Webinar Series



19 January 2022, 9:30 pm SGT / 8:30 am ET

16 February 2022, 9:30 pm SGT / 8:30 am ET
16 March 2022, 9:30 pm SGT / 9:30 am ET* (DST)

In a region containing over half of the world’s population and key global powers such as China and India, the pandemic has caused massive shifts in healthcare, economics, and education that affect billions. This series aims to catalyze research on what steps can be taken in the region to not only recover, but also chart a new course that ensures even the most vulnerable in society are included in the post-pandemic boom.

This event series, hosted by the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research (ABFER, NUS), Harvard University’s Center for International Development (CID), and Harvard University’s Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute (LMSAI), will focus on the unique challenges and opportunities faced by many Asian countries recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next session of Post Pandemic: Driving Inclusive Growth in Asia will take place at 9:30 pm SGT / 8:30am EST on the following dates. Click here to register:

Session 3 - Post Pandemic: Economic and Social Policy driving Social Cohesion in Asia
16 March 2022, 9:30 pm SGT / 9:30 am ET* (DST)
The third part of the series will explore how the pandemic may have impacted social cohesion in the region. A socially cohesive community will counter exclusion and inequality and offer all its members the opportunity for upward mobility.  The devastating pandemic depletes public and private resources and opportunities. This panel will examine how the pandemic has affected social cohesion in the region and the hope for social and economic policies that support a stronger Asia moving forward.

Chair: Prof Danny Quah
Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics and Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and Senior Fellow of ABFER
Mdm Mirai Chatterjee
Chairperson, SEWA Cooperative Federation, Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA)
Dr Jonathan Ostry
Deputy Director, Asia and Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund
Prof Jean Yeung
Provost Chair Professor, Department of Sociology, Research Leader, Asia Research Institute, Founding Director, Center for Family and Population Research, National University of Singapore
19 January 2022, 9:30 pm SGT / 8:30 am ET
The panel will discuss the significant and unequal educational losses COVID-19 has caused, and also seek to identify some of the lessons learnt.  We hope to identify and support positive pivot points so that we can emerge from this tragedy stronger, more resilient and perhaps with some innovative ideas that can help improve education for all.

Chair: Prof Asim I. Khwaja Director of the Center for International Development and the Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University and Senior Fellow of ABFER
Prof Bernard Tan Senior Vice Provost and Shaw Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Analytics, National University of Singapore
Prof Jishnu Das Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy and the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Dr Rukmini Banerji Chief Executive Officer, Pratham Education Foundation

Session 2 - Healthcare in Asia: Post Pandemic
6 February 2022, 9:30 pm SGT / 8:30 am ET 
The second part in our series looks at how healthcare systems impose disproportionate difficulties on select groups, and how the region can chart a more inclusive path forward following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chair: Prof Tarun Khanna Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School, Harvard University; Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University and Senior Fellow of ABFER
Prof Sonia Bhalotra Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Warwick
Prof Manoj Mohanan Associate Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, with secondary appointments in the Department of Economics and the Duke Global Health Institute
Dr Nachiket Mor Visiting Scientist, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health and Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Information Technology and Public Policy, IIIT Bangalore


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