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When trade is just tip of iceberg how can businesses chart a safe course to growth?
The roots of Sino-U.S. tensions run far deeper than a spat over trade deficits. Add to that longstanding disputes over market access, mounting rivalry in strategic technologies and a yawning divide over how the global economy should be governed. With no clear outcome in sight, the existential risk to international companies grows ever greater. What strategies can help them cope?
What are the ingredients for a successful business hub? Our panelists draw on their years of boots-on-the-ground experience to show what factors today’s business leaders look at when choosing where to invest or to base their operations, and how these may vary across different sectors.
In many ways, the future of work is already upon us. Artificial intelligence, the rise of digital platforms and automation have fundamentally changed the nature of many jobs. However, technology is not the only force shaping the future of work: Globalization, the gig economy and new talent models also threaten significant disruption.
What does a competitive workforce look like? How can employees, businesses, entrepreneurs and policy makers adapt and thrive in the new world of work?
Manufacturers will face a barrage of new challenges in the next few decades. Labor shortages, rising costs and global competition will likely transform the way we make and deliver the products that form the bedrock of our economy. Investment in smart manufacturing may help companies adapt to the ever-changing landscape. While sometimes costly, smart manufacturing also promises to take professional skills and consistency to the next level.
How can companies be more effective and efficient in the face of the coming changes? What are the investment choices business leaders need to make?
The Belt and Road initiative promises to position China as a global leader in overseas trade and investment, drawing together economies that account for a third of world GDP. While Beijing markets the project as a win-win opportunity to deepen regional cooperation and boost growth in smaller, developing nations, critics see a power play to advance China’s own interests, grab resources and saddle target countries with unsustainable debt. Moderated by Silk Road founder Ben Simpfendorfer, this panel will explore both sides of this debate.
Many businesses view social media simply as a low-cost tool to boost sales and amplify basic marketing campaigns. Taking this to the next level means weaving social media into every level of marketing strategy. Yet applying this method to the Asia-Pacific market poses unique challenges. How is the regional consumer voice shaping social trends? And how can media channels align with Asia’s diverse demographics?
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Joseph R. Donovan Jr., a career member of the Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, was sworn in as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia on November 4, 2016. He presented his credentials to the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, in January 2017.
Ambassador Donovan served most recently as Managing Director of the Washington Office of the American Institute in Taiwan. Previously, Mr. Donovan served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon from 2012 to 2014, Associate Professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. from 2011 to 2012, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State from 2009 to 2011.
He was the U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong from 2008 to 2009, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan from 2005 to 2008, and Director of the Department of State’s Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Donovan was Political Section Chief at the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan from 2000 to 2003 and Political/Military Unit Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan from 1997 to 2000. Earlier assignments in the Foreign Service include posts in Taiwan, China, South Korea and Qatar.
Before joining the Foreign Service, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Seoul, South Korea. Mr. Donovan received a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and an M.A. from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
A giant trading bloc has been created through this milestone agreement, facilitating billions of dollars in commerce between its member countries. Yet does the CPTPP provide a definitive and lasting framework for the Asia-Pacific? Or will it break down in the face of looming trade tensions and instability? How does the pact affect the prospects of bilateral deals? And does the modern economy demand a more inclusive multilateral approach?
President of the East-West Center since January 1, 2017. Former positions include president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong; president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei; editor-in-chief of the Taiwan Review; area studies coordinator at the Chinese Language and Area Studies (CLASS) Foreign Service Institute school in Taipei; research fellow in East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School; as well as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Rajasthan, India. MA and PhD from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, specializing in Western and Chinese political philosophy. Areas of expertise include: strategic and operational leadership of multicultural organizations, AsiaPacific business and trade, Asian and Western history and philosophy.More information about speaker
Former U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) served for almost three decades as a member of Congress representing the 27th congressional district of Florida. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen was the Chairwoman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to becoming the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Chairwoman, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen served as Chair of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia; International Operations and Human Rights; International Economic Policy and Trade; and Africa, and as Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen also served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was a member of the CIA Subcommittee and the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee. She authored the Export Administration Act of 1997, and introduced the Iran Freedom Support Act and the Security through Termination of Proliferation Act (STOP) of 2008.More information about speaker
We are experiencing a paradigm shift in consumer understanding of data privacy, security and ownership – amplified by new technologies such as blockchain. International trade disputes only compound this, with policy and regulatory changes tightening restrictions on suppliers and manufacturers, both in terms of standards and security. What can companies do to prepare for and overcome the challenges of an uncertain and shifting environment?
Francisco Aristeguieta is the CEO of Citigroup Asia responsible for all businesses in the region's 16 markets. In addition to Asia, he is also responsible for the Consumer operations in the U.K., Russia, Poland and the U.A.E. Mr. Aristeguieta oversees 60 thousand people across the region and almost 30 percent of Citigroup’s earnings. He has been a member of Citigroup’s Global Management committee since 2012 and reports to Michael Corbat Citigroup CEO. Before assuming this role in June 2015, he served as CEO of Latin America, leading a three-year repositioning effort in the region's 23 countries where Citi is present.
Mr. Aristeguieta holds an M.B.A. from Brunel University in England, where he attended on a British Council scholarship. He also has a graduate degree in banking and finance and an undergraduate degree in business administration with a major in management, both from the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela.
The ASEAN region harbors several markets that offer consistent growth. What are the key indicators to identifying these markets and unlocking their potential? What are the winning business strategies to overcoming ASEAN integration hurdles, and adapting to the evolving economic landscape?
Supply chain investment in Asia is a strategic priority, not just because Asia is still maintaining healthy growth and flow of goods against a decline in other regions, but because it is the hub of global innovation in supply chains. Asia is creating a “best-in-class” approach with smarter, digitally driven supply chains.