State of Asia: Ambassador Chan Heng Chee


End of Year Conversation with Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large

Chan Heng Chee 

© National Arts Council, Singapore

Ambassador Chan Heng Chee is Asia Society’s Global Co-Chair and Ambassador-at-Large with the Singapore Foreign Ministry. She looks back on a long diplomatic career, amongst others she was Singapore’s longest serving Ambassador to the United States and Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

What does the new world order with the U.S. and China in the midst of a strategic competition on almost all levels look like from a Southeast Asian perspective? What do these shifts mean for middle and small countries all over the world? And how do societies cope with the challenges they face beyond world politics? 

In conversation with Esther Girsberger, publicist and former editor-in-chief of Tages-Anzeiger, Ambassador Chan will take stock of the big developments that shaped the year as well as let us take part in her view of what 2020 will bring. 


18:00 – Doors open
18:30 – Conversation with Ambassador Chan Heng Chee 
19:30 – Q&A
20:00 – Apéro
20:30 – End of event

Full no-show charge unless registration is cancelled until at least 24 hours before the event.

Chan Heng Chee

Ambassador Chan Heng Chee is Ambassador-at-Large with the Singapore Foreign Ministry. She chairs the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities and is Chairwoman of the National Arts Council, a Member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights, a Member of the Constitutional Commission 2016 and Deputy Chairman of the Social Science Research Council, Member of the Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence («AI») and Data, Trustee of the National University of Singapore, and Member of the Yale-NUS Governing Board.

Ambassador Chan received a number of awards including The Public Administration Medal (Gold), the Inaugural Asia Society Outstanding Diplomatic Achievement Award, the Inaugural Foreign Policy Outstanding Diplomatic Achievement Award 2012 and the United States Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.


Esther Girsberger

Esther Girsberger is a Swiss publicist, moderator, and member of several councils. The former editor-in-chief of the Swiss daily newspaper Tages-Anzeiger is owner and CEO of the agency « AG – Vermittlung von Persönlichkeiten und Inhalten», holds an Executive MBA and teaches at the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences and the HWZ University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich.

This event was made possible with the support of UBP.


Event Details

Tue 03 Dec 2019
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Union Bancaire Privée

6th floor

Bahnhofstrasse 1

8001 Zurich


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