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The Covid-19 pandemic has often been referred to as a "black swan" event – unexpected, unpredictable, and highly disruptive. Many scientists, however, had been warning of the probability of a "Disease X" pandemic for years, and some governments had developed contingency plans for pandemics, whether due to their experience with SARS or their concerns over bioterrorism. Covid-19, then, was not so much a "black swan" as it was a "grey rhino" – a known potential problem that could be addressed, but that is often ignored. What are the other "grey rhinos" out there, and how can we prepare for them?

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Agenda

8 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM - 10 AM
Presentation and Discussion

Speakers

  • William Thomas (Director, South-east Asia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    William Thomas

    Director, South-east Asia of The Economist Corporate Network

    William Thomas is the Director of the Economist Corporate Network in South-east Asia. An experienced advisor to senior business and government leaders, he helps organisations understand the strategic, operational, and talent implications of geopolitical changes.

    William holds a PhD in public policy from George Mason University in the US, as well as a degree in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA. His academic research has centered on managing change in large, multinational organisations, with an emphasis on organisational culture.

    William is a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel, having spent much of his 21-year career as a strategic planner for complex operations such as humanitarian assistance and counterterrorism. He was Associate Professor of Political Science at the US Air Force Academy, and later taught at Georgetown University in Washington DC and as a Fulbright Scholar at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

    Having worked in Asia since 2012, William has focused on leadership development and organisational change as a consultant, leadership coach, and training facilitator.

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