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Afghan civil society activist named among ‘Asia 21 Young Leaders’

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Afghan civil society activist named among ‘Asia 21 Young Leaders’

Abdul Ghafar Nazari from Afghanistan has been selected as one of the members for the Asia 21 young Leaders Class of 2015.

Nazari is a civil society activist and the Manager of Training and Development Human Resources in Roshan Telecommunication Development Company.

The Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, which is in its 10th year, boasts a network of over 800 young leaders from 30 nations.

Asia 21 young leaders are selected through a highly competitive process based on exceptional achievements, commitment to public service and a proven ability to make the world a better place, a press release said.

The 2015 Class and Asia 21 alumni will gather at a special 10th anniversary Asia 21 Summit in Hong Kong, December 1-4. The summit will celebrate the achievements of the first decade, explore innovative ways to leverage the Asia 21 network for greater impact, and form special Asia 21 Task Forces to address critical issues facing the region.

The members of the Class of 2015 are:

  • Narayan Adhikari (Nepal), South Asia Representative, Accountability Lab
  • Mitrah Avini (Iran), Young Members Board, UN NGO Sustainability Inc.
  • Zubaida Bai (United States), Founder and Chief Executive, AYZH
  • Emily Chew (Australia), Vice-President, ESG Research MSCI
  • Ada Chirapaisarnkul (Thailand), Executive Director, GLab: Social Innovation Lab, School of Global Studies, Thammasat University
  • Mishi Choudhary (India), Executive Director of SFLC.in, Legal Director of Software Freedom Law Center
  • Manish Dahiya (India), Executive Director and Global Head of Energy Complex, Noble Group
  • Heather Franzese (United States), Executive Director, Good World Solutions
  • Duong Giap (Vietnam), Founder, GiapSchool
  • Rajeev Goyal (United States), Co-Founder and Co-Director, Kanchenjunga Koshi Tappu Biodiversity Education Land Trust (KTK-BELT)
  • Shahril Hamdan (Malaysia), Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Samudra Oil Services
  • Yanjmaa Jutmaan (Mongolia), Chancellor, Khovd University
  • Kristin Kagetsu (United States), Chief Executive Officer, Saathi
  • Lisa Katayama (Japan), Founding Program Manager for Director’s Fellows, MIT Media Lab
  • Seung-yoon Lee (South Korea), Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Byline
  • Solinn Lim (Cambodia), Deputy Regional Director, East Asia Region, Oxfam America
  • Nanxi Liu (United States), Chief Executive Officer, Enplug, Inc.
  • Nancy Margried (Indonesia), Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Batik Fractal (Piksel Indonesia Company)
  • Henry Motte-Munoz (Philippines), Co-Founder, Bantay.ph; Founder, Edukasyon.ph
  • Mohsin Mustafa (Pakistan), Strategy and Program Development, The Aman Foundation
  • Abdul Ghafar Nazari (Afghanistan), Manager of Training and Development Human Resources, Roshan Telecommunication Development Company
  • Vernie Oliveiro (Singapore), Senior Researcher, Civil Service College, Institute of Governance and Policy
  • Umanga Pandey (Nepal), Founder and Director, KG Nepal
  • Korvi Rakshand (Bangladesh), Founder, JAAGO Foundation
  • Matthew Romaine (Japan), Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Gengo, Inc.
  • Muhammad Sabir (Pakistan), Community worker and Founder, Slumabad
  • Sanjay Vijayakumar (India), Chairman, Startup Village; Chief Executive Officer, MobME Wireless Solutions
  • Chatrini Weeratunge (Sri Lanka), International Development Specialist
  • Aarti Wig (India), Co-Founder and Country Director, Yunus Social Business India
  • Shun Fu Anthony Wong (Hong Kong), Regional President, Global Brand Management, Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific
  • Chih Wei ‘Brian’ Yang (Taiwan), Head of APAC, ProSiebenSat1 Media AG
  • Xing Yuan (China), Head of Advanced Digital Analytics, Global Digital Medicines, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Asia Society is the leading global organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, non-profit institution with headquarters in New York, major centers in Hong Kong and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Washington, D.C.

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