For years, Western observers and media have been talking about the rise of Asia in terms of its massive potential. But the time has come for the rest of the world to update its thinking. The question is no longer how quickly the region will rise; it is how Asia will lead. The CGM supported students from the full-time MBA, FEMBA and EMBA programs to attend a discussion and hear expert perspectives on the Asian Century and how Asia, more than any other region of the world, will shape the next phase of globalization. The discussion featured Jeongmin Seong (pictured, far left), senior fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute, who shared insights from McKinsey’s research series on the future of Asia and deciphered the region’s many facets, from trade flows and the corporate ecosystem to technology and the Asian consumer.
Walter Wang (second from right), head of, head of operations at TSM, and Terry Kramer, adjunct professor and faculty director of UCLA Anderson’s Easton Technology Management Center, joined the conversation that also addressed how business leaders can better develop new strategies and thrive in the Asian Century. The discussion was moderated by Ira Kasoff, a board member of the Asia Society Southern California.