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4december2009911(Kuala Lumpur, December 4, 2009) Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Senior Fellow of Harvard Law School was among more than 150 emerging leaders from some 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region who participated in the Asia Societys fourth annual Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit, held in Kuala Lumpur from November 20-22, 2009.

Lobsang Sangay joined other young leaders from various sectors explored The Changing Face of Leadership: Crisis and Opportunity at the Summit.

The Asia Societys Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit is part of a larger initiative designed to help emerging leaders from across the region to develop common approaches to meet its shared challenges. Asia 21 seeks to build networks of trust across geographic boundaries and help next generation leaders to educate one another in the highest ideals of values-based leadership, said Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl, who spearheads the program. 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, and are thrilled that Dr. Lobsang Sangay selected as one of the twenty-four young leaders in 2006, joined our network. Lobsang successfully moderated a plenary session on Islam in Multi-cultural societies.

Established by the Asia Society with support from Founding International Sponsor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Asia 21 Summit is the pre-eminent gathering of Asias most dynamic and accomplished young leaders from the Asia-Pacific region. To date, the network counts more than 500 alumni, including businessmen, documentary filmmakers, environmental activists, human rights advocates, members of parliament, military personnel, performance artists, and social entrepreneurs.

Prior to the Asia 21 Summit, Dr. Lobsang Sangay gave a Distinguished Lecture Series at Suffolk University in Boston (Nov. 10) and participated in the World Justice Forum II in Vienna, Austria along with 360 judges, lawyers and scholars from 90 countries (Nov. 12-14). Particularly he intervened in thematic session on Human Rights and Regional session of East Asia and raised Tibet issue. Dr. Lobsang also participated in two days conference on Best Practices of Self-Government organized by Provincial government of Trento, Italy (Nov. 16-17). Among the participants were Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche, eminent legal scholar Yash Ghai among many European, and North American scholars, followed by panel discussion with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Dr. Lobsang spoke on lessons from comparative models of self-governance and also on two schools of thoughts within the exile community (Independence vs Middle Path) (Nov. 19-21). After Malaysia, Dr. Lobsang gave a lecture of Tibets Sovereignty and Human Rights at Taiwan University in Taipei (Nov. 23).

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