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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 the 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 and CEO, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Beth Frondoso
Head of Multimedia Strategy and Growth

Glenda Gloria
Co-Founder and Executive Editor

Natashya Gutierrez
Bureau Chief, Indonesia
2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellow

Chay Hofileña
Co-Founder and Managing Editor

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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.