The Asian Century


Future of Asia Series: Part I

Parag Khanna and Manisha Girotra

Parag Khanna and Manisha Girotra

“..across Asia, rising incomes, technological penetration and generational change are enabling greater social and economic freedom – but politics remains fairly controlled, because regimes like it that way and, to a large degree, people do as well”, writes Parag Khanna in his new book The Future is Asian. He argues that Asia may have arrived late on the stage, but the various societies, economies, polities at different stages in their respective growth trajectories would maintain a continuous focus on this region in the 21st century.

India with a growth rate of over 7% is second only to China among the fastest growing economies in the world, while China has the second largest GDP in the world. Japan and South Korea are forces to reckon with in technology and Japan is certainly winning brownie points for their diplomacy as it is leading the efforts in global partnerships and multilateral trade. With global trade being dominated by global value chains, the developing Asian economies that are manufacturing hubs, stand to gain from the US-China trade tensions. However, development of infrastructure and strengthening resource capabilities will be vital for the developing Asian economies to grow. As for the economies that are now developed, democracy and civil liberties have often given way to technocracy and efficiency. So, is a centralized form of governance more efficacious for Asia’s growth?

After Europe dominating the 19th century and the United States dominance since then, is it time for the ‘megaregion’ of Asia to take center stage and shape the course of the global future? How will the economic ambitions be tamed by the need for legitimate popular mandates and democracy?

Join us for a discussion on the future of Asia as the future of the world with Parag Khanna, Founder and Managing Partner, FutureMap, in conversation with Manisha Girotra, CEO, Moelis and Co.

Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario-based strategic advisory firm. He is the international bestselling author of six books, of which the newest is The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019). He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Parag is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Manisha Girotra

Manisha Girotra is Chief Executive Officer of Moelis & Company in India. She was previously Chairperson and Country Head for UBS in India, with a career spanning 16 years with UBS in Hong Kong, Mumbai, Delhi, and London. Prior to UBS, Manisha ran Barclays de Zoete Wedd's investment bank activities in Delhi. She was nominated as a Young Global Leader 2010 by the World Economic Forum and was named as one of the ‘15 Women to Watch in Asia’ by Forbes. Manisha graduated in Economics from St Stephen's College, Delhi and completed her Master's degree from the Delhi School of Economics.


In partnership with:

Hachette India

Outreach partner:

London School of Economics


Event Details

Tue 30 Jul 2019
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Hall of Culture, Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant road, Worli, Mumbai - 400018

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