The Asia Society is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to furthering the understanding of the countries and cultures of Asia and the global issues that impact the region. 

Founded in 1956 by John D Rockefeller III in New York, today the Asia Society is an international organisation  with centres in the United States and Asia.

The Asia Society seeks to increase knowledge and enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression and generate new ideas across the fields of arts and culture.
The centres in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney and Washington DC deliver a global network across the United States and Asia with unparalleled access to influential business, policy and cultural leaders in Asia and an extensive network of members.

Wells Haslem has been working with the Asia Society and its Australian Chairman, The Hon Warwick Smith, to help further this dialogue in Australia.

Late last year the Asia Society Australia hosted the Prime Ministers of Singapore, H. E. Mr Lee Hsien Loong and the President of the Republic of the Philippines, H. E. Beniogno Simeon C Aquino III.

Mr Smith said that Asian leaders had a strong and enduring relationship with Australia and the role of the Asia Society here was to help promote and prolong that understanding.

“We will engage further with Asia in the coming months and years and Australia should take its role in Asia seriously,” Mr Smith said. 

“The Asia Society here in Australia will host more functions with leading Asian figures this year and we welcome all Australian business to be involved and engaged,” Mr Smith said.