Asia Foundation Development Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom named 2017 Echoing Green Climate Fellow

June 8, 2017 — One of the 2016 Asia Foundation Development Fellows, Kotchakorn Voraakhom, was recently awarded a fellowship for emerging social entrepreneurs from Echoing Green, a global social venture fund based in New York City. Kotchakorn is the founder and CEO of Porous City Network, a landscape architecture social enterprise working to increase urban resilience in her hometown, Bangkok, Thailand. Kotchakorn’s passion is solving urban ecological problems through landscape architectural design. She has worked on projects including a major urban ecological park and a number of innovative public landscape designs in Bangkok, and is an active campaigner for public green space. She is a design consultant for the Redevelopment Bangkok 250 project, celebrating the city’s 250th anniversary. During graduate school, Kotchakorn co-founded the Konkuey Design Initiative, an international partnership that works with communities in difficult landscapes to design and rebuild public space through a participatory process.

Echoing Green recently selected thirty-six fellows from twenty-nine hundred applicants in a hundred and sixty-four countries, who will receive seed funding of up to $90,000 over two years as well as mentoring and leadership development opportunities in support of their innovative solutions to global challenges. 

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program provides highly-qualified young professionals from Asia with an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain in-depth knowledge of Asia’s critical development challenges. The year-long professional advancement program draws on The Asia Foundation’s extensive 18-country network and deep expertise working with innovative leaders and communities across the region. The program is designed to be a multifaceted experience, involving intensive learning modules – short courses, conferences, and study tours in Asia and the U.S. – to enhance leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure.

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