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    Asia House Global Trade Dialogue 2021: Rebooting Trade for a Post-COVID World

    The Asia House Global Trade Dialogue returns in December with a forward-looking discussion on the transition towards a post-COVID global recovery.

    While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present public health and economic challenges around the world, countries are starting to plot their recoveries from the crisis, with global trade set to be a key driver of economic growth.

    UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, will share her thoughts on the future of trade as economies seek to build back from the pandemic. The Secretary of State will also outline the UK’s trade strategy in Asia and beyond.

    Japan’s former Foreign Minister Kono Taro, WTO Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard, Ziad Haider, Head of Geopolitical Risk at McKinsey, and  Xinquan Tu, Dean and Professor of the China Institute for WTO Studies of University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, will share their thoughts on current geopolitical and trade tensions, while Scott Beaumont, President, Google Asia Pacific, and Amanda Murphy, Head of Commercial Banking, South & Southeast Asia, HSBC, will explore the role of digital technologies in the global economic recovery.

    The Asia House Global Trade Dialogue 2021
    Monday 13 December 09:00-10:15 (Via Zoom)


    The Asia House Global Trade Dialogue 2021 is sponsored by Arup.



    Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK Secretary of State for International Trade

    Anne-Marie Trevelyan was appointed Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade on 15 September 2021. She was appointed as the UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency on 7 November 2020.

    Anne-Marie Trevelyan was previously Minister of State (Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change) at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from January 2021 to September 2021.

    Kono Taro, Former Foreign Minister, Japan

    Having previously held government positions including Foreign Minister and Minister of Defence under former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Kono Taro is known as one of Japan’s most outspoken politicians and clearest foreign policy thinkers. His most recent ministerial position was Minister for Administrative Reform, where he oversaw Japan’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout and spearheaded initiatives to digitise government. He was appointed Chairperson, Public Relations Headquarters, the Liberal Democratic Party, in October 2021.

    Angela Ellard, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization

    Angela Ellard has served as WTO Deputy Director-General since June 2021. Prior to her appointment, Ms Ellard had a distinguished career serving in the US Congress as Majority and Minority Chief Trade Counsel for over 26 years. She is internationally recognised as an expert on trade and international economic policy, resolving trade and investment barriers, negotiating trade agreements, and supporting multilateral solutions as part of an effective trade and development policy. Ms Ellard has negotiated and delivered significant bipartisan trade policy outcomes and legislation with Members of U.S. Congress and senior Biden, Trump, Obama, Bush, and Clinton Administration officials. Ms Ellard was also a lawyer in the private sector, specialising in trade litigation and strategy, trade policy, and legislative issues.

    Scott Beaumont, President, Google Asia Pacific

    Scott Beaumont has worked at Google for 11 years, previously serving as Google President for Greater China and Korea. Before joining Google, Beaumont ran his own tech start up, Refresh Mobile, having previously worked for T-Mobile as Executive Vice President for Business Development. He is a member of the  Asia House Advisory Board.

    Amanda Murphy, Head of Commercial Banking, South & Southeast Asia, HSBC

    Amanda Murphy was appointed Head of Commercial Banking, South & Southeast Asia, with effect from December 2021, and is a member of the Global Commercial Banking Executive Committee. Based in Singapore, Amanda has oversight of our businesses in Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

    Amanda initially joined HSBC in 1994 and became an International Manager in 1998. Her career has spanned numerous frontline, risk and leadership roles across Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia-Pacific. Most recently, Amanda led the Commercial Bank in the UK from April 2017 and was responsible for HSBC’s relationships with over 900,000 small, medium and large business customers and a team of approximately 4,700 people.

    Vincent Cheng, Climate and Sustainability Services Leader, East Asia, Arup

    Educated and trained in the field of sustainability engineering, Vincent Cheng has been dedicating himself to the transformation of building industry and professional practice along the principles of sustainability for more than 25 years. He has been leading sustainable projects that address issues of rapid urbanisation and climate change in Asia, including eco-cities, passive buildings, smart city as well as zero carbon buildings. His projects and leadership have become an integral part of Arup’s commitment to sustainable development as defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Ziad Haider, Head of Geopolitical Risk, McKinsey & Company

    Ziad Haider is head of geopolitical risk and director of risk at McKinsey & Company. He previously served in the Obama administration as special representative for commercial and business affairs at the U.S. Department of State. In this capacity, he led a 30-person team in helping U.S. businesses build partnerships and promote entrepreneurship and economic growth across Asia. He also served as a member of the policy planning staff in the Office of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and helped co-develop President Obama’s signature economic initiative for Southeast Asia (U.S.-ASEAN Connect); the inaugural U.S.-China Development Dialogue and U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue; and the strategic communications plan to advance the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Prior to government service, he practiced international law in India, Singapore, and Washington, D.C. and worked with human rights nongovernmental organizations in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Pakistan. His writings on Asian affairs have appeared in CNN, CNBC, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy

    Xinquan Tu, Dean and Professor of the China Institute for WTO Studies of University of International Business and Economics, Beijing

    Xinquan Tu is an academic and commentator whose research and teaching focuses on Chinese trade policy, the WTO, government procurement, US trade policy, and US-China trade relations. He received his PhD in international trade from the University of International Business and Economics in 2004. He authored ‘China’s position, role and strategy in the WTO‘ (published by The Press of UIBE) in 2005, and has published a number of papers and chapters in books.


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