Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
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|-||Deputy Executive Director||Karsten WARNECKE|
The Asia–Europe Foundation (ASEF) is an international non-profit organization based in Singapore established in 1997 by the countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Its purpose is to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the people of Asia and Europe through intellectual, cultural, and people-to-people exchanges.
In its first 15 years, ASEF has organised over 600 thematic-based projects in Asia and Europe in the form of conferences, workshops, seminars, lecture tours and online platforms. It has brought together around 17,000 direct participants and is reaching out to an even wider audience in both regions.
In March 1996, the leaders of 25 Asian and European countries, together with the European Commission, met in Bangkok, Thailand, for the first Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)summit. At this inaugural meeting, they agreed on the establishment of ASEF in 1997 as a central institution of ASEM's social, cultural and educational pillar. One of the main tasks of ASEF was to become an interface between civil society groups and governments by facilitating interactions among people from diverse fields and transmit the resulting outputs as recommendations to policy-makers.
By nature, ASEF is different from other international organisations, as it works with both ASEM governments and civil society. It works on creating sustainable networks, injects civil society inputs into the ASEM process, and enhances ASEM visibility. This unique attribute allows ASEF's activities to generate ideas and solutions that would not normally emerge from purely inter-governmental or civil society processes.
To date, ASEF is the only permanent established of the ASEM process.
ASEF focuses on the following key thematic areas: Culture, education, sustainable development, public health, economics, and governance.
ASEF reports to a Board of Governors whose members are appointed by the 51 ASEM members and who meet twice a year. At its permanent office in Singapore, ASEF is composed of an Executive Office, a Finance & Administrative Department, and the following four programme departments:
Political & Economic Department
Its activities contribute to policy debate and strategic thinking by providing a common platform for discussion on the areas of sustainable development and environment, economics, governance, and public health.
It provides young cultural professionals and artists in Asia and Europe with an environment for dialogue, evolving into positive artistic interventions, dynamic cultural networks and cultural policy development in and between the two regions. Its activities include the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS) and the culture360.org web portal .
It seeks to strengthen youth networks, in particular among the next generation of leaders. Activities cover two main areas: educational exchanges, and cooperation and dialogues between youth and their organisations.
It provides publicity and press support for ASEF's activities and seeks to raise public awareness of issues pertaining to Asia-Europe relations through media activities, the use of the Internet (ASEF web  plus the ASEM Infoboard ) and the publication of newsletters.
ASEF is funded by voluntary contributions from its members' governments and the European Commission and shares the financing of its projects with its civil society partners across Asia and Europe.
|1997–2000||Tommy Koh||2000–2004||Delfín Colomé||2004–2008||Wonil Cho||2008–2011||Dominique Girard||2011–2012||Michel Filhol||2012–2016||Zhang Yan|
- Asia-Europe Foundation - What We Do
- ASEM InfoBoard - About ASEM http://www.aseminfoboard.org/working-method.html
- Asia-Europe Foundation - History http://www.asef.org/index.php/about/history
- Asia-Europe Foundation - Organisation http://www.asef.org/index.php/about/organisation
- Asia-Europe Foundation - Intellectual Exchange http://www.asef.org/index.php/about/organisation/intellectual-exchange
- Asia-Europe Foundation - Cultural Exchange http://www.asef.org/index.php/about/organisation/cultural-exchange
- Asia-Europe Foundation - People to People Exchange http://www.asef.org/index.php/about/organisation/people-to-people-exchange
- Asia-Europe Foundation - Public Affairs http://www.asef.org/index.php/about/organisation/public-affairs