NEW YORK, April 8, 2014 - "Asia 2025: A Path Toward Peace and Prosperity," a panel discussion at a half-day forum marking the formal launch of the Asia Society Policy Institute, convenes Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations; former Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz; Cui Tiankai, China's Ambassador to the U.S.; Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS; Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Singapore's Ambassador to the U.S.; and V. Shankar, CEO for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Americas at Standard Chartered. Moderated by Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, and introduced by Asia Society Trustee Lulu Wang. (1 hr., 12 min.)
Alyssa Ayres is senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. She served most recently as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia during 2010-2013, covering all issues across a dynamic region of 1.3 billion people (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, and Bhutan), and providing policy direction and support for four U.S. embassies and four consulates. Trained originally as a cultural historian, she has experience in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors, and has carried out research on both India and Pakistan.
Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, Dr. Ayres led the India and South Asia practice at McLarty Associates, the Washington-based international strategic advisory firm, from 2008-2010. She joined the firm after serving in the U.S. Department of State as special assistant to the undersecretary for political affairs as a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow. Prior to that she worked in the nonprofit sector at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, and at the Asia Society in New York.
Her book on nationalism, culture, and politics in Pakistan, Speaking Like a State, was published worldwide by Cambridge University Press in 2009, and received the American Institute of Pakistan Studies book prize for 2011-2012. She has co-edited three books on India and Indian foreign policy: Power Realignments in Asia (Sage 2009), India Briefing: Takeoff at Last? and India Briefing: Quickening the Pace of Change (ME Sharpe 2002 and 2005).
Dr. Ayres has been awarded numerous fellowships, and has received four group or individual Superior Honor Awards for work at the State Department. She speaks fluent Hindi and Urdu, and in the mid-1990s worked as an interpreter for the International Committee of the Red Cross. She received an AB magna cum laude from Harvard College, and an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago, where her dissertation was defended with distinction. She is a former term member, and has been a life member of CFR since 2010.
Shaukat Aziz is a Pakistani economist and financier who served as the fifteenth Prime Minister of Pakistan from 20 August 2004 to 15 November 2007, as well as the Finance Minister of Pakistan from 6 November 1999 to 15 November 2007.
Michael Jonathan Green is senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an associate professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as director for Asian affairs, with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and then as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia. Before joining the NSC staff, he was senior fellow for East Asian security at the Council on Foreign Relations, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute, and an assistant professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and senior adviser on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also worked in Japan on the staff of a member of the National Diet.
Ashok Kumar Mirpuri
Ashok Kumar Mirpuri took up his appointment as Singapore's Ambassador to the United States of America in July 2012. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Ambassador to Indonesia from 2006 to 2012, High Commissioner to Malaysia from 2002 to 2006 and High Commissioner to Australia from 2000 to 2002.
A career diplomat, Mirpuri joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 1984. In 1994, he was appointed Director of MFA's Policy Planning & Analysis Directorate I (Southeast Asia). In 1997, Mirpuri was seconded to Shell International Ltd in the United Kingdom as Corporate Advisor (Asia Pacific). He was subsequently assigned to the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta in 1998 as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission, having previously served in Jakarta as First Secretary (Political).
Mirpuri graduated with an honours degree from the National University of Singapore. He received his MA at the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies under a Raffles Scholarship. He attended the Programme for Executive Development at the Institute for Management Development, Switzerland, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, USA.
Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 14 books, nine of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes. His most recent books are Virtual Tibet, The China Reader, and Mandate of Heaven. He is also a contributor to such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and many others. He is a fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a senior fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a recipient of the Overseas Press Club Award and the Harvard-Stanford Shorenstein Prize for Asian Reporting.
V. Shankar joined the Board on 1 January 2012. Based in Dubai, he is Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas.
He joined Standard Chartered in 2001 as Group Head of Corporate Finance, was appointed Group Head of Origination and Client Coverage in 2007, and promoted to his current role in 2010.
Before joining Standard Chartered, Shankar worked with Bank of America for 19 years. In addition to his responsibilities at Standard Chartered, Shankar is a non-executive director of Majid Al Futtaim Holding LLC, a member of the board of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and board of trustees of SINDA. He is also a member of the Singapore Government's National Integration Council.
He has a BSc in Physics from Loyola College in Chennai and a MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. Shankar is aged 55.
Cui Tiankai was born in 1952. He is a native of Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. Majored in School of Foreign Languages of East China Normal University. Postgraduate from School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. Master of Public Administration. He was Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2013, and prior to that, Chinese ambassador to Japan. In 2013, he became the 10th Chinese Ambassador to the United States.