Lotus Leadership Awards

The Lotus Leadership Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have made major contributions to the well-being of women and their communities in Asia. The Awards are hosted annually by The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle, a group of committed individuals, foundations, and corporations who are advancing the rights and opportunities of women in Asia through their support of The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program. The events draw hundreds of guests, including diplomats, business leaders, young professionals, members of the media, and the philanthropic community. Event proceeds fund innovative projects to empower disadvantaged women and girls in 18 Asia-Pacific countries.

Past awardees:
H.E. Rula Ghani, First Lady of Afghanistan; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author; Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Director of the Centre for Social Research; Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate and founder of the Grameen Bank; Nani Zulminarni, Founder of Women-Headed Household Empowerment in Indonesia; The Estée Lauder Companies; The Honorable Sapana Pradhan Malla, advocate of Nepal’s Supreme Court; Mr. Chong-Moon Lee, noted philanthropist; Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director of the Afghan Institute for Learning; National Geographic Society; Dr. David Ho of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center

These events are made possible with the generous support of our Lotus Circle Advisors

Lotus Leadership Awards Dinner, San Francisco

February 21, 2018

St. Regis Hotel
125 3rd Street
San Francisco

MASTER OF CEREMONY

Mina Kim

KQED Forum Friday host and PM Anchor

 

HONOREES

Akie Abe

Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan, honored for her commitment to advancing women’s empowerment in Japan and Asia, notably in Myanmar

AND

The Colorful Girls

Grassroots organization, recognized for empowering adolescent girls and supporting their contributions to public life in Myanmar

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS

Presenting Sponsor

 

Benefactor

Friend

In-Kind

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Asian Art Museum

Give2Asia

Japan Society of Northern California

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California

World Affairs

Media Sponsors

Nikkei Asian Review

San Francisco Business Times

Lotus Leadership Awards Gala, New York

On October 12, 2017

The Lotus Circle and the Asia Foundation presented Lotus Leadership Awards to the following honorees:

Amartya Sen

Indian Nobel Prize-winning economist and philosopher, honored for advancing central role of women’s experiences and choices in his pioneering work on inequality

AND

The Henry Luce Foundation

New York non-profit, recognized for outstanding commitment to leadership development and supporting women as visible and active leaders