ASI Update: COVID-19

ASI Update: COVID-19

Dear Followers and Supporters of the Asia Scotland Institute,

In support of government policy to contain the spread of COVID-19, we are having to modify the way in which we present our speaker programmes. The Institute team is now working remotely away from our base at the ECCI. Over the coming two months we plan on filming and distributing via our website some presentations by speakers and create webinars, where possible. This was something that we were considering as a strategic next step in conjunction with physical meetings which are now suspended.

We will continue to work with partners, sponsors and students to identify inspirational and relevant speakers to provide valuable insight on Asia. We will make greater use of technology and the digital environment to provide this content to our membership in different ways as we all deal with Coronavirus. Indeed, we recognise some members were, as a result of the virus, discouraged from attending the fascinating talk given by Doctor Howard Dryden on how to address climate change, last night. Accordingly, we will provide a short video interview with Doctor Dryden and the detail of his talk on our website in the next few days. We also plan to employ greater use of digital resources to provide discerning online content from leading experts on Coronavirus and global pandemics very soon.

We continue to develop our 2020 event programme and we will aim to recommence our normal live events in Scotland as soon as possible. Clearly, in the current context it is not possible to calendar these events, but we have a commitment from a remarkable group of business leaders and Asian experts to come and talk to us.  The list below provides a brief preview of what you can expect in the future:

HE Ambassador An, Vietnamese Ambassador to UK – on Vietnam and its economy and its position within the ASEAN region;

Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund, bestselling author and social entrepreneur on impact investing and tackling poverty whilst assisting today’s leaders to navigate solutions;

Vice Admiral Sir Clive Johnstone, KBE, CBE, a previous Commander, Allied Maritime Command speaking on mercantile security and the importance of the sea lines of communication;

Suneel Bakhshi, President & CEO Mizuho International plc and honorary Chairman of the London Stock Exchange Advisory Committee on Mizuho, risk and contemporary economics;

Mark Tweedie, MD and Head of UK Corporate, Citigroup on his experiences of delivering financing, capital markets, foreign exchange and treasury & trade solutions to corporate, public sector and financial clients;

Sir Martin Sorrell, the founder of the world’s largest advertising and PR group, WPP and now executive chairman of S4, leaders in advanced marketing and advertising technologies.

In addition, we also anticipate talks from:  Lalage Snow, award winning freelance photojournalist, writer and filmmaker; Sir Richard Stagg, Chairman of Rothschild India; Ambassador Nicolas Burns, US Kennedy School of Government; and senior representatives from Boeing, Bloomberg, BT, Diageo and the Scottish Rugby Union.

There is also a new COVID-19 page on the Asia Scotland Institute website including reports and articles from our partner and supporters explaining impacts of the pandemic on business, economy, culture and society.

Though we have curtailed our activities, we remain committed to supporting and serving the well-being of our partners, sponsors, members and friends. Indeed, the ASI affirms the importance of community during these challenging times. We look forward to welcoming you in the future.

Doug Cook

Institute Director

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