Leaders on the Frontlines

Wednesday, October 19, 2022



InterContinental San Francisco

5:00 pm Reception | 6:00 pm Dinner


The Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award will be awarded to Maria Ressa and the Rappler team for their leadership in independent and fearless journalism in the Philippines.

Rappler is the Philippines’ leading digital media company driven by uncompromising journalism, enabled by technology, and enriched by communities of action.

Maria Ressa
Co-Founder, CEO and President, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Glenda Gloria
Co-Founder and Executive Editor

Chay Hofileña
Co-Founder and Managing Editor

Beth Frondoso
Co-Founder and Head of Multimedia Strategy and Growth

Natashya Gutierrez
Founding employee and Former Bureau Chief,
2018 Development Fellow

Network television journalist and author Tom Brokaw will receive the President’s Leadership Award for building a more open and just world through powerful, courageous, and truthful journalism.

Musical guest two-time Grammy award-winning musician, composer, and producer Dana Leong

Sydnie Kohara, Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, will emcee the event

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Inspirational sponsors: Jerome & Thao Dodson, Laurette Hartigan, S. Timothy Kochis & Penelope Wong, Suzanne E. Siskel; Advocate sponsors: David D. & Sherry Arnold, DLA Piper, William H. Draper, III, Missie Rennie

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Proceeds from this event will sustain LeadEx programs like the Asia Foundation Development Fellows. This program provides emerging leaders from Asia and the Pacific with an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain in-depth knowledge of the region’s critical development challenges. The year-long professional advancement program draws on the Foundation’s extensive 18-country network and local expertise working with innovative leaders and communities across the region.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please contact Chief Philanthropy Officer Wendy Soone-Broder at 415-743-3366 or [email protected].

On November 9, 2021, The Asia Foundation celebrated Leaders on the Frontlines: Leaders for a Better World, honoring Yo-Yo Ma, Dr. Eun Mee Kim, and The Rockefeller Foundation for modeling courage, innovation, and perseverance as leaders and advancing our collective vision for a better world. Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations and the 2018 Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award recipient, also joined us at the event. The event also featured the 2020-21 Asia Foundation Development Fellows.

With lives and livelihoods disrupted, leaders confront extraordinary challenges in a time of uncertainty. On September 24, 2020, The Asia Foundation presented Chairman Emeritus of the Tata Group and Chairman of the Tata Trusts Ratan Tata with the Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award in recognition of his philanthropic work. California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis received the Visionary Leader Award and former UN Under-Secretary-General Radhika Coomaraswamy received the Lotus Leadership Award. Featured guests during “Leaders on the Frontlines: Investing in the Future” included Mariska Hargitay, Juju Chang, and Devika Bhise. The event also featured Asia Foundation Development Fellows.

On September 10, 2019 in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation presented Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren, former president of the United Nations Environment Assembly, with the Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award in recognition of her extraordinary leadership and advocacy for civil and social rights, including water security, and the Honorable George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State, received a Lifetime Leadership Award. KQED’s Mina Kim served as the emcee for the evening’s program, “Leaders on the Frontlines: Mobilizing Changemakers for our Sustainable Future,” featuring the 2019 Asia Foundation Development Fellows.

On September 11, 2018 in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation honored His Excellency Ban Ki-moon for his significant leadership in international development; the legacy of Chang-Lin Tien; and the 2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellows. Award-winning broadcast journalist Sydnie Kohara emceed the evening’s program, “Leaders on the Frontlines: Asia’s Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” before an audience of political leaders, philanthropists, diplomats, and executives. A brand-new film was screened that highlighted the Fellows’ work across Asia. The evening was supported by Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., Chevron, Alibaba, H&Q Asia Pacific, and MasterCard.