Lecture Series with Indo-Pacific Leaders

Webinar Series 2023: Leaders Shaping the Indo-Pacific

Nearly three years have passed since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, and recurring surges continue to impact the economy, food security, the environment, and political stability. Escalating geopolitical tensions with Russia and China are affecting a growing number of people, as are continued economic stagnation and widening social inequality.

This year’s series will feature three webinars on the themes of pandemic response, the environment, and children’s rights, with speakers from the Indo-Pacific region who have actively worked to overcome social divisions and build a more inclusive society.

Those who wish to receive detailed information on each session through the I-House e-news are asked to register through the e-news registration form.

Organizer: International House of Japan
Sponsor: MRA Foundation

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[Webinar Series 2023: Leaders Shaping the Indo-Pacific]
Webinar #1 “Malaysia’s Response to COVID-19”

  • Speaker: Khor Swee Kheng (Physician/CEO, Angsana Health)
  • Moderator:Yoshiyuki Sagara (Senior Research Fellow, International House of Japan / Asia Pacific Initiative)
  • Language: English with Japanese subtitles
  • Release Date: January 12, 2022
  • Organizer: International House of Japan
  • Sponsor: MRA Foundation

It has been three years since the outbreak of COVID-19, during which the number of deaths per population in East Asia have been low compared to Europe and the United States. In this webinar, Khor Swee Kheng, a Malaysian physician who serves as CEO of Angsana Health—a company established to establish an initial medical care system—will speak about how Malaysia confronted COVID-19 and its repercussions. The interview was led by Yoshiyuki Sagara, an I-House/API senior research fellow who was involved in the policy review of Japan’s pandemic response as co-author of a review report on the Japanese government’s response to COVID-19. Khor described how the government and civil society responded in Malaysia, what lessons were learned, and what challenges lie ahead in global health.

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Khor Swee KhengDr. Khor Swee Kheng is a Malaysian physician specializing in health systems and global health based in Singapore. He is CEO of Angsana Health (building primary care systems), has concurrent appointments at Chatham House, the National University of Singapore, and the United Nations University and advises the Malaysian government on health reforms. Previously, he held progressively senior practice roles in medicine, refugee medicine, and Fortune 100 pharma. In these roles, he was based in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Shanghai, and Paris, covering Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. He holds three postgraduate degrees, in internal medicine (Royal College of Physicians), public health (Berkeley) and public policy (Oxford), and has published over 190 articles in international academic journals, think-tanks, and the media (including the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs, The Lancet, and Project Syndicate).

photo: VirayMr.Yoshiyuki Sagara’s research focuses on health security policy including the COVID-19 response, international conflicts, Japan's foreign policy, and economic statecraft. Before joining API in 2020, he had 15 years of experience working in the Japanese government and the United Nations system, as well as in the tech industry. From 2018 to 2020, he served as assistant director of the Second Northeast Asia Division (North Korea desk) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. From 2015 to 2018, he served in the Guidance and Learning Unit within the Policy and Mediation Division of the UN Department of Political Affairs in New York. Previously, he also served in the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Sudan of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He is a co-author of The Independent Investigation Commission on the Japanese Government’s Response to COVID-19: Report on Best Practices and Lessons Learned. He holds a master of public policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo and a BA in law from Keio University.
   
*The webinar series Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacificseeks to introduce new leaders, ideas and initiatives that will shape the Indo-Pacific region in the coming years.

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Second Season (Jan~March, 2022)

[Webinar Series: Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific]
Unwavering Activism to Give Minorities a Voice
[Webinar Series: Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific]
Recovery after Conflict, Disaster, and the Pandemic
A Special Tribute to Tetsu Nakamura, 2003 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee
[Webinar Series: Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific]
Farmers Championing Environmental and Social Goals
A Special Tribute to Masanobu Fukuoka, 1988 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee
[Webinar Series: Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific]
The Future is Theirs: Fostering the Independent and Dynamic Learning of Children
[Webinar Series: Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific]
Growing a Social Movement: The Role of Alternative Media

First Season (Jan~March, 2021)

[Webinar Series: Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific]
The Future of Cities in Asia: Smart Cities Pursuing the Well-Being of Citizens
[Webinar Series: Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific]
Equal Rights and Same-sex Marriage for LGBTQ in Asia: How to Create an Inclusive and Kind Society
[Webinar Series: Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific]
The #MeToo Movement in Asia: How Can We Fight against Sexual Violence?
[Webinar Series: Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific]
The Future of Architecture: Creating New Spaces and Connections
[Webinar Series: Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific]
The Future Is Asian: Technology and Geopolitics in the 21st Century
[Webinar Series: Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific]
Educational Disparity and New Practices in the Covid Era
[Webinar Series: Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific]
Conversation with Minister Audrey Tang