Asia Society

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Vishakha N. Desai

Jamie Metzl
Executive Vice President

Thomas B. Moore
Senior Vice President, Operations

Todd Michael Galitz
Vice President, External Affairs

Vivien Stewart
Vice President, Education

Deanna Lee
Vice President, Communications

Donald L. Nagle
Chief Financial Officer

Vishakha N. DesaiVishakha N. Desai

Vishakha N. Desai is President and CEO of Asia Society, a global educational organization dedicated to deepening connections among the peoples of Asia and the United States. She sets the directions for the Society's diverse set of programs—in the areas of policy, business, arts, culture and education—throughout the Society's network of centers in the U.S. and in Asia. She is a frequent speaker and commentator in the media, addressing cultural, social, educational, business, and policy trends and their implications for the U.S.-Asia relationship and Asian regional ties.

Appointed President in 2004, Dr. Desai conceptualized and presided over the organization's fiftieth anniversary celebrations in 2006, marked by high-profile activities and expansive fundraising initiatives. As a result of these efforts, the Society is expanding the scope and scale of its activities, particularly in Asia, including a new India Centre in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), which opened in 2006, and planned multi-million-dollar physical facilities in Hong Kong and Houston.

Prior to her appointment as President, Dr. Desai served as Asia Society�s Senior Vice President and Director of the Museum and Cultural Programs. In this position, she managed the Society�s $40 million renovation of its New York City headquarters. As Museum Director, Dr. Desai built an international reputation for introducing contemporary Asian art to a broad audience and using it to illuminate historical trends and their influence on the development of society. A scholar of classical Indian art, she has published numerous catalogues and scholarly articles and is widely recognized for conceiving innovative exhibitions of traditional Asian art within strong cultural contexts. She was also at the forefront of the Society�s integration of Asian American issues into its public programming.

Prior to joining the Asia Society in 1990, Dr. Desai was a curator at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She also taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Columbia University, and Williams College.

Dr. Desai holds a B.A. in political science from Bombay University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan. The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, Dr. Desai was awarded an honorary doctorate from Susquehanna University in 1996. She was also awarded the Asian American of the Year Award by the University of Massachusetts, and by Asian Americans for Equality, and is a recipient of the National Institute of Social Sciences Gold Medal.

Dr. Desai serves on the boards of The Brookings Institution, Citizens Committee for New York City, Asian University for Women, and the New York City Advisory Commission for Cultural Affairs. She served as the President of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) in 1998-99, and was on the Board from 1995-2000. She has also served on the Boards of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics), the South Asian Council of the Association of Asian Studies, the College Art Association, ArtTable, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.

Dr. Desai is married to Robert B. Oxnam, a China scholar, who was Asia Society's President from 1981 to 1992.

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Jamie MetzlJamie Metzl
Executive Vice President

Jamie Metzl is Executive Vice President of Asia Society. He is responsible for overseeing the institution's strategic directions and overall program activities globally.

An expert on Southeast Asian history and politics, Dr. Metzl has extensive government experience including service in the White House, the Department of State, and the U.S. Senate. In 2004, he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri's Fifth Congressional District in Kansas City.

Dr. Metzl's government appointments have included Deputy Staff Director and Senior Counselor of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senior Coordinator for International Public Information and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the Department of State, and Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs on the National Security Council. At the White House, he coordinated U.S. government international public information campaigns for Iraq, Kosovo, and other crises. A Khmer speaker, he was a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) from 1991 to 1993, where he helped establish a nation-wide human rights investigation and monitoring unit for Cambodia.

Dr. Metzl has appeared widely on national media, including Meet the Press and the Today show. The author of a book on human rights in Southeast Asia, his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and many other publications. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of the Partnership for a Secure America, a former White House Fellow, and a former Aspen Institute Crown Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history from Oxford University, a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.

Dr. Metzl has completed four ironman triathlons and 20 marathons. His novel, The Depths of the Sea, was published by St. Martin's Press in May 2004.

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Thomas Moore Thomas B. Moore
Senior Vice President, Operations

Thomas "Tom" Moore is Senior Vice President - Operations, appointed in August 2005. He is responsible for the Society's global operations and its centers throughout the U.S. and Asia. In addition to development of new business strategies, he is charged with the financial and administrative oversight of the Asia Society.

Trained as an international business lawyer, Mr. Moore has extensive experience working in Asia. He spent 11 years in Hong Kong, principally as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Philip Morris International. In that capacity, he ran the company's law department in Asia, working on acquisitions and business restructurings throughout the region. Prior to joining Philip Morris, he served as Chief Regional Counsel for Kraft Foods Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong, where he established and managed the company's first law department in Asia.

Mr. Moore holds a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, and a B.A. degree from Yale University with a concentration in Chinese history. He attended Beijing University as a National Academy of Sciences fellow and taught a course on American law to Chinese law students. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and French.

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Todd GalitzTodd Michael Galitz
Vice President, External Affairs

Todd Galitz, Vice President of External Affairs at the Asia Society, is responsible for overseeing the institution’s fundraising, membership programs, and visitor services.

Prior to his appointment as Vice President in October 2005, Dr. Galitz served for more than four years as the Asia Society’s Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations. In that capacity, he secured major grants and sponsorships for the Society’s diverse programs and activities. He also oversaw the launch and development of the Asia Society Business Council, and contributed to the institution’s Asia 21 Campaign. His more than ten years’ experience in the development field has also included raising major gifts and institutional support at Columbia University and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Galitz received his Ph.D. in history from Brown University, and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California with degrees in history and political science. He has taught courses in history at Brown University, Hunter College of the City University of New York, and Manhattan College, and has served as a visiting fellow at the University of Warwick in Coventry, United Kingdom.

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Vivien Stewart Vivien Stewart
Vice President, Education

Vivien Stewart is Vice President for Education at Asia Society. She is responsible for Asia Society's programs to promote the study of Asia and other world regions, cultures, languages, and global issues in America's schools and for building connections between U.S. and Asian education leaders.

In the U.S. this includes working with a network of state and national education leaders; creating a national initiative to expand the teaching of Chinese; managing a prizes program to recognize excellence in international education; providing professional development and award-winning web resources for teachers and students; and developing a model network of internationally oriented schools in cities around the U.S.

Internationally, she has developed a series of international benchmarking exchanges to share expertise between American and Asian education, business, and policy leaders on how to improve education to meet the demands of globalization. This includes delegations to one anothers' schools; producing publications (e.g., Math and Science Education in a Global Age); and hosting expert meetings such as the Asia-Pacific Education Forum held in Beijing in 2006 and to be held in New Delhi in 2008.

Ms. Stewart has had a long involvement with education and youth affairs. Over the course of a distinguished career at Carnegie Corporation of New York, she was a leader in shaping reform agendas in early childhood education, urban school reform, science education, teaching as a profession, and healthy adolescent development. In addition to grantmaking, she was responsible for the management of a number of Carnegie task forces, which produced influential reports such as Turning Points, A Matter of Time, and Starting Points. She was also instrumental in the creation of the National Center for Children in Poverty and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Ms. Stewart serves as a board member of the Education Development Center, National Center on Education and the Economy and the Longview Foundation for Education in International Understanding and World Affairs and is on the advisory board of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center for Children and Digital Media. She has also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and been a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She received her BA and M.Phil degrees from Oxford University. In 2007, she was awarded the Harold McGraw Prize for her national contributions to education.

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Deanna Lee Deanna Lee
Vice President, Communications

Deanna Lee is Asia Society's Vice President, Communications, appointed in September 2006. She is responsible for overseeing media relations and marketing across all program areas—policy, business, education, arts, and culture—extending the worldwide reach and profile of Asia Society.

Ms. Lee joins Asia Society after a twenty-year broadcast news career in both domestic and overseas posts. As the overseas producer for ABC's Nightline based in London from 1992 through 1997, she traveled extensively throughout the former Yugoslavia, Israel and the Middle East, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Australia. In Africa, she covered the famine and the U.S. deployment in Somalia, the election of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, and AIDS in Uganda. She traveled throughout Asia for a long-term ABC-BBC News collaboration on global environmental, health, and demographic concerns; and covered the death of Deng Xiaoping, the Hong Kong handover, and the resurgence of Shanghai as a world financial center.

Most recently, she was a Senior Producer at ABC's World News with Charles Gibson, formerly World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, responsible for news planning and feature segments for the broadcast. At World News, she oversaw the broadcast's education, health, and science reports; managed story proposals and development; and show promotion. Ms. Lee has been recognized with numerous honors for her reporting and producing, including eight Emmy Awards and one duPont-Columbia Award.

A native of Seattle, Washington, Ms. Lee is first-generation Chinese-American, and speaks Shanghainese. She serves on the National Advisory Council of the Asian American Justice Center, and on the board of the New York Piano Society. An accomplished classical pianist, she still performs and competes internationally. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University with a double major in Music, and English and American Literature.

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CFO Don NagleDonald L. Nagle
Chief Financial Officer

Don Nagle was appointed�to the newly created position of Chief Financial Officer of Asia Society in July 2007. He is responsible for maintaining the primary accounting systems and records of the organization and�for implementing and strengthening financial systems and controls including accounting, budgeting, forecasting and other systems.

Prior to joining Asia Society, Mr. Nagle spent most of his career at Kraft Foods,�leading the financial organization for several of its businesses.�During his nearly three decades with the company, he developed�extensive operating experience managing financial organizations through significant business change. Over the years, Mr. Nagle has augmented his corporate experience with service on several boards, including an inner city social services agency, where he focused on improving financial infrastructure and resources. He began his career in the mid-1970s with AFS-USA, the international student exchange organization.

Mr. Nagle earned an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and holds a BA from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Economics and International Relations.

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Jon A. Anda
Hushang Ansary
Ajay Banga
Leon D. Black
Ronnie C. Chan
Purnendu Chatterjee
Gina Lin Chu
Leo A. Daly III
Vishakha N. Desai
Dinyar Devitre
Gregory J. Fleming
Charles C. Foster
John H. Foster
Toyoo Gyohten
Doris Magsaysay Ho
Richard C. Holbrooke
K.S. (Sonny) Kalsi
Charles R. Kaye
Dow Kim
Chong-Moon Lee
Lee Hong-Koo
Leo Koguan
Arthur Liu
Vikram Malhotra
Harold McGraw III
Clare Tweedy McMorris
Victor J. Menezes
Hassan Nemazee
Harold J. Newman
Richard R. Plepler
Charles P. Rockefeller
John D. Rockefeller IV
Courtney S. Ross
David M. Rubenstein
Stephen A. Schwarzman
Donald W. Tang
John L. Thornton
John S. Wadsworth, Jr.
Lulu C. Wang
Harrison Young

Committee Chairs
Executive Committee
Richard C. Holbrooke
Vice-Chairmen of the Board
Ronnie C. Chan
Charles R. Kaye
Victor J. Menezes
John S. Wadsworth, Jr.
Nominating Committee
Clare Tweedy McMorris and Gina Lin Chu
Finance and Budget Committee
Charles R. Kaye
Investment Committee
Harold J. Newman
Development Committee
John S. Wadsworth, Jr. and Dow Kim
Audit Committee
Victor J. Menezes and Dinyar Devitre
Compensation Committee
John S. Wadsworth, Jr. and John H. Foster

Honorary Life Trustees
Peter A. Aron
Mary Griggs Burke
Osborn Elliott
Lisina M. Hoch
Roy M. Huffington
Pyong Hwoi Koo
Quo-Wei Lee
Sherman E. Lee
Winthrop R. Munyan
Cynthia Hazen Polsky
William Soeryadjaya
Washington SyCip
John C. Whitehead

Chairmen Emeriti
Roy M. Huffington
John C. Whitehead

Trustees Emeriti
Carol Gluck, Chair
Julia Chang Bloch
Tom Brokaw
Pei-Yuan Chia
Jerome A. Cohen
Chung Mong-Joon
Henry Cornell
David A. Coulter
Rohit M. Desai
Inger McCabe Elliott
Henrietta Holsman Fore
Patrick A. Gerschel
Robert F. Goheen
Carl J. Green
John H.J. Guth
G.F. Robert Hanke
Karen Elliott House
James B. Hunt, Jr.
Philip C. Jessup
Thomas S. Johnson
Peter R. Kann
Linda Yuen-Ching Lim
Stephen Long
Susan E. Lynch
Thomas E. McLain
Gita Mehta
Robert Miller
Hugh M. Morgan
Ruth Newman
Don Oberdorfer
Lucian W. Pye
Nafis Sadik
Robert A. Scalapino
Carl Spielvogel
Francis X. Stankard
Judith Ogden Thomson
Marvin S. Traub
Pote Videt
Amnuay Viravan
Frank A. Weil
Clifton R. Wharton, Jr.
Dolores Wharton
Alfonso T. Yuchengco

Presidents Emeriti
Robert B. Oxnam
Nicholas Platt
Phillips Talbot

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