At a time of widespread uncertainty and potential backsliding due to ever-present Taliban violence, the stalled Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), the fast-approaching deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. and international forces, and the inconclusive presidential election earlier in the month, the people of Afghanistan have much to gain as well as to lose in the immediate term. Fortunately, a new generation of young, educated, empowered, and responsive Afghans is taking charge, effecting change, and shaping their future.
On March 14, the World Economic Forum announced the 2014 members selected to join the Forum of Young Global Leaders, recognizing their achievements and contribution to society. We are delighted to report that that three members of our Asia 21 Young Leaders Infinitive—Doris Dumlao, Sabeen Mahmud, and Dorjee Sun—were among this year’s YGLs. Continue reading →
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.
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.
Mark Ruiz has recently attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He was a discussion leader in the session Catalyzing Markets through Philanthropy, as well as a participant in The Global Innovation Heatmap: Future of Philanthropy. Given that Hapinoy was awarded as SEOY for Asia in 2011, Mark feels “extremely humbled and privileged to have been able to attend this year, as a member of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.”
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.