2017 Asia Game Changer Awards & Gala Dinner
November 1, 2017 United Nations, New York City
On August 8, 2017, Asia Society announced this year's recipients of the Asia Game Changer Awards, which recognize those making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world. Asia Society is proud to partner with Citi to honor these extraordinary individuals and organizations, continuing a tradition begun with the inauguration of the Asia Game Changer Awards four years ago.
This year’s nine honorees include a young woman using rap music to fight a trauma in Afghanistan, a trailblazing CEO changing urban life in China, a Hollywood star building bridges between India and the world, and an environmentalist placing his life on the line to stop deforestation in his native country. His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader to the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims, will receive the Asia Game Changer Lifetime Achievement Award.
Honorees are nominated and selected by members of Asia Society’s global network.
MEET THE AWARDEES
The Aga Khan The Aga Khan
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: For using philanthropy to lift millions of Asia’s most vulnerable
Sonita Alizadeh Sonita Alizadeh
For using rap music to empower the girls of Afghanistan
For revolutionizing transportation in China
Aisholpan Nurgaiv - The Eagle Huntress Aisholpan Nurgaiv
For breaking gender barriers at a remarkably young age
For risking his life to expose an environmental calamity
For using celebrity to place a spotlight on India’s poor
For proving that learning can be fun ? and have a profound impact ? anywhere in the world
For showing that musical virtuosity knows no bounds
For building a global retail empire that gives back to local communities