Andrew Klaber joins gathering of Asia-Pacific young leaders in Tokyo

Andrew Klaber JD/MBA ’10 has been selected as one of 160 emerging leaders from 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region for the Asia Society’s Third Annual Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit.

Chosen from among nearly a thousand nominees, Klaber will join leaders from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise such as business, government, academia, media, civil society, and the arts to explore the most challenging issues facing the region and to develop new collaborative proposals for how challenges can be addressed at a time of global economic uncertainty and reorientation of the international political order toward the East.

The Summit, which will be held this year in Tokyo from Nov. 14 to 16, is part of the larger Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative—the pre-eminent gathering of dynamic young leaders from the Asia-Pacific region. At the summit, they will explore possibilities for using values-based leadership to develop equitable and sustainable solutions to shared challenges posed to the Asia-Pacific community. Discussions will center on the global financial crisis and the increasing scarcity of vital resources. Delegates will also develop proposals for group public service projects.

Klaber is the President of Orphans Against AIDS (www.orphansagainstaids.org), a nonprofit organization that provides more than 500 AIDS orphans with academic scholarships and basic healthcare throughout seven Asian and African countries. For his dedication to aiding youths affected by the epidemic, he was invited to speak at the 2008 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has also been a Goldman Sachs Global Leader, a Marshall Scholar, and a Truman Scholar.

Orphans Against AIDS has been featured in The New York Times, USA-Today, and The Washington Post among other publications. See a profile of Klaber in the April 2008 issue of Harvard Law Today.

The Summit aims to prepare tomorrow’s leaders for the challenges and responsibilities of global citizenship, to generate creative, cross-sector approaches to leadership and problem solving, to build networks of trust across geographic boundaries, and to educate people in the highest ideals of values-based leadership. Participants will join Asia 21’s network of 400 past delegates and fellows in 30 countries.

The Summit is supported by founding international sponsor Merrill Lynch, as well as Shinsei Bank, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Marubeni, Mitsui OSK Lines, Heidrick & Struggles, ANA, Mori Building, Orix, Yomiuri, Ashoka Innovators for the Public, Hitotsubashi University, Keizai Doyukai, Cosmo and the Government of Japan.