San Francisco, May 29, 2013 — On Sunday, May 19 in New York, The Asia Foundation and Henry Luce Foundation marked 40 years of partnership in providing life-changing experiences in Asia for young leaders. The organizational placements arranged by The Asia Foundation for each Scholar on the basis of their career interests are at the heart of the program’s success. Nearly 700 Luce Scholars have been placed, many of whom have gone on to demonstrate extraordinary leadership, including: Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal editor Paul Gigot; World Bank President Robert Zoellick; Dr. Diana Farmer, the world’s first female fetal surgeon; and Terry Adamson, executive vice president of National Geographic Society. Former Luce Scholars addressed the special gathering, as did Luce Foundation president Michael Gilligan.
The range of organizations that have hosted Luce Scholars over the years reflects the extraordinary dynamism and rich diversity of Asia, and is as broad as the scope of talents and interests of the Scholars themselves. Placement institutions have included the Academy of Performing Arts in Bali; the National Human Rights Commission of Korea in Seoul; CCTV International in Beijing; the Lao Bar Association in Vientiane; the Eastern Steppe Biodiversity Project in Ulaanbaatar; and, the Vietnam Institute of Archeology in Hanoi.