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Annual Chair's Dinner featuring Guest Speaker Professor Kishore Mahbubani
The Second Annual BCBC Chair’s Dinner will bring together British Columbia’s senior business leadership on May 20th for an enlightening evening exploring global issues facing our province’s economy. Following on last year’s guest speakers, Premier Christy Clark and Dominic Barton, Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, we are pleased to present Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. An author and academic, Professor Mahbubani is an expert in international affairs, Asia and the West. He has served as the President of the UN Security Council, was listed by the Financial Times as one of the Top 50 Individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism and has been named one of Foreign Policy's top Global Thinkers. His latest book, The Great Convergence: Asia, The West and the Logic of One World, was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
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The growing middle class in Asia is perhaps the greatest world-changing event we will see in our lifetimes. In 2013 the Asian middle class was estimated to number 500 million, and it is expected to more than triple to 1.75 billion by 2020. The rise of Asia will transform the way the world works, and those who wish to succeed in that world will have to change the way they think.
On this topic, Kishore Mahbubani is a leading international thinker. He served in Singapore’s diplomatic service for 33 years. As Singapore’s ambassador to the UN, he served as president of the Security Council for two one-month terms. Currently he is dean and professor at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy at the University of Singapore.
Mahbubani argues that Asian countries have attained their current prosperity partly by adopting ideas and practices that have helped Western societies develop, and members of their growing middle classes have broadly similar values and life objectives to people in the West. These shared experiences and values suggest that there is a great opportunity to develop more effective forms of global political leadership that can hopefully correct the failures of current Western-dominated international systems and institutions. As Asia rises in global importance, we have a chance to do better. However, making the most of this new reality will require a new way of thinking, Mahbubani argues – one not restricted by a blinkered, Western-focused worldview.
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