About Asia Society

Asia Society is a global non-profit organization and the leading force in forging closer ties between Asia and the West through arts, education, policy and business.

Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with headquarters in New York, centers in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Washington, DC.

Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, Asia Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

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About Asia Society Australia

Asia Society Australia is one of Australia’s leading and most innovative centres for engagement with Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region in the areas of business, policy, culture and education.

Asia Society Australia is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation fully funded in Australia with a rapidly growing national membership base of leading Australian, regional and global companies, education, government and cultural institutions.

Asia Society Australia through its business, policy, education and cultural programs, is building a sophisticated understanding of Asia in Australia and provides members with unrivalled opportunities to access Australian and Asian leaders, entrepreneurs and thinkers and be a part of Australia’s premier network of champions of Australia-Asia engagement. 

Asia Society Australia was launched in 1997 by then Prime Minister John Howard to broaden interest and understanding in Australia of Asian countries and their politics, business and culture. The establishment of the Asia Society Australia was led by Hugh Morgan AC (then CEO of WMC Limited) and Richard Woolcott AC (former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) in recognition of the need to promote greater understanding about the countries, peoples and cultures of Asia and the Pacific region.

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