Mike Klowden, CEO of the Milken Institute, today announced the appointment of former U.S. Ambassador Curtis S. Chin '90, a business executive and public policy thought leader, as its first Asia Center Fellow. The appointment underscores the Institute's belief in the critical importance of Asia and the Pacific to the world economy and to the role that the region will play in shaping solutions that cross borders.
Chin, who has served as U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank and as a member of the U.S. Treasury international affairs team under U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, joins two respected international leaders -- ambassador Chan Heng Wing, chairman, and Laura Deal Lacey, managing director -- in shaping the direction and programs of the Milken Institute's Singapore-based Asia Center.
Established in 2012, the Milken Institute's Asia Center brings leaders from the worlds of finance, business, government and academia together, focusing on finding actionable solutions to crucial challenges while advancing cutting-edge economic and financial research. The Asia Center's first-ever Asia Summit will be held September 18 - 19th in Singapore.
"We are delighted that Curtis has joined our growing global team," said Klowden. "Curtis's experience across the public, private and non-profit sectors in Asia, the United States and emerging markets brings a new dimension to our dynamic Asia Center."
Chin served in four U.S. presidential administrations and while with public affairs firm Burson-Marsteller advised businesses, governments and philanthropic organizations on a range of strategic and operational issues. While on the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank, the region's largest international financial institution focused on poverty reduction, Chin played a key role in pushing for needed internal reform.
"I am proud to be a part of an institution that challenges us to think differently and dares us each to make a difference," Chin said. "From actions out of the Milken Institute's landmark annual Global Conference, to its ongoing work in such areas as economic development, philanthropy, infrastructure and job creation, the Milken Institute is addressing some of the world's most pressing issues."
Chin is also is a board member of humanitarian organizations CFSI Community & Family Services International of Manila, and World Education Services of New York. His commentary on such topics as corporate responsibility, economic development and public-private partnerships appears regularly in print, electronic and social media in the United States and Asia.