Investing in a net-zero economy: Scaling blended finance
November 2022 – In a new episode of the McKinsey Future of Asia Podcast, Gillian Tan, Chief Sustainability Officer of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), speaks with host Bharath Sattanathan, partner based in McKinsey's Singapore office, as they discuss how Asia can take tangible steps to transition to a net-zero economy—and the role of finance in enabling it.
Drawing on key takeaways from MAS’s Transition finance towards net-zero: Scaling blended finance conference, Gillian and Bharath highlight the need for a fundamental rethink of public finance, and the evolving role of finance regulators in the net-zero transition.
Inflation in Asia: How leaders can prepare for volatility
November 2022 – Few chief executives have faced the challenge of leading a company through an inflationary spike like today’s. Despite the challenges, we remain optimistic about Asian growth opportunities. In this episode, we discuss how business leaders could look across their organizations for opportunities to mitigate the effects, helping to build resilience along the value chain.
Join the conversation with Joseph Tesvic; Senior partner at McKinsey & Company, along with Mahima Chugh and Denise Lee, partners at McKinsey & Company.
How to forge trust and overcome crises
September 2022 – Australia is no stranger to crises. Heatwaves, bushfires, droughts, and floods besiege this vast, unique country, posing a significant challenge to all sectors of the Australian public and government. In this episode, McKinsey partner Roland Dillon spoke with Major General Andrew Hocking about the importance of trust in building resilience, why a focus on communities is important, and lessons learned from dealing with both the bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
Asia’s response to the coronavirus
April 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’?
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?
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?
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.