Today, Asia Society will present Mawlana Hazar Imam with it highest honour - the Lifetime Achievement Award for “using philanthropy to lift millions of Asia’s most vulnerable.”
The fourth annual Asia Game Changer Awards which will take place this evening in New York City, distinguishes a number of extraordinary individuals for making a “transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world.”
Among the recipients of this year’s awards are: Sonita Alizadeh, for using rap music to empower the girls of Afghanistan; Dev Patel, for placing a spotlight on India’s poor; and Tadashi Yanai for building a global retail empire that gives back to local communities. Previous honorees include actor Aasif Mandvi, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, and education activist Malala Yousafzai.
“In a world of challenges, it is important to honour the dreamers and leaders, those who take action and those who inspire us to build a better world,” said Asia Society president Josette Sheeran.
Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with major centres in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. Working in the fields of art, business, culture, education, and policy, the society promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.