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Michelin-starred Chef Vikas Khanna named 2020 Asia Game Changer

New York: Indian Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna has been named one of the six 2020 Asia Game Changers announced by the Asia Society Sept. 14, champions who were chosen for their responses to the year’s twin traumas of COVID-19 and racially-motivated violence. The others were entertainment impresario Miky Lee; Naomi Osaka, Japanese-Haitian tennis champion; global superstars BTS; philanthropists Joe and Clara Tsai; and Yo-Yo Ma.

In partnership with Citi, Asia Society annually honors game-changing leaders from a broad geographic range and varied backgrounds; this year’s honorees have saved lives, changed lives, and lifted spirits all across the globe, the Asia Society said in a press release.

“In this time of profound global challenge, our 2020 Game Changers shine a beacon of love and courage across our divided globe,” said Asia Society president and CEO Josette Sheeran. “They have met the moment, and they have inspired the world. We are honored to bring them to our signature global event.”

Khanna was chosen for mounting a massive campaign during the pandemic to feed tens of millions of people in his native India, noted the release. 

The Feed India Campaign launched by chef Vikas Khanna, which started five months ago, aims at providing meals and essential goods to daily wagers and those struggling for livelihood across various parts of the country. Hundreds of food trucks were sent out on roads carrying dry goods, covering thousands of kilometers to provide help.

The Asia Game Changer Awards Dinner and Celebration will be a global and virtual gathering, anchored from Asia Society headquarters in New York, with Game Changers and presenters joining from all across the globe on Oct. 22, 2020.

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