On May 17, 2013, Asia Society Northern California will hold its Tenth Anniversary Annual Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, San Francisco. The Annual Dinner is our most prestigious event of the year and is attended by over 400 Bay Area leaders in business and civic affairs, academia, the diplomatic corps, and the media. ASNC will present Leadership Awards in the fields of Business, Policy and Education to distinguished individuals.
The theme of this year’s Annual Dinner is Creating Cultures of Innovation, and Asia Society will honor three individuals who have been instrumental in forging new connections between the U.S. and Asia, particularly China. Asia Society Northern California will honor C. Richard Kramlich, Founder and General Partner of New Enterprise Associates for Business Leadership; Amory Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute for his Policy Leadership in energy and sustainability; and Sidney Rittenberg for his pioneering Educational Leadership contributions in strengthening U.S.-China relations and education.
2013 Annual Dinner Honorees
Business Honoree: C. Richard Kramlich is Co-Founder of NEA and is currently Chairman of the NEA Management Company. He was Managing General Partner of the firm through NEA VII when he turned the reins over and became a General Partner. He is one of the first American venture capitalists to invest in China and was recently featured in the documentary film, Something Ventured. Read Mr. Kramlich’s full biography here.
Policy Honoree: Physicist Amory Lovins is cofounder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), an independent, apolitical, non-profit think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources. He is the author of the groundbreaking book, Reinventing Fire. Read more about Dr. Lovins here.
Education Honoree: Sidney Rittenberg served as a lead translator for the English language edition of Mao Zedong’s Selected Works and was the first American citizen admitted to the Chinese Communist Party. He subsequently spent a total of 16 years in solitary confinement under suspicion of serving as an American spy. Read more about Mr. Rittenberg and view the trailer for The Revolutionary, the documentary about his experience in China, here.