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The future of (hybrid) work

– What does the future of work look like in Asia? How can leaders adapt to accommodate their employees’ wants and needs, attract new talent, and still ensure productivity?

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Building a mentally resilient workforce

August 2022 – Employee mental health and resilience is a critical topic for business leaders globally—McKinsey research has shown that as many as one in four employees are reporting signs of burnout. In this episode, we discuss the factors that can influence workplace mental health, and how organizations can effectively build a mentally resilient workforce.

Join the conversation with Samuel Harvey, Professor of Psychiatry from University of New South Wales and Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute, Phil Davis, Managing Director of Amazon Web Services in Asia Pacific and Japan, and Alistair Carmichael, Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company.

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Leading Asia: Arundhati Bhattacharya on lifelong learning and talent reinvention

June 2022 – Our ‘Leading Asia’ series features brief summaries of conversations we’ve had with Asian CEOs to discuss what they’ve learned in their journeys as leaders. Join the conversation with Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairperson and CEO of Salesforce, India, a US software company with a $210 billion market capitalization as of May 2022. Previously, Arundhati was the chairperson of the State Bank of India and retired in October 2017, wrapping a 40-year tenure at India’s largest bank. In this episode, we hear more about Arundhati’s leadership mindset, lessons learned from her big transition, and what it takes to succeed in this new era of uncertainty, change, and rapid technological progress.

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Human capital explained: how experience changes careers

June 2022 – According to McKinsey research, individual earnings are directly linked to a person’s work experience. So, how can experience influence your career earnings? In this new sub-series, Future of Asia Explains, we discuss how the ‘experience effect’ influences the human capital and how companies could attract and retain their best talent.

Join the conversation with Kanmani Chockalingam, the co-author of McKinsey Global Institute’s report ‘Human Capital: The Value of Experience.’

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COP26 and Implications for Asia

January 2022 – Asia faces several key challenges in undertaking the net- zero transition while standing out as being more exposed to physical climate risk than other parts of the world. In this episode, we discuss that coming out of COP26, what are the main priorities and challenges in the Asia Pacific with regards to climate change, what are the different technological advances, capital investment, and behavior change to solve the net-zero equation and how leaders can and policymakers in the region contribute to the commitments made at COP26.

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Getting to know Asia’s future consumers

September 2021 – Asia is the world’s consumption growth engine – miss Asia, and you’ll miss a $10 trillion opportunity over the next decade. Powerful demographic forces are reshaping consumer behavior and causing large shifts in consumption patterns. In this episode, we discuss the consumer trends and segments driving Asia’s growth over the next decade, and how companies and businesses can capture these new segments of Asian consumers.

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Setting your organizations up for success in cloud technology

July 2021 – Cloud has become a great enabler in advancing organizations’ business priorities across Asia. The growing importance of cloud technology is now being realized all over the region but challenges remain. What are the best practices when thinking about leveraging cloud technology? How do leaders attract and retain talent that can take their organizations to the next level? In this episode, we shine a light on the challenges and offer ways for leaders to think about integrating cloud tech that is fit-for-purpose.

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The evolution of healthtech in Asia

April 2021 – Asia’s healthcare ecosystems are digitizing. Amid enormous challenges in the face of COVID-19, healthcare companies have taken steps to mitigate the crisis and create positive change. In this episode, we discuss how Asia’s healthcare sector can capture opportunities in a post-pandemic world, especially on the back of recent technological shifts that have shaped its current ecosystem.

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The Asian Century Part 2

December 2020 – At the beginning of our discussion back in August 2019, the most important issues facing Asia were the ramping up of the US-China trade challenges, the North Korea-US nuclear deals, the Rohingya refugee crisis, and the many challenges ahead with the crisis in climate change. Today in 2020, a lot of these issues have shifted due to the influence of the global COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down countries, economies, businesses, and impacted tens of millions of lives and livelihoods. In this episode, which is part 2 of our conversation, we discuss how Asia will lead in the middle of global competition, the impact of COVID-19 on the future of trade and the efficacy of some of the big trading partnerships in place, politics of vaccine adoption and distribution, and the climate challenges in Asia.

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The shopping habits of the Australian consumer

July 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound economic impact upon families and markets across almost all sectors. Coupled with the recent bushfires and recession, Australian consumers’ habits are adapting to the changing circumstances. In this episode, we discuss the shifts in the Australian consumer’s behaviour. How can Australian businesses adapt and innovate to meet the post-COVID-19 consumer where they are?

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Asia’s response to the coronavirus

May 2020 – The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the global economy. Asia, the first part of the world affected by the crisis, is leading the way out of it. The decisions leaders make today will not only influence how quickly their organizations and nations can emerge from the current crisis, but also define how they adapt to the ‘next normal’. In a post-pandemic world, can Asia play a major role in defining the ‘next normal’?

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Future of China and its relationship with the world

November 2019 – After four decades of opening up its economy, China is facing their first set of challenges with their relationship to the world. Could we be seeing the beginning of a new trend of less engagement between China and the world after years of deepening ties?

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The future of (hybrid) work

August 2022 – In this episode, we discuss the big trends defining the future of work in Asia, why certain companies are reluctant to embrace remote working arrangements, and how organizations can respond to these latest developments. Join the conversation with Ahmed Mazhari, President of Microsoft Asia, Paul Marriott, President of SAP Asia Pacific Japan, and Diaan-Yi Lin, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company.

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The path to net-zero: Investing in carbon markets

January 2022 – As the drive to curb global warming gathers pace, carbon markets have become increasingly fundamental to achieving net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions. In this episode, we discuss the rapid emergence of carbon markets as a viable asset class, the risks and opportunities investors should be mindful of, and the role corporates and investors can play in the net-zero transition.

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The Future of Healthcare in Asia

September 2021 – Asia is primed for rapid healthcare change, driven by shifting demographics, rising consumer expectations, technological innovations, and limited legacy health infrastructure. Today, digital health impacts more than a billion lives, and estimates show that digital health in Asia could collectively create up to $100 billion in value by 2025. In this episode, we discuss the fundamental forces driving healthcare transformation in Asia, what kind of consumer-centric digital ecosystems are emerging across the world, and what business leaders must consider when building and scaling these ecosystems.

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Fighting gender bias in artificial intelligence

April 2021 – Artificial intelligence (AI) has played a huge part in accelerating key trends during the pandemic – it has fundamentally changed the way we work. However, what happens when human biases affect the way we use technology? In this podcast, we dive deep into how gender bias is reflected in AI, why we must consciously debias our machine-human interfaces, and how AI can be a positive force for gender parity.

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Looking ahead to 202‪1

January 2021 – 2020 has been a challenging year. With employees working from home, customers taking to digital channels at unprecedented rates, and news headlines signaling more unpredictability, many companies are finding their resilience tested like never before. As we reflect on our experiences and look to the new year, we discuss the growing gap between high and low performers, the opportunities for trade as nations shift supply chains, and which industries have observed impressive adaptations to new digital solutions in Asia.

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The Asian Century Part ‪1‬‬

December 2020 – At the beginning of our discussion back in August 2019, the most important issues facing Asia were the ramping up of the US-China trade challenges, the North Korea-US nuclear deals, the Rohingya refugee crisis, and the many challenges ahead with the crisis in climate change. Today in 2020, a lot of these issues have shifted due to the influence of the global COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down countries, economies, businesses, and impacted tens of millions of lives and livelihoods. In this episode, which is part 1 of our conversation, we discuss how Asia will lead in the middle of global competition, the impact of COVID-19 on the future of trade and the efficacy of some of the big trading partnerships in place, politics of vaccine adoption and distribution, and the climate challenges in Asia.

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Countering the gender-regressive shock of COVID-19 in Asia

August 2020 – As COVID-19 continues to impact lives and livelihoods around the world, we can see that the pandemic and its economic fallout are having regressive effects on gender equality. What does progress on gender parity look like in light of COVID-19? What is the state of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and what workable steps can be taken to empower women in a post-pandemic world?

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Planning ahead of the coronavirus crisis

May 2020 – The coronavirus outbreak is shaping up to be the biggest economic crisis since World War II. The challenges associated with the virus are much larger than companies are used to dealing with, and firms need to have an adaptable operating model that can withstand an extraordinary level of uncertainty. How can companies adjust their business recovery responses according to the shifting time-frames?

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The future of banking in Asia

February 2020 – In Asia, banking is going through massive discontinuities, driven by the forces of a global slowdown, accompanied by discontinuities, driven by technology, and a benign regulatory environment. Could these challenges also bring with them waves of new opportunities?

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Asian networks and flows are defining the next phase of globalization

October 2019 – The Asian Century has begun. Asia is the world’s largest regional economy and it is poised to lead the world into the next phase of globalization. We discuss how global flows are shifting toward Asia, and what companies and governments can do to win in a world led by Asia.

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