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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 *).

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. 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

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, Director-General , 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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