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.
NEWS FROM NEW YORK
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.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
The Asia Foundation and APEC Chile Host Panel Discussion on Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age
October 4, 2019
Wall Street Journal Quotes Abdullah Ahmadzai on Afghan Elections
October 1, 2019
On the Anniversary of Independence, How Secure Is Timor-Leste?
September 25, 2019
The Gender Lab: Engaging Boys to Advance Gender Equality in India
New York City
Friday, September 27, 2019
Mobilizing Changemakers for our Sustainable Future
Meet Akshat Singhal and Sohara Mehroze, two of our 2019 Asia Foundation Development Fellows.