Multi-cultural, multi-sectoral dialogue brings together
over 150 young leaders from the Asia Pacific
The 2010 Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit

Press Release – (29 November 2010, Jakarta) – Vichetr Uon, Sao Sary Foundation has been chosen among more than 200 emerging leaders from some 30 countries and economies in the Asia-Pacific region who will participate in the Asia Society’s fifth annual Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit, to be held in Jakarta from December 3-5, 2010.

Vichetr joins other young leaders, all under age 40, who will engage in discussions about Unity in Diversity: Responsible Leadership in the Asia-Pacific.” The diversity of representation – from business, government, academia, to media, civil society, and the arts – brings a wide range of perspectives to the discussions which will explore issues such as the recent natural crises in Asia, ways to foster more equitable growth across the region, and lessons in leadership from history’s greatest leaders.  

The Asia Society’s 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.  The Asia 21 Summit brings together the region’s most impressive young leaders to develop relationships, trust, and mutual understanding that can drive collaborative approaches for addressing the region’s greatest challenges, says Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl.  “We are thrilled to be bringing the Asia 21 summit to Indonesia, one of the most important emerging economies in the world and a thriving democracy. Asia 21 leaders from across the region will work with Indonesia’s new generation of leaders to help build a better future for all.”

The Asia 21 Summit is supported by founding international sponsor Bank of America Merrill Lynch. As a global organization committed to developing our public and private sector relationships in the region, we are honored to be a part of such a meaningful and educational program,” said Brian Brille, Asia Pacific President. “Responsible leadership is a core value at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and as such, we encourage the sharing of best practices and innovative ideas that will enhance the tools and capabilities available to the next generation of Asia’s leaders.”  

The assassination of Mr. Sao Sary, Vichetr’s father, in 1998 he was responsible for sparked the creating of Sao Sary Foundation. Soon after that, Vichetr was supported by his Australian foster brother that enabled him to go to study at the university. From there, he went on to work in various International NGOs for almost a decade, the most prominent being Church World Service. Following the footsteps of his father, Vichetr’s next step was to create this foundation to put an end on human trafficking, violence, exploitation and abuse against women, children and vulnerable people. Now, this foundation has fine-tuned its approach of stopping them through community models and providing education to children. His efforts were documented by the BBC and some other universities in UK and USA. 

The Asia 21 Summit is the pre-eminent gathering of Asia’s most dynamic young leaders from the Asia-Pacific region, from every sector including business, government, media, culture and civil society.  To date, the network counts more than 600 of the most accomplished young leaders in the Asia-Pacific among its members, including businessmen, documentary filmmakers, environmental activists, human rights advocates, members of parliament, military personnel, performance artists, and social entrepreneurs.

The Asia 21 Summit in Jakarta is also supported by Biznet, Blue Bird, Femina Group, GlobeAsia, HPRP Lawyers, Media Indonesia, PricewaterhouseCoopers, PT Freeport Indonesia, and Saratoga Capital, among others.



The Asia Society is an international organization dedicated to strengthening relationships and deepening understanding among the peoples of Asia and the United States.  It seeks to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts, and culture. Founded in 1956, the Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Washington, DC. For more information, contact the Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021.

For more information about the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, including details about previous conferences and Fellows, please visit  

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