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LSE Asia Forum in Hong Kong a huge success

The hugely successful LSE Asia Forum in Hong Kong took place on Saturday 17 October 2015 and was attended by over 200 alumni and close friends of the School.

Led by Professor Craig Calhoun, Director and President of LSE, the event featured a day of lively sessions full of engaging discussions, with guests revelling in their enthusiasm to explore current research and take part in intellectual debates for which LSE is world renowned.

The array of outstanding panellists comprised of distinguished LSE faculty and highly notable alumni from the region. The first panel started with the question of How does Hong Kong Continue to be Special?, featuring observations from Hon. Emily Lau, Professor Damian Chalmers and Benny Tai, and was followed by a thoughtful and insightful conversation on Hong Kong’s Public and Social Engagement, with Audrey Eu and Professor Anthony Cheung. The afternoon sessions continued to excite the audience with animated debate on Hong Kong as an International Finance Centre: Social Issues where the local meets the Global, chaired by Professor Erik Berglof, with remarks from Isabella Steger, Professor Diane Perrons and Kenneth Leung. The final conversation, chaired by Professor Danny Quah, explored Hong Kong’s Past, Present and Future, and featured poignant personal reflections from Professor Johannes Chan and Kevin Lau.

Throughout the day there were many tough and perceptive questions for the speakers in each of the sessions, as you would expect from LSE alumni. 

Ahead of the evening reception, Professor Calhoun delivered a state of the School and his vision for the future of LSE. 

The warm reception extended to LSE academics highlighted the profound affinity alumni and friends in Hong Kong have for the School. This was further demonstrated by the range of attendees: alumni spanning generations and six decades, from the 1963 to 2015 cohorts, were in attendance.

The evening reception was characterised by enthusiastic socialising and networking that stretched well past the scheduled close for the event. Special thanks was given to Kenneth Lai, LSE Alumni Chairman, and the committee of the Friends of LSE in Hong Kong, for their commitment and enthusiastic support in the preparation and delivery of the Forum.

Click here for a selection of images from the event