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Brigadier David Allfrey

Asia Scotland Institute is delighted to welcome on board Brigadier David Allfrey MBE, the latest distinguished member of our International Advisory Council. Brig Allfrey is chief executive and producer of the renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an iconic symbol of Scotland recognised around the world.  Performers from more than 46 countries have taken part in the…

Business in the Asian Century Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton, global managing director of McKinsey & Co, shares insights and advice on how to get ahead in the Asian Century Business people don’t come much more successful or distinguished than Dominic Barton. A former Rhodes scholar, for two decades he has been a major player with McKinsey & Co, the world’s best known…

Unlocking the potential of China

Courage, empathy and resilience are the key to doing business in China, says consultant and Asia Scotland Institute Fellow David Clive Price Shanghai skyline (photo: Pete Stewart) We all know the success story that is China. It’s the world’s second largest economy. It has cash reserves of US $3.75 trillion. It is the world’s biggest…

Middleland, our lost realm

A great kingdom spanning England and Scotland died when the border went up, says Rory Stewart MP, a member of the Asia Scotland Institute’s International Advisory Council  Hadrian’s Wall The ideas of “England” and “Scotland” are immensely powerful in the year of the referendum. Perhaps this is why it took me so long to understand that…

The Crises in Syria and Ukraine

Syria and Ukraine are the two most acute international crises the UK has faced in years – and they are linked, senior diplomat Jon Wilks tells the Asia Scotland Institute Bombed out vehicles in Aleppo, Syria   Jon Wilks must have seen it all during 25 years as a British diplomat. He’s had spells working…

Sri Lankan renaissance

Scots can play an important part in Sri Lanka’s “renaissance” after decades of terrorism and conflict, the country’s High Commissioner to the UK has told the Asia Scotland Institute.Speaking at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Dr Chris Nonis said Sri Lanka offered opportunities to emulate “those intrepid industrialist Scotsmen who pioneered what is today one…

Philippine economic resurgence ambassador enrique a manalo

The Philippines’ remarkable economic resurgence continues apace – even last year’s devastating typhoon hasn’t held the country back, says Ambassador Enrique A Manalo There has never been a better time to do business with the Philippines, Ambassador Enrique A Manalo told an Asia Scotland Institute audience in Edinburgh. Mr Manalo said that despite the devastation wrought…

Xavier Rolet

Scottish companies looking to expand in growing markets such as Asia should rely on investors not banks to raise funds to grow, says London Stock Exchange boss Xavier Rolet The future’s bright for Scottish entrepreneurs and small business owners hoping to expand in booming markets such as Asia – and the key to success is…

Global Uncertainty, the middle east, the west and beyond Marco Vicenzino

Distinguished global affairs analyst and ASI International Advisory Council board member Marco Vincenzino discusses how upheavals in the Middle East are providing lessons for us all. “A tour de force” was how our chairman Roddy Gow described Marco Vincenzino’s presentation to the Asia Scotland Institute in Edinburgh. And with good reason. Mr Vincenzino, director of…