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Asia Society Global Council

The Global Council is a distinguished group of senior leaders from business, the arts, academia, civil society, and other sectors with deep Asian or international expertise who advise Asia Society Trustees and senior staff in the planning and program activities of Asia Society. This important group provides a unique network of high-level experts with on-the- ground experience and perspectives which serve to inform and broaden the initiatives Asia Society undertakes. Originally established in 1979, the Council is an important part of the global Asia Society network that includes Asia Society Centers and partner organizations. Membership is designed to reflect as much as possible the spectrum of interests represented in the Society itself.

Members who become office holders in their respective governments are placed "on leave for public service" for the duration of that service (their names are marked with an *).


Kumi Sato
President, Cosmo Public Relations Corporation

Simon S.C. Tay
Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Pote Videt
Managing Director, Lombard Investments, Inc.; Trustee Emeritus, Asia Society

Afghanistan | Australia | Bangladesh | Bhutan | Cambodia | Canada | China | Hong Kong S.A.R. | India | Indonesia | Iran | Japan | Korea | Malaysia | Mongolia | Nepal | New Zealand | Pakistan | Philippines | Singapore | Sri Lanka | Taiwan | Thailand | United States | Vietnam

* in government service


*Dr. Abdullah Abdullah
Government Chief Executive

Mr. Ahmad Nader Nadery
Chairperson of Fair and Free Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA); Chairman of Advisory Board of Open Society Foundation Afghanistan

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Mr. Michael Abbott QC
Chairman, Art Gallery of South Australia

Mr. Jock Clough
Chairman of Southseas Abalone Ltd.

Sir Rod Eddington
President of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee

The Honorable Gareth Evans, AO, Q.C.
Chancellor of Australian National University (ANU)

Mr. Charles Goode
Chairman, Flagstaff Partners

Michelle Guthrie
Managing Director, Australia Broadcasting Co.

Mr. Kevin Hobgood-Brown
Managing Director, Riverstone Advisory Ptd Ltd

Mr. Paul Kelly
Editor-at-Large, The Australian

Professor Richard Larkins, AO
Former Vice Chancellor and President, Monash University
President, Australian University Sport

Professor Tim Lindsey
ARC Federation Fellow
Director, Asian Law Centre
Co-Director, Centre for Islamic Law & Society
The University of Melbourne

Sidney H. Myer
CEO, Yulgilbar Group

Mr. Alex Thursby
Group Chief Executive, National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Professor Hugh White
Head of Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, The Australian National University

Mr. Richard Woolcott, AC
Founding Director, Asia Society Australia Centre
Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of Australia

Harrison Young
Non-Executive Director
Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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Mr. Farooq Sobhan
Chairman of Board of Trustees, Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility 

Professor Muhammad Yunus
Board Member of United Nations Foundation

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*His Excellency Lyonpo Jigmi Y. Thinley
Prime Minister, Royal Government of Bhutan

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*His Excellency Kao Kim Hourn
Former Executive Director, Cambodian Institute for Co-operation and Peace

*His Excellency Son Soubert
Member of Board of Directors, Constitutional Council of the Kingdom of Cambodia

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Mr. Donald W. Campbell
Senior Strategy Advisor at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

The Right Honorable Kim Campbell
Former Prime Minister of Canada

Professor Wendy K. Dobson
Professor and Co-Director, Institute for International Business
Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Dr. Paul Evans
Professor and Director, Institute of Asian Research and Liu Institute for Global Issues
University of British Columbia

Hon. John Manley, P.C.,O.C.
President and CEO
Canadian Council of Chief Executives
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada

Dr. Yuen Pau Woo
Former President and CEO of Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

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Professor Chen Xiejun
Director, Shanghai Museum

Dr. Fang Xinghai
Former Director-General, Shanghai Municipal Financial Services Office
Bureau Director, Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs

Dr. Victor Z. Gao
Executive Director, Beijing Private Equity Association
Director of China National Association of International Studies

Dr. C.S. Kiang
CEO of Sustainable Development Technologies and Vice Chairman of Global Urban Development

*Dr. Su Ge
Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland

Mr. Lee Kai Fu
Chairman and CEO, Innovation Works

Mme. Li Xiaolin
Chairman, Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries

Dr. Justin Yi Fu Lin
Director, China Center for Economic Research

Mr. Long Yongtu

Mr. James L. McGregor
Chairman and CEO, James McGregor Inc.

Professor Pan Guang, Ph.D.
Vice Chairman, Shanghai Center for International Studies

Dr. Shen Dingli
Vice Dean, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University
Director, Center for American Studies, Fudan University

Mr. Edward Tian
Chairman, CBC Capital

Dr. Wang Jisi
Dean, Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking University

Ms. Wang Limei
Director, Beijing World Art Museum

The Honorable Xu Kuangdi
President, The China-US People's Friendship Association

Zhu Min, PhD
Deputy Managing Director, IMF

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Hong Kong, S.A.R.

*The Hon. Mrs. Laura M. Cha
Member of the Executive Council, Government of the HKSAR

Dr. Victor K. Fung
Group Chairman, Li & Fung Group

Mr. Chien Lee
Director, Scottish & Eastern Investment Services, Ltd.

Dr. The Honourable David K.P. Li
Chairman and Chief Executive, The Bank of East Asia, Limited

Ms. Kai-Yin Lo
Chairman, Yin Expressions Ltd.

Barbara Navarro
Director of Strategy & Operations, APAC, Middle East, Africa & Russia, Google

Mr. John E. Strickland
Former Chairman of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

Mr. Chung To
Founder and Chairperson, Chi Heng Foundation

Ms. Marjorie Yang
Chairman, Esquel Enterprises Limited

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Mr. Nelson An-ping Chang
Vice Chairman, Chia Hsin Cement Corporation
CEO of HSBC Asset Management Ltd.

Ms. K.C. Chen
Founder and Executive Director, Taipei Story House

Paul S.P. Hsu, Esq.
Chairman and CEO, PHYCOS International Co., Ltd.

Dr. Christina Liu
Professor, Department of Finance
National Taiwan University
Former Minister of Finance

Mr. Lin Hwai-Min
Founder and Artistic Director, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

Mr. Matthew F. C. Miau
Chairman, MiTAC-SYNNEX Group

Mr. Tien Hung-mao
Insitute for National Policy Research

Mr. Eric T. Wu
Chairman, Taiwan Securities Group

Ms. Diane Ying
Chairman, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
CommonWealth Magazine

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Mr. Ashok H. Advani
Chairman, Business India

Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia
Chairperson, Board of Governors, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

Mr. Mukesh D. Ambani
Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Ltd.

Mr. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
Foreign Editor, Hindustan Times
Former Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society

Mr. Tarun Das
President, Aspen Institute India and Chief Mentor, Confederation of Indian Industry
Co-Chair of U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue

Ms. Barkha Dutt
Managing Editor, NDTV

Mr. Shekhar Gupta
Founder/Editor The Print

Ms. Saker Mistri
Speech Pathologist and Museum Educator

Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy
Chairman Emeritus, Infosys Technologies Limited

Mr. Deepak S. Parekh
Chairman, HDFC Ltd.

Dr. Rashmi Poddar
Director - Indian Aesthetics, University of Mumbai
Director of Jnanapravaha Mumbai (JPM)

Mr. Jairam Ramesh
Senior Leader, Indian National Congress

Mr. Ratan N. Tata
Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group

Ms. Laila Tyabji
Chairperson, DASTKAR Society for Crafts & Craftspeople

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Ms. Pia Alisjahbana
Founder, The Femina Group of Magazines Commisary

Professor Dr. Dewi Fortuna Anwar
Deputy for Political Affairs, Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia
Director for Program and Research at Habibie Center

Ir. Aburizal Bakrie
Chairman, Golkar Indonesian National Party

Mr. Endy M. Bayuni
Senior Editor, The Jakarta Post

Mrs. Kartini Muljadi
Senior Partner, Kartini Muljadi & Rekan

Mr. Prajogo Pangestu
Chairman, Barito Pacific Group

Mr. Edwin Soeryadjaya
President Commissioner, PT Saratoga Investama Segaya Tbk.

Mr. George S. Tahija
President Director, PT. Austindo Nusantara Jaya

Mr. Sofjan Wanandi
Chairman and CEO, The Gemala Group

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Mr. Vahid Alaghband
Group Chairman, Balli Klockner PLC

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Dr. Kenneth S. Courtis
Consultant and Former Vice Chairman-Asia, Goldman Sachs (Japan) Ltd.
Founding Partner at Themes Investment Partners and Themes Investment Management Ltd.

Mr. Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow
Center for American Progress

Dr. Yoichi Funabashi
Chairman of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation and
Former Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun

Professor Takashi Inoguchi
President, University of Niigata Prefecture and
Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo

Mr. Kuni Miyake
President, AOI Foreign Policy Institute
Research Director for Foreign Affairs and National Security

Mr. Yoshihiko Miyauchi
Chairman and CEO, ORIX Corporation

Mrs. Yoshiko Mori
Chairperson, The Mori Art Museum

Mr. Minoru J. Murofushi
Governor, Development Bank of Japan

Mr. Masahisa Naitoh
Chairman and CEO, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Ms. Kumi Sato
President and CEO, Cosmo Public Relations Corporation

His Excellency Yukio Satoh
Vice Chairman, The Japan Institute of International Affairs

Mrs. Ayako Seki

Dr. Yoshihide Soeya
Professor of Political Science, Keio University, Faculty of Law

Dr. Isao Tsujimoto
Studio for Cultural Change

His Excellency Taizo Watanabe
Senior Advisor, Toyota Motor Corporation

Mr. Hiroshi Yokokawa
President, The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association

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Mr. Bang Sang-Hoon
Publisher, President, and CEO, The Chosun Ilbo

His Excellency Han Sung-Joo
International Policy Studies Institute

Ambassador Hyun Hong-choo
Senior Partner; Former Ambassador to the US
Kim & Chang Law Office

Dr. Kim Dalchoong
President, The Seoul Forum for International Affairs

Dr. Hongnam Kim
Professor, Department of Art History
Graduate School of Humanities, Ewha Womans University

His Excellency Ambassador Sung-Chul Yang, Ph.D.
Former Ambassador of Korea to the United States

Dr. Yi Song-Mi
Professor Emerita, The Academy of Korean Studies

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Mr. Ananda Krishnan
Usaha Tegas Sdn Bhd

Mr. Lee Hoo Leng
Group CEO, Sing Health & Chairman, Development Committee of Duke-NUS

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar
President, International Movement for a Just World

Mr. Karim Raslan
Founder and CEO, KRA Group

Tan Sri Dato' Seri Datuk Shahril Shamsuddin
President & CEO, SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad

Tan Sri Dato Francis S. Yeoh
Managing Director, YTL Corporation Berhad

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*Mr. Damdin Tsogtbaatar
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Minister of Construction and Urban Development

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Mr. Kanak Mani Dixit
Editor of Himal, Himalmedia Pvt. Ltd

Mrs. Rita Manchanda
Founding Member, South Asian Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR)

Dr. Pratyoush Onta
Convenor, Martin Chautari and Nepal Studies Group

Mr. Prabhakar S.J.B. Rana
Chairman Emeritus, Soaltee Hotel Limited

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Dame Jennifer Gibbs

*The Honorable Tim Groser
Member of Parliament, Parliament of New Zealand

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Mr. Shahid Ahmad
Chief Executive, Information and Systems Corporation (Pvt) Ltd

Mrs. Syeda Henna Babar Ali
Advisor, Consumer Division, Packages Ltd.

Professor Imran A. Ali
Professor & Dean, Lahore University of Management Sciences

Mr. Rafiq M. Habib
Chairman, House of Habib

Mr. Hameed Haroon
Founder and CEO, Dawn Group of Newspapers
Pakistan Herald Publications (Pvt.) Limited

Mr. Sadruddin Hashwani
Chairman, Hashoo Group

Dr. Attiya Inayatullah
Member of Parliament

Ms. Asma Jahangir
Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan
AGHS Law Associates

Dr. Nighat Said Khan
Dean of Studies, Institute of Women's Studies Lahore

Dr. Shaharyar N. Khan
Adjunct Professor, Mushtag

Mr. Tariq M. Rangoonwala
Trustee, Rangoonwala Foundation

Mr. Najam Sethi
Editor-in-Chief, The Friday Times

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Mr. J.D. Campos, Jr.
Managing Director and CEO, Del Monte Pacific Ltd.

H.E.  Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.
Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States

Dr. Edilberto C. de Jesus
President Emeritus, University of the Cordilleras

Hon. Albert F. del Rosario, Sr.
Secretary of Foreign Affairs

The Honorable Roberto Romulo
Chairman of the Board, Equitable Cardnetwork, Inc.

The Honorable Rodolfo C. Severino
Head of the ASEAN Studies Center

Mr. Jaime Zobel de Ayala II
Chairman and CEO, Ayala Corporation

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Mr. Edmund Cheng
Deputy Chairman, Wing Tai Holdings. Ltd.

Mr. Ho Kwon-Ping
Chairman, Wah Chang International Corporation PTE, Ltd.

Professor Tommy T. B. Koh
Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Kay Kuok Oon Kwong
Director, Kuok (Singapore) Limited

Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani
Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore

Mr. Ong Keng Sen
Artistic Director, TheatreWorks (Singapore) Ltd.

Ambassador Ong Keng Yong
High Commissioner of Singapore to Malaysia

*Mr. Zainul Abidin Rasheed
Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs

Mr. Simon S.C. Tay
Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow

Mr. Michael Vatikiotis
Regional Director – Asia, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

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Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy
Former Under-Secretary-General

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Mr. Eric Booth
Trustee, The James H.W. Thompson Foundation

Dr. Suchai Charoenratanakul
Professor of Department of Medicine
Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University

Dr. Apinan Poshyananda
Department of Cultural Promotion, the Ministry of Culture

Mrs. Bilaibhan Sampatisiri
Managing Director, Nailert Park Hotel Co. Ltd.

Mr. Sulak Sivaraksa
Publisher, Seeds of Peace
Santi Pracha Dhamma Institute

Professor Kantathi Suphamogkhon, Ph.D.
39th Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand

*The Honorable Abhisit Vejjajiva
Leader of the Opposition Democratic Party

Mr. Pote Videt
Managing Director, Private Equity (Thailand) Company Ltd.

Mr. Mechai Viravaidya
Chairman and Founder, Population & Community Development Association

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Mr. Thierry Porte
Operating Partner, J.C. Flowers & Co.

Ms. Billie Tsien
Tod Williams Billie Tsien and Associates 

Mr. Tod Williams
Tod Williams Billie Tsien and Associates

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Professor Dinh Q. Le
Chairman, Board of Trustees, San Art

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