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In times of crisis, global rivalries tend to intensify rather than abate. The coronavirus crisis has led to a further deterioration in the already chronically bad relations between China and the US. The epidemic is not the cause of the difficulties in US-China relations, however; it is merely exacerbating trends that have existed for years as both countries compete for economic dominance. Tensions have crystallised around trade and technology and, for some, herald the arrival of a new cold war.

For business and business leaders in Asia and beyond, geopolitical risk, and the politicisation of business more broadly, are now top of agenda items.

Join us as we invite distinguished scholar Dr Alan Dupont, Research Fellow at the Hinrich Foundation and author of a new report "New Cold War: De-risking US-China Conflict", to outline the contours and possible trajectory of this conflict and discuss with Dane Chamorro, Partner Asia Pacific at Control Risks, what approaches business leaders can adopt to navigate increasingly troubled waters.


  • Dane Chamorro (Partner, Asia Pacific at Control Risks)

    Dane Chamorro

    Partner, Asia Pacific at Control Risks

    Dane Chamorro is a Partner in Control Risks Asia Pacific business and has more than 25 years’ experience in the region. A former US diplomat, Dane was most recently Managing Partner for the Southeast Asia business and previously Director of Global Risk Analysis for the Asia Pacific region and Managing Director of the company’s North Asia business, encompassing Greater China, Korea and Mongolia.

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  • Dr Alan Dupont (CEO of Cognoscenti Group)

    Dr Alan Dupont

    CEO of Cognoscenti Group

    Dr. Alan Dupont AO is CEO of geopolitical risk consultancy the Cognoscenti Group. He has an international reputation for his expertise on defence, foreign policy and national security and has worked extensively at the interface of security, politics, business and technology. Alan has held advisory and board positions in government and the corporate sector and senior appointments at leading Australian universities, including as the foundation Michael Hintze Professor of International Security at the University of Sydney.

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  • Jon Penrice (President Asia Pacific at Dow Chemical Pacific Ltd)

    Jon Penrice

    President Asia Pacific at Dow Chemical Pacific Ltd

    Jon Penrice leads Dow’s business in Asia Pacific. Prior to this, he was the vice president for Dow Polyurethane business for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, leading a transformation towards a higher growth and higher value business. Jon joined Dow in 2007 in Switzerland and led various global businesses including Electrical & Telecommunications and Formulated Systems.
    Prior to Dow, Jon was the global executive vice president for the fibers and apparel business of DuPont, which became Koch Industries’ Invista. Jon graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK, with a degree in Natural Sciences, and is based in Hong Kong.

    Jon graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK, with a degree in Natural Sciences, and is based in Hong Kong with his family.

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  • Andrew Staples (Global Editorial Director of Economist Corporate Network)

    Andrew Staples

    Global Editorial Director of Economist Corporate Network

    Andrew is the global Editorial Director of The Economist Corporate Network (ECN), the Economist Intelligence Unit’s briefing and advisory service for senior business leaders. He leads and supports a team of Network Directors (NDs) across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and ensures that editorial consistency and quality are maintained to the highest level.

    As editorial director, Andrew ensures that the values and standards of The Economist brand are upheld across all the networks and drives ECN editorial strategy through the innovation of new services and products.

    Andrew joined the Economist Group in 2013 and prior to his current role, ran ECN in Tokyo (later North Asia) and South-east Asia.

    Andrew provides members with insight and analysis on a range of topics related to ASEAN and the broader East Asian economy. He regularly chairs and moderates major Economist events, delivers custom briefings to senior executives (including Fortune 500 C-suite) and public figures (including heads of states) in his areas of expertise in the international media (BBC, CNN, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, Al Jazeera).

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Andrew was an associate professor of international business at business schools and leading universities in the UK (University of Sheffield) and Japan (Keio University, Doshisha Business School and Globis University Graduate School of Management).

    Andrew has published widely in his areas of expertise and his major publications include Responses to Regionalism in East Asia: Japanese Production Networks in the Automotive Sector published as part of the Palgrave Macmillan Asian Business Series and chapters in edited volumes including Asian Inward and Outward FDI: New Challenges in the Global Economy and popular textbooks including Asian Business and Management. He was also a Senior Editor for the internationally peer reviewed journal Asian Business and Management.

    Andrew has an MSc in East Asian Business and a PhD in International Political Economy from the University of Sheffield, U.K., and was a Ministry of Education research scholar at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo (2001-2003).

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