Asia Society announced its 2015 Asia Game Changer awards on September 16 in New York City, encouraging them to make a transformative and positive difference in the future of Asia and the world.
Lei Jun, Founder and CEO of smartphone maker Xiaomi, was announced as one of the eight awardees this year for changing the methods of communication in China and beyond. Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, a humanitarian, world-famous boxing champion, and member of the Philippines House of Representatives, was honored as the 2015 Asia Game Changer of the Year for using his sport and his celebrity status for good.
This year's honorees were selected through a global survey of more than 1,000 thought leaders. Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, was selected as an Asia Game Changer of the Year in 2014.
"The Asia Game Changer Awards address the lack of recognition for Asians who are transforming ideas into action and improving lives," said Asia Society President Josette Sheeran. "This year's honorees could not be more different from one another," he explained, "What they share in common is that they all fight for a better today and inspire the world to do things differently."
Lei is known as the "Steve Jobs of China." Today, Lei and his homegrown smartphone business are already outselling Apple in China. At the age of 28, Lei became CEO of Beijing-based software company Kingsoft Corp. Two years later, he co-founded the electronics company Xiaomi. The company's smartphone business took off in the world's emerging markets. Currently, Xiaomi has become China's leading smartphone vendor and the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer, behind only Samsung and Apple. Lei's company is considered one of the most valuable startups in the world.
Founded in 1956, Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.
(Reporting from New York City )