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A high-profile global investor conference is underway in Hong Kong

Big-name speakers include former US secretary of state John Kerry, Thailand’s prime minister Srettha Thavisin, and Nobel Economics laureate Paul Romer
  • Topics covered are set to include the impact of generative artificial intelligence, corporate governance, wealth transfers, and the future of philanthropy

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UPDATED: 28 May 2024, 8:50 am

The annual Asian Investment Conference (AIC) is currently underway in Hong Kong, and has several big name speakers, including former US secretary of state John Kerry and Thailand’s prime minister Srettha Thavisin.

The five-day event is organised by Swiss bank UBS for the first time this year, after the bank’s merger with Credit Suisse in 2023. Credit Suisse launched the AIC 27 years ago.

AIC’s curator and the head of product management at USB, Niall MacLeod, described the event as “the biggest global investor conference in Hong Kong.”

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“It has been such an important part of the global investor mindset, to come to this conference to learn about the region,” he told the South China Morning Post. “We’re very proud of it being in Hong Kong. We’re very proud of the tradition of it.”

More than 3,000 people registered to attend this year’s AIC, which targets the bank’s institutional clients. The attendees include representatives from more than 300 companies from 15 markets in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. 

Among the other speakers are the Obama administration’s former chief technology officer Megan Smith, and Hong Kong’s Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu. Topics covered are set to include generative artificial intelligence, corporate governance, wealth transfers and the future of philanthropy.

UPDATED: 28 May 2024, 8:50 am

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