The Resource Race: Impact on Global Economy and National Governance
Luncheon discussion with:
Christine Loh, Founder & CEO, Civic Exchange
Chandran Nair, Founder & CEO, Global Institute For Tomorrow
Ronnie C. Chan, Co-Chair, Asia Society & Chairman, Hang Lung Properties Ltd. (Moderator)
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, Asians have been urged to "consume" more to help restore the global economy. However, if the region heeded this call, it will lead to ever higher and faster consumption of non-renewable resources such as oil, coal and other raw materials.
What will happen if developing economies consume like the developed ones? What would that mean for Asia? How should governments shape national and international policies? Thinking ahead for future generations, should collective welfare take priority over individual rights? What sacrifices are we, as a society, willing to make? What are the solutions?
Christine Loh, JP, OBE, is the Founder and CEO of Civic Exchange, an independent, non-profit policy think tank. She is a lawyer by training, a commodities trader by profession (1980-1991), and a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (1992-2000) before focusing on policy research. A published author of many books, Loh is also chairperson of Society for Protection of the Harbour, and Clean Air Network, as well as serves on the board of a range of NGOs in Hong Kong and abroad relating to international affairs, human rights and equal opportunities. She is on the boards of Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, First Pacific Company Limited, and Thomson Reuters Founder Share Company. She was name by Time as a "Hero of the Environment" (2007) and has also been recognized for a range of other awards.
Chandran Nair is the Founder and CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT), an independent social venture think tank based in Asia to guide corporations and their leaders on meeting the challenges of doing business in Asia, with a particular emphasis on the role of social investment, geo-politics, leadership development, business ethics, government and civil society. He is a staunch advocate of a more sustainable approach to development in Asia, and has helped governments and corporations instill these principles into their key decision-making processes. He is the author of Consumptionomics, which calls for bans on some forms of consumption, re-pricing of resources, and for the state to play a bigger role, and will be on sale at the program.
Ronnie C. Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Limited. Both are publicly listed companies in Hong Kong, dealing in real estate and property investment, development, and management. Chan also co-founded the privately held Morningside group which, in the past two decades, has owned and managed businesses in several sectors including manufacturing, public transport operations, outdoor advertising, high-tech and biotech investments and other venture capital investments around the world. In addition, Chan is actively involved with many non-profits, philanthropic endeavors, and educational organizations. Internationally, Chan is Co-Chair of the Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center. (Moderator)