Michelle Obama, the former first lady of the US, will be joined later this month in Kuala Lumpur by Hollywood star Julia Roberts for a summit designed to empower young women and promote education in Asia-Pacific. The pair will travel to Vietnam on December 9 before the Obama Foundation’s Leaders: Asia-Pacific conference in Malaysia , which runs for five days. Obama and Roberts will appear on December 12 before former US president Barack Obama’s appearance on December 13. The Obamas will then carry on to Singapore . Michelle Obama has previously joined forces with the likes of David Beckham, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman and John Legend to promote the Girls Opportunity Alliance, which is part of the Obamas’ foundation. “In Malaysia, Mrs Obama and Ms Roberts will share reflections about their trip to Vietnam, as well as lessons from their own leadership journeys and their path-breaking careers,” the foundation’s website said. The foundation’s programme will feature 200 leaders from 33 countries for a range of talks and workshops. I can't stay calm at the moment. Two greatest leaders of America, President Obama and his First Lady Michelle Obama are coming to my country, Malaysia this December. #BreakingNews https://t.co/Q2LZCorrls — Daphne Wong (@106Daphne) October 15, 2019 Dissa Ahdanisa is one of the 18 Indonesians invited to the summit. She founded Fingertalk, a social programme that works with the deaf community and people with other disabilities. “I would also like to meet like-minded people from different parts of the world, learn about what they do, why and how they do it, to hopefully collaborate to create a much bigger impact in the future,” she said, according to a statement. Prodita Sabarini, the executive editor of The Conversation Indonesia and former journalist at The Jakarta Post , said she was thrilled to be selected. Alhamdulillah, proud to be a member of the first class of @ObamaFoundation Leaders: Asia Pacific! Cannot wait to learn more from other leaders, President @BarackObama and Mrs. @MichelleObama in Malaysia! #ObamaLeaders https://t.co/opUBzD2FGR pic.twitter.com/sNiCFLrKiG — Dissa Ahdanisa (@DAhdanisa) November 21, 2019 Students from mainland China are the best in the world, survey finds “Growing up, the leaders I saw were male, along with their authoritarian and dominating styles,” she said in a statement. “We need more diversity in leadership positions.” In Singapore, Obama will discuss his presidency and offer insights into the demands of leadership at an event held by The Growth Faculty at the Singapore Expo. It will be his first public business event in Singapore. He last visited Singapore in March 2018, meeting young leaders from Asean . The former first lady will appear at a separate event on December 14, discussing aspects of her public and private life that shaped her, as well as reflections from her memoir, Becoming .