Virtual Lotus Leadership Awards

The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle hosts its Lotus Leadership Awards annually. This year, embracing new ways to convene, we shifted our in-person event to a virtual one, featuring allies in the fight for gender equality. The 25-minute broadcast features honorees Ziauddin Yousafzai, co-founder of the Malala Fund; Mastercard for its commitment to women’s economic empowerment and financial security with CEO Ajay Banga accepting on its behalf; and The Gender Lab in India for changing the gender narrative. Covid-19 disproportionally impacts communities The Asia Foundation serves, and we have yet to see the economic and social impacts it will have on Asia’s women and girls. The Lotus Circle’s generosity enables The Asia Foundation to invest rapidly to equip women and girls with the tools, networks, and influence they need most.


Ziauddin Yousafzai

Co-founder of Malala Fund
For his activism on education rights for girls


Ajay Banga, CEO
For the company’s commitment to women’s economic empowerment and financial security

The Gender Lab, India

Ayushi Banerji & Akshat Singhal, Co-founders
For their engagement of boys in the movement for gender equality

Honorary Co-Chairs


Premier Sponsors




Golden Benefactor


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