Hitachi’s Hiroaki Nakanishi wins Asian Business Leaders Award 2016

The Trustees of Asia House are delighted to announce that Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman of the Board, Representative Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd. has won the Asia House Asian Business Leaders Award for 2016. Mr Nakanishi has led one of the most remarkable turnarounds in Japanese corporate history. When Mr Nakanishi became president, Hitachi had suffered four years of losses amounting to nearly US $10 billion. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, the company’s profit totalled US $5.173 billion.

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Navtej Sarna: ‘India is a bright spot in a rather gloomy landscape’

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India-UK relations have reached a new high following India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to London last year, according to the recently-appointed High Commissioner of India to the UK H.E. Mr Navtej Sarna. “Modi’s visit to the UK was a crucial visit which gave a fresh impetus and energy to UK-India relations and set out a clear roadmap," he told Asia House in an interview following a private briefing with Asia House corporate members.

Mongolian Foreign Minister: ‘Our future is in educating our people, not mining’

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The Government of Mongolia has turned its attention to diversification of its economy in the light of falling commodity prices and China’s slowdown and is now looking for foreign investment in many sectors from renewable energy to education, according to the country’s Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E Mr. Lundeg Purevsuren. He gave an interview to Asia House following a private briefing with corporate members.

Briefing on UKTI's strategy in Asia

The recently appointed Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment Dr Catherine Raines will join Asia House corporate members for a private briefing to discuss UKTI’s global strategy with a direct focus on Asia.

Wednesday 8 June

08.00 - 09.30

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For corporate members

The battle against recreational drugs in Myanmar

Join Economist correspondent Richard Cockett for a talk on drugs in Myanmar. In 'Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma', Cockett gives a timely, fascinating insight into the country’s chequered history and its current attempts to reform. The book contains a chapter focusing on the battle against drugs, which will be the subject of his talk.

Friday 6 May


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Explore the life and loves of the hjira community

Hijras, a term used in South Asia to describe cross dressers, naturally intersex people or transgender women, have been part of the region’s fabric for centuries. How have they balanced their sexual and gendered identities with their cultural and religious ones, both in South Asia and within the UK’s South Asian communities? Bobby Nayyar will read from his debut book of poems 'Glass Scissors', a moving collection confronting love and relationships whilst poet and performer Shane Solanki presents the premiere of a work-in-progress show which combines music, film, comedy and live performance.

Friday 6 May

19.00 - 20.30

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Family fun day to celebrate The Jungle Book

To coincide with Disney’s remake of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, which has just released in the UK, we’re dedicating a day of our literature festival to 'The Jungle Book'. The event is open to children aged four to nine. Professional storyteller Astrid Hilne will entertain the children throughout the morning with mask making and re-enactments of famous scenes from the story. This will culminate in an animated retelling of the story.

Saturday 7 May

11.00 - 13.00

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Asia House chairs private briefing by President Jokowi

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Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence chaired a private briefing with the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo and a number of senior representatives of Asia House corporate members. Those in attendance at the briefing included Bob Dudley, Group CEO of BP; Stuart Gulliver, Group CEO of HSBC and Sir Henry Keswick, Chairman of Matheson & Co. Later in the morning Mr Widodo made a speech at the UK-Indonesia Business Forum, which was supported by Asia House.

Asia House to hold its first ever Benefit Auction

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The fundraising event, which will celebrate Asia House's 20th anniversary, will feature more than 30 artworks, generously donated by artists and galleries from across Asia, as well as those who have a strong links to the region, including artists who have exhibited at Asia House in the recent past.

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Myanmar (pictured) is one of the countries we are focusing on in our 2016 literature programme

Join Economist correspondent Richard Cockett for a fascinating talk on drugs in Myanmar.

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Enjoy a performance fusing comedy, spoken word and film, themed around ideas of love, loss and gender.

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To coincide with Disney’s remake of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, we’re dedicating a day to The Jungle Book.

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The High Commissioner of India to the UK gives an interview about UK-India relations.

H.E Mr. Lundeg Purevsuren gives an interview about the country's economic future.

An interview with the programme manager of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival.

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