The Asia Foundation’s 60th Anniversary Celebration in Korea

Event: Thursday, November 6, 2014

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The Plaza Hotel

Seoul, Korea

The Asia Foundation improves lives and helps societies flourish. Guided by a vision for a peaceful, just, and thriving Asia, we are marking our 60 years through a year-long, global conversation on the critical issues facing Asia today.

The Asia Foundation and Friends of The Asia Foundation Korea (FOTAF) will jointly host a symposium, a panel discussion with former Korea Country Representatives, and a celebratory dinner in Seoul, Korea, on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at The Plaza Hotel to commemorate the Foundation’s 60th Anniversary, which also coincides with the ten-year anniversary of FOTAF.

The day-long event begins with the “America’s Role in Asia” Roundtable, featuring David M. Lampton, The Asia Foundation’s Chairman of the Board, as the keynote speaker. The roundtable will be followed by a panel discussion featuring five former Korea Country Representatives, whose tenures ranged from 1963 to 2014. Lastly, the 60th Anniversary Reception and Dinner will feature Ambassador Michael H. Armacost giving special remarks.

60th Anniversary Honorary Committee Chairs

Han Sung-joo

Chairman, Korean-American Association

Hong Seok-hyun

Chairman, JoongAng Media Network

Kim Jin-hyun

Chairman, World Peace Forum

60th Anniversary Honorary Committee Members

Ahn Choong-young

FDI Ombudsman, KOTRA

David D. Arnold.

President, The Asia Foundation

Han Jong-woo

President, Sungkok Journalism Foundation

Jasmine Lee

National Assembly Member

Kang Kum-sil

Member of Council, The One Law Firm

Kim Eun Mee

Dean, Ewha Womans University GSIS

Kim Ki-hwan

President, Seoul Financial Forum

Kim Young-mok

President, KOICA

Lee Hong-koo

Chairman, Seoul Forum

Min Sun-shik

President, YBM

Moon Kook-hyun

CEO, Hansoll Textile

Park Jin

Executive Director, Asia Future Institute

Scott Wightman

UK Ambassador to Korea

Shin Kyung-min

National Assembly Member

Steven Barnett

President, AIG Korea

William Paterson

Australia’s Ambassador to Korea

60th Anniversary Global Chairs

Judith F. Wilbur

Trustee, The Asia Foundation

Missie Rennie

Vice Chair of the Board and Executive Committee, The Asia Foundation


12:00 p.m. Luncheon: America’s Role in Asia

Featuring guest speaker, David M. Lampton, Chairman of The Asia Foundation Board, and Hyman Professor and Director of SAIS-China and China Studies, Johns Hopkins University

1:30 p.m. Roundtable: America’s Role in Asia

“Implications of America’s Rebalancing Policy to Asia”

At this signature moment in The Asia Foundation’s history, this roundtable will provide an important forum for policymakers to share insights and perspectives on the implications of the rebalancing of American foreign policy toward the Asia-Pacific.

Featured presenters include:

David I. Steinberg, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University

Aileen Baviera, Professor, University of the Philippines

Ren Xiao, Professor, Fudan University

Kim Sung-han, Professor, Korea University and Former Vice Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, President, American-Japan Society in Japan and Former Ambassador of Japan to the U.S.

Moderated by:

Park Jin, Executive Director, Asia Future Institute

Presenting Sponsor

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4:30 p.m. Former Korea Representatives Panel

David Steinberg, 1963-1968 and 1995-1998

Ben Kremenak, 1976-1981 and 1984-1991

Tam Ormiston, 1991-1994

Edward Reed, 2004-2011

Peter Beck, 2012-2014

60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

6:15 p.m. Reception

7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program

Business Attire

Tickets will not be mailed. RSVPs will be held at registration.

Featuring guest speaker, Ambassador Michael H. Armacost, Chairman Emeritus of The Asia Foundation Board, and Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow for Political Affairs, Asia/Pacific Research Center, Stanford University


60th Anniversary Hwangap Sponsors and Corporate Partners

Hong Seok-hyun

Nieman Fellow Alumni

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Air Busan Logo

GM Korea Logo

Yuanta Securities Logo

YBM Logo

60th Anniversary Global Sponsors

Judith F. Wilbur


Special Thanks to Institutional Partners in Korea

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies

The Kahng Foundation

Korea Development Institute (KDI)

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)

The Sungkok Foundation for Journalism

Thank you for your interest in The Asia Foundation’s 60th Anniversary Celebration in Korea.

Seating availability is limited. For tickets to the reception and dinner, please RSVP to Ms. Ji-eun Lee at [email protected] by Thursday, October 30, 2014, or RSVP online here.

The Asia Foundation’s Korea office and programs are supported by the Foundation’s general funds as well as by generous individual and institutional donors. For more information about The Asia Foundation’s programs in Korea, information can be found here.


The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

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