San Francisco

The Asia Foundation has a unique role and history in San Francisco, a city long recognized as the gateway to a dynamic Asia-Pacific and a leading global center of innovation. Today’s premier international development organization in Asia was founded in San Francisco, borne out of remarkable hope for Asia’s emergence as a key region on the global stage. More than 60 years ago, a group of forward-thinking pioneers created The Asia Foundation, prominent Bay Area citizens who shared a strong interest in Asia, distinguished personal achievements, and dedicated public service who were devoted to promoting democracy, rule of law, and market-based development in post-war Asia.

In the founding spirit of The Asia Foundation, the nonprofit brings together local individuals, communities, and governments who are shaping Asia’s future. The San Francisco headquarters hosts a diverse range of global leaders, influencers, and innovators to help inform and address the many critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century. Notable events and visits include: Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder and chairman of BRAC, among others.

Australia Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Speaks at Asia Foundation Event

In October 2015, The Asia Foundation hosted the Honourable Julie Bishop MP, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs for a lively and informative discussion on innovation and technology, and how Australia’s aid and development programs are transforming the way the country helps solve problems in developing Asia. Minister Bishop was joined by the Hon Kim Beazley, Ambassador of Australia to the United States, and the Hon Jeffrey L. Bleich, former United States Ambassador to Australia, and delivered remarks to 150 local business and civic leaders, philanthropists, ambassadors, and prominent members of the Bay Area community.

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