Asia's standing in the world has changed and it is clear that where the focus was once on how quickly the region would rise, the reality is now all about how Asia will lead. In the Future of Asia Podcast, we invite leaders from across the region to discuss the power, agility and ambition of Asia and to shed light on what kind of leader Asia will be, and what this means for governments and businesses everywhere.
The future of sustainability: Asia’s climate change imperative
The effects of the changing climate are already being felt: between 600 million and one billion people could be at risk of lethal heat waves by 2050. According to a recent McKinsey analysis, up to $4.7 trillion of GDP in Asia is at risk annually from loss of effective outdoor working hours because of increased heat and humidity. In this episode, we discuss the real impacts of climate change in different parts of Asia and how the region can lead in adaptation and mitigation efforts.
Can ASEAN maintain its growth trajectory in a post-COVID world?
A driving force in Asia after several decades of strong and sustained economic growth, members of ASEAN make up almost half of the world’s best-performing developing economies. ASEAN is home to eight of 18 developing economies that averaged at least 3.5 percent annual per capita GDP growth over 50 years. In this episode, we discuss the opportunities and challenges for emerging ASEAN in a post-COVID world and what companies should do to thrive in this region.
Building agile organizations for the next normal
For many companies, COVID-19 has challenged their operating and business models. Agile organizations have proven to be more resilient than the average company, and are thus better suited to respond to economic shocks posed by the pandemic. In this episode, we explore how large companies adapted their operating models in the midst of the crisis, and what companies can do to get a head-start going into the next normal.
Innovating for the future: Building new businesses in Asia
Asia has the suite of capabilities needed for building new businesses—a skilled talent pool, a strong startup culture and robust investment. This podcast episode, featuring the President of True Digital, Michael Gryseels, highlights how Asian companies can capture the business-building opportunities that come with the region’s unique characteristics.
India’s turning point
India is at a decisive point in its journey towards prosperity. With economic reforms, the country could create gainful jobs for 90 million workers over the coming decade; letting go of this opportunity could risk a decade of economic stagnation. What steps can be taken to return India’s economy to a high-growth track? What will the role of states and the business sector be in driving reforms?
Countering the gender-regressive shock of COVID-19 in Asia
As COVID-19 continues to impact lives and livelihoods around the world, we can see that the pandemic and its economic fallout are having regressive effects on gender equality. What does progress on gender parity look like in light of COVID-19? What is the state of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and what workable steps can be taken to empower women in a post-pandemic world?