On October 5–7, 2007, Euan Rellie, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Business Development Asia LLC (BDA), participated in the Asia Society’s Second Annual Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit – Moving Forward Together: Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in the Asia Pacific, at the Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore. Mr. Rellie was one of two hundred leaders under the age of forty, from thirty countries, selected from among nearly a thousand nominees. Mr. Rellie joined leaders from business, government, academia, media, civil society, and the arts to examine the role of values-based leadership and to find collaborative approaches for addressing Asia’s most pressing issues.
The three-day Summit included keynote addresses by S.R. Nathan, the President of the Republic of Singapore, and P. Sainath, the Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu and 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award winner, as well as the presentation of the Asia 21 Public Service Award to Odanadi Seva Samsthe, an organization working to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate trafficked and sexually exploited women in India.
Mr. Rellie’s selection marked his second year as a delegate. “This recognizes BDA as a leading cross-border investment banking advisor, representing both multinationals as they globalize, and also emerging Asian companies with international ambitions. BDA is unique among boutique advisors: we employ best-of-breed investment bankers, with business, language, and industry expertise, from 20 countries around the world”, said Rellie
“The Asia 21 young leaders meeting in Singapore this week represents the future of the Asia-Pacific community,” said Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl, who is spearheading the Asia 21 initiative. “These are the leaders who will need to know each other, share ideas, and learn to work together to make this Asia-Pacific century as peaceful and prosperous as it can be. We at the Asia Society are proud to be working with our many partners around the region to help strengthen the connective web that ties the Asia-Pacific region together through the Asia 21 program.”
Business Development Asia LLC was founded in 1996. BDA assists multinational corporate and financial clients to identify and execute acquisitions, divestments, JVs, restructuring and capital raising, in Asia and internationally. The company is headquartered in New York with offices in London, Bahrain, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo. BDA employs 55 full-time professional staff across its eight offices, supplemented by a team of senior advisors around the world. BDA’s client list includes Air Products, Cadbury Schweppes, Celestica, DIC, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Ecolab, Godrej, Great Lakes, Hanjin Shipping, Hercules, Huntsman, Inabata, Johnson Controls, Kimberly-Clark, Lear, Lubrizol, Mars, Molex, Morgan Stanley, Nalco, Parker Hannifin, Reuters, Rohm & Haas, Ryder, Siemens, SigmaKalon, Sumitomo Chemical, TATA Auto Components, Tenneco, Tredegar, Visteon, WR Grace, and the British Government.
Further information on BDA is available at www.bdapartners.com.
The Asia Society is the leading global organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. The Society seeks to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts and culture. Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, DC. For more information, contact the Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021.
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More information about the Asia 21 Initiative can be found at www.asiasociety.org/asia21/.