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Envisioning the Future of Leadership and Governance

Envisioning the Future of Leadership and Governance

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Victor K Fung, James Robson, Fan Gang, Arunabh Ghosh, William C Kirby, Meg Rithmire, Hitoshi Tanaka, Clay Chandler, Tharman Shanmugaratnam

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As the Asia Pacific region’s role in global politics and economics grows amid contending strategic interests, the direction and quality of leadership and governance will be essential to maximizing opportunities for cooperation and managing the risks of conflict. What should key players and stakeholders prioritize in securing prosperity, sustainability, and peace in the region, particularly in the context of a post-pandemic world where geopolitical and geo-economic stress and competition are heightened?

This inaugural Vogel Asia Dialogue will be hosted by Dr Victor K Fung and Professor James Robson with a keynote speech to be delivered by Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam of Singapore. They will be joined by a group of distinguished scholars and practitioners from Harvard and Asia. Join us online to celebrate the life and work of Professor Ezra Vogel.

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About the Speakers

Chairman, Asia Global Institute

Victor K Fung

Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center

James Robson

James Robson is Victor and William Fung Director of the Harvard University Asia Center and James C Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. 

Director, China's National Economic Research Institute

Fan Gang

Fan Gang is Director of National Economic Research Institute (NERI), President of China Development Institute (CDI) in Shenzhen, China and Chairman of China Reform Foundation in Beijing, China.

Associate Professor of History, Harvard University

Arunabh Ghosh

Arunabh Ghosh is an Associate Professor of History at Harvard University.

Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University

William C Kirby

William C Kirby is Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University, T M Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University, and Chairman of Harvard China Fund.

F Warren McFarlan Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University

Meg Rithmire

Meg Rithmire is F Warren McFarlan Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University. 

Chairman, the Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute, Ltd

Hitoshi Tanaka

Hitoshi Tanaka is Chairman of the Institute for International Strategy at the Japan Research Institute, Ltd.

Executive Editor for Asia, Fortune Magazine

Clay Chandler

Clay Chandler is Executive Editor for Asia at Fortune Magazine. 

Senior Minister, Government of Singapore

Tharman Shanmugaratnam

Tharman Shanmugaratnam is Senior Minister of Government of Singapore. 


Inspired by Professor Ezra Vogel and the Asia Vision 21 initiative that he conceived, the Vogel Asia Dialogue Series brings together scholars, politicians, policymakers, businesspeople, civil society leaders and other professionals from Asia and the Harvard University community to discuss issues facing the Asian region and their global impact. Through open discussion and knowledge sharing, it aims to build collegial relationships among participants across the Asia Pacific.  

Opening and Keynote Speech
Panel Discussion
Closing Remarks


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