Jason Hsu

Legislator / Congressman At-Large at Taiwan

Jason Hsu or Hsu Yu-jen is a current Taiwanese at-large legislator of the 9th Legislative Yuan. He is also an entrepreneur and the cofounder of TEDxTaipei. Hsu is serving as a Chinese Nationalist Party non-constituency member of the Legislative Yuan, and was assigned to the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statues Committee during the 1st session of the 9th Legislative Yuan. He currently serves as a member of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee in the 2nd session. He is an active advocate of issues regarding education, technology, innovation, sustainability, and marriage equality.

The curiosity to understand the world and passion to change it influence my life decisions. I believe that in order to change the system you must create something new to make the original system obsolete. For me, entrepreneurship was the answer — a way to create opportunities for many. In 2008 I co-founded The Big Questions Conference to bring together leaders from all fields to engage in conversations and actions for sustainable future. In 2009 I co-founded TEDxTaipei. Since 2011 I have been serving as TEDx Ambassador for Asia. Over the course last years I have organized conferences and gatherings that promote cross-boarder dialogues and innovation. More than 35 cities and 400 leaders and innovators participated in these meetings.

My entrepreneurial journey brought me around the world and my education is mostly from real-world experience. Having started up companies, I am fully aware what it takes to build business and mentality to celebrate “fail early, fail often.” In 2013 I received scholarship to study at Amsterdam’s School of Creative Leadership which broadens my scope of innovation in public administration. In 2015 I was chosen to attend Executive Program at Singularity University.

In July 2014 I became a member of Advisory Committee for Premier, Executive Yuan offering policy suggestions and attending government meetings. Such has changed the course of my life. I became more involved with public affairs and played influential role as a leader of young generation. In January 2016 I was elected as Legislator at-large for Parliament. With this role my primary focuses are: education, technology and environmental sustainability. I form cross-party alliances to advance issues that concern future of the country.

Today’s changing world requires different leadership style — one that sees connections of different fields. Leaders today must practice empathy and engage conversations that build consensus and strive to remove barriers.