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The Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Fellowship Program

The Asia Foundation Chang-Lin Tien Fellows Program was established to foster exchanges for leaders to meet and interact with their counterparts in Asia and the U.S. The fellowship honors the late Dr. Chang-Lin Tien, former Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, for his many accomplishments in science, higher education, and community affairs. It was created to highlight Dr. Tien’s assuming the chairmanship of The Asia Foundation Board of Trustees in 1999.

Distinguished Visiting Fellow Award - for senior Asian leaders

Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
Dr. Ahluwalia currently leads the Research and Capacity Building Program on the Challenges of Urbanisation in India and served as Chairperson of the High Powered Expert Committee on Urban Infrastructure and Services from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Ahluwalia's research has focused on urbanization, sustainable public service delivery, industrial development, macro-economic reforms, and social sector development. During her Spring, 2015 visit to Washington, DC, New York City, and Boston under Foundation auspices, she met with distinguished academics and practitioners on urban issues and spoke on India's urbanization challenges before select audiences at think tanks and major universities. A second visit is planned for the Fall and will focus on urban practices on the West Coast and in Chicago.

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chair of BRAC, Bangladesh
As the leader of the world's largest development NGO, his Fellowship entailed meetings with senior officials in the international development field, as well as presentations at prestigious institutions in Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Bay Area. Sir Fazle's remarks focused on issues of poverty alleviation, education, and food security.

Mr. Cheng Siwei, Chair, International Finance Forum (Beijing), and former Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress
Through presentations and round table discussions with policy makers, academics, and business sector representatives in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Mr. Cheng shared his expertise and insider's perspective on China's efforts to rebalance its economy, the next Five Year Plan, and the role of the green economy. He was also a keynote speaker at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Chicago.

Dr. Stan Shih, Chief Executive Officer (retired) and Co-Founder of the Acer Group, Taiwan
In recognition of his leadership in business and civic affairs, Dr. Shih was the first Chang Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow. He participated in a wide range of public presentations in California on economic development and trade between Asia and the U.S.

Visiting Fellow Award - for mid-career Asian professionals

Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung, Executive Director, Myanmar Library Foundation, and Myanmar Book Aid & Preservation Foundation
Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung is a prominent publisher and library advocate in Myanmar. In a program designed to share knowledge and perspectives between peers across the Pacific, Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung is engaging with leaders in the U.S. publishing, library, and NGO fields during a three-week study tour this month. During his visit, healso received the prestigious 2014 Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award for his leading role in keeping literary life alive in Myanmar during decades of isolation.

Mr. Mirza Amiri, Former Director and CEO, Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA)
Mr. Amiri examined ways to strengthen Afghanistan's economic development through export promotion and small business development. Following a brief affiliation with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., he participated in several trade fairs and met with entrepreneurs and business incubators in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Withoo Phrueksanan, Assistant Dean and Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
In a month-long examination of forensic medicine enabled Dr. Withoo to draw on best practices from American experience that might have implications for human rights in Thailand's southern border provinces. A two-week affiliation with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore was followed by an observation program in Michigan, Washington D.C., and Northern California.

Mr. Premesh Chandran, Co-Founder and CEO of Malaysiakini
A co-founder of the leading online news distribution source in Malaysia, Mr. Chandran made presentations on his vision for developing new media in Malaysia and Southeast Asia through a social enterprise model. His visit entailed meetings with practitioners and researchers to discuss social capital markets, social entrepreneurship, and developments in new media.

Ms. Samar Minallah, Executive Director, Ethnomedia, Pakistan
A distinguished activist and documentary film maker, Ms. Minallah explored a range of issues pertaining to human rights, advocacy for women, and social media through a professional affiliation with the San Francisco-based Global Fund for Women and networking with domestic and international organizations. She also presented her groundbreaking video productions on the status of women in Pakistan.

Ms. Indrani Bagchi, Diplomatic Editor, The Times of India
Ms. Bagchi's program focus was on U.S.-China relations and the implications for third countries, addressed through affiliation with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., seminars, and meetings with foreign policy specialists in research centers and the public sector.

Dr. Zhao Gang, Professor and Director, Chinese Academy of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology
The first recipient of the Visiting Fellow award, Dr. Gang is prominent in international discussions related to clean energy collaboration. He met with representatives of diverse sectors to discuss clean energy and climate mitigation policies and explore partnerships with China.

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