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LSE Asia Forum (Singapore), 10-11 April 2008

The Fourth LSE Asia Forum, entitled 'The Politics of Knowledge', took place in Singapore on the 10th and 11th April, 2008 and was held in association with the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).

The Forum is an important and very public part of the School's strategy to enhance its long standing relationship with the rapidly developing Asian region. It is forms the School's wider initiative to strengthen the existing links and built new strategic alliances with key universities and alumni programmes.

There was an overwhelming turnout of about 600 participants comprising alumni, business leaders and government officials in what was a stimulating day of discussion and networking.

Indeed, the Forum saw top minds from Asia, the UK and the world engaging in a spirited and vibrant debate on the challenges of today's knowledge economy.

Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, delivered the keynote address at the Forum. Throughout the day, top LSE academics participated in thematic sessions and chaired by distinguished guests Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Finance; Ambassador K.Kesavapany, Director, ISEAS; Professor Wang Gungwu, Chairman, ISEAS; and Professor Sarah Worthington, Pro Director, LSE.

Respondents to the sessions include Ms Zainah Anwar, Executive Director, Sisters in Islam; Justice Robert Ribeiro, Permanent Judge, Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal; Professor Tariq Ramadan, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford; Dr. Isher Ahluwalia, Chairperson, ICRIER and Member, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council, Government of India; and Mr Peter Sutherland, Chairman of LSE Court of Governors and Chairman of BP and Goldman Sachs International.


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