Partnerships for Talent Development in Developing Asia

  • April 28, 2017 - April 29, 2017
    4:00 pm - 1:00 am

Mr. Alex Boome will discuss about the Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index. Which shows how International trade has become fundamental to economic growth and in doing so, has helped to lift hundreds of millions out of poverty. But it is not without costs and risks. The flow of goods and services across borders can disrupt labour markets, accelerate environmental degradation, and contribute to worsening inequality.

The Hinrich Foundation commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit to create the Sustainable Trade Index for the purpose of stimulating meaningful discussion of the full range of considerations that policy makers, business executives, and civil society leaders must take into account when managing and advancing international trade.

This, the inaugural version of the index, measures nineteen economies in Asia and the U.S. across the three recognized pillars of sustainability: economic (“profit”), social (“people”), and environmental (“planet”).

On the other hand, Mr. Alex Ward’s discussion will focus on the the Hinrich Foundation’s Trade Scholarships & Careers program which intends to bridge the gap between academia and industry by sponsoring unique trade-related educational and career opportunities for promising individuals.

This program is designed to optimize the education and skills development potential from both university and industry in order to uniquely address talent shortages in developing Asia. Working with corporate partners who understand the power of sustainable development within their organization, the foundation engages partners across the industry to improve operations across Asia.

About the Speaker

Mr. Alex Boome

Program Director, Hinrich Foundation

Alexander Boome is the Program Director of the Hinrich Foundation, responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the Foundation’s programs across Southeast Asia and mainland China.

He has 20 years of expertise in creating business opportunities for companies in Asia, including Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Prior to the Hinrich Foundation, he worked in the business-to-business export media industry with NASDAQ-listed Global Sources’ as the general manager for corporate marketing.

He served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Palawan, Philippines from 1987 to 1989 where he established programs in community development, family health, and the sustainable use of natural resources.

He has a degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, and has taken Master’s level coursework in Public Policy and Management at the University of London’s Centre for Financial and Economic Studies.

Mr. Alex Ward

Manager for Education Partnerships, Hinrich Foundation

Alex Ward is the Manager for Education Partnerships for the Hinrich Foundation. He is responsible for recruitment and engagement of industry partners, who co-sponsor scholarships and provide career opportunities for Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholars through the foundation’s Education Program.

He joined the foundation in 2015 as a Princeton in Asia Fellow after helping to start a small business outside of his university town in North Carolina in the United States. Based in Manila, Alex is also frequently engaged in Hong Kong and Vietnam given the strong presence of industry partners – both current and potential – in each location.

Alex is eager to connect with industry and academic leaders in order to provide more life-changing opportunities for individuals in the region through the foundation’s unique Trade Scholarships & Careers program.


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