Three Filipinos named among Asia Society’s 21 rising young leaders

Three Filipinos named among Asia Society’s 21 rising young leaders

/ 11:25 PM September 05, 2018

NEW YORK — Three young Filipinos have been named among Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Class of 2018 and will join other accomplished professionals from the Asia Pacific region for the 13th Annual Young Leaders Summit in Manila.

Jam Acuzar is founder and director of Bellas Artes Projects, a non-profit arts foundation based in the Philippines. She develops and oversees the foundation’s artist residency program, community projects, and exhibitions in Manila and Bataan.


Jam Acuzar of Bellas Artes Projects

Acuzar also leads Bellas Artes Outpost, a non-collecting, non-commercial exhibition space opened in 2016 that invites the public to engage with art, architecture, and other creative fields through its programming and art library.
“Leadership to me means being able to communicate a vision, empowering those on your team, being able to pass along your knowledge, and learning from those that work in your organization,” Acuzar says in a press statement.

Xyza Cruz Bacani is a Filipina photographer based in Hong Kong who uses her work to raise awareness about under-reported stories. Having worked as a second-generation domestic worker in Hong Kong for almost a decade, she is particularly interested in the intersection of labor migration and human rights. She is one of the BBC’s 100 Women of the World 2015, 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2016, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2016, and a Fujifilm Ambassador.


Xyza Cruz Bacani

“Leadership is doing what is right, even when there is no one looking. Leadership encourages us to dream, to maximize our potential, and to prove that all dreams are valid,” says Bacani.

Paul V. Rivera is the CEO and co-founder of Kalibrr, a fast-growing recruitment technology startup that works with region’s top 1,000 employers. Kalibrr is devoted to solving the problem of recruitment and underemployment in the region. Prior to Kalibrr, he was the co-founder and president of Open Access, a technology-focused BPO in Makati, which he co-founded and grew to over 1,000 employees in the five years he was running the business.

“Leadership means accomplishing a collective mission that is bigger than one’s self, and that requires buy-in, sacrifice, and investment from everyone involved. Leadership is getting the group to accomplish that goal even if we all don’t get what we want and even if we don’t all agree,” Rivera notes.

Paul V. Rivera of Kalibrr

The 2018 Class of Asia 21 Young Leaders adds to a network of more than 900 influential professionals under the age of 40 from 40 nations who represent he new generation of leaders in government, business, arts, media, and the nonprofit sector.

These young change-makers are already reshaping the most dynamic region on earth,” said Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran.

Asia 21 alumni include Foreign Policy managing editor Ravi Agrawal; Siam Commercial Bank Executive Vice President Sutapa Amornvivat; One Earth Designs co-founder and CEO Catlin Powers; former captain of the Pakistan national women’s cricket team Sana Mir; former Singaporean MP and founder of Social Innovation Park. Ltd. Penny Low; former Philippines Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Moby Group Chairman Saad Mohseni; Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy; Rockefeller Foundation President Rajiv Shah; Bank of America Merrill Lynch Head of Global Equities Distribution Soofian Zuberi; and former Deputy Governor of Jakarta Sandiaga Uno.

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