Philippine International Convention Centre – 7 km
Cultural Centre of the Philippines – 6 km
World Trade Centre – 4 km
Bonifacio Global City – 3 km
Greenhills – 7 km
Intramuros – 8 km
Luneta – 7 km
Army Navy Fort Bonifaio Golf Club – 6 km
Intramuros Golf Club – 7 km
Villamor Golf Club – 3 km

Hotels nearby:

Crown Regency hotel – 0.1km
1026 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati
5k – 6k / night

Holiday Inn and Suites – 0.2km
Palm Drive, Ayala Center, Makati
8k/ night

Ascott Makati – 0.3km
1224 East St. Makati
8k / night

Fairmont Makati -0.4km
1 Raffles Drive, Makati Ave.
6.5k / night

New World Makati – 0.5km
Esperanza St. corner Makati Ave.
6.8k / night

Makati Shangrila hotel – 0.6km
Ayala Ave. cor Makati Ave. Makati
10k / night

The Peninsula Mania- 0.7km
Ayala Ave. cor Makati Ave. Makati
10k / night

Makati Diamond Residences – 0.8km
118 Legazpi St. Legazpi Village, Makati
7k / night

All participants will be provided with printed program and writing materials. The event will provide inclusive meals during the program.


Schedule Activity
Day 1 Wednesday
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 12:00nn
Morning Session

Opening Program
Welcome Address
Interactive Activity: Getting to Know You (GTKY)
Program Overview: Event theme and goals
Keynote Address: Global/Regional Agenda for Inclusive and Sustainable Development
Open Forum

12:00 nn – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Afternoon Session

Equality vs Equity: Leadership Journey Towards Social Inclusion
Panel Discussion

Afternoon tea

Group Interactive Activity
Where do I stand in all of this?
A reflection of one’s role and responsibility, sharing of personal and organizational initiatives in the GEDSI advocacy.

TED Talk
Innovation for Social Change

Viewing of Exhibits

7:00 pm

Gala Dinner Reception with the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines

Day 2 Thursday
8:30 am – 9:00 am Management of Learning
9:00 am – 12:00 nn
Morning Session

Keynote Address: Breaking the Glass Ceiling
Open Forum

Morning Tea

Concurrent Sessions: Focus Areas on Social Inclusion

1) Building Inclusive Resilience - Mainstreaming GEDSI in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Climate Change Adaptation; 

2) Women and Economic Empowerment; 

3) GEDSI and peace building; 

4) Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education for All; 

5) Future of Work - Why Diversity and Inclusion Matters in Technology and Innovation

*Participants form a community of practice to discuss common issues, challenges and practicable solutions in their own fields; The session will start with a talk and progress to an interactive discussion.

12:00 nn – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Afternoon Session

Institutional Visit
Sectoral groups visit selected institutions for an interactive learning experience. These may include a center for women and girls, a PWD social enterprise, etc.

Day 3 Friday
8:30 am – 9:00 am Management of Learning
*Sharing of learnings from a representative of each sectoral group
9:00 am – 12:00 nn

Keynote Address: Leave No One Behind
Open Forum

The GEDSI Checklist : A Guide to Mainstreaming GEDSI in the Organisation and Community

Group Interactive Activity

Where do we go from here? – Crafting innovative solutions to GEDSI issues 

*Participants may be grouped according to community of practice (Filipino alumni) or by country, to draft a concrete action plan and present it to the group

Commitment Setting Activity 

Creative mural of action plans using icons and color to symbolize unity of purpose and commitment to action 

Awarding of Certificates

12:00 nn – 1:30 pm Farewell Lunch: Pinoy Fiesta