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Asia Society Northern California 2016 Annual Dinner
2016 ASNC 13th Annual Dinner

On May 4, 2016, Asia Society Northern California (ASNC) held its 13th Annual Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. The Annual Dinner is ASNC’s most prestigious event of the year, attended by over 400 leaders in business, tech, civic affairs, academia, philanthropy, the diplomatic corps, and media. It features some of the world’s foremost leaders in U.S. and Asian affairs, and this year ASNC presented Leadership Awards to entrepreneurs and innovators who have revolutionized the way people live, consume, socially interact, and civically engage.

Asia Society Northern California honored Eric Heitz, Co-Founder and CEO, Energy Foundation; Leila Janah, CEO, Sama and Laxmi; Kaiser Kuo, Director, International Communications, Baidu; and Sir Michael Moritz, Chairman, Sequoia Capital, for their substantial contributions to bridging the U.S. and Asia through innovation. Sydnie Kohara, media strategist, served as Master of Ceremonies.

2016 Annual Dinner Honorees

Eric Heitz, Co-Founder & CEO, Energy Foundation; Leila Janah, CEO, Sama and Laxmi; Kaiser Kuo, Director, International Communications, Baidu; and Sir Michael Moritz, Chairman, Sequoia Capital.


ASNC thanks its generous 2016 Annual Dinner sponsors: 


Influencer Sponsors

Reiko & Chong-Moon Lee

Leslie & John "Mac" McQuown

Susy & Jack Wadsworth

Ruth & Kenneth P. Wilcox


Innovator Sponsors

Pamela & Richard Kramlich




Incubator Sponsors

Richard C. Blum & Hon. Dianne Feinstein 

David A. Coulter & Susan C. Weeks

Bill & Phyllis Draper

Buck Gee & Mary Hackenbracht

Akiko Yamazaki & Jerry Yang




Startup Sponsors

Asian Art Museum
California College of the Arts
Cooley LLP
Maggie & Rob Cox
DLA Piper
Ann & John Doerr
East West Bank
Goodwin Proctor
International Technological University
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Sydnie Kohara & George Laplante
Manitou Ventures
Matthews Asia
Pacific Gas & Electric


Citi Private Bank


Media Sponsor


Wine Sponsors

Hanson Li 


(As of April 26, 2016)


Event Details

Wed 4 May 2016
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Four Seasons Hotel
757 Market Street, San Francisco

Early Bird (by April 8): $200 - $475; Regular Pricing: $275 - $550