18th Annual ASIA NIGHT 2012
Since 2003, the California-Asia Business Council has bestowed the New Silk Road Award upon distinguished business and government leaders who have made outstanding contributions to California-Asia business. We have honored leaders and visionaries who have pioneered legal, technological, and financial infrastructure improvements.
This year, the 2012 New Silk Road Award was presented to Chong-Moon Lee, Chairman and CEO of AmBex Venture Group, LLC and Founder, CEO, Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc.
The honor is given to Mr. Lee to celebrate his longtime entrepreneurial and educational efforts, as well as for his success in helping promote multinational cultural exchange. Currently he serves as a trustee and commissioner of The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, a trustee of Asia Society, and a member of California Arts Council, among many others. He has been an active philanthropist on local, national and international levels through The Chong-Moon Lee Foundation, as well as through his support of many educational and cultural institutions such as universities, hospitals, and social services organizations.
Lee holds honorary doctorate degrees from John F. Kennedy University, Seton Hall University, University of Seoul, and Chung Ang University, MS in Library Science from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and law degree from Chung Ang University, Seoul. Lee has received numerous accolades for outstanding leadership in business and civic areas, including the Order of Civil Merits (Mugungwha Medal) from the president of Korea, which is the highest medal of honor conferred to a civilian.
Cal-Asia presented a New Silk Road Award to The Asia Foundation. The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, fair, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports Asian initiatives to improve governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, the environment, and regional cooperation.
The Asia Foundation has been influential in many aspects of the Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation played important parts in fighting human trafficking, supporting women empowerment, championing anti-corruption efforts, promoting beneficial relationships between the private sectors and local governments, and helping increase government accountability.
A study conducted by the Asia Foundation established the Provincial Competitiveness Index, which continues to be used today by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to measure the economic potential of areas in Vietnam. In perhaps one of its most influential programs, The Asia Foundation assisted in the creation of a new Constitution for Afghanistan that was ratified January 4, 2004.
Drawing on nearly 60 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.
David D. Arnold became the sixth president of The Asia Foundation on January 1, 2011. A highly respected international development veteran with years of experience across the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, Mr. Arnold leads all aspects of The Asia Foundation, including its headquarters in San Francisco, an office in Washington D.C., and 17 different country offices in Asia.
Before joining The Asia Foundation, Mr. Arnold served as president of the American University in Cairo for seven years, overseeing many major development to the university. Previously, he served as executive vice president of the Institute of International Education, the world's largest educational exchange organization. Mr. Arnold currently serves on the board of the World Affairs Council of Northern California. He is also a frequent public speaker on issues of governance and development in Asia-Pacific.
Recent Receipients of Silk Road Award:
Our nation's commercial relationships with Asia are among the most significant factors affecting its economic future. Their importance will only increase in the near and long future.
To acknowledge the contributions of individuals whose work has significantly fostered U.S.-Asia business ties, Cal-Asia created the New Silk Road Award. Each year, an Asia Night is held where the New Silk Road Award is given out to commend the deliberate and judicious nurturing these individuals have provided to help America's relationships with Asian markets expand in healthy ways.
The Award itself consists of a framed piece of embroidered silk, representing the evolving patterns and intertwined nature of California's commerce with Asia, bearing a commemorative plate.
Asia Night benefits the award-winning programs of non-profit Cal-Asia to support and /or catalyze US-Asia business efforts to expand transPacific commerce.