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
Navigating the Margins: Family, Mobility and Livelihoods Amongst Rohingya in Bangladesh
September 9, 2020
Nikkei News Features Asia Foundation Op-Ed on Thailand’s Looming Economic Crisis
September 9, 2020
Podcast: Bulldozing ASEAN’s Digital Divide
September 2, 2020
Virtual Event – Enduring the Pandemic: Surveys of the Impact of Covid-19 on the Livelihoods of Thai People
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Covid Lays Bare the Flaws in Asia’s Booming Megacities
August 19, 2020
Asia Foundation Development Fellow Farhad Wajdi Awarded Waislitz Global Citizens’ Choice Award
August 13, 2020
Impact Report 2020
Leading through change