December 29, 2016 1:20 pm JST
Agents of Change 2017

Meet the people who are shaking up Asia

Business people, innovators, educators and artists to shape new era

2017 promises to usher in more big changes. In addition to the disruptive politics of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and firebrand Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, businesspeople, innovators, educators and artists are ditching the status quo and influencing the trajectory of not only Asia but the broader world. Here are the ones we think you should meet.

Jean Liu, driving the ride-hailing phenomenon

Former investment banker is at the heart of the huge success of 'Team Didi'

 

Makoto Shinkai leads next wave of anime filmmakers

'Your Name' director could change the face of the anime industry

 

Sequoia China chief is Asia's 'king of alpha'

Venture capitalist Neil Shen wins big with mainland investment strategies

 

Fostering Myanmar's 'connectivity revolution'

Australian visionary David Madden pioneers 'creation space' to harness tech for social impact

 

Wang Shu -- Shaping cities and villages of the future

Acclaimed architect seeks an alternative to gigantic, soulless high-rises

 

Paytm founder helps Indians go cashless

Vijay Shekhar Sharma shakes up the country's digital financial future

 

Gigi Chao leads diversity debate in Asian business

Hong Kong property heir hopes to change attitudes in Asia

 

The king's daughter with a popular touch

Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol looks set to play a big role in Thailand's royal family

 

Snow's shy CEO reshapes the way young Asians communicate

Kim Chang-wook's relentless innovation drives exploding popularity of image-sharing app

 

James Chen, Philanthropist: Chasing the 'vision thing'

Tapping Asian entrepreneurs' growing interest in finding ways to give back

 

Asia's first female soccer coach shows boys how to win

History-making young trainer is happy to inspire other females in the sport

 

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