Asia Society will honor outstanding leaders in their respective fields whose demonstrated vision, strength, and persistence have earned them global praise and recognition.

Join us for a special evening to celebrate their accomplishments, which have and will affect our lives on both sides of the world.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Grand Ballroom, Waldorf=Astoria Hotel
301 Park Avenue, New York City

Honorees | MC & Moderator | Tickets
Dinner Leadership
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Reception: 6:30 pm
Dinner: 7:30 pm

Dress: Asian National Dress or Black Tie
Expected attendance: 500-700

For further information and table or ticket reservations:
Phone: 212-327-9235

Download the invitation (PDF)
Download RSVP FAX Form (PDF)

2010 Honorees


Mukesh D. Ambani
Chairman, Reliance Industries Limited
Global Vision Award

Mukesh D. Ambani is the Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited. He initiated Reliance's backward integration journey from textiles into polyester fibres and further into petrochemicals, petroleum refining, and oil and gas exploration and production. He led the creation of the world's largest grassroots petroleum refinery at Jamnagar, India.

In 2009 Mr. Ambani was ranked the 5th best performing CEO in the world by the Harvard Business Review and RIL was ranked the 15th most innovative company in the world in a survey conducted by Business Week and the BCG.


Jeffrey R. Immelt
Chairman and CEO, General Electric Company
Global Leadership Award

Jeffrey R. Immelt is the ninth chairman of GE, a post he has held since 2001. Mr. Immelt has held several global leadership positions since coming to GE in 1982, including roles in GE's Plastics, Appliance, and Medical businesses. In 1989 he became an officer of GE, joined the GE Capital Board in 1997, and was appointed president and chief executive officer in 2000.

Named one of the "World's Best CEOs" three times by Barron's, Mr. Immelt is also a member of The Business Council and is on the board of the New York Federal Reserve Bank.


New York Philharmonic
Cultural Ambassador Award and Performance

Alan Gilbert became Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2009, the first native New Yorker to hold the post, ushering in what New York magazine called “a moment of metamorphosis and continuity." The Philharmonic, America’s oldest symphony orchestra, and one of the oldest in the world, the New York Philharmonic has always championed the music of its time, giving world and US premieres of works from Beethoven to Tan Dun, and has released nearly 2,000 recordings since 1917.

The New York Philharmonic is renowned around the globe, having toured since 1930, and it enjoys a particularly rich relationship with Asia as both a destination and in the heritage of its Music Director and many current musicians. On February 26, 2008, the Orchestra gave a historic concert in Pyongyang, DPRK, which was broadcast live internationally. In October 2009 the Orchestra made its debut in Vietnam, performing two concerts at the Hanoi Opera House as part of the Asian Horizons tour, Alan Gilbert's first as a Music Director.

Watch: Lorin Maazel leads the New York Philharmonic in the national anthem of the United States of America as the concert in the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre begins, on February 26, 2008.

New York Philharmonic photo and video: Chris Lee

MC & Moderator


Melissa Lee
Host, CNBC's Fast Money and Options Action

Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's Fast Money and Options Action. Before hosting, Lee was a reporter and anchor for CNBC covering investment banking, hedge funds, and private equity. In 2008, Lee reported and anchored a one-hour documentary, Made in China: People's Republic of Profit from Beijing and Shanghai. She reported extensively for the network on China from the country’s growth to its challenges to the opportunities for US businesses.

Table and Ticket Pricing Levels & Benefits

(Please note: this is an Asia Society benefit fundraising event for which Member Discounts do not apply)

Benefactor at $25,000
* 1 Preferred Table of 10 for dinner and 10 tickets to the Reception
* Listing in printed materials and AS online
* Quarter-page acknowledgement in the Dinner Program

Patron at $15,000
* 1 Table of 10 for dinner and 10 tickets to the Reception
* Special Listing in the Dinner Program

Golden Ticket(s) at $5,000
* Prime dinner seating for 1 with entry to the private Pre-reception

Premium Ticket(s) at $2,500
* Preferred dinner seating for 1 with entry to the Main Reception

Individual Ticket(s) at $1,500 (limited availability)
* Dinner Seating for 1 with entry to Main Reception

For information and additional Table Levels, contact: or Director of Special Events at 212-327-9235. RSVP required by Nov 9, 2010.

Dinner Leadership

Edward and Betsy Cohen, Atlas Energy, Inc.
Vikram S. Pandit, CEO, Citigroup Inc.

Vice Chairs
General Electric Company
Chip and Sheryl Kaye/Warburg Pincus LLC
MasterCard Worldwide
Ruth and Harold Newman/Miranda Wong Tang
Lulu and Anthony Wang 

Alcoa Foundation
Ronnie C. Chan
Henrietta and Richard Fore
Goldman Sachs
ISI Group
The McGraw-Hill Companies
Courtney Sale Ross
Tishman Speyer Properties, LP
Jack and Susy Wadsworth

Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee
General Atlantic LLC
McKinsey & Company

Anil Chaturyedi/Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Sant Chatwal
Citi Private Bank
The Dow Chemical Company Foundation
Ralph Eads III/Jefferies and Company, Inc.
Lisina M. Hoch
Sonny and Michelle Kalsi/GreenOak Real Estate Advisors LP
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Tara and Victor Menezes
Saroj and Sreedhar Menon
MetLife, Inc.
Steve and Christine Schwarzman
Sony Corporation of America
Sullivan and Cromwell LLP
Tom Freston
Viacom/MTV Networks

Dinny and Aashish Devitre
Huffington Foundation
John D. Negroponte, Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates
The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky
Barbara J. Riley
Nancy and Henry Schacht
Ambassador Carl Spielvogel and Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
Nasreen and Ghulam Suhrawardi
Wolfensohn Family Foundation

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2009 New York Annual Dinner
2008 New York Annual Dinner
2007 New York Annual Dinner

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