California-Asia Business Council (Cal-Asia) began bestowing the New Silk Road Award at Asia Night in 2003, calling attention to distinguished business and government leaders who have made outstanding contributions to California-Asia business. In previous years, we have honored leaders and visionaries who have pioneered legal, technological, and financial infrastructure improvements or helped lead the way in philantrophy, innovation, entrepreneurship.
This year, The New Silk Road Award will be presented to the Honorable Richard C. Blum,Chairman and President of Richard C. Blum & Associates, Inc., the general partner of Blum Capital Partners, L.P., Honorary Consul of Nepal, founder of the American Himalayan Foundation, noted philanthropist, UC Regent (and former chairman), original funder of the Brookings Poverty and Global Economy Initiative and founder of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. The center was established in 2006 to serve as UC Berkeley's interdisciplinary hub for students, researchers, and scholars focusing on global poverty and inequality. There are now centers at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA and UC Merced.
We are delighted that Emmy and Gracie Award winner Cheryl Jennings will conduct an on-stage interview of Mr. Blum. Cheryl is weekday co-anchor of ABC7 News at 11:00 a.m. and at 5:00 p.m. Cheryl also files special assignment news reports and is the host of the Emmy Award winning community affairs program, Beyond the Headlines. Her work has taken her around the world to Mexico, Kosovo, Afghanistan, South Africa, Korea, Israel and the West Bank. She is the recipient of six Gracie awards from the prestigious Alliance for Women in Media and has been anchoring the 5pm news at ABC for 25 years. She is a graduate of City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University. She co-founded a program to remove landmines in war torn countries called the "Roots of Peace Children's Penny Campaign."
Wednesday December 3rd, 2014
at the Four Seasons Hotel
Nine reasons to attend Asia Night 2014:
Join us in honoring Richard C. Blum
Meet key diplomats & business leaders
Remarkable silent auction
Hosted cocktail reception
Exquisite Asia-Fusion dinner
Superb, informed speakers
Meet potential business partners
Support Cal-Asia's award-winning programs and activities!