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Who We Are

About ASEF

About Us

ASEF is an intergovernmental not-for-profit organisation which brings together the peoples of Asia and Europe to address common global challenges by:

  • advancing mutual understanding and collaboration between the people of Asia and Europe through opportunities that enable an exchange of ideas;
  • acting as the civil society outreach of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and works as a platform for Asia-Europe dialogue to stimulate permanent networks that reinforce Asia-Europe bi-regional relations;
  • acting as an interface between civil society and ASEM governments and consequently, contributes to the ASEM process by generating unique recommendations for officials’ consideration

Understanding & Collaboration

Advancing mutual understanding and collaboration between the people of Asia and Europe through opportunities that enable an exchange of ideas

Stimulate Permanent Networks

Acting as an interface between civil society and ASEM governments and consequently, contributes to the ASEM process by generating unique recommendations for officials’ consideration

Acting as an interface

Advancing mutual understanding and collaboration between the people of Asia and Europe through opportunities that enable an exchange of ideas

Our Vision

A world in which Asians and Europeans shape the future together – respectfully, fairly, and sustainably.

Our Mission

To complement the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Process through opportunities for Asians and Europeans to exchange ideas and collaborate, to achieve innovative and sustainable solutions for common global challenges.

Our Core Values

ACCOUNTABILITY

We pursue transparency and trust in our individual roles and in the work and projects we do which improves ASEF’s activities and positions it as a leading inter-governmental not-for-profit organisation.

PROFESSIONALISM

We maintain a consistent standard of engagement with our civil society and government stakeholders. We aspire to provide our employees with a platform for and a work culture conducive to growth in their respective strengths and specialities.

LEARNING

We incorporate mutual, continuous and lifelong learning by sharing knowledge and experiences from diverse perspectives and disciplines, encouraging interdepartmental and multi-stakeholder collaboration to tackle current global challenges. We are flexible, adaptive, resilient and open to growth and change.

SUSTAINABILITY

We build a foundation to jointly create a sustainable future in all 3 dimensions of sustainability – economic, social and environmental – by contributing to the well-being and protection of the present and future generations in our societies.

RESPECT

We foster a foundation of mutual respect based on equality. We engage with tolerance, acceptance, empathy and understanding communicating supportively.

DIVERSITY

We pride ourselves as an organisation that connects people and civil societies of 51 Asian and European countries and 2 regional organisations. We value, celebrate and leverage our differences in culture, thought and ideas through dialogue and cooperation, moving forward together in harmony to create a sustainable future in Asia and Europe.

Organisation Structure

Under the auspices of the Board of Governors and the Executive Office, ASEF has 4 programme departments (Culture, Education, Governance & Economy, and Sustainable Development & Public Health), 2 support departments (Human Resources and Finance & Administration), while the Communications Department functions both as a programme department (through its Media projects) and a support department for corporate communications:

The Board meets once a year. It reviews our strategy and policies to ensure that we are keeping with the ASEM’s principles and priorities.

Management decisions based on the policy guidelines set out by the ASEF Board of Governors are implemented through the Executive Office.

Departments

Culture

Communications

Education

Governance
& Economy

Sustainable Development
& Public Health

Finance
& Administration

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