Asia Business Council

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Asia Business Council
Non-Profit Organization
Founded2002; Hong Kong
HeadquartersHong Kong
Key people
Mark Clifford

The Asia Business Council was established in Hong Kong in 2002. It was founded by its first executive director Ruth Shapiro, and founding chairman, Ronnie Chan. They worked with prominent business leaders to create an organization that focuses on sustainable economic growth in Asia.

The council is an independent organization of top executives, typically from leading Asian companies or multinational corporations with significant Asian operations. The council's goal is to provide a setting for members to think about how the private sector can contribute to Asia's continued economic development and competitiveness. The council is funded by its members and has no government affiliation. The council is a membership organization limited to 75 CEOs and chairmen with operations in Asia.

The council's current chairman is Nobuyoshi John Ehara, who is a partner at Unison Capital. The council's current vice-chairman is Lim Boon Heng, who is chairman of Temasek Holdings. Mark Clifford is the council's executive director.[1]


The Asia Business Council was formed by a group of prominent business people and is the first pan-Asian CEO organization. The mission of The Asia Business Council is to:
• Foster dialogue and understanding among Asian and international business leaders
• Improve the efficacy of the private sector in promoting continued economic growth and development in the region
• Be a collective voice to influence other corporations, governments, multilateral organizations and members of civil society[2]


The council conducts research on specific issues that are important to Asia's future, including green jobs, climate change, corporate social responsibility, the food and agriculture sector in Asia, energy efficiency, innovation within Asian firms, and intellectual property rights.

In 2017, the council’s research focused on decarbonizing the ASEAN region. In 2016, it published briefings on women in the Asian and Gulf workforces as well as on smart cities and urban innovation in Asia. In 2015, the focus of research was on the globalization of China’s digital economy. In 2014, a briefing discussed measures of well-being beyond GDP growth in Asia. In 2013, the council published a briefing on future jobs in developing Asia. In 2012, the council discussed ASEAN as an emerging global player in a research briefing. In 2011, the council published a research briefing on the economic transformation of the Greater Pearl River Delta. In 2010, the council's research included containing pandemics and epidemics in Asia and solutions for Asia’s cities. In 2009, the council's research focused on green jobs and innovation. In 2008, the council's research focused on corporate social responsibility and the food and agriculture sector in Asia.

In 2015, executive director Mark L. Clifford authored The Greening of Asia: The Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at how companies in Asia are building businesses that will lessen the environmental impact of Asia’s extraordinary growth. In 2011, the council published Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation, which draws excerpts from selected essays from over 400 entries submitted by young Asians to Asia’s Challenge 2020 contest organized by the council, Time, and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. The book offers insights into the minds of young Asians, including their worries and ideas for solving Asia’s many challenges. In 2007, it published Building Energy Efficiency: Why Green Buildings Are Key to Asia's Future, which looks at how large energy savings can be achieved in Asia through better building design and operation, highlighting what business and governments are doing now as well as what should be done to realize both economic and environmental benefits.[3] The book was translated into Chinese in 2008.[4]


  1. ^ "Asia Business Council Announces New Leadership Team" (Press release). Asia Business Council. 19 March 2007. Archived from the original on 7 October 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2007.
  2. ^ Mission Statement, Asia Business Council
  3. ^ Business Environment Council Archived 2009-01-07 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Research, Asia Business Council

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