Leadership recognition

The Asia Foundation’s leadership awards, including the Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award, Lotus Leadership Award, and Visionary Leader, Lifetime, and President’s Leadership Awards honor prominent individuals from government, business, and philanthropy; inspiring changemakers in gender equality and women’s empowerment; and extraordinary leaders advancing Asia’s progress. Learn about past awardees.

Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award

Lotus Leadership Award

Visionary/Lifetime/President's Leadership Award

2021

Eileen Fisher

Eun Mee Kim

Yo-Yo Ma

The Rockefeller Foundation

Women in Need, Sri Lanka

2020

Radhika Coomaraswamy

The Gender Lab, India

Eleni Kounalakis

Mastercard

Ratan Tata

Ziauddin Yousafzai

2019

Christiane Amanpour

Jennifer Cabalquinto

Center for Education and Development, Vietnam

Lana Condor

Oyun Sanjaasuren

SafetiPin

George Shultz

2018

Akie Abe

Ban Ki-moon

Colorful Girls of Myanmar

2017

Henry Luce Foundation

Amartya Sen 

2016

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Rula Ghani

2015

Ranjana Kumari

Sheryl WuDunn

2014

Muhammad Yunus

Nani Zulminarni

2013

Chong-Moon Lee

Sapana Pradhan Malla

2012

National Geographic Society

2011

David D. Ho

Akie Abe

Akie Abe

2018

Center for Education and Development, Vietnam

Center for Education and Development, Vietnam

2019

The Gender Lab, India

The Gender Lab, India

2020

Ranjana Kumari

Ranjana Kumari

2015

National Geographic Society

National Geographic Society

2012

Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen

2017

Ziauddin Yousafzai

Ziauddin Yousafzai

2020

Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour

2019

Colorful Girls of Myanmar

Colorful Girls of Myanmar

2018

Rula Ghani

Rula Ghani

2016

Chong-Moon Lee

Chong-Moon Lee

2013

Oyun Sanjaasuren

Oyun Sanjaasuren

2019

George Shultz

George Shultz

2019

Sakena Yacoobi

Sakena Yacoobi

2012

Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon

2018

Lana Condor

Lana Condor

2019

David D. Ho

David D. Ho

2011

Henry Luce Foundation

Henry Luce Foundation

2017

Sapana Pradhan Malla

Sapana Pradhan Malla

2013

Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata

2020

Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus

2014

Jennifer Cabalquinto

Jennifer Cabalquinto

2019

Radhika Coomaraswamy

Radhika Coomaraswamy

2020

Eun Mee Kim

Eun Mee Kim

2021

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

2021

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation

2021

Women in Need, Sri Lanka

Women in Need, Sri Lanka

2021

Nani Zulminarni

Nani Zulminarni

2014

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York

2016

Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher

2021

Eleni Kounalakis

Eleni Kounalakis

2020

Mastercard

Mastercard

2020

SafetiPin

SafetiPin

2019

Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn

2015