10th Anniversary Annual Dinner

10th Anniversary Annual Dinner

L to R: Richard Kramlich, Amory Lovins and Sidney Rittenberg.

On May 17, 2013, Asia Society Northern California will hold its Tenth Anniversary Annual Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, San Francisco. The Annual Dinner is our most prestigious event of the year and is attended by over 400 Bay Area leaders in business and civic affairs, academia, the diplomatic corps, and the media.  ASNC will present Leadership Awards in the fields of Business, Policy and Education to distinguished individuals.

The theme of this year’s Annual Dinner is Creating Cultures of Innovation, and Asia Society will honor three individuals who have been instrumental in forging new connections between the U.S. and Asia, particularly China. Asia Society Northern California will honor C. Richard Kramlich, Founder and General Partner of New Enterprise Associates for Business Leadership; Amory Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute for his Policy Leadership in energy and sustainability; and Sidney Rittenberg for his pioneering Educational Leadership contributions in strengthening U.S.-China relations and education.


2013 Annual Dinner Honorees

Business Honoree: C. Richard Kramlich is Co-Founder of NEA and is currently Chairman of the NEA Management Company. He was Managing General Partner of the firm through NEA VII when he turned the reins over and became a General Partner. He is one of the first American venture capitalists to invest in China and was recently featured in the documentary film, Something Ventured. Read Mr. Kramlich's full biography here.

Policy Honoree: Physicist Amory Lovins is Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), an independent, apolitical, non-profit think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources. He is the author of the groundbreaking book, Reinventing FireRead more about Dr. Lovins here.

Education Honoree: Sidney Rittenberg served as a lead translator for the English language edition of Mao Zedong’s Selected Works and was the first American citizen admitted to the Chinese Communist Party. He subsequently spent a total of 16 years in solitary confinement under suspicion of serving as an American spy. Read more about Mr. Rittenberg and view the trailer for The Revolutionarythe documentary about his experience in China, here.


Sponsorship Information

Corporate support is vital to our mission of connecting Asians and Americans for a shared future. Learn about the benefits of sponsoring our Annual Dinner, and find out why companies continue to support this signature gala year after year. Click here for details, or contact Kate Ryge (415) 421-8709. 

If you are unable to attend the dinner, but would still like to make a donation, please click here and enter the amount you wish to give in the Donation field. If you wish to be invoiced rather than pay by credit card, please contact Kate Ryge ([email protected]; (415) 421-8709). 


Silent Auction

We are also gladly accepting in-kind donations for the Annual Dinner silent auction. From fine wines and wine country excursions to luxury hotel stays, dining experiences and uniqe products, in-kind donations provide important financial support that allows us to bring vital discourse about Asia to the Bay Area. To become an in-kind donor, please click here to print and fill in the form, or contact Anna Castagnozzi Bush (415) 421-8707.

Want a sneak peek? Preview some of our silent auction items in our photo gallery.


Additional Information

View the invitation here.

Press Packet (downloadable PDF).

Attire: Black tie or national dress encouraged.

Getting There and Parking: Directions and parking instructions, including valet information, for the Ritz-Carlton.

Photo Gallery: View a gallery of images from the 2012 Annual Dinner - featuring California Governor Jerry Brown and UnionBank CEO Masashi Oka - here.

Event Details

17 May 2013
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Ritz Carlton Hotel, 600 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA

$275 Individual Tickets; $500 VIP Sponsor Tickets