San Francisco, February 5, 2014 — The Asia Foundation, the premier international development nonprofit in Asia, today announced the inaugural 2014 participants of the Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program. The five men and five women – an accomplished group of inspirational young professionals working in government, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and media representing nine Asian countries – will take part in this new initiative designed to support emerging development leaders in Asia. Increasingly, across the region, a new generation of reform-minded individuals are creating lasting solutions to Asia’s most critical development issues.
The 2014 Asia Foundation Development Fellows are:
- Eaimt Phoo Phoo Aung (Myanmar) – Ms. Eaimt Phoo Phoo Aung, 25, is Prosperity (Economic Governance) Programme Manager at the British Embassy in Yangon, working on issues of macro-economic analysis and economic governance reform in Myanmar.
- Thiem Hai Bui (Vietnam) – Mr. Thiem H. Bui, 33, is Deputy Director of the Department for General Affairs at the Institute for Legislative Studies (ILS) of the National Assembly Standing Committee of Vietnam.
- Badruun Gardi (Mongolia) – Mr. Badruun Gardi, 26, is Executive Director of the Zorig Foundation, addressing issues of good governance, youth and education, and community development in Mongolia.
- Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah (Indonesia) – Ms. Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah, 38, is Indonesia Country Director for the Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN), with a focus on the role of women in peace building and inter-faith cooperation.
- Lican Liu (China) – Mr. Lican Liu, 37, is the Co-founder and Director of Programs and Communications at the Greenovation Hub, a grassroots NGO that focuses on environmental protection and innovation in China.
- Marcia Czarina Corazon del Mundo Medina-Guce (Philippines) – Ms. Marcia Czarina Corazon del Mundo Medina-Guce, 27, is Executive Director of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, the umbrella organization of the local government leagues composed of all locally elected officials in the Philippines.
- Goris Mustaqim (Indonesia) – A social entrepreneur with environmental concerns, Mr. Goris Mustaqim, 30, is Director and Co-owner of PT Resultan Nusantara and President of the ASGAR MUDA Foundation, a youth empowering social enterprise in his hometown of Garut in West Java.
- Jaya Luintel (Nepal) – Ms. Jaya Luintel, 32, is a nationally acclaimed journalist and women’s rights advocate, and founder of The Story Kitchen, “a space to amplify herstory,” in Nepal.
- Guteriano Neves (Timor Leste) – A researcher and analyst on political economy, Mr. Guteriano Neves, 31, is the adviser for the Presidency of the Republic of Timor-Leste on macroeconomic and regional integration affairs.
- Salinee Tavaranan (Thailand) – An engineer and social entrepreneur, Ms. Salinee Tavaranan, 35, is Director of the Border Green Energy Team, and CEO and Founder of SunSawang, a social enterprise that offers solar-powered products and services for rural villages in Thailand.
The 2014 Asia Foundation Development Fellows are talented individuals, under age 40, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential within their professional fields and within their larger community. They each have experiences and accomplishments related to The Asia Foundation’s fields of expertise – governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation.
The new initiative leverages the Foundation’s rich 60-year history, extensive 18-country network, and deep commitment to innovative leaders and communities across the region. Highlighting the catalytic role that individuals and local communities play in the development of their societies, Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold remarked: “We have been investing in innovative and entrepreneurial leaders for more than 60 years. The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program continues this tradition by helping to identify, nurture, and support the next generation of leaders for this dynamic and developing region.”
The Fellows were selected from a group of over 600 extraordinary candidates from over 20 Asian counties who responded to the Foundation’s October 2013 call for applicants.
Final selections were made by the 2014 Selection Committee, a distinguished panel of experts who brought high levels of familiarity and decades of expertise with Asia’s needs and development challenges. The committee included: William P. Fuller (Co-Chair), President Emeritus of the Asia Foundation; Sunder Ramaswamy (Co-Chair), Asia Foundation Trustee and President and Frederick C. Dirks Professor of International Economics, Monterey Institute of International Studies; Harry Harding, Asia Foundation Vice Chair of the Board and Executive Committee, and Dean, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia; Nancy Yuan, Asia Foundation Vice President and Director, Washington, D.C.; Clare Lockhart, Asia Foundation Trustee and Co-founder and Director, Institute for State Effectiveness; and, Anthea Mulakala, Asia Foundation Director for International Development Cooperation.
The 2014 program will include a customized Leadership Training Program held in partnership with the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore; an applied Workshop on Asia Development in the Philippines; a small grant of up to $5,000 for each Fellow to design a custom professional development plan or project to be implemented over the course of the year; a mentoring program that links Fellows with experienced and respected leaders who have participated in Asia’s progress and growth; and, a capstone two-week leadership dialogue and exchange in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, coinciding with the Foundation’s 60th Anniversary celebrations.