Lotus Leadership Awards

The Lotus Leadership Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have made major contributions to the well-being of women and their communities in Asia. The Awards are hosted annually by The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle, a group of committed individuals, foundations, and corporations who are advancing the rights and opportunities of women in Asia through their support of The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program. The events draw hundreds of guests, including diplomats, business leaders, young professionals, members of the media, and the philanthropic community. Event proceeds fund innovative projects to empower disadvantaged women and girls in 18 Asia-Pacific countries.

Past awardees:
H.E. Rula Ghani, First Lady of Afghanistan; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author; Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Director of the Centre for Social Research; Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate and founder of the Grameen Bank; Nani Zulminarni, Founder of Women-Headed Household Empowerment in Indonesia; The Estée Lauder Companies; The Honorable Sapana Pradhan Malla, advocate of Nepal’s Supreme Court; Mr. Chong-Moon Lee, noted philanthropist; Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director of the Afghan Institute for Learning; National Geographic Society; Dr. David Ho of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center

Lotus Leadership Awards Gala, New York

October 12, 2017

The Pierre Hotel
2 East 61st Street
New York City


Amartya Sen

Indian Nobel Prize–winning economist, philosopher, and a pioneer in raising awareness of the importance of empowering women


The Henry Luce Foundation

for leadership development and empowerment

This gala is made possible with the generous support of our Lotus Circle Advisors

More information to come

Lotus Leadership Awards Dinner, San Francisco

October 24, 2017

St. Regis Hotel
125 3rd Street
San Francisco


Akie Abe

Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan


The Colorful Girls of Burma

This dinner is made possible with the generous support of our Lotus Circle Advisors
More information to come