New York

The Asia Foundation hosts special events in New York, including salons, galas, Books for Asia readings, publisher appreciations, Board of Trustee events, and issue briefings, where we sometimes partner with organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations or Asia Society. Each spring we honor recipients of our Lotus Leadership Awards at a special gala. The evening event is a platform for advancing the rights and opportunities of women and girls, and proceeds support innovative women’s empowerment projects.  In 2016, the First Lady of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mrs. Rula Ghani was honored for her efforts to improve the quality of life for women in Afghanistan. Carnegie Corporation of New York was also honored for their work supporting women’s education in Afghanistan. The Lotus Circle is a vibrant community of individuals, foundations and corporations who raise private capital to rapidly respond to threats and challenges facing women in Asia.

At our intimate ‘issue salons,’ our experts speak candidly and off-the-record to audiences of business leaders, international development professionals, economists, policymakers, and journalists. New York audiences have enjoyed engaging on a range of dynamic and contemporary issues including high impact digital libraries in Asia and the future of Afghanistan.

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Sixth Annual Lotus Leadership Awards

Each year, The Asia Foundation's Lotus Leadership Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have made major contributions to the well-being of women and girls in Asia. Proceeds from the gala go towards innovative programs for women and girls across the Asia-Pacific region. The Sixth Annual Lotus Leadership Awards Gala honored the long history of activism and work of H.E. the First Lady of Afghanistan Mrs. Rula Ghani and Carnegie Corporation of New York, a vital partner in The Asia Foundation's University Scholarships for Afghan Women program.

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April 28, 2023

2023 Lotus Leadership Awards

Join us in New York on April 26, 2023, to honor Gloria Steinem,, and HAkA.