Pal Selected for Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in Tokyo

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Asia Society has selected Houston -based entrepreneur, Jaspreet (Rick) Pal, to be one of the delegates for its upcoming Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in Tokyo.

Asia Society has selected Houston-based entrepreneur, Jaspreet (Rick) Pal, to be one of the delegates for its upcoming Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in Tokyo.

The summit is designed to bring together the most dynamic next generation leaders from the Asia-Pacific and the U.S. to explore creative ways to address the most critical issues facing the Asia-Pacific community today, develop common approaches to addressing these shared challenges, and cultivate the long-term relationships necessary for developing responses. Participants include leading figures from across the fields of business, politics, civil-society, media, arts and culture, and academia.

"I feel honored and am looking forward to the summit," said Pal. "I want to effect positive global change. I believe learning, sharing, and networking at Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit will be a part of my personal journey toward that goal."

Asia Society launched this program in 2006 with the first summit hosted in Seoul, South Korea. The 2007 summit, held in Singapore, assembled a larger number of participants who engaged in plenary and small group discussions on how to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth in the region, and later paired up on public service projects that encouraged collaboration across sectors and countries.

The theme for 2008 Summit that will be held in November is "Challenges Beyond Borders, Solutions Beyond Cultures". Participants like Pal will attend a variety of keynote speeches and breakout sessions in an effort to develop new ideas for building a stronger Asia-Pacific community. Following the meeting, delegates will continue to be engaged through a dedicated webspace, local Asia 21 chapters, a bi-monthly newsletter, and coordinated public service projects.

Pal is an award-winning serial entrepreneur. Currently he serves as CEO of AirGenerate, a company that has pioneered the development, production, and marketing of patented energy saving devices for liquid heating. They are headquartered in Houston, Texas with a manufacturing partner facility in Guangzhou, China. He is a board member of Texas Union Advisory Council, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, and Indo-American Forum of Fort Bend. He is the founder of Ek Disha and has created, 'Pal - Make a Difference" endowment at his alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin, to award an annual scholarship to students making a difference in their community.His recent accolades include Asian Chamber's Outstanding Entrepreneur, MLK Foundation's "Keeping the Dream Alive", and AABDC's Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award. AirGenerate is also a semi-finalist in the ongoing Forbes $100,000 "Boost Your Business" contest.

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