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Thank you to everyone for making the Conference a success!

We hope to see you at the next Harvard Asia Business Conference.

- The 2009 Conference Co-Chairs


Update:  Slides from the Executive Round Table Plenary has been posted.


The Asia Business Conference is an annual gathering jointly organized by student organizations of the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Now in its 18th year, it is the largest Asia-focused business conference in North America. The conference aims to foster meaningful discussion on policies and trends that dominate the business and legal institutions of modern Asia. To this end, the conference organizes a series of keynote speeches, plenary sessions, topical panels, and social events featuring distinguished leaders from industry, government, and academia who have intimate experience with Asia.

Asia in a Whole New World

The Asia Business Conference 2009 will place a keen focus on Asia in the context of the current state of the world. Over this past year, the world has seen a number of new developments led by unpredictable economic, political, and social forces. Faced with the emergence of the current global financial crisis, the recent historic presidential election in the US, an ongoing debate on environmental sustainability, and renewed concerns of national security and regional stability, we are once again reminded of both the dynamism and fragility of the world we live in today. In this whole new world of constant change, we will examine Asia along several key dimensions, from continuous economic development to radical changes in foreign policy.


The 2009 Conference features many distinguished leaders from industry, government, and academia, including:

  • Nam Young Chan, Executive Vice President of SK Telecom, and Chair of the Executive Committee on Corporate Ethics of the Federation of Korean Industries;
  • Takatoshi Kato, Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, and Former Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs of Japan;
  • Jeffrey Shafer, Vice Chairman of Citigroup, and Former Undersecretary of the US Treasury for International Affairs under President Clinton;
  • Thierry Porte, Research Associate, Program on US-Japan Relations of the Weatherhead Center and the Reischauer Institute, Harvard University, and Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Shinsei Bank, Japan.

Past Conference Websites


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