Private Reception with Asia Society President Josette Sheeran
The dinner is generously hosted by Pheroza Godrej, Member, Asia Society India Centre Board of Directors, Founder, Cymroza Art Gallery and Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman & Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce, Global Trustee, Asia Society India Centre.
Josette Sheeran previously served as Vice Chairperson of the World Economic Forum and Executive Director of the World Food Programme. She has held senior positions in the U.S. government, and in those positions she conducted high-level diplomacy with virtually every nation in Asia. As U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs, she led new State Department initiatives which supported economic transformation and reconstruction in Afghanistan and Central Asia and with APEC and ASEAN. Earlier she served for five years as deputy U.S. trade representative, conducting negotiations across Asia, including with China, Australia, Singapore, India, Korea, and Japan. In 2011, Forbes named Sheeran the world's 30th most powerful woman, and Sheeran's TED Talk on ending world hunger has been viewed more than one million times. She was awarded Japan's Nigata International Food Award; named Commandeur de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the government of France; and received Brazil's highest civilian award, the Grand Official Order of the 'Rio Branco,' from President Lula Da Silva. Sheeran was also honored by the Huffington Post with its "Game Changer" award in 2011.