Insider Briefings

Connecting Donors with the Work They Support

Insider Briefings were launched in 2020 as a vehicle for The Asia Foundation to share inspiring stories with donors about the impact of their charitable gifts. Featuring online presentations by country representatives and experts from Foundation offices around the world, Insider Briefings are an informative and entertaining way for donors to meet the individuals who work every day to deliver the programs that improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across a dynamic and developing Asia.

Insider Briefings are available to all donors at the Champion Level ($5K+ annually) or higher, including members of the Board, the Lotus Circle Advisors, and the President’s Leadership Council, as well as specially invited guests.


Virtual Event: The Power of Networks

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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As we emerge from two years of disconnectedness, eager now to engage more actively with family, friends, colleagues, and broader communities, we ask: How do we continue to show up for ourselves and our people? What connections have kept us stronger together? The Asia Foundation has built robust networks across Asia, demonstrating the power of netwo… Read more


Virtual Event – Don’t Mess With Me: Combating Gender-based Violence in South Asia Through Art and Engagement

San Francisco, Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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Co-hosted in partnership with the Asian Art Museum in celebration of the Margaret F. Williams Memorial Fellowship in Asian Art. A conversation with Indian artist Jas Charanjiva about her work “Don’t Mess with Me,” currently on view at the Asian Art Museum. A panel discussed sexual violence against women in South Asia and how artists and organizatio… Read more


Insider Briefing: Navigating the Future of Work in the Asia-Pacific

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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This conversation will examine how COVID-19 has hastened digitalization and technological innovation in labor markets, jeopardizing the livelihoods of many Asia-Pacific workers and increasing the need for dynamic, market-aligned upskilling and reskilling. Featuring John Karr, Senior Director, Technology Programs, The Asia Foundation Oliver Petzold,… Read more


Insider Briefing: Girls’ Scholarship Programs in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Featuring Meloney Lindberg, Country Representative, Cambodia, The Asia Foundation Todd Wassel, Country Representative, Laos, The Asia Foundation Michael DiGregorio, Country Representative, Vietnam, The Asia Foundation Nikita Desai, Associate Director of East Coast Philanthropy, The Asia Foundation (Moderator)


Insider Briefing: Lotus Rapid Response Funds – Deployment Report

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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An overview of Asia Foundation’s country office operations amidst the pandemic and updates on the Women’s Empowerment Program’s Lotus Rapid Response Fund. The fund was designed to leverage existing programs and work with established networks and partnerships to immediately provide women and girls with the tools and resources they need in response t… Read more

Downtown Seoul at night 

Insider Briefing: Country Report from South Korea

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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An overview of The Asia Foundation’s new programmatic priorities in South Korea and ways in which The Asia Foundation is advancing women’s entrepreneurship across Asia. Featuring Kwang Kim, Country Representative for South Korea, The Asia Foundation Nikita Desai, Associate Director of East Coast Philanthropy (Moderator)


Insider Briefing: Asia Foundation Development Fellows on Poverty and Urban Development

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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Two alumni of The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program discuss their work at the intersection of poverty and urban development. Featuring Iromi Perera, Urban Development Policy Researcher and Activist based in Sri Lanka Badruun Gardi, Expert on rural-to-urban population shift in Mongolia Nikita Desai, Associate Director of East Coast Philant… Read more