Global Council



The Global Council is a distinguished group of senior leaders from business, the arts, academia, civil society, and other sectors who serve in advisory roles to help Asia Society trustees and senior staff planning and program activities.  For four decades, this important group has provided a unique network of high-level experts with on-the-ground experience and perspectives which serve to inform and broaden Asia Society initiatives globally. Originally established in 1979, the Global Council today numbers over 140 leaders representing more than twenty-five nations.


The Global Council is a group of global leaders who are committed to furthering the mission of the Asia Society. Working together and through our own networks, we contribute ideas, advice, and resources that support the Asia Society's programs and initiatives, and strengthen the bonds between its 13 Global Centers.

Executive Committee | Global Council Members | Afghanistan | Australia | Bangladesh | Bhutan | Cambodia | Canada | China | Hong Kong | Taiwan | India | Indonesia | Iran | Japan | Korea | Malaysia | Mongolia | Nepal | New Zealand | Pakistan | Philippines | Singapore | Sri Lanka | Thailand | United States | Vietnam


Executive Committee

Maha Hosain Aziz (Pakistan)
Professor, GSAS, New York University;
Blogger (; and Author (Future World Order & The Global Kid)

Duncan Clark (United Kingdom/China)
BDA China

Aparisim “Bobby” Ghosh (India)
Member of the Editorial Board

Merit E. Janow (United States)
Dean, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Columbia University

Sean Chiao (Hong Kong)
AECOM Asia Pacific

Ong Keng Sen (Singapore)
Artistic Director
Theatreworks (s) Ltd.


Global Council Members (*in government service)


Abdullah Abdullah*
Chief Executive
Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Ahmad Nader Nadery
Chairman, Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC);
Former senior adviser to President of Afghanistan (Asia 21 Class of 2007)

Said Lotfullah Najafizada
TOLOnewsTV (Asia 21 Class of 2012)



Sir Rod Eddington, AO
Chairman, Australia and New Zealand, JP Morgan;
President, Australia Japan Business Co-Operation Committee

The Hon. Gareth Evans, AO, Q.C.
Chancellor, Australian National University;
President Emeritus, International Crisis Group

Charles Goode, AC
Flagstaff Partners

Michelle Guthrie
Managing Director
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Kevin Hobgood-Brown, AM
Managing Director
HHK Advisory Pty Ltd

Paul Kelly
The Australian

Sidney H. Myer
CEO, Yulgilbar Group;
Chairman, Asialink

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

Richard Woolcott, AC
Founding Director
Asia Society Australia Centre

Harrison Young
Non-Executive Director
Commonwealth Bank of Australia



Farooq Sobhan
President & CEO
Bangladesh Enterprise Institute

Muhammad Yunus
Founder, Grameen Foundation;
Board Member of United Nations Foundation



H.E. Jigme Y. Thinley
Former Prime Minister
Royal Government of Bhutan



H.E. Kao Kim Hourn
President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, University of Cambodia;
Minister Delegate Attached to the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia

H.E. Son Soubert
Member of Board of Directors
Constitutional Council of the Kingdom of Cambodia



The Right Hon. Kim Campbell
Former Prime Minister of Canada;
Former Chairperson, Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada

Paul Evans
Professor, International Relations
University of British Columbia

The Hon. John P. Manley, P.C., O.C.
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada;
Former President and CEO, Business Council of Canada

Yuen Pau Woo*
Senator, Senate of Canada;
Former President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada



People’s Republic of China

Chen Xiejun
Former Executive Director
Shanghai Museum

Duncan Clark
BDA China (Asia 21 Class of 2006)

Fang Xinghai
China Securities Regulatory Commission

C.S. Kiang
Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Development Technology Foundation

Su Ge
President and Senior Research Fellow
China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)

Lee Kai Fu
Chairman and CEO, Innovation Works;
Former Chief, Google China

Li Xiaolin
Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries

Long Yongtu
Chairman, Center for China & Globalization;
Former Secretary-General, Boao Forum for Asia

James L. McGregor
Chairman & CEO
James McGregor Inc.

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

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

Edward Tian
Founder and Chairman
China Broadband Capital (CBC)

Wang Jisi
Professor, School of International Studies, Peking University;
President, Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking University

Wang Limei
Beijing World Art Museum

Zha Daojiong
Professor, School of International Studies
Peking University

Zhu Min, PhD
Chairman, National Institute of Financial Research, Tsinghua University
Former Deputy MD, International Monetary Fund


Hong Kong, S.A.R.

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

Sean Chiao 
AECOM Asia Pacific

Victor K. Fung
Group Chairman
Li & Fung Group

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

Kai-Yin Lo
Yin Expressions Ltd.

Barbara Navarro
Director of Public Policy and Government Relations
Google APAC

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

Chung To
Founder and Chairperson
Chi Heng Foundation (Asia 21 Class of 2007)

Marjorie Yang



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

Lin Hwai-Min
Artistic Director
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

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

Tien Hung-Mao
Chairman, Institute for National Policy Research;
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs



Ashok H. Advani
Chairman & Publisher
The Business India Group

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

Niret Alva
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman
Meditech Pvt Ltd. (Asia 21 Class of 2007)

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

Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
Foreign Editor, Hindustan Times;
Senior Associate, Rhodium Group

Tarun Das
Chairman, Institute of Economic Growth (IEG);
Former Chief Mentor, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Barkha Dutt
Journalist; Columnist, The Washington Post;
Founding member, Idea Collective
(Asia 21 Class of 2007)

Aparisim “Bobby” Ghosh 
Member of the Editorial Board

Shekhar Gupta
The Print

C. Raja Mohan
Director, Institute of South Asian Studies
National University of Singapore

N.R. Narayana Murthy
Chairman Emeritus
Infosys Technologies Limited

Deepak S. Parekh
Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Ltd.

Jairam Ramesh
Member of Parliament; Economist & Politician;
Senior Leader, Indian National Congress

Ratan N. Tata
Tata Trusts Limited

Laila Tyabji
DASTKAR Society for Crafts & Craftspeople



Dewi Fortuna Anwar
Research Professor, Indonesia Institute of Sciences;
Former Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs, Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia

Endy M. Bayuni
Chief Editor
The Jakarta Post

Kartini Muljadi
Senior Partner
Kartini Muljadi & Rekan

Edwin Soeryadjaya
President Commissioner
PT Saratoga Investama Segaya Tbk.

George S. Tahija
President Director
PT. Austindo Nusantara Jaya

Sofjan Wanandi
Chairman and CEO
The Gemala Group



Vahid Alaghband
Group Chairman, Balli Klockner PLC;
Chair, Iran Heritage Foundation (UK)



Mitsuru Claire Chino 
President and CEO
Itochu International Inc. (Asia 21 Class of 2006)

Kenneth S. Courtis
Chairman, Starfort Investment Holding;
Managing Partner, Courtis Global & Associates

Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow
Center for American Progress

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

Kunihiko Miyake
President, AOI Foreign Policy Institute;
Research Director for Foreign Affairs and National Security

Yoshiko Mori
The Mori Art Museum

Kumi Sato
President and CEO
Cosmo Public Relations Corporation

Yukio Satoh
Vice Chairman
The Japan Institute of International Affairs

Ayako Seki

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

Hiroshi Yokokawa
The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association



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

H.E. Han Sung-Joo
International Policy Studies Institute

Kim Dalchoong
The Seoul Forum for International Affairs

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

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

Yi Song-Mi
Professor Emerita of Art History
The Academy of Korean Studies



Ananda Krishnan
Usaha Tegas Sdn Bhd

Lee Hoo Leng
Boughton Developments Limited

Dato’ Rohana Tan Sri Mahmood
RM Capital Partners Sdn Bhd

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Shahril bin Shamsuddin
President and Group CEO & Non-Independent Executive Director
Sapura Energy Berhad

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



Damdin Tsogtbaatar*
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(Asia 21 Class of 2007)



Kanak Mani Dixit
Editor of Himal
Himalmedia Pvt. Ltd

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

Pratyoush Onta
Martin Chautari and Nepal Studies Group



The Hon. Tim Groser*
Member of Parliament
Parliament of New Zealand



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

Syeda Henna Babar Ali
Consumer Division, Packages Ltd.

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

Maha Hosain Aziz
Professor, GSAS, New York University;
Blogger ( and Author (Future World Order & The Global Kid)

Rafiq M. Habib
House of Habib

Hameed Haroon
Founder & CEO
Dawn Group of Newspapers Pakistan Herald Publications (Pvt.) Ltd.

Sadruddin Hashwani
Hashoo Group

Attiya Inayatullah
Former Member of National Assembly

Nighat Said Khan
Dean of Studies
Institute of Women's Studies Lahore

Tariq M. Rangoonwala
Rangoonwala Foundation

Najam Sethi
The Friday Times



Joselito D. Campos, Jr.
Managing Director & CEO
Del Monte Philippines Inc.

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

Edilberto C. de Jesus
President Emeritus, University of Cordilleras;
Professor Emeritus, Asian Institute of Management

Natalie Christine Virata "Ching" Jorge
Executive Director
Bato Balani Foundation

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

Roberto Romulo
Chairman of the Board
Equitable Cardnetwork, Inc.

Jaime Zobel de Ayala II
Chairman and CEO
Ayala Corporation



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

Tommy T. B. Koh
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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

Ong Keng Sen
Artistic Director
TheatreWorks (Singapore) Ltd.

Ong Keng Yong
Executive Deputy Chairman, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University; 
Former High Commissioner of Singapore to Malaysia

Zainul Abidin Rasheed*
Ambassador to the State of Kuwait;
Special Envoy of the Minister for Foreign Affairs to the Middle East

Durreen Shahnaz
Founder & CEO
Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) and IIX Foundation (Asia 21 Class of 2009)

Simon S.C. Tay
Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Michael Vatikiotis
Asia Director
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue



Radhika Coomaraswamy
Human Rights Advocate;
Former Under-Secretary-General, United Nations



Eric Booth
The James H.W. Thompson Foundation

Suchai Charoenratanakul
Professor of Department of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University;
Former Deputy Prime Minister

Apinan Poshyananda
Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Culture;
Former Chief Curator of the Art Center of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University

Kantathi Suphamongkhon
Regents' Professor and Senior Fellow, Burkle Center for International Relations UCLA;
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Hon. Abhisit Vejjajiva
Leader, Democratic Party;
27th Prime Minister of Thailand

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



Shadi Hamid 
Senior Fellow
Brookings Institution

Sheena Iyengar 
S.T. Lee Professor of Business
Columbia Business School

Merit E. Janow
Dean, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Columbia University

Thierry Porte
Chairman, The OneLife Holding;
Managing Director, J.C. Flowers & Co.

Karim Sadjadpour
Senior Fellow, Middle East Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Billie Tsien
Tod Williams Billie Tsien and Associates

Tod Williams
Tod Williams Billie Tsien and Associates



Dinh Q. Le
Artist & Photographer;
Director, San Art (Asia 21 Class of 2006)