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Third Floor, Aldwych House
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

Phone: +44 (0)20 7849 4909
Email: asiaforum@lse.ac.uk 





The sessions will be led by LSE academics, each session will comprise of a respondent and a chair, both who will be of the highest calibre and experience in the session topic, to create a unique level of intellectual interaction and discussion at the most senior level. 

Dr Henk Bekedam

Henk BekedamDr Henk Bekedam is WHO Director Health Sector Development, Western Pacific Regional Office, Manila  

Henk Bekedam has been the Director of Health Sector Development (DHS) for the Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) since August 2007. He is a Dutch national and a medical doctor by training. He acquired his Masters of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1996.

Dr Bekedam and the DHS team provide support to 37 countries and areas in health systems development and primary health care. In cooperation with development partners WHO is facilitating the establishment of the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. Early observatory work includes policy brief and systematic analysis of country health systems.

Dr Bekedam was the WHO Representative in China from 2002 to 2007. He and the WHO team were instrumental in supporting China in successfully containing SARS in 2003. WHO was also involved in a wide range of other public health issues including avian influenza, food safety, environmental health, AIDS, tuberculosis, tobacco control and the increasing incidence of chronic diseases in the world's largest population. 

Dr Bekedam also advised China on health sector reform, overcoming the challenges of inaccessibility, poor quality of services and rising costs. In November 2008, he was selected as one of the 15 most influential foreign experts who contributed to China's development over the past three decades.

In 1996, Dr Bekedam joined WHO as a team leader for health sector reform in Cambodia.  Before his work with WHO, Dr Bekedam spent more than seven years in Africa, where he worked in a Zambian district hospital and headed the regional health office in Malawi, covering half of the population and 1 million Mozambican refugees.

Howard Davies

Howard Davies

Howard Davies is Director of the London School of Economics, a post he took up in September 2003.

From 1997-2003 he was Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, the single regulator for the UK financial sector, which was created under his leadership from nine separate regulatory agencies.From 1995-1997 he was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. Before that, from 1992-95 he was Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry and, from 1987-92, Controller of the Audit Commission. He was also, for six years, a director of GKN plc and a member of the International Advisory Board of Natwest.

He is a Trustee of the Tate, a member of the governing body of the Royal Academy of Music; Patron of Working Families; and in 2004 was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at Merton College. Since 2003 he has been a member of the International Advisory councils of the China Banking Regulatory Commission and the China Securities Regulatory Commission. In 2004 he joined the board of Morgan Stanley as a non-executive director, and in 2006 joined the Board of Paternoster plc, a new insurance company. In 2009 he became an advisor to the Government Investment Corporation of Singapore.

In 2006 he edited and introduced The Chancellors' Tales (Polity Press) a book on British economic policy from 1975 to 2000. In 2007 he chaired the judges for the Man Booker Prize for fiction. In 2008 he jointly authored Global Financial Regulation: The Essential Guide (Polity Press). A new book by Davies and Green on Central Banks and the crisis will be published in 2010 by Princeton University Press.

Professor Julian Le Grand

Julian Le Grande

An economist by training, Julian Le Grand has been the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics since 1993. From 2003 to 2005 he was seconded full-time to No 10 Downing St as Senior Policy Adviser to the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair. 

He has also acted as an adviser to the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, the European Commission, the OECD and the UK's Treasury and Department of Health. He is currently Chairman of Health England: the National Reference Group for Health and Well Being.  He has been vice-chairman of the board of a major, and a non-executive director of several government regulatory commissions and health authorities. 

He is one of the principal architects of the UK Government's current public service reforms in England. His other policy innovations include the Child Trust Fund, the Social Work Practice, the Partnership Scheme for funding long term care, the Pupil Premium and Patient Budgets.

He is the author, co-author or editor of eighteen books and more than one hundred articles on public policy, writes frequently for the quality press and is a regular commentator on radio and television. 

Madam Hu Xiaolian

Madame HuMadam Hu is Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China (PBC), and has held this post since 2009. Previous to this she held a number of roles at the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE). Ms. Hu is a research fellow with a master's degree in Economics.




Professor Hu Yonghua

Hu YonghuaHu Yonghua is Dean and Professor of the School of Public Health at Peking University. He holds a number of other roles which include: Director and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Bio-statistics, School of Public Health at Peking University; Director, Center for AIDS Prevention and Control; Director, Nutritional & Functional Food Assessment Centre; Vice Director, Health Policy and Management Center and Executive Director, Center for Evidence-Based Medicine

Professor Hu was educated at Beijing Medical College and Trukubu University of Japan. His main research fields include Prevention of chronic disease, Cardiovascular disease, Infectious disease control, Genetic epidemiology and Health policy. He has written a number of papers on these subjects.

Professor Wang Jisi

Professor Wang JisiWANG Jisi is a professor and dean of the School of International Studies, Peking University. He is also director of Peking University's Center for International and Strategic Studies. He is president of the Chinese Association for American Studies, a vice president of the Chinese Association for International Relations, and a guest professor of the National Defense University of the People's Liberation Army. He is an International Council Member of the Asia Society in New York City, an Advisory Council Member of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies of the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., an advisor to the East Asian Security Program of Stanford University, and an Adviser to the Asia Center, Harvard University. He serves on the Global Advisory Council of the journal The American Interest and on the editorial board of the journal Global Asia.

Wang Jisi was born in Guangzhou, China, in 1948. His formal education was interrupted in 1966 by the Cultural Revolution, and he was a farmer and a factory worker from 1968 to 1978. He entered Peking University in 1978 and obtained an MA degree there in 1983. From 1983 to 1991, Wang Jisi taught at Peking University's Department of International Politics. He was a visiting fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford University (1982-83), a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (1984-85), and a visiting associate professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1990-91). He taught at Claremont McKenna College in California as a Freeman Professor of Asian Studies for the fall semester of 2001. In February-March 2002 he taught and conducted research at the Singapore Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies as an S. Rajaratnam Professor. Wang Jisi was director and a senior researcher of the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing from 1993 to 2005, and concurrently director of the Institute of International Strategic Studies at the Party School of the Central Committee, the Communist Party of China, from 2001 to 2009.

Professor Wang's scholarly interests cover international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy, and China-U.S. relations. He has published numerous works in these fields.

Liu He

Vice Minister Liu HeVice Minister, Office of the Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs

Vice Minister Liu He is a Visiting Professors to Peking University and Renmin University, and tutor to PhD candidates and post-doctoral candidates. He is a well-known economist in China and one of the founders and moderators of the famous Chinese Economist 50 Forum. Mr. Liu He was born in 1952 in Beijing, China, he gained his MPA degree from Harvard University in USA and Master degree of Economics from China Renmin University in Beijing, China.

Mr. Liu joined The Office of The Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs as Vice Minister from March 2003, with responsibilities in macro-economic policies and economic development of China. One of his major jobs is to draft the Reports of Mr. Hu Jintao, President of China, to every year's Meeting on Economic Issues and Economic Polices. He is one of the key writers of conference papers of the Third, the Fifth and the Sixth Plenary Session of the 16th CCP National Congress and the 17th CCP National Congress.

Mr. Liu was Vice Minister of the State Council Informatization Office from 2001 to 2003, being responsible for e-government development in China and international cooperation initiatives. Mr. Liu was Chief Executive President of the State Information Center from 1998 to 2001. Before that, he worked in The National Development and Reform Commission (then the State Planning Commission). At that time, he involved in the making of all past Five-Year Plans of China and several industrial development policies of China.

Liu Mingkang

Liu MingkangMr. Liu Mingkang took office as Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) in March 2003. He currently also serves as Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the CBRC, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People's Bank of China, and a member of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Before heading the CBRC, Mr. Liu held various positions in both banking institutions and government agencies, including, among others, Chairman and President of Bank of China (BOC) (February 2000 - March 2003), Chairman of China Everbright Group (July 1999 - June 2000), Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China (March 1998 - July 1999), Deputy Governor of China Development Bank (January 1994 - March 1998), Deputy Governor of Fujian province and Secretary-in-general of Fujian provincial government (January 1993 - January 1994).

Apart from official positions, Mr. Liu also acts as a guest professor at quite a few reputable universities, and sits at the International Advisory Boards of both Peking University and Tsinghua University.

Besides being passionate in academic fields, Mr. LIU also serves as a senior fellow of Hong Kong Institute of Bankers, a member of Financial Stability Board (FSB), vice chairman of the Standing Committee on Supervisory and Regulatory Cooperation under the FSB, a member of the Governance Body of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), and a director of the Board of International Center for Leadership in Finance (ICLIF), Bank Negara Malaysia.

Mr. Liu received the MBA degree and the honorary doctorate both from the City University of London.

Stephen Roach

Stephen RoachStephen S. Roach is Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, serving as the Firm's senior representative to clients, governments, and regulators across the region. Prior to his appointment as Asia Chairman, Mr. Roach was Morgan Stanley's Chief Economist, heading up the Firm's highly-regarded global team of economists located in New York, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore. 

During his 25-year career as an economist at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Roach was widely recognized as one of Wall Street's most influential thought leaders. His recent research focuses on globalization, the emergence of China and India, and the capital market implications of global imbalances. He is widely quoted in the financial press and other media, has been a leading contributor on the op-ed pages of the world's leading newspapers and is the author of Stephen Roach on The Next Asia (Wiley, September 2009). He has long advised governments and policy makers around the world and frequently presents expert testimony to the U.S. Congress. He also served as a member of the Hong Kong SAR Government's Taskforce on Economic Challenges.

Before joining Morgan Stanley in 1982, Mr. Roach was Vice President for Economic Analysis for the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. He also served in a senior capacity on the research staff of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. from 1972-79. Prior to that, he was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Roach holds a Ph.D. in economics from New York University and a Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Professor Lord Stern

Nick Stern

Professor Lord Stern of Brentford is the first holder of the IG Patel Chair at LSE and also directs the Asia Research Centre and the India Observatory. Since April 2008 he has been the Chairman of LSE's new Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He is also Special Adviser to the Group Chairman of HSBC on Economic Development and Climate Change. From 2005-2007 he was adviser to the UK Government on the Economics of Climate Change and Development, reporting to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Head of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change

He was Chief Economist of the World Bank (2000-2003), then Head of the UK Government Economic Service and led a Review of the Economics of Climate Change which was published in October 2006. His research and publications have focused on the economics of climate change, economic development and growth, economic theory, tax reform, public policy and the role of the state and economies in transition.

Professor Arne Westad

Professor Odd Arne Westad

Professor Westad is a professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an expert on Chinese international affairs. He co-directs LSE IDEAS, the LSE's new centre for diplomacy and strategy, is an editor of the journal Cold War History and co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War. His book The Global Cold War won the Bancroft Prize for 2006.

Born in Norway, Arne Westad studied at the University of Oslo and did his graduate work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. During the 1980s he worked for several international aid agencies in Southern Africa and in Pakistan. He joined LSE in 1998, after serving for six years as Director of Research at the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

Professor Michael Yahuda

Michael Yahuda

Michael Yahuda is a Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, where he served from 1973 to 2003. Since then he has been a visiting scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the Elliott School, George Washington University, except for 2005-2006 when he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Adelaide (South Australia) and the University of Michigan.  He has also been a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC and the Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies, Harvard.

More recently he was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Singaporean Institute for South East Asian Studies. He has acted as an adviser to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as a consultant to organizations in London and Singapore. His main fields of interest are China's politics, foreign policy and the international relations of the Asia Pacific.  He has published six books and more than 200 articles and chapters in books.  His latest book, The International Politics of the Asia Pacific since 1945, was published in the in February 2005. He is currently preparing a book on Sino-Japanese relations and their implications for the US.  

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi

Yang JiechiMr. Yang Jiechi is an LSE alumnus, and current Minister of Foreign Affairs for the People’s Republic of China.

Yang became Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2007 and has played an important role in normalizing China’s foreign relations, sharing responsibilities and actively contributing within international organisations and multilateral frameworks.



HRH Duke of York

HRH Duke of YorkThe Duke of York was born on 19th February 1960 at Buckingham Palace, the second son and the third child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. He was the first child to be born to a reigning monarch for 103 years. Named Andrew Albert Christian Edward, he was known as Prince Andrew until his marriage, when he was created The Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh.

The Duke of York was invited to take on the role of the UK's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment in 2001, after serving for 22 years in the Royal Navy.

Working with Government, and in particular, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), His Royal Highness’s role involves promoting the UK as an attractive inward investment destination for foreign investors; creating more positive business conditions for British businesses investing overseas; and helping UK companies export their products to emerging and established markets.

Zhu Min

Zhu MinDr. Zhu currently services as a Deputy Governor of China's central bank, responsible for international affairs, policy research, and credit information, & etc. From February 1996 to October 2009 he held various positions in the Bank of China. He was Group Executive Vice President of the Bank of China group, responsible for group finance and treasury, risk management, internal control, legal and compliance, strategy and research. He led group restructure and USD 15 billion IPO in 2006, and Bank of China Hong Kong restructure and IPO in 2002 as well. Prior to joining the Bank of China, Dr. Zhu worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. for six years, and taught economics in both Johns Hopkins University and Fudan University.

Dr. Zhu receives a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.P.A. from Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University and a B.A. in economics from Fudan University.

Dr. Zhu is affiliated to the Global Advisory Board of Chicago GSB, Global Advisory Board of Asia Society, China National Social Science Planning Committee, the China National Science Foundation, and the in his capacity as a Director, as well as the Vice Chairman of Western Returned Scholars Association, Vice Chairman of China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission, and Vice Chairman of the China International Finance Association. Dr. Zhu has published extensively on a wide range of international economic and financial issues. He is a guest lecturer at several university graduate schools, and a frequent speaker at the World Economic Forum, Future 500, APEC CEO, Euromoney Global Forum and etc.