Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Fellowship Program

The Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Fellowship Program honors the talents and achievements of the late Dr. Chang-Lin Tien, former chair of The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees and former chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley. The program fosters greater dialogue and understanding between Asians and Americans noted for their contributions in government, business, academia, media, and the arts. The fellowship is in keeping with the Foundation’s interest in facilitating a collegial network of professionals with leadership potential and with established leaders throughout Asia.
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Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellows

May 4, 2017

Publication

The Asia Foundation Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellows program recognizes Asia’s most accomplished leaders from government, business, and academia. Since 2002, the program has hosted prominent Asian individuals drawn from across the diverse region, each deeply committed to Asia’s development and U.S.-Asia relations. The program reflects… Read more

 

Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu Named 2016 Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow

San Francisco, November 1, 2016

News

Recently, The Asia Foundation named Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu the 2016 Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Dr. Pangestu is currently Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia, on the Board of Trustees, Centre for Strategic and International Studies and Board of Advisers, Prasetya Mulya University. The primary focus… Read more

Isher Judge Aluwhalia speaks with Asia Foundation Development Fellows 

Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia Named 2015 Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow

October 27, 2015

News

Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia currently leads the Research and Capacity Building Program on the Challenges of Urbanisation in India and served as Chairperson of the High Powered Expert Committee on Urban Infrastructure and Services from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Ahluwalia’s research has focused on urbanization, sustainable public service delivery, industrial d… Read more

 

Cheng Siwei, 1935–2015

July 22, 2015

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One of China’s most prominent economists, and a major figure in that nation’s economic transformation, Cheng Siwei, passed away on July 12 at the age of 80. Known as the father of China’s ChiNext stock market, and a key player in the development of China’s venture capital sector, Mr. Cheng’s distinguished career included vice-chairmanship of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress…

 

Urbanization, Smart Cities, and the “Sludge Judge” – A Conversation with Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia

June 10, 2015

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In Asia sat down recently with renowned Indian economist Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, The Asia Foundation’s latest Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visitor, during her American visit. Dr. Ahluwalia is chairperson of the board of governors for the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations in New Delhi, where she is leading a…

 

Prominent Indian Economist Visits the US for Dialogue on Urbanization in India

San Francisco, April 24, 2015

News

Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, a renowned economist, is visiting the United States as an Asia Foundation Chang-lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow. In a program designed to share knowledge and perspectives across the Pacific, Dr. Ahluwalia will engage with leading researchers and practitioners focused on India’s economic development and urbanization… Read more

 

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed to Inaugurate the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

Berkeley, March 30, 2015

Events

            5:30pm-7 pm The Maude Fife Room 315 Wheeler Hall University of California, Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley’s Institute for South Asia Studies invites you to the inauguration of the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Featuring… Read more

 

Conversation with Burmese Publisher, Library Advocate U Thant Thaw Kaung

July 9, 2014

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Publisher U Thant Thaw Kaung, head of the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation and the mobile library project under the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, recently visited The Asia Foundation’s headquarters in San Francisco as part of a three-week study tour…

 

Asia Foundation Awards Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung with Chang-lin Tien Visiting Fellowship

June 4, 2014

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Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung, prominent publisher and library advocate in Myanmar, has been awarded The Asia Foundation’s prestigious Chang-lin Tien Visiting Fellowship. In a program designed to share knowledge and perspectives between peers across the Pacific, Dr. Kaung is engaging with leaders in the U.S. publishing, library, and NGO fields during a thre… Read more

 

Myanmar Publisher Chosen as Asia Foundation Chang-lin Tien Fellow, Honored with International Publishing Award

San Francisco, May 27, 2014

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Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung (right). Photo by Wendy Rockett. Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung, a prominent publisher and library advocate in Myanmar, has been awarded an Asia Foundation Chang-lin Tien Visiting Fellowship. In a program designed to share knowledge and perspectives between peers across the Pacific, Dr. Kaung will engage with leaders in the U.S. publishi… Read more

 

In Conversation with BRAC’s Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

September 19, 2012

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This week, development pioneer Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC, the largest nongovernmental development organization in the world, is in Washington, D.C., where he concludes his visit to the U.S. as an Asia Foundation Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

 

Asia Foundation Hosts Development Pioneer Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

September 12, 2012

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From September 9-19, The Asia Foundation hosts development pioneer Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC, the largest nongovernmental development organization in the world. Based in Bangladesh, and dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor…

 

The Asia Foundation Hosts Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in San Francisco and Washington D.C.

San Francisco and Washington, D.C., September 10, 2012

News

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 1… Read more

 

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Speaks at World Affairs Council

September 5, 2012

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This week, The Asia Foundation welcomes Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder 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. On S… Read more

 

Mirza Amiri Named Chang-Lin Tien Visiting Fellow

September 1, 2012

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Mr. Mirza Amiri, Former Director and CEO, Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA), examined ways to strengthen Afghanistan’s economic development through export promotion and small business development. Following a brief affiliation with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., he participated in several trade fairs and met with e… Read more

 

Q&A: Chang-Lin Tien Fellow Mirza M. Amiri on Afghanistan’s Private Sector

August 22, 2012

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The Asia Foundation’s Sam Taffer recently joined Mirza Amiri, former director and CEO of the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan, in a discussion on the challenges and opportunities for Afghanistan’s private sector. Mr. Amiri is the recipient of the Foundation’s prestigious Chang-Lin Tien Visiting Fellow Award…

 

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Named Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow

March 27, 2012

News

As the leader of the world’s largest development NGO, Founder and Chair of BRAC Sir Fazle Hasan Abed’s Fellowship entailed meetings with senior officials in the international development field, as well as presentations at prestigious institutions in Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Bay Area. Sir Fazle’s remarks focused on issues of poverty al… Read more

 

In Washington, Cheng Siwei discusses China’s Economic Policy Objectives for the Next Five Years

November 3, 2011

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Cheng Siwei, the prominent Chinese economist and former Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, made a presentation on the morning of November 1st,  co-sponsored by The Asia Foundation and the John L. Thornton China Center at The Brookings Institution. Mr. Cheng has played an important role in the economic transfo… Read more

 

Economist Cheng Siwei on China’s Growth, Europe’s Crisis, Occupy Wall Street, and Steve Jobs

October 26, 2011

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Last week, In Asia’s editor, Alma Freeman, sat down with leading Chinese economist, Cheng Siwei, in San Francisco at the start of a series of high-level presentations he delivered across the United States on China’s economic growth and challenges ahead.

 

Economist Cheng Siwei Addresses Commonwealth Club on Rebalancing China’s Economy

San Francisco, October 20, 2011

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San Francisco Cheng Siwei addresses a packed room at the Commonwealth Club. Photo by: Oliver Petzold Today, leading Chinese economist Cheng Siwei spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California on challenges to rebalancing China’s economy. During his speech, Mr. Cheng highlighted six key factors to improve China’s economy, including investing in domes… Read more

 

Cheng Siwei to Address China’s Growth at Commonwealth Club, Harvard, and Brookings

October 19, 2011

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The Asia Foundation awarded its prestigious Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow Award to leading Chinese economist Cheng Siwei, and has arranged a series of high-level exchanges across the United States on China’s economic growth and challenges ahead.

 

Cheng Siwei Named Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow

October 1, 2011

News

Through presentations and round table discussions with policy makers, academics, and business sector representatives in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, and Washington DC, Mr. Cheng Siwei, Chair, International Finance Forum (Beijing), and former Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, shared his expertise and i… Read more

 

Withoo Phrueksanan Named Chang-Lin Tien Visiting Fellow

June 1, 2011

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A month-long examination of forensic medicine enabled Dr. Withoo Phrueksanan, Assistant Dean and Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, to draw on best practices from American experience that might have implications for human rights in Thailand’s southern border provinces. A two-week affiliation with the Office of the Chief Me… Read more

 

Samar Minallah Debuts New Documentary, “Land of a Thousand Colors”

February 8, 2011

Media Coverage

An article in The International News (Pakistan) highlights Samar Minallah’s screening of her new documentary “Land of a Thousand Colors.” Her documentary showcases cultural rights issues and the history of Southern Punjab. Minallah was the recipient of The Asia Foundation’s Chang-Lin Tien Fellowship in 2010. Read the full article: “‘Land of a thous… Read more

 

Q&A with Co-Founder of Malaysiakini – Malaysia’s Top Independent News Site

January 12, 2011

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Despite being a country with one of the fastest growing rates of social media users, Malaysia’s independent media still struggle with strict government control of news content. At the same time, Premesh Chandran, co-founder of Malaysiakini, has grown his independent news site into Malaysia’s leading online media outlet. Malaysiakini serves as a voi… Read more

 

Premesh Chandran Named Chang-Lin Tien Visiting Fellow

January 1, 2011

News

A co-founder of and CEO of Malaysiakini, the leading online news distribution source in Malaysia, Mr. Premesh Chandran made presentations on his vision for developing new media in Malaysia and Southeast Asia through a social enterprise model. His visit entailed meetings with practitioners and researchers to discuss social capital markets, social en… Read more

 

New America Media Interviews Filmmaker About Change in Pakistan

September 24, 2010

Media Coverage

A KALW radio broadcast conducted by New America Media features an interview with Samar Minallah, Chang Lin Tien Visiting Fellow at The Asia Foundation and the Founder of Ethnomedia. In the 17-minute interview, Samar discusses the importance of using culturally-sensitive media and film to raise awareness about women’s issues in Pakistan. Listen to t… Read more

 

Samar Minallah Named Chang-Lin Tien Visiting Fellow

September 1, 2010

News

Ms. Samar Minallah, Executive Director, Ethnomedia, a distinguished activist and documentary film maker, Ms. Minallah explored a range of issues pertaining to human rights, advocacy for women, and social media through a professional affiliation with the San Francisco-based Global Fund for Women and networking with domestic and international organiz… Read more

 

Pakistani Filmmaker and Asia Foundation Fellow Discusses Her Work in South Asia

August 13, 2010

Media Coverage

In an APEC Express interview on KPFA, Samar Minallah discusses her background, the significance of creating local-language documentaries, and pressing issues facing women in Pakistan. Her fellowship with The Asia Foundation is mentioned. Listen to the full podcast.

 

Breaking the Silence: Women in Afghanistan and Pakistan

San Francisco, August 11, 2010

Events

with Samar Minallah Chang Lin Tien Visiting Fellow, The Asia Foundation Founder, Ethnomedia Wednesday, August 11, 2010 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM The World Affairs Council Auditorium 312 Sutter Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94108 Cost: Members or Asia Foundation guests free; Non-Members $15, Students $5 Women’s voices in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan… Read more

 

Indrani Bagchi Named Chang-Lin Tien Visiting Fellow

July 30, 2010

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Diplomatic Editor at The Times of India Ms. Indrani Bagchi’s program focus was on U.S.-China relations and the implications for third countries, addressed through affiliation with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., seminars, and meetings with foreign policy specialists in research centers and the public sector. The Asia Foundation Chang… Read more

 

A Conversation with Times of India Diplomatic Editor Indrani Bagchi

July 21, 2010

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In Asia recently spoke with Indian journalist Indrani Bagchi, diplomatic editor for The Times of India, the country’s largest English-language daily, on her way back from Washington, D.C., where she finished conducting research on U.S.-China relations and their impact on India, as an Asia Foundation Chang-Lin Tien Visiting Fellow. Bagchi speaks on… Read more

 

Heading into Copenhagen: U.S., China Collaborate on Climate Change

December 2, 2009

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Next week on Monday, December 7, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen will commence. Despite deteriorating hopes for a binding international treaty to aggressively tackle climate change, the potential remains for useful dialogue, collaboration, and concerted steps forward. Already in the works is an agreement for collaborat… Read more

 

Dr. Zhao Gang Named Chang-Lin Tien Visiting Fellow

January 1, 2009

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The first recipient of the Visiting Fellow award, Dr. Zhao Gang, Professor and Director, Chinese Academy of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, is prominent in international discussions related to clean energy collaboration. He met with representatives of diverse sectors to discuss clean energy and climate mitigation policie… Read more

 

Dr. Stan Shih Named Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow

January 1, 2009

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In recognition of his leadership in business and civic affairs, Dr. Stan Shih, Chief Executive Officer (retired) and Co-Founder of the Acer Group, was the first Chang Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow. He participated in a wide range of public presentations in California on economic development and trade between Asia and the U.S. The Asia Foun… Read more