The Asia-Pacific has weathered the storm of global financial crisis of 2008 well, and with almost half of the world’s total GDP expected to come from the region by 2040, this century is poised to be the century of Asia, according to William H. Strong, Co-CEO, Asia-Pacific, Morgan Stanley. He was speaking at a talk organised by the School as part of Leadership Dialogue Series.
The Leadership Dialogue Series is an initiative to invite distinguished leaders from industry to share their insights and exchange ideas with the business community.
The latest session by William Strong was attended by more than 120 students, staff and faculty members of the School and industry professionals. He walked the audience through the causes of the 2008 global financial crisis, and subsequent measures taken by the US and European governments. He also shared the implications of the crisis for the Asia-Pacific and the potential opportunities as a result of global economic changes. Strong is optimistic about the rapid growth of the region and predicts an increase in global investment activities resulting in high demand for capital and resources.
The talk was followed by a Q&A session moderated by Professor Joseph Cherian, Practice Professor of Finance and Director of the School’s Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI), during which a range of topics including career opportunities at Morgan Stanley and the challenges for economies in Asia-Pacific were discussed. Strong emphasised the importance of integrity and trust in the financial industry throughout the discussion.
Dean Bernard Yeung wrapped up the event with closing remarks.