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Chandran Nair: Asia Must Find New Economic Model
Founder of Hong Kong-Based GIFT Think Tank to Speak at AFF 2012

   Chandran Nair

21 December 2011 – Asia must reject the “Western economic model” of consumerism and find a new direction, one in which safe food, water and sanitation are higher priorities than acquiring cars and mobile phones, according to Chandran Nair, founder of the Hong Kong-based think tank Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT).

Speaking ahead of the 16-17 January 2012 Asian Financial Forum (AFF), Mr Nair outlined ideas central to GIFT. He founded the institute in 2004, and has developed it into a company that now provides field-based executive learning programmes.

Watch the HKTDC video here: http://goo.gl/xDUJO 
To view a full transcript of Mr Nair’s interview with the HKTDC

Mr Nair will be a featured speaker next month at the fifth Asian Financial Forum (AFF). Organised by the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), this year’s forum theme is “Asia: Driving Sustainable Growth.” Participants will address growth opportunities and challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, and the Chinese mainland in particular. The main programme will focus on issues such as global investment prospects, China opportunities, Japan’s reconstruction and green growth initiatives.

Forum Website: http://www.asianfinancialforum.com/

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