San Francisco and Washington, D.C., September 10, 2012 — On September 9 – 19, The Asia Foundation hosts Asia Foundation Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of BRAC, the largest development organization in the world dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives. The work of BRAC reaches an estimated 126 million people in 11 countries. Under Sir Fazle’s leadership, in the span of only three decades, BRAC grew to become the largest development organization in the world in terms of the scale and diversity of its interventions. His transformation of BRAC from a limited relief operation in the early 1970′s into the world’s largest development NGO is a remarkable achievement that has won him national and international recognition, including the British Crown’s knighthood and other awards such as recognition as one of Ashoka’s “global greats,” and The Asia Foundation’s Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Fellow Award. The fellowship honors the Foundation’s late Board Chair and former Chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley and continues his legacy of strengthening U.S. – Asia ties. As part of the Fellowship, The Asia Foundation arranges an intensive set of meetings and opportunities for these distinguished leaders during their visit to the U.S.
The Asia Foundation hosts Sir Fazle during his U.S. visit to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C., where he will draw from his notable career to meet with leading academics, international affairs professionals, and government officials on poverty alleviation in Bangladesh and success in development. Sir Fazle will hold private meetings with officials at World Bank, US State Department, USAID, and his public addresses include: World Affairs Council (WAC) address on “Poverty Alleviation in Bangladesh: Lessons for Africa and Asia,” moderated by Asia Foundation executive vice president Suzanne Siskel and co-organized by Asia Foundation; UC Berkeley presentation, “A Conversation with Sir Fazle Abed, founder of BRAC: The Path Out of Poverty: Stories of Success in Bangladesh;” Stanford University roundtable, “An Informal Conversation with Sir Abed on BRAC;” Global Philanthropy Forum With The Silicon Valley Community Foundation meeting, “An Intimate Conversation with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed: The Role of Social Innovation in Developing Countries;” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar roundtable discussion, “The Opportunity to Realize Their Potential: Development as a Means to Prosperity and Security in South Asia;” and meeting with Interaction on “40 Years of Combating Poverty, Illiteracy, Disease and Social Injustice: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead.”
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