Asia Forum 2014 - Building Asian futures: integration, welfare and growth?

Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

LSE's Asia Forum events were held between 2004-2014 and were an important and very public part of the School's strategy to enhance its long standing relationship with the rapidly developing Asian region. LSE has historically attracted many very talented students and staff from all major Asian countries. The School has a large and distinguished group of alumni in the region and has been active in building partnerships with business and governments for many years.

The LSE Asia Forum bought together LSE's key partners in the region. The Forum provided an opportunity for analysis of different perspectives on the economic, social, political and cultural contributions Asia is making to global development.

The 6th and final Asia Forum was held in Kuala Lumper, Malaysia on 2-3 April 2014 and was entitled  'Building Asian futures: integration, welfare and growth?' The event took place at the Shangri La Hotel.  At the Forum it was announced that the London School of Economics and Political Science has received a significant donation from Professor Saw Swee Hock to establish a new academic centre focused on Southeast Asia

Podcasts and Videos

Podcasts and Videos  of the welcome, keynote and closing address' and the four plenary sessions are online now.

Check out the Storify of the LSE Asia Forum.

You can also see a selection of photos at the following link: LSE Asia Forum 2014 photos

Transcript of Keynote Speech

A transcript of His Excellency Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak's keynote speech, delivered by Senator Dato' Sri Abdul Wahid Omar is available to download.

Keynote Speech - His Excellency Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak (pdf)


A full PDF version of the programme is available to download: LSE Asia Forum 2014 PDF programme

Wednesday 2 April 2014

08:00 - 11:00 LSE Careers event

15:30 - 17:30 Graduation ceremony
LSE's first Malaysian graduation ceremony will take place the day prior to the Asia Forum.  

Thursday 3 April 2014: Asia Forum

07.30 - 08.45 Registration and networking breakfast reception

08.55 - 09:10 Welcome and introduction by LSE Director and President Professor Craig Calhoun

09:10 – 09.30 Keynote speech  by His Excellency Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, prime minister of Malaysia delivered by Senator Dato' Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, minister in the Prime Minister's department

09.30 – 10.50  Plenary session 1: International and regional relations in Asia

Session leader:  Professor Arne Westad, professor of international history and director of LSE IDEAS
Chair:  Dr Munir Majid, former chairman of Malaysian Airlines, chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia and chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute
Respondent: Professor Tao Wenzhao,  senior research fellow, Institute of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Respondent: Dr Hassan Wirajuda, former Indonesian foreign minister

10.50 - 11.15 Coffee break

11.15 - 12.35  Plenary session 2:  Cities and urbanisation

Session leader: Professor Ricky Burdett, professor of urban studies and head of the Department of Sociology and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun, LSE Director and President
Respondent:  Datuk Syed Mohamed Ibrahim, president and CEO, Iskandar Investment 
Respondent:  Professor Mike Douglass, professor in the Asian Urbanisms Cluster – Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS)

12.35 – 14.00 Lunch: Leveraging Asia's success
Session leader:  Professor Tim Besley, School Professor of Economics and Political Science, LSE

14.00 – 15.20  Plenary session 3: ASEAN leadership in a leaderless world      

Session leader:  Professor Danny Quah, professor of economics and international development and Kuwait Professor, LSE
Chair: Professor Arne Westad, professor of international history and director of LSE IDEAS
Respondent:  Azman Mokhtar, managing director, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Malaysia
Respondent: Professor Kishore Mahbubani, professor in the practice of public policy and dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS)

15.20 - 15.40 Coffee break

15.40 – 17.00 Plenary Session 4: Finance - international monetary regimes

Session leader: Professor Charles Goodhart, emeritus professor of banking and finance & FMG programme director, LSE
Chair:  Jaseem Ahmed, secretary-general, Islamic Financial Services  Board
Respondent:  Andrew Sheng, president, Fung Global Institute and chief adviser to the China Banking Regulatory Commission
Respondent: Rajat Nag, former managing director General, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

17.00 - 17.25 Closing remarks from the perspective of Nobel laureate Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides, Regius Professor of Economics, LSE

17:25 - 17:30 Closing remarks  by LSE Director and President Professor Craig Calhoun 

Previous Asia Forums

Find out about past Asia Forums and access podcasts, slides and photos at the links below.

Beijing 2010, China and the World
Singapore 2008 The Politics of Knowledge
Delhi 2006 Challenging Globalisation
Hong Kong 2005 Managing the Dynamics of Growth
Thailand 2004 The Future of the World Economy

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