Emerging markets playing bigger role

KUALA LUMPUR: Harvard’s largest annual event in Asia, taking place from Aug 14 to 17 here, is expected to showcase the increasing role that emerging markets in the region are playing in the global economy.

“Emerging into Focus: Asia Incorporated” is the theme of the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Business Conference 2008, which will provide an opportunity for discussion, debate and reflection.

Datuk Dr Raden Umar Raden Sohaidi, Department of Higher Education executive director, will deliver the keynote speech on behalf of Minister of Higher Education Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, followed by a speech by US Ambassador to Malaysia James Keith.

Each year, the conference draws hundreds of undergraduate and MBA students as well as young professionals worldwide who come together to interact and learn about Asian business from prominent industry leaders.

The last conference in Hong Kong featured Li & Fung Group chairman Dr Victor Fung and Ayala Group CEO Jaime Zobel de Ayala of the Philippines.

Among this year’s conference speakers (subject to change) are Professor TJ Wong of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sunway group corporate advisor Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, Bursa Malaysia Bhd head of market intelligence Dr Jothimani K. Muniandy, Venture Republic CEO and Asian Brand Strategy author Martin Roll, University of Malaya vice-chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim, and Young Joon Kim, partner at Milbank Tweed LLP.

Celcom (M) Bhd and Daimler AG are platinum sponsors of this year’s conference at JW Marriot Hotel. The Star is the media sponsor. Other sponsors and partners include University of Malaya, Sunway University College, the Harvard Club of Malaysia, the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia, GE and OSK Investment Bank.

HPAIR will also host its Academic Conference from Aug 21 to 24 at PJ Hilton. This conference is supported by the Asian Centre for Media Studies.

Visit hpair.orgfor more information.

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