This week’s honor goes to WENCHI YU, who is Co-Founder and Board Director of Privii, a privately-owned Singapore-based social capital investment firm connecting the Asia Pacific region to the world through private investment and philanthropic activities. Prior to joining the Privii recently, she served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton and led key initiatives in the Asia Pacific region with a focus on women and girls. Continue reading
CHEVAAN DANIEL is this week’s Asia 21 Young Leader. CHEVAAN recently won Sri Lanka’s most prestigious corporate leadership award—the Chief Executive of the Year award. He was also selected as one of Sri Lanka’s 40 Under 40 Young Leaders by the Echelon—a leading business publication—for his efforts in wielding significant influence on the country’s news agenda. Chevaan is the head of News 1st—the largest electronic news network that has been feted both locally and internationally with many accolades—and the most powerful media brand in Sri Lanka, reaching over 15 million in a country of 21 million. In addition to his responsibilities at News 1st, Chevaan also sits on the boards of two media companies, MTV and MBC which own and operate a total of nine channels.
This week’s honor goes to DAMCELLE TORRES-CORTES who currently serves as Chairperson of Wedpro Philippines—an NGO that seeks to empower women. Her work with Wedpro involves the challenging task of empowering women sex workers who had been trafficked and abused, rejected by their families and communities, and consequently, are forced to live in a seemingly inescapable cycle of poverty.
Asia 21 Fellow Ejaj Ahmad, founder and president of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), the country’s first leadership institute, received the 2013 Rising Star Award from Harvard Kennedy School, at a ceremony held at the John F. Kennedy Forum of the University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday, May 11. The prestigious Rising Star Award recognizes an alumna or alumnus who, ‘within six years of beginning his or her career, has stood out as a leader, a catalyst for change, or a person making a meaningful difference to individuals, organizations, or governments.’ Ejaj had received a Master in Public Policy from Harvard in 2008.
Omaid Sharifi is our Asia 21 Young Leader of the week! A human rights activist, Omaid who is the Co-Founder of Sela Foundation—an organization that works in improving the lives of the most vulnerable people of Afghanistan. He is also the Country Representative of the Hungary-based International Centre for Democratic Transition. He is also directly involved with Afghanistan’s civil society with his work as the Regional Manager of Tawanmandi—a civil society strengthening project. Omaid has worked with several national and international organizations such as USAID, the World Bank, British Council, and the Afghan government in different managerial and decision-making positions. He has also been working voluntarily for the rights of women, children, and youth in Afghanistan since 2004. He has been involved in establishing youth and social networks and organized workshops, seminars, conferences, radio broadcasts and TV shows around the country to enhance awareness about his advocacies. Omaid’s work to tackle corruption has been recognized by both Afghan civil society and the international community.
This week’s honor goes to AUDRY LI, who was recently recognized as the #1 lawyer of the Top 15 Women Lawyers in China for 2012 by Asia Legal Business. Asia Legal Business is a world-leading provider of legal news and information regarding China, North and South East Asia, Japan, Australia and the Middle East. Audry was also previously selected by the Shanghai Bar Association as the Top Woman Lawyer of Shanghai in 2011.
EJAJ AHMAD, founder and president of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) is the Asia 21 Young Leader of the Week!
BYLC is Bangladesh’s first youth leadership institute which aims to foster a more tolerant, inclusive, and just society by training the next generation of leaders in Bangladesh. As president, Ejaj spearheads BYLC’s international award winning leadership program which unites youth from diverse educational and socio-economic backgrounds, equips them with leadership skills, and engages them in service-oriented projects in local communities toaddress Bangladesh’s most urgent developmental needs.
While we are overjoyed to see the familiar names on the World Economic Forum’s recently announced list, it came as no surprise because we are already cognizant of their potential and commitment to value-based leadership. They have all been deeply involved with our Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative as we help build relationships, engage in transnational and interdisciplinary dialogue and cultural exchange, and develop cooperative responses for addressing shared challenges.
This week’s honor goes to PHLOEUN PRIM, Executive Director of Cambodian Living Arts (CLA). He currently serves as the CEO of the Season of Cambodia (SOC) initiative by spearheading the festival, which is an international platform designed for showcasing Cambodian arts, culture, and humanities to audiences in New York City and around the world. Asia Society is delighted to play its part by collaborating with Phloeun and hosting some of the events in our NY headquarters.
Regarding his involvement with Asia 21, Phloeun maintains, “The Asia 21 conference provides a great platform for networking, particularly among the leadership of Asia. I have attended other conferences where leaders from both the East and the West have had the chance to meet, but this time, all of the participants belong to the same continent and we share many common values and concerns. Continue reading
Asia 21 Young Leader Tudor Clee won the CREATE UNAOC 2012 Award for his efforts in developing Touchable Earth, a world-atlas app.
Tudor has traveled around the world to gather information from children while developing Touchable Earth, and disseminated the app in Google Nexus tablets to the schools in places he visited.
During the months of April and May, New York City will play host to 125 artists from Cambodia who will be performing in 30 major arts and educational institutions all over the city. The Seasons will feature music, dance, visual art, ritual, film, puppetry, and academic forums.
Asia 21 Fellow Nitin Das (Asia 21 Fellow, 2009) launched a new short film entitled, Learn to Fly.
This film has been shot in Harike Wetland, the largest wetland in Northern India. It serves as a winter home to many species of migratory birds, a few of which are globally endangered species. Because of it’s rich biodiversity, Harike is a designated Ramsar site. One of the rare locations on Earth that are recognized as nature’s treasures. Enchanted lands that need to be preserved and protected.
Watch the video, here.
Nitin Das runs an independent film production house that works with communities to train them in acting and makes short fiction films. He is an alumnus of one of India’s top B-schools, and his last assignment was with India’s larest news magazine as a Brand Manager. He has done a filmmaking course in New York and has an interesting repertoire of award winning films. He has also won a special award by the British Council for creative entrepreneurship in the social sector.
Please join us in congratulating Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, this week’s Asia 21 Young Leader!
Sharmeen is an Academy and Emmy Award winning documentary film-maker from Pakistan. She was recently appointed as South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Goodwill Ambassador for HIV and AIDS for the year 2013 and 2014.
This week’s honor goes to Claire Chino, who has been appointed as the first female executive director on the board of a Japanese trading company. Claire was appointed Executive Officer and General Manager, Legal Division, of Itochu Corporation effective this April. She has the distinction of being the “youngest and the first female executive officer” of any major Japanese trading company. Claire views this not so much as her personal achievement but rather as a sign that global companies are, by necessity, placing more importance on diversity. She adds, “Japan unfortunately ranks very low in the gender parity area. In fact, according to the report compiled by the Asia Society (Rising to the Top? A Report on Women’s Leadership in Asia) on gender empowerment, as of 2011, Japan ranked 98th out of 135 countries, mostly driven by the fact that there are so few women in leadership positions within corporations. I would be more than happy if my appointment can bring hope for other working women in Japan.”
Asia 21 Young Leader Claire Chino was recently named to be a part of the board of directors of Itochu Corporation–and the first woman in Japan on board in major trading companies. Read the article here.
Asia 21 Young Leader Bhavani Fonseka on “The ‘Bleak’ State of Rule of Law in Sri Lanka” on the Asia Blog
Asia 21 Young Leader Bhavani Fonseka wrote an article, The ‘Bleak’ State of Rule of Law in Sri Lanka for the Asia Blog. Fonseka says that recent events, including the impeachment of the countries first female chief justice, could “have a chilling effect on hopes for a functioning democracy and sustainable peace in Sri Lanka.” Read the article here.
Asia 21 Young Leader and Korean-American writer based in New York, E. Tammy King was recently featured on BBC World Have Your Say: Is it time to take North Korea more seriously? Watch the video here.
Asia 21 Young Leader STUTI JALAN is a young entrepreneur at 23, she founded Crosshairs Communication, a marketing and media company. Watch the video here.
Check out photos from the 2012 Asia 21 Summit in Dhaka here.
Check out articles about the recent Asia 21 Summit in the dailies of Bangladesh!
Asia 21 Summit in Dhaka was covered by Bangladesh’s Daily Star and picked up by Asian-focused websites and news outlets.
Asia 21 Young Leader (Class of 2011), Pushpa Basnet from Nepal has been named as the CNN Hero of the Year!
MANILA, December 17, 2012 –- Thirteen of the Asia 21 Young Awardees from the Philippines gathered to talk about their upcoming activities and possible collaborations within the group.
Over 100 Young Leaders gathered for the Asia Society’s 7th Annual Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit at BRAC, Savar
This year’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit took place in BRAC-CDM, Dhaka, Bangladesh, over a three-day period, beginning, December 7th. The event gathered over 100 delegates, representing diverse backgrounds and from over 20 different countries.
EMBRACE named 2012 Asia Society-Bank of America-Merrill Lynch Asia 21 Young Leaders Public Service Award Winner
Dhaka – In recognition of their outstanding work in providing quality maternal and child health support in China, India, Zambia, Uganda, and Somalia—Embrace has been named winner of the 2012 Asia Society-Bank of America Merrill Lynch Asia 21 Young Leaders Public Service Award (Asia 21 PSA). Rajan Patel, Area Manager of Embrace based in Gujarat, India, accepted the award during the ceremonies at the Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Asia 21 Fellow Bam Aquino featured on the Asian Journal in an article entitled “Community-Builder of Happy Pinoys”
Read an article about Asia 21 Fellow Bam Aquino on the Asian Journal here: http://www.asianjournal.com//galing-pinoy/59-galing-pinoy/18352-community-builder-of-happy-pinoys.html
We are now accepting applications for the 2013Bernard Schwartz Fellows Program. Please click here for more information: AsiaSociety.org/SchwartzFellows
Asia 21 Fellow, FAIYSAL ALI KHAN was interviewed by BBC World about the Taliban attack on Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai. Please click here to watch video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPwXDPZ567s&feature=youtu.be
Read Asia 21 India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Initiative Fellow, Zafar Choudhary’s Op-Ed, “Disorder in the House”
Asia 21 India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Initiative Fellow, Zafar Choudhary wrote “Disorder in the House” in Rising Kashmir: http://www.risingkashmir.in/news/disorder-in-the-house-34597.aspx
Read Asia 21 India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Initiative Fellow Zafar Choudhary’s piece on Kashmir “The Regional Heritage” in Rising Kashmir.
Asia 21 India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Initiative Fellow, Zafar Choudhary wrote a piece on Rising Kashmir. Read about “Rising Kashmir’s arrival in Jammu is celebration of 166 years of unity in diversity.”
Asia 21 Young Leader (Class of 2011), Pushpa Basnet from Nepal has been nominated as one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes for 2012.
Read India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Initiative Fellow Zafar Choudhary’s Op-Ed, “Clueless at Bakshi Stadium”
India-Pakistan Regional Young Initiative Fellow ZAFAR CHOUDHARY explains how Indian national holidays are (not) observed Jammu and Kashmir. Click here to read his op-ed, “Clueless at Bakshi Stadium,” published in Rising Kashmir.
The India Blog of the New York Times has posted an article about the Oscar-winning documentary “Saving Face,” co-directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Asia 21 Fellow.
Originally posted on Roots of Health.
Puerto Princesa, Palawan:It began as an informal open-air meet during a coffee break at the Asia 21 Summit in Gurgaon – India, in November 2011. The winners of the Asia Society Asia 21 Public Service Award, Roots of Health, had travelled from Palawan in the Philippines, to receive their award and meet the Class of 2011 fellows. Selected after a comprehensive elimination process by the 2011 fellows class and Asia 21, RoH (Ugat ng Kalusugan in Filipino), a reproductive health NGO focused on improving the health of women and girls and their communities, came out tops. Continue reading
Asia 21 Fellow Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy‘s Academy Award-winning documentary Saving Face captivated audiences at the Habitat Film Festival in New Delhi on Monday. The film was produced with support from the Asia Society India Center. Sharmeen was also one of five Pakistani delegates who participated in the inaugural India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Forum this weekend.
Read about the film festival and the post-screening interview with Sharmeen in The Hindu.
The New York Times published a story on July 13 2012, concerning 7 officials in the Afghan Investment Support Agency who resigned to protest mis-mangement, corruption and graft within the agency. Dr. Rohullah Ahmadzai, formerly the director of investment promotion and one of the 7 officials who resigned, is a member of the Afghan Young Leaders Initiative (AYLI).
The Asia Society is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative 2012 Public Service Award (PSA). The deadline for applications is midnight ET, September 10, 2012.
Please submit all applications by email to email@example.com. (Click on the link to download the application form.)
Roots of Health Named 2011 Asia Society-Bank of America Merrill Lynch Asia 21 Young Leaders Public Service Award
New Delhi, 19 November 2011 – In recognition of its outstanding work in providing quality reproductive health education and an introduction to human rights and empowerment to the women of rural communities in Puerto Princesa, Palawan in the Philippines, Roots of Health has been named winner of the 2011 Asia Society-Bank of America Merrill Lynch Asia 21 Young Leaders Public Service Award (Asia 21 PSA). Patricia Amina Swanepoel, Founding Executive Director, represented the two-year-old startup organization and received a US$10,000 cash prize during ceremonies at the Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in New Delhi, India.