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April 1, 2015

The Economic Outlook for Asia

featuring Shang-Jin Wei, Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank

Time: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Uris 301, Columbia Business School

Shang-Jin Wei, Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank, will discuss the bank's just-released forecast for economic growth and inflation in Asian economies.

What you'll learn:

  • How new economic data affect the investment climate
  • Challenges and opportunities presented by a decline in oil prices
  • What new major reform efforts are underway
  • The role of financial development in economic growth and inclusion

Lunch will be provided.

Registration now open.


April 14, 2015

India's Unfinished Reforms

presented by The India Business Initiative

featuring Rajiv Lall, executive chairman, IDFC

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: The University Club, One West 54th Street

In a special appearance, Dr. Rajiv Lall, executive chairman of IDFC, India's leading infrastructure development firm, will outline the nation-building that still need to be done if India is to achieve its full potential.

Dr. Lall has about three decades of experience with leading global investment banks, multilateral agencies and in academia. His areas of expertise include project finance, private equity/ venture capital, international capital markets, trade, infrastructure and macroeconomic policy issues with a focus on emerging markets including India and China in particular.

Dr. Lall straddles the policy making and finance worlds. He has chaired the Global Agenda Council on Infrastructure of the World Economic Forum and the Infrastructure Council of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) a leading business chamber in the country.  He is a member of the Managing Committee of ASSOCHAM, the Economic Policy Council of CII and was President of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Dr. Lall was India's representative to the G20 Workgroup on Infrastructure and a member of the City of London's Advisory Council on India. He was also a member of the Planning Commission's Steering Committee on Urban Development Management set up to help formulate the country's 12th Five Year Plan; the Prime Minister’s Committees on Infrastructure Finance and Transport Sector Development; Expert Group on Modernization of Indian Railways of Ministry of Railways Government of India, and the Reserve Bank of India’s Committee on NBFCs.  Dr. Lall has served on several other Government Committees including those focused on Urban Infrastructure, Bond Market Development and Financial Sector Reform.

Registration required. Please register here.


May 6, 2015

Sir Gordon Wu Distinguished Speaker Forum

China-US Relations — An Unsustainable Codependency

featuring Stephen Roach, Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and a Senior Lecturer at Yale’s School of Management

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive

The US and Chinese economies are locked in an uncomfortable embrace: Both have become overly reliant on the other in driving their respective growth models.  As is the case in the psychology of human relationships, economic codependency leads to frictions, imbalances, and  the ultimate break-up.  Drawing on his new book, "Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China" Roach will argue that both the United States and China are now exhibiting classic symptoms of an unsustainable codependency.  The challenge for the two countries is to address this shared pathology through a fundamental rebalancing of their economic growth models.  There is enormous opportunity if they pull it off.  There is great risk if they don’t.

Copies of Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China will be available for sale and book signing.

This lecture is part of the Sir Gordon Wu Distinguished Speaker Forum series. 

Registration required. Please register here.

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Registration now open for “India’s Unfinished Reforms” featuring Rajiv Lall of Indian infrastructure firm IDFC. April 14, 5:30 p.m., University Club, New York.
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Seats still available for April 1 talk by Shang-Jin Wei, Chief Economist of the Development Bank of Asia, on Asia’s economic outlook.
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