Hong Kong APEC Study Centre at The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd)
Roundtable on “Managing Regional Economic Integration: Economic and Political Security in APEC”
with support from
Centre for Governance and Citizenship, HKIEd
Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong
Date: 29 January 2015 (Thursday)
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: Connie Fan Multi-media Conference Room
Floor 4, Cheng Yick-Chi Building
City University of Hong Kong
APEC’s (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) 21 member economies are responsible for generating more than half of all global economic activity. They represent some of the most economically and socially dynamic economies in the world. Their increasing cooperation across a range of trade, economic and political domains since APEC’s inception in 1989, has been an important source helping support development, economic growth, and enhancing the capacity of member economies in areas as diverse as food and energy security, the management of climate change, people trafficking, data privacy, cross border crime, and inclusive growth through support for small and medium size enterprise and on-going structural and economic reform.
This Roundtable brings together a series of leading international experts working in the fields of political economy, social policy and international relations to critically examine the major challenges and opportunities facing APEC economies, strategies for enhanced trade, economic, political and social engagement, as well as the major obstacles APEC faces in terms of the rapidly changing economic and political relations among member economies.
The Roundtable is moderated by Professor Stephen Cheung, President, HKIEd and brings together four eminent speakers:
Dr Alan Bollard, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat (Singapore).
Professor Mark Beeson, Professor of Political Science and International Politics, School of Social Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Professor Richard Stubbs, Professor of Political Science, McMaster University, Montreal, Canada
Dr Simon Shen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Roundtable welcomes participation from members of the business community, financial services, trade and export services sectors, policy makers and academics. The Roundtable is an open forum and welcomes public engagement.
Moderator: Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung, BBS, JP
President, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung, BBS, JP, President and Chair Professor of Public Policy, joined The Hong Kong Institute of Education in 2013.
He was Dean and Chair Professor of Finance, School of Business at the Hong Kong Baptist University. Professor Cheung was also Convenor of the Business Advisory Committee at the university and participated in the accreditation and assessment of undergraduate, research and graduate programmes, academic development and strategic development.
Professor Cheung is highly active in academic research, focusing on corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and financial market development, and publishes widely in international refereed journals. He is also a prolific writer, contributing numerous articles to Chinese, English, Japanese and French newspapers and magazines.
Professor Cheung has actively participated in a wide range of community services. He chairs the Supervisory Committee of the Asian Bond Fund Hong Kong Bond Index Fund of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Nursing and Midwifery Sub-Group of Steering Committee on Strategic Review on Healthcare Manpower Planning and Professional Development, the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund Task Force, and serves as a member of the Commission on Poverty. In past years, Professor Cheung held a number of other public offices. He was the Chairman of the Consultation Panel of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and Part-time Member of the Central Policy Unit.
Dr Alan Bollard
Executive Director, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat
Dr Alan Bollard is the Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore, the body that promotes trade, investment and sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific. Dr Bollard advances APEC’s agenda by executing APEC’s work programmes as mandated by Leaders and Ministers.
Prior to joining APEC, Dr Bollard was the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 2002 to 2012. In that position, he was responsible for monetary policy and bank regulations, helping steer New Zealand through the global financial crisis.
From 1998 to 2002, Dr Bollard was the Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury. As the government’s principal economic adviser, he managed the Crown’s finances and helped guide economic policy. He has served as New Zealand’s Alternate Governor to the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. From 1994 – 2008, he was the Chairman of the New Zealand Commerce Commission. Prior to this from 1987 to 1994 he was Director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
Dr Bollard has helped rebuild the famous MONIAC hydraulic model of the British economy. He has also designed a computer simulation game called OIKONOMOS where you play at being Minister of Finance. He wrote a best-selling account of the GFC called “Crisis: One Central Bank Governor and the Global Financial Collapse”. More recently he has published a novel entitled ‘The Rough Mechanical’.
He is married to venture capitalist Jenny Morel and has 2 sons. Dr Bollard has a PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland. He has since been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees. In 2012 he was honoured as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Professor Richard Stubbs
Professor, Department of Political Science, McMaster University, Montreal, Canada
Richard Stubbs is Professor in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University, Montreal, Canada. He has published widely on security and political economy issues especially with regard to East and Southeast Asia. His most recent research has been on East Asian regionalism, regional international relations in Southeast Asia, China-Southeast Asia relations, the fate of the Developmental State, and the Malayan Emergency. His most recent books are Rethinking Asia’s Economic Miracle: The Political Economy of War, Prosperity and Crisis (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and, as co-editor with Geoffrey R.D. Underhill, Political Economy and the Changing Global Order, 3rd Edition (Toronto and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006) and as co-editor with Amitav Acharya, Theorizing Southeast Asian Relations (London: Routledge, 2008). He is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in leading international journals.
Professor Mark Beeson
Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Mark Beeson is Professor of Political Science and International Politics, School of Social Sciences, the University of Western Australia (UWA). Before joining UWA, he taught at Murdoch, Griffith, Queensland, York (UK) and Birmingham, where he was also head of department. He is the co-editor of Contemporary Politics, and the founding editor of Critical Studies of the Asia Pacific. Professor Beeson’s work is centred on the politics, economics and security of the broadly conceived Asia-Pacific region. He is the author of more than 130 journal articles and book chapters, and the founding editor of Critical Studies of the Asia Pacific (Palgrave). His recent books include, Institutions of the Asia-Pacific: ASEAN, APEC and Beyond, (Routledge, 2009, Securing Southeast Asia: The Politics of Security Sector Reform, (with Alex Bellamy, Routledge, 2008), Regionalism and Globalization in East Asia: Politics, Security and Economic Development, (Palgrave, 2007), and edited collections Issues in 21st Century World Politics (with Nick Bisley, Palgrave), and The Routledge Handbook of Asian Regionalism, Routledge (with Richard Stubbs).
Dr Simon Shen
Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr. Simon Shen is an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Social Science in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. At present he serves as the Director of Global Studies Programme, Director of Master of Global Political Economy Programme, Co-Director of the International Affairs Research Center of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, and the Convener of the Taskforce for Enhancing International Bonding on Campus (iBond) under the University-level Internationalization Committee in the CUHK. As a prolific international relations scholar, Dr. Shen has published more than a dozen of articles in the SSCI-listed journals including China Quarterly, China Review, Pacific Affairs, Pacific Review and others. He has worked as visiting or senior visiting fellows of Brookings Institution, University of Warwick and National University of Singapore and is holding various adjunct academic positions in the People’s Republic of China. He is also an active member in the civil society of Hong Kong, being the Lead Writer (Global) of the Hong Kong Economic Journal, Founding Chancellor of the social science network Roundtable, Founding Chairman of the International Relations Research Association and its online new portal Glocal, Member of Board of Directors of Hong Kong Policy Research Institute and former Part-time Member of the Central Policy Unit.