The Sustainable State: The Future of Government, Economy and SocietyVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Drinks Reception 6:30pm
The developing world faces the dilemma of improving living standards for hundreds of millions of people with finite resources. Chandran Nair, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Institute For Tomorrow and author of The Sustainable State, asserts the only path out for large developing nations is a system of strong state governance which can consistently intervene in the economy to protect common resources, resolve persistent externalities and support access to the basic rights of life for the poor majority. He examines the environmental and socio-economic after-effects brought by the Western free-market model, for instance, the United States with less than 5 percent of the world's population consumes nearly a quarter of its resources. Mr. Nair will compare the performance of the two largest developing nations – China and India – to indicate how a strong state is the best chance to achieve the goals of sustainable development.
Chandran Nair is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT), an independent pan-Asian think focused on advancing deeper understanding of global issues, including the shift of economic and political influence from the West to Asia. Mr. Nair is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability. Prior to GIFT, he was a biochemical engineer and Chairman of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in Asia Pacific. Mr. Nair served as Adjunct Professor at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. He is on the Executive Committee of The Club of Rome, Senior Fellow of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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