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Third Annual Lotus Circle Luncheon
On June 6, 2013, The Asia Foundation and The Lotus Circle, a community of individuals working with The Asia Foundation to empower women and girls in Asia, honored Silicon Valley entrepreneur Mr. Chong-Moon Lee at the third annual Lotus Leadership Awards in New York City. Mr. Lee, a native of Korea, has funded a multi-year, multi-country initiative to combat the trafficking of women and girls in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos, and received a Lotus Leadership Award for his contributions to the health and well-being of women and girls in Asia. Luncheon co-chairs Masako Shinn, a trustee of The Asia Foundation; and Ida Liu, managing director and head of North America Asian Clients Group at Citi Private Bank, made opening remarks. The Honorable Sapana Pradhan Malla, a lawyer, advocate of Nepal's Supreme Court, and leading women's rights activist, also received a Lotus Leadership Award for her contributions to the protection of women and girls. Ms. Malla is a former member of the Nepalese Constituent Assembly and helped pass the country's landmark Human Trafficking Act, now a model for the region. Award-winning ABC News veteran Lynn Sherr interviewed U.S. Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Director of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and Asia Foundation senior director of Women's Empowerment Program Carol Yost as part of a panel discussion. Upon receiving her award, Ms. Malla said: "Our fight has not ended."
Chevron and The Estee Lauder Companies were premier luncheon sponsors. Vista Equity Partners, Citi Private Bank, and Kirkland and Ellis were also generous sponsors.