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STEM ConnectHER Series: Demystifying the Cloud that Powers Digital Transformation

9:30 AM UTC+5:30

Are you interested in learning how cloud computing is embedded in our daily lives? Our STEM ConnectHER Speaker Series on June 14 will delve into how cloud computing supports diverse industries, including media, fintech, and healthcare, and how it powers AI to impact businesses and communities. Join us for a free event, Demystifying the Cloud that Powers Digital Transformation

STEM ConnectHER Speaker Series: Demystifying the Cloud that Powers Digital Transformation. Friday, June 14, 12 PM Singapore time.


Valerie Leong, ASEAN Lead, Global Education, Amazon Web Services

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Explore Digital: Championing Sustainability through Digital Innovation

10 AM – 11:15 AM UTC+7

Embracing sustainability practices is crucial for small businesses, but maintaining profitability amidst these efforts can be challenging. On May 21, 2024, Go Digital ASEAN’s Explore Digital speaker series hosts a free virtual event: “Championing Sustainability through Digital Innovation.”

Two young Asian entrepreneurs smiling

The event will offer an opportunity to discuss how impact-driven social enterprises leverage digital technologies to foster sustainable practices and maintain monetary gains. Join us to gain valuable insights on going digital and going green from two entrepreneurs from ASEAN with experience in both.


Jason Occidental, Founder, Ecogift Davao
Juliana Adam, CEO, Biji-biji Initiative

STEM ConnectHER Speaker Series: Career Opportunities in Global Companies, Cybersecurity, AI, and Cloud

May 8: 9:30 AM India, 12:00 PM Singapore, 1:00 PM Japan/Korea; May 11: 10:00 AM Japan/Korea, 9 AM Singapore, 6:30 AM India

The Foundation’s STEMConnectHER initiative, a program a part of the Future Skills Alliance, is hosting two virtual events this May about career opportunities and building careers in global companies, cybersecurity, AI, and cloud. 

On May 8, discover exciting new opportunities for women in emerging technologies, including cybersecurity, AI, and cloud, from Shehara Viswanathan, a technology executive and leader with over 20 years of experience in the Global Cloud, Telecommunications, and Software industries.


Shehara Viswanathan, Leader Partner Services Adoption and Growth APJC, Cisco Global Customer Experience (CX) Partner Success. 

On May 11, join us to learn about the career path, leadership, and mindset required to work at a global tech company and how Micron is empowering women in STEM. 


Utae Nakanishi, Vice President, Global HR Business Partnering and People Services, Micron Technology. 

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Explore Digital: Empowering MSMEs in their Journey to Digitalization

In an increasingly digital world, it is essential for MSMEs to take steps towards enhancing their digital capabilities. On May 8, Go Digital ASEAN’s speaker series Explore Digital is hosting a free virtual event titled “Empowering MSMEs in their Journey to Digitalization.”

Join us to explore the top tools and platforms businesses use to digitalize and expand their operations. Notable technology expert speakers will also discuss ways MSMEs can advance their digital capabilities. 


Arlene Martinez, Founder, MyKartero
Nofi Bayu, CEO, Komerce
Ambika Sangaran, COO, Mereka

Go Digital ASEAN’s Explore Digital Hosts Virtual Event on Leveraging Digital Solutions for Business Resilience

10:00 – 11:00 AM GMT +7

Digital solutions are increasingly important for businesses, but mentorship and networking to advance entrepreneurs’ knowledge aren’t always accessible. On April 24, Go Digital ASEAN’s speaker series Explore Digital is hosting a free virtual event titled “Leveraging Digital Solutions for Business Resilience.”

Join us as we discuss digital strategies and tools for long-term growth and hear stories of resilience from two founders who navigated hardships in scaling their businesses online. 


Gina Romero, Founder of Connected Women
Hadi Othman, Founder of Blanja

Go Digital ASEAN is an initiative under the Future Skills Alliance, a broad coalition of partners from both the public and private sectors working together to deliver future skills at scale to the region’s most marginalized.

Virtual STEM ConnectHER Series on Utilizing AI for Social Impact

9:30 AM India, 12 PM Singapore, and 1 PM Japan

As AI expands, The Asia Foundation is exploring its ethical applications and potential for social impact. Our STEM ConnectHER Speaker Series, hosted with Cisco, will discuss how AI and data collection can be pivotal in saving endangered species and how your everyday photos can contribute to global biodiversity efforts. Join us for a free event to learn how to ethically utilize AI for social impact. 


Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf, Director, Translational Data Analytics Institute, Professor, The Ohio State University
Dr. Elizabeth Bondi-Kelly, Professor, University of Michigan, President & Founder, Non-profit for Social Impact Try AI

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Women’s Roles in Peacebuilding: The Power of Women Leading Peace in Mindanao

3:30 – 5:00 PM ET

Women are critical to achieving sustainable peace and can play a significant role in peacebuilding and security efforts globally. Women leaders are important actors in peace processes and peacebuilding, and ensuring their equal and meaningful participation in these efforts is crucial. Across Asia and globally, there are many examples of women’s contributions to peace processes.

In the Philippines, the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro to end nearly four decades of intermittent violent civil conflict in Mindanao. The centerpiece of the agreement was the decision to create the Bangsamoro, a new autonomous entity in Mindanao and a homeland of the Moro people. A strong movement of Bangsamoro women played a crucial role in leading efforts to secure peace in Mindanao, and they’ve continued playing a vital role in the formation of the new Bangsamoro Constitution, Parliament, and government. The Asia Foundation has supported these efforts during the peace process and is now supporting sustainable economic development and strategies to strengthen social cohesion and sustain peace in the region.

Please join The Asia Foundation to hear from key Bangsamoro women leaders representing this phenomenal movement for peace, justice, and prosperity in Mindanao.


Opening remarks by Dr. Jennifer Hawkins, Acting Women, Peace and Security Director, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
Myn Garcia, Deputy Country Representative, The Asia Foundation, Philippines
Chairperson Bainon G. Karon, Bangsamoro Women Commission; and Member of Parliament, Bangsamoro Transition Authority
Atty. Sha Elijah B. Dumama-Alba, Floor Leader and Member of Parliament, Bangsamoro Transition Authority
Engr. Aida M. Silongan, Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Member of Parliament, Bangsamoro Transition Authority
Jane Sloane,
moderator, Senior Director, Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, The Asia Foundation

Virtual Event: 2030 Climate Champions Forum

6 PM – 8:30 PM PT and 9 AM – 11:30 AM Beijing (April 16)

To address the urgent need for U.S.-China collaboration toward a sustainable future, The Asia Foundation launched the 2030 Climate Champions Fellowship: Young Leaders for a Brighter U.S.-China Future. Now, as the Climate Champions from both nations conclude their fellowship journey, they’re set to present their work, including digital storytelling products and a Climate Action Plan.

Join us for a dual-streaming Zoom Forum on April 15th, 6 PM Pacific Time, and April 16th, 9 AM Beijing Time, as they share their findings from San Francisco and Beijing. Funded by the US Mission to China and in collaboration with the Chinese Association for NGO Cooperation, we are committed to paving the way for a sustainable future.


The Asia Foundation’s American and Chinese 2030 Climate Champions.


Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Updates from Asia and the Pacific

9:30 – 10:30 am ET

Gender inequality in Asia and the Pacific is compounded by the current climate and environment crises, and the ever-evolving technology landscape in the region. The devastating socio-economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on women and girls who are at the frontlines, or are otherwise in vulnerable positions, set the region back by a generation in terms of achieving gender parity. Lingering issues remain around employment, loss of livelihoods, food hardship, and increased unpaid care and domestic workloads. The greater adoption of digital technologies spurred on by the pandemic has also led to increased sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women in online spaces.

The Asia Foundation’s decades-long engagement across Asia and the Pacific enables the Foundation to support effective, locally driven strategies to advance women’s empowerment, gender equality and social inclusion. We work with women’s, feminist, and youth networks in addition to governments across Asia and the Pacific to support women to lead in adaptation and risk reduction strategies focused on women’s economic empowerment, women’s and girls’ rights and security, and women’s political voice and leadership.

Join this in-person event with The Asia Foundation’s Senior Director for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Jane Sloane, who will provide an overview of the current challenges facing women and girls in Asia and the Pacific, while focusing on the Foundation’s work to address the gendered impacts of climate change and technology-facilitated violence.

Amplifying Change: Community-Centered Approaches to Ending Violence Against Women

9:30 – 11:00 am ET

Gender-based violence, specifically, violence against women and girls, and trafficking in persons, are pervasive occurrences that have seen a dramatic uptick in many countries due to conflict, climate change, Covid-19, and other ongoing conflicts and crises. Globally, one in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, mostly by an intimate partner, and 7 in 10 human trafficking victims are women and girls. Gender-based violence is mentally and/or physically devastating for survivors and has significant social and economic costs to survivors and their families. Cultures of violence erode the social and economic well-being and prosperity of communities and countries.

The Asia Foundation is a leader in supporting important community approaches to addressing gender-based violence and trafficking in Asia and the Pacific. This includes Timor-Leste, which has some of the highest rates of violence against women in the world. Data suggests that anywhere between 59% and 67% of women in Timor-Leste have experienced some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime. Since 2014, The Asia Foundation’s Nabilan program (supported by the Australian Government) has been providing frontline service delivery, social norms change, and research to end violence against women and children in Timor-Leste. Nabilan partners with individuals, communities, activists, and institutions to foster gender equality and positive social norms to prevent violence. Thus far, thousands of clients have received legal, medical, psychosocial, and referral services.

Join The Asia Foundation’s gender experts to hear about programs that are having real impact in addressing gender-based violence and trafficking in Asia and the Pacific, and how approaches and strategies the Nabilan Program uses may be helpful as other countries grapple with violence against women.

Introductory remarks
Emma Lee Wilson, Policy Advisor, International Development, Embassy of Australia, Washington, DC

Anna Bantug-Herrera, Director, Washington, D.C. Office, and Manager for Strategic Partnerships, The Asia Foundation

Héctor Salazar Salame, Country Representative, Timor-Leste, The Asia Foundation
Ankita Panda
, Senior Program Officer, Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, The Asia Foundation
Xylia Ingham, Nabilan Program Team Leader, The Asia Foundation

Seating is limited. Registration is required for this in-person-only event.