Asia Society announced Anita Ramasastry, law professor at the University of Washington, as a member of the 2008 Class of Asia 21 Fellows. Anita Ramasastry is one of 23 new fellows identified by Asia Society as being among the most promising trendsetters and emerging leaders in the Asia-Pacific region.
Asia 21 Fellows serve as the center point for the Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, the leading cross-sectoral leadership development program in the Asia-Pacific region. Established by the Asia Society with support from Founding International Sponsor Merrill Lynch, the Asia 21 Young Leaders program brings together the most dynamic emerging leaders under the age of forty from across the Asia-Pacific region to develop shared, innovative approaches to the region’s greatest challenges.
“At a time when the world’s center of gravity is shifting towards the Asia-Pacific region, we need new types of leaders from every country who can both understand the transnational nature of the challenges we face and work together to address them,” said Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl, who spearheads the program. “We are extremely proud to have an incredible young leader like Anita Ramasastry as part of our 2008-2009 Fellows class.”
Ramasastry is an international expert on the role of businesses in conflict zones and their accountability for human rights violations in conflict. She is a Fulbright scholar at the Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland – Galway.