Unique perspectives from leading global figures


In response to overcoming the COVID-19 crisis, the Asia Scotland Institute have been hosting a range of open (free) webinars for professionals and students on a variety of contemporary Pan-Asia issues. Couldn't join us during a live webinar? Re-watch our most recent webainrs and live events below.

A Focus on Contemporary Architecture as a Symbol for Optimism

A panel of experts discuss the unique project of Zaha Hadid’s monumental, award-winning Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Baku, Azerbaijan as well as other outstanding examples of architecture in Central Asia and how this relates to the history of the region.

Suneel Bakhshi - Leadership and Building a Performance Culture

We are delighted to announce a webinar with Suneel Bakhshi, President & CEO of Mizuho International plc. to discuss 'leadership and building a performance culture'.

Martin Gilbert, Chairman Aberdeen Standard Investments

The Institute is delighted to present a podcast with Martin Gilbert FRSE, Chairman of Aberdeen Standard Investments, the asset management business of Standard Life Aberdeen , taken from a webinar that took place on 8th September in which Martin answers questions about leading a global company in turbulent times.

China and its Challenge in the Eastern Mediterranean

 China's increasing activity in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean as part of its Belt and Road strategy poses potential threats. What should be done to address these challenges and concerns? Are China's actions benevolent or not? 

A Focus on Contemporary Architecture as a Symbol for Optimism

We are proud to host a lively discussion on Zaha Hadid’s monumental, award-winning Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. Internationally practising, award-winning architect, Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu joins us with a panel of experts including Madeleine Kessler,  Kohelika Kohli and Sunita Kohli.

Stephen Bird, CEO of Standard Life Aberdeen

Stephen covers a broad range of topics with a focus on Asia, not least his assessment of the contemporary global situation and the implications for markets and investments, the importance of understanding the Asia markets, leading and leadership of a global company and the opportunities for Scots to succeed in this context.

Ambassador  Ümit Yalçın - Turkish Foreign Policy in a Changing World

We are delighted to be working in collaboration with the Defence & Security Forum to host a joint webinar with Ambassador Ümit Yalçın to discuss Turkish foreign policy in a changing world.

Jenny Gu - President, ACCA & CEO, Richemont China

Jenny Gu is President of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - ACCA, an organisation that represents more than 227,000 qualified members and 544,000 future members worldwide. Additionally, Jenny is the CEO at Richemont China, responsible for overall operational leadership and strategy.

Carne Ross: Elections in the West and the need for 'gentle anarchism'

Carne Ross, founder of Independent Diplomat, talks about the recent election in the West, popular movements effecting change in the world and the need for 'gentle anarchism'.

Success in Business, British-Pakistan Relations & Future Opportunities

Asif Rangoonwala, Aneel Mussarat, Amjad Pervez & Dr Suhail Chughtai discuss British Pakistani Relations and Opportunities for the Future. This webinar exposes the experience of these three highly successful British businessmen in an attempt to learn more about British-Pakistan relations, succeeding as a British-Pakistani in Britain and learning about future opportunities for UK/Pakistan trade.

The Honourable Kevin Rudd and Lord Robertson

We are delighted to publish the webinar with the Honourable Kevin Rudd AC, Former Prime Minister of Australia and now among other appointments, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen is in conversation with Kevin on a variety of  contemporary topics affecting Australia, the United States, Europe and Asia.

Ambassador Nicholas Burns

Ambassador Burns shares his extensive experience of foreign service, international relations, diplomacy and security across a wide range of contemporary global issues.

Lalage Snow - A Journey Through Conflict In Search Of Calm

An award-winning freelance journalist, writer, photographer and film-maker, Lalage has covered war and unrest in the Middle East since 2007. Lalage shares with us her surprising, tragic and beautiful journey through the darkest places of the modern world, revealing the ways people make time for nature even in the middle of destruction.

David Miliband & the International Rescue Committee Webinar

A distinguished panel of the International Rescue Committee join the Institute to explain the Committee’s work in Asia promoting Survival, Protection, Recovery & Renewal - with a recorded message from David Miliband, President & CEO of the IRC

Rana Mitter - China's Good War: How WWII is Shaping a New Nationalism

Chinese leaders once tried to suppress memories of their nation’s brutal experience during World War II. Now they celebrate the “victory”—a key foundation of China’s rising nationalism.

The Asia Scotland Institute has invited Rana Mitter, a British historian and political scientist who specialises in the history of republican China, to talk about his new book 'China's Good War'.

Gordon Dewar, CEO Edinburgh Airport

Institute Chairman, Roddy Gow and Jenna Donaldson, from Qatar Airways puts questions to Gordon Dewar to discover challenges of running an international airport and the added complexities of dealing with COVID 19 within the context of a fast-changing aviation industry.

Martin Gilbert FRSE, Chairman Aberdeen Standard Investments

Martin Gilbert answers questions about leading a global company in turbulent times as the Chairman of Aberdeen Standard Investments, the asset management business of Standard Life Aberdeen

Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever

Alan Jope, CEO Unilever discusses the achievements of Unilever, its sustainable development and its growth into Asia.

Professor Peter Mathieson - Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh

Professor Peter Mathieson speaks to the Institute about a broad range of contemporary issues impacting on Edinburgh University and higher education, including the impact of COVID 19.

Quo Vadis for the UK Economy

Quo Vadis for the UK economy?  This webinar addresses the future for the UK economy post COVID, post BREXIT as the UK aspires to create new bilateral trade deals and the implications for our relationships with America and Asia. To discuss this issue we were joined by a distinguished panel of economists: Bridget Rosewell, Gerard Lyons & Patrick Minford

The Syncretic Culture of India’s Monumental Architectural Heritage

As part of our arts & culture programme, this webinar discusses the conservation of heritage townscapes in India with Institute Board Member, Lord Charles Bruce DL and Sunita Kohli a world-leading expert in historical architectural restoration.  

The Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen in conversation with the Institute Chairman

The Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT, GCMG, HonFRSE, PC speaks to Roddy Gow, Institute Chairman, about contemporary Defence & Security matters. 

Bridging the Gap on differing transatlantic perceptions to address unwanted Chinese assertiveness.

The world is confronting unique changes in relations among the United States, Europe, and China, which have been further exacerbated by COVID-19. With an acclaimed panel of experts, this webinar considers differing transatlantic perceptions to determine what should be done to achieve greater consensus to deliver a more effective response to unwanted Chinese assertiveness.

Tom Nagorski, Asia Society’s, Executive Vice President 

Tom Nagorski talks to the Institute about the work and activities of his organisation, the Asia Society. The Asia Scotland Institute has modelled itself around Asia Society in its efforts to create stronger awareness and partnerships between Scotland and Asia.   

Indonesia Webinar - Part 1 & 2

In conjunction with the Indonesian Embassy in London, Asia Scotland Institute discuss the highlights and the achievements of and the opportunities in Indonesia. 

What are we to understand from the recent violent clashes on the India/China border

In association with the Defence & Security Forum the Asia Scotland Institute presents this this webinar on India/China relations. The growing friction between China and India has become apparent with Chinese and Indian troops facing off at multiple points on the remote, disputed border between the two nations. This webinar will carefully consider these recent events on the India-China border and the underlying motivations of the two countries to assess the implications for the region.

The ASI interviews Megan Gaffney, International Rugby Player

The Asia Scotland Institute talks to Scotland International rugby player, Megan Gaffney.  Megan hails from North Berwick, she has played for Scotland at under-18, Scotland Women A, Scotland under-20, Scotland Women and Scotland Women 7's.  Megan talks about her involvement in Scottish rugby, the impact of coronavirus on her training and her work with the charity School of Hard Knocks which is doing sterling work across the UK.

Vietnam's management of COVID-19, it's economy & opportunities post COVID

The Asia Scotland Institute is delighted to present this webinar with HE Ambassador Tran Ngoc An, Vietnam's Ambassador to the UK and a distinguished, panel of experts talking about Vietnam's management of COVID 19, it's economy post pandemic, the country's position in Asia and its relations with its neighbours and the opportunities for bilateral trade and investment.