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Asian business taskforce stages inaugural event

More than 60 professionals attend discussion on UK engagement with Asia

Cass's Centre for Research on Asian Management helped to stage an innovative new networking event designed to connect leaders in Asian business and policy. More than 60 delegates attended the first Future Leaders in Asia Group (FLAG) event to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing UK engagement with Asia.

The discussion was led by Lord Meghnad Desai, Professor Emeritus of the London School of Economics; Lord Howard Flight, Chairman of Arden and Partners, former Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party; Sir David John KCMG, Chairman of BSI Group, co-founder of the Association of MBAs and former member of the CBI's International Advisory Board; and Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah, Deputy Malaysian High Commissioner to the UK and former Counsel General of Malaysia to Mumbai.

The event attracted professionals from the public and private sectors, including representatives from KMPG, Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank, Moody's, London Business School, Cambridge University and the Ministry of Defence.

FLAG aims to bring like-minded young professionals together through networking events and a series of interactive workshops addressing key aspects of leadership in Asia with the Centre for Research on Asian Management at Cass Business School, London as well as in Asia at a newly established Think Tank on human capital development based in Singapore.

Among its panel members and senior advisors is Professor Chris Rowley, Director of the Centre for Research on Asian Management at Cass. Professor Rowley has published numerous books on management in Asia and is also the co-editor of the leading journal in the area, Asian Pacific Business Review. He is also editing a Special Issue of the journal and a new book on 'Leadership in Asia' with the leading management guru, Professor Dave Ulrich, University of Michigan and RBL Group.

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