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ASEF Announces New Leadership

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27 Aug 2020

Singapore, 27 August 2020

Mr MORIKAWA Toru (Japan), ASEF Executive Director, and Ambassador Leon FABER (Luxembourg), ASEF Deputy Executive Director, has assumed office on 27 August 2020. They were elected by the ASEF Board of Governors on 11 June 2020 for four-year terms as ASEF’s new Executive Management.

ASEF welcomes our new Executive Director, Mr MORIKAWA Toru and our new Deputy Executive Director, Ambassador Leon FABER!

From left to right:

Mr LAM Kong Chai (Singapore), Director, Finance;

Ms Anupama SEKHAR (India), Director, Culture;

Amb Leon FABER (Luxembourg), Deputy Executive Director;

Mr MORIKAWA Toru (Japan), Executive Director;

Mr SUN Xiangyang (China), Former Acting Executive Director;

Ms Grazyna PULAWSKA (Poland), Acting Director, Sustainable Development & Public Health;

Mr Lawrence ANDERSON (Singapore), Director, Communications;

Ms Leonie NAGARAJAN (Germany), Director, Education;

Mr Yannick BINEAU (France), Director, Governance & Economy

From left to right:

Amb Leon FABER (Luxembourg), Deputy Executive Director;
Mr MORIKAWA Toru (Japan), Executive Director;
Mr SUN Xiangyang (China), Former Acting Executive Director;


11 June 2020

Mr MORIKAWA Toru (Japan) was elected as the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)’s new Executive Director, and Ambassador Leon FABER (Luxembourg) was elected its new Deputy Executive Director, at ASEF’s 41st Board of Governors’ Meeting (ASEFBoG41) on 11 June 2020. ASEF’s leadership alternates between Asia and Europe every four years.

More details on our official press release.


More details about ASEFBoG41.

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is an intergovernmental, not-for-profit organisation which brings together the people of Asia and Europe to address common global challenges. Founded in 1997, it is the only permanent institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) political dialogue Process and is publicly funded by voluntary contributions from 53 ASEM Partners.

On 11-12 June 2020, ASEF is having its  41st full Board of Governors’ Meeting, held online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On 11 June, ASEF’s 53 Governors from Asia and Europe elected Mr Toru MORIKAWA (Japan) as its new Executive Director, and Ambassador Leon FABER (Luxembourg) as its new Deputy Executive Director. 

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