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Gerard Lyons - British economist

As former economic advisor to the Mayor of London and to the Board of Standard Chartered, Gerard Lyons is an expert on the world economy, global financial markets and on economic and regulatory policy, with immense expertise on international banking and investment.

Gerard spoke at the Asia Scotland Institute in November 2016, delivering a talk in Edinburgh and Glasgow, providing greater insight to people in Scotland of the opportunities and threats of Chinese investment.

Shaukat Aziz - former Prime Minister of Pakistan and Executive Vice President of Citibank

In this wide ranging interview for Asia Scotland Institute Shaukat talks about why he first joined Citibank, how he then moved into Politics and reformed Pakistan’s economy, and explains the personal beliefs that allowed him to achieve all this.

Anson Chan GCMG, CBE, GBM, JP - One Country, Two Systems

As the subject of separation bears on the minds of people throughout Britain, the Asia Scotland Institute is proud to present one of Asia’s most remarkable leaders, and unwitting role-model for gender equality, Anson Chan. In an evening talk, Chan will describe her instrumental involvement in supporting Hong Kong’s transition from British to Chinese ownership, and the resulting economic and cultural impacts.

Orville Schell: "Rising China, Trump & Brexit"

Currently the Arthur Ross Director of the Centre on U.S. – China Relations at the Asia Society in New York, Orville Schell is a world renowned expert on China.

Dr Tawfik Hamid: “Can Radical Islam be Defeated?”

Radical Islam is a defining theme of the 21st century as Islamic State attempt to expand their self-proclaimed Caliphate and spread Sharia law throughout the World. Current Western policy has misguidedly concentrated on a military reaction, leading to disastrous failed interventions around the Middle East displacing millions of people.

Keith Win and Peter Popham: “Burma: Asset or Liability?”

Myanmar’s rapid transition from military dictatorship to fledgling democracy has created huge potential for mutually beneficial investment opportunities.

In a unique event at Asia Scotland Institute we brought together Keith Win, CEO of Myanmar-Britain Business Association and Founder of Chinthe Capital Advisors Limited, with Peter Popham, the author of The Lady and The Generals, the acclaimed biography of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. This interview was conducted by Stewart Langdon of LeapFrog Investments.

Alexander Downer AC: "The Australian Challenge: Commerce and the changing Asian order"

As Australia’s longest serving Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer AC has extensive knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region. Here at the New Club, Edinburgh, he discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by Asia’s changing political landscape.

Sir John Holmes: "Asia's Humanitarian Crisis"

Mass migration is a huge politicial and humanitarian issue as escalating conflicts force more and more refugees to flee to Western countries. Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitairian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Sir John Holmes shares his insights and experience of this situation, and offers some cautionary advice for the future.

Lord Green: "Is China in Economic Chaos?"

Former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Green discusses the long-term future of China’s economy.

Sir Tony Brenton: "Russia as an Asian Power"

Russia has a huge influence in Asia. Former British Ambassador to Russia Sir Tony Brenton KCMG discusses the Russian political agenda in the region, and his opinion about fighting with them in Syria.