Leaders on the Frontlines: Asia’s Changemakers of Today and Tomorrow

6:00 PM

Julia Morgan Ballroom | Merchants Exchange Building
465 California Street, 15th Floor, San Francisco

A special dinner honoring

Ban Ki-moon
Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations
With the Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award

Featuring the 2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellows

The Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes prominent Asian leaders for a lifetime of achievement in government, business, and academia. The Award is named in honor of the late Dr. Chang-Lin Tien, former grantee and chair of The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, who is widely respected for his accomplishments in science, higher education, and U.S.-Asia relations.

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program brings together exceptional individuals who are shaping Asia’s future. Twelve emerging leaders are selected each year to join a vibrant community of changemakers working on the frontlines to address the region’s most pressing development challenges.

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6th Annual Young Lotus Soiree

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Photo: Leandro Justen

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Eli Klein Gallery
398 West Street
New York, NY

The Young Lotus Circle is a diverse group of young professionals, working to benefit The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program. Through social events and fundraisers, the Young Lotus Circle raises funds to improve the social, economic, and political opportunities for girls and women across developing Asia. We hope you will join us for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, culture, and mingling. The evening is hosted by Lotus Circle Advisor Lin Jamison with her husband Stephen Jamison. Dress is cocktail attire.

The 6th Young Lotus Circle Soiree Host Committee

Emily Chang & Michael Wong
Christine Cheng
Jennifer Fan
Gauri & Nick Gidwani
Chad Shampine
Xinyu Shannon Pan
Deshi & Neil Singh
Jeffrey Sun
Calvin Tse & Cynthia Zhang
Leo & Valerie Wong
Leyli Zohrenejad

With Special Thanks

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Gender-Based Violence in Asia: Prevalence, Protection, and Perspectives from the Field

3:30 – 5:00 PM
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

Globally, women experience gender-based violence at pandemic rates. About one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, mostly by an intimate partner. Despite variation between and within countries, rates of violence against women and girls are staggering across all settings and affect women of all socio-economic backgrounds. Asia is no exception. According to UNFPA, the proportion of women in Asia who have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the past 12 months ranges from 4 percent in Japan to 46 percent in Afghanistan and Timor-Leste. Economic violence, emotional abuse, and sexual harassment are also endemic, with significant costs to women who experience this violence and to society at large. These, however, are often left out of data collection efforts as well as legal protections. Compounding this problem is the limited understanding of how gender-based violence against women intersects with other forms of violence, particularly in conflict-affected settings, and the implications this has on efforts to accurately measure prevalence and advance effective prevention and response measures.

Join experts from The Asia Foundation and the World Bank as they discuss these issues and share findings from new studies on The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia and Global and Regional Trends in Women’s Legal Protection Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment.

Featuring
Adrian Morel, Acting Regional Director, Conflict and Development, The Asia Foundation
Sofia Shakil, Pakistan Country Representative, The Asia Foundation
Paula Tavares, Private Sector Development Specialist, Women, Business and the Law, The World Bank Group

Moderator
Barbara Rodriguez, Associate Director, Women’s Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation

To RSVP for this event, please contact us at dc.events@asiafoundation.org or call 202-588-9420.

Lotus Leadership Awards Dinner, San Francisco

St. Regis Hotel
125 3rd Street
San Francisco

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 San Francisco Awards Dinner will honor Akie Abe for her commitment to advancing women’s empowerment in Japan and Asia, notably in Myanmar; and Colorful Girls, a grassroots organization empowering adolescent girls and supporting their contributions to public life in Myanmar.

The Awards are hosted annually by The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle, a group of committed individuals, foundations, and corporations that advance women’s rights and opportunities across Asia. The events draw hundreds of guests, including diplomats, business leaders, young professionals, members of the media, and the philanthropic community. Proceeds fund innovative projects to empower disadvantaged women and girls in 18 Asia-Pacific countries.

Akie Abe is the Chairperson of the Foundation for Social Contribution. In this role since 2014, she is an advocate for education, women’s empowerment, and international exchanges, notably in Myanmar. Mrs. Abe established “UZU Workshop,” a leadership and learning community that organizes panel discussions and other programs to support and advocate for women. Mrs. Abe is also engaged in organic rice farming initiatives in the city of Shimonoseki. She is married to Shinzo Abe, the current Prime Minister of Japan. Born in Tokyo, she received her master’s degree in Social Design Studies from Rikkyo University in 2011.

Colorful Girls is a grassroots organization in Myanmar empowering adolescent girls of all ethnicities with leadership skills to advocate for their rights. Powerful young women from Colorful Girls are overcoming enormous obstacles and becoming leaders to transform their own lives. One teenage Colorful Girl created a successful campaign to fight harassment of women on public buses in Yangon.

The annual Lotus Leadership Awards are made possible by the active support of our Lotus Circle Advisors.

For individual tickets or to make a donation to the Lotus Circle fund, please click here.

For table purchases or more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa Weakley at melissa.weakley@asiafoundation.org.

Ottawa Public Program: The Asia Foundation’s 2017 Survey of the Afghan People

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
330 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Canada

The recent escalation of attacks in Kabul underscores the crucial questions of security, economic stability and reconciliation that still confront President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, despite the significant progress Afghanistan has made. Those questions and other pressing issues facing the country are the subject of The Asia Foundation’s 2017 Survey of the Afghan People. Join The Asia Foundation at Global Centre for Pluralism on Monday, November 20, 2017 for the Foundation’s presentation of the findings and a discussion of the trends in citizens’ views over time.The findings of the 2017 Survey shed light on Afghan citizen’s views of security, the economy, essential services, corruption, justice, youth issues, reconciliation with the Taliban, access to media, the crucial roles women play in Afghan society and provide comparative data on women’s and men’s attitudes towards women’s rights and gender equality.

The findings of 13th annual survey are based on face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of more than 10,000 Afghan citizens. This year’s survey includes several new questions on prisons and incarceration, as well as additional questions on migration, the Taliban, and ISIS/Daesh. Conducted across the country’s 34 provinces, the survey’s results since 2004 provide an unmatched barometer of Afghan public opinion over time for policymakers and the international community as well as leaders and the broader public in Afghanistan.

Featuring
Tabasum Akseer, Survey Director, Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation
Zach Warren, Survey and Research Advisor, The Asia Foundation

Moderator
Diane Harper, Executive Director, Afghanistan, Global Affairs Canada 

Reservations required, please email surveyRSVP@asiafoundation.org to RSVP. Join the conversation about the survey on Twitter with #AfghanSurvey.

For additional information regarding this event please contact Pauline Tweedie at pauline.tweedie@asiafoundation.org.

Women in Afghan Society: Key Findings from A Survey of the Afghan People 2017

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Washington, DC

The findings of the 2017 Survey of the Afghan People shed light on the crucial roles women play in Afghan society and provide comparative data on women’s and men’s attitudes towards women’s rights, gender equality, the economy, the national mood, and security issues in Afghanistan. The results of The Asia Foundation’s 13th annual public opinion survey are based on face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of more than 10,000 Afghan citizens across the country’s 34 provinces, and offer a unique opportunity to compare and analyze women’s and men’s perceptions. Join experts from The Asia Foundation and The George W. Bush Institute’s Afghan Women’s Project as they share findings from the 2017 Survey and reflect on the implications of this latest opinion data for women in Afghanistan and the country’s future.

Featuring
Tabasum Akseer, Survey Director, Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation
Farhat Popal, Manager, Women’s Initiative, George W. Bush Institute
Zach Warren, Survey and Research Advisor, The Asia Foundation

Moderator
Palwasha L. Kakar, Senior Program Officer, Religion and Inclusive Societies, United States Institute for Peace

Reservations are required, please email dc.events@asiafoundation.org or call 202-292-5000 to register and confirm address.

Washington, DC Public Program: The Asia Foundation’s 2017 Survey of the Afghan People

10:00 am – 11:30 am

U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC

The recent escalation of attacks in Kabul underscores the crucial questions of security, economic stability and reconciliation that still confront President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, despite the significant progress Afghanistan has made. Those questions and other pressing issues facing the country are the subject of The Asia Foundation’s 2017 Survey of the Afghan People. Join The Asia Foundation and co-host U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, November 14, for the Foundation’s presentation of the findings and a discussion of the trends in citizens’ views over time.

The findings of 13th annual survey emerge as the U.S. administration begins to carry out its new strategy toward South Asia. Survey results, based on face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of more than 10,000 Afghan citizens, reveal their views on issues including security, the economy, essential services, corruption, justice, youth issues, reconciliation with the Taliban, access to media, gender equality and governance and political participation. This year’s survey includes additional questions related to migration and remittances, a significant issue for Afghanistan’s economy. Conducted across the country’s 34 provinces, the survey’s results since 2004 provide an unmatched barometer of Afghan public opinion over time for policymakers and the international community as well as leaders and the broader public in Afghanistan.

Featuring
Tabasum Akseer, Survey Director, Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation
Zach Warren, Survey and Research Advisor, The Asia Foundation
Ambassador Daniel F. Feldman, former Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) at the U.S. Department of State; Partner, Akin Gump; and Asia Foundation Trustee 

Moderator
Scott Worden, Director of Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

Reservations required, please click to RSVP. Join the conversation about the survey on Twitter: #AfghanSurvey.

Future Leaders of Asia Assess the New Global Order Under the Trump Administration

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

East Palo Alto, California
Hosted by The Asia Foundation’s President’s Leadership Council and Curtis Mo and Dean Fealk of DLA Piper LLP

Asian leaders are deeply concerned about America’s long-term support for the global economic order and Washington’s political will to sustain its longstanding international security commitments. The U.S. president is facing challenges with security, trade, nuclear proliferation, pressing inter-Asian tensions, expectations of America’s role, as well as rising powers eager to set their own agendas. Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance is a set of strategic recommendations for the new president on foreign policy toward Asia, including a concise top 10.

Featuring
Chheang Vannarith, Senior Fellow and Member of the Board, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace
Sylvia Mishra, Researcher, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India and James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey, California
Duyeon Kim, Visiting Senior Fellow, Korean Peninsula Future Forum

Space is limited. For more information about this event and to RSVP, please email Melissa Weakley at rd.give@asiafoundation.org.

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Stanford Event – The Future of Asia: Voices from Asia’s Next Generation

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Philippines Conference Room
Encina Hall, 3rd Floor
616 Serra St.
Stanford, CA 94305

Asia’s transformation presents both challenges and opportunities at international, regional, and domestic levels. One key to a peaceful, prosperous Asia in the 21st century is good relations between the United States and China. But other challenges exist: nuclear proliferation, maritime security, violent conflict, environmental degradation, natural disasters, food security, cyber-security, and social and gender inequality, among others. Social transformation is outpacing political and institutional reform in many Asian countries, and the widening gap between state and society is a potent force for change. How will Asians address these challenges over the next one to two decades? What role will Asian women play in this transformation? How should the United States respond? This panel has carefully considered answers to these and other questions as participants in Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia, The Asia Foundation’s seminal report and strategic recommendations for U.S. President Trump’s Administration—including a concise top 10.

Featuring
Chheang Vannarith, Senior Fellow and Member of the Board, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace
Sylvia Mishra, Researcher, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India and James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey, California
Duyeon Kim, Visiting Senior Fellow, Korean Peninsula Future Forum
John BrandonSenior Director, International Relations Programs, The Asia Foundation

Moderator
Don Emmerson, Southeast Asia Program Director, Stanford University

Open to the public, reservations required. Please click to RSVP by 5:00 pm, October 27th.

This panel discussion is co-sponsored by The Asia Pacific Research Center with support from The Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Washington, DC Event – The Future of Asia: Voices of the Next Generation

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Choate Room – First Floor
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Asia’s transformation presents challenges and opportunities at international, regional, and domestic levels. A key to a peaceful, prosperous Asia in the 21st century is good relations between the United States and China. But other challenges exist: nuclear proliferation, maritime security, terrorism, environmental degradation, natural disasters, food security, cyber-security, and social and gender inequality, among others. Social transformation is outpacing political and institutional reform in many Asian countries, and the widening gap between state and society is a potent force for change. How will Asians address these challenges over the next one to two decades? What role are Asian women playing in this transformation? How should the United States help Asian societies benefit from their emerging future? With 60 percent of the world’s youth living in Asia, these questions will have significant ramifications for future economic growth, technological innovation, and political development in the region.

On October 26th, The Asia Foundation will host participants of the Foundation’s quadrennial Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia project. Please join us as they discuss these and other pressing questions about challenges and opportunities facing Northeast, Southeast, and South Asia.

Featuring

Chheang Vannarith, Senior Fellow and Member of the Board, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace
Sylvia Mishra, Researcher, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India and James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey, California
Duyeon Kim, Visiting Senior Fellow, Korean Peninsula Future Forum
Alice Ba, Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware

To attend this event, please RSVP by email to dc.events@asiafoundation.org or call 202-588-9420.

The Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia project is made possible by the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.