MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE, 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
About the Conference
East Asia has been remarkably successful in transforming its economies. Starting with Japan in the Meiji era, to its recovery from World War II, and continuing with the emergence of the “Asian Tigers” — Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong — in the 1980s to China and Asean in the 1990s, the East Asian development model has spawned stunning growth. How have East Asian countries adapted to changing conditions to deliver such growth?
As countries in the Middle East undertake economic transformation, does East Asia hold lessons for them? Can they replicate the human capital development, state-sponsored capitalism and other pillars of the East Asian model? Should they? How will transformation affect politics and society?
Can geopolitical developments also impact the transformation of a country? How have countries in East Asia managed these external factors?
Keynote speakers include:
Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, Singapore;
Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister of Education, Singapore;
HE Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Albusaidi, Secretary-General, Oman Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and
Professor Ezra F Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University.
Join us at this two-day conference event to hear from these keynote speakers and more. Check back for more details as we are putting the finishing touches on the programme and will be posting more updates soon.
About the Speaker(s)
Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam was appointed senior minister on 1 May 2019. Since 2015, he has taken on the role as coordinating minister for social policies, and advises the prime minister on economic policies. Between 2011 and 2019, he served as deputy prime minister.
Prior to that, he was finance minister for eight years (from 2007) and education minister for five years (from 2003). Since 2011, he has been appointed chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore’s central bank and financial regulator. In addition to his responsibilities in the government, Mr Shanmugaratnam is deputy chairman of GIC and chairs its Investment Strategies Committee.
Mr Shanmugaratnam currently also chairs the Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and the International Academic Advisory Panel that advises the government on strategies for the university sector.
Outside Singapore, he chairs the Group of Thirty, an independent global council of economic and financial leaders. He also chaired the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance, which in October 2018 proposed reforms for a more effective system of global development finance and for financial stability.
Prior to that, he led the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the key policy forum of the International Monetary Fund, for four years from 2011, as its first Asian chair. He currently co-chairs the Advisory Board for the United Nations’ 2019 Human Development Report, and serves on the World Economic Forum’s Board of Trustees.
Mr Shanmugaratnam is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Cambridge University. He obtained a master’s degree in public administration at Harvard University, where he was named a Lucius N Littauer Fellow.