Lotus Leadership Awards

The Lotus Leadership Awards honor individuals and organizations who are powerful allies in the fight for gender equality and women’s empowerment. They are hosted annually by The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle, a movement of committed philanthropists and business leaders who invest generously to expand economic opportunities, increase rights and security, and promote political voice and participation for women and girls. The Lotus Circle’s generosity enables The Asia Foundation to invest rapidly and strategically across 18 countries in cutting-edge projects to provide women and girls with the tools, networks, and influence they need to transform their lives and communities. Learn more about the Lotus Circle. Meet our Lotus Circle Advisors.

Past awardees:
Lana Condor, actress, education advocate; Jennifer Cabalquinto, Golden State Warriors CFO; Center for Education and Development in Vietnam; Christiane Amanpour, award-winning journalist; SafetiPin, making cities safer for women; Dr. Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize-winning economist; The Henry Luce Foundation; H.E. Rula Ghani, First Lady of Afghanistan; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author; Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research; Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate and Founder, Grameen Bank; Nani Zulminarni, Founder, Women-Headed Household Empowerment in Indonesia; The Estée Lauder Companies; The Honorable Sapana Pradhan Malla, Advocate, Nepal’s Supreme Court; Mr. Chong-Moon Lee, noted philanthropist; Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director, Afghan Institute for Learning; National Geographic Society; Dr. David Ho, of Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center

Virtual Lotus Leadership Awards, New York

Wednesday April 15, 2020

6:00 pm Eastern | 3:00 pm Pacific

Embracing new ways to convene, The Asia Foundation will celebrate our annual Lotus Leadership Awards with an online event Wednesday April 15.


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






For more information and sponsorship opportunities please contact Nikita Desai at nikita.desai@asiafoundation.org