Could the Next Normal Emerge from Asia? Prospects & Implications

A conversation with Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey & Co

The global economy is shifting with alarming speed and in unprecedented ways as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While the world grapples with these unforeseen challenges, Asian countries and companies are demonstrating incredible resilience and agility as they quickly adjust to a new normal. Will Asia finally emerge as the world’s economic leader when this crisis is over? How can Asia’s resilience serve as a model for the rest of us in a post-pandemic world? And what are the broader societal and policy implications? Watch the video from the May 6, 2020 conversation with CPD Advisory Board Member Jonathan Woetzel and CPD Director Jay Wang.



About Jonathan Woetzel

Jonathan Woetzel is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co. and Director of the McKinsey Global Institute where he leads MGI research on productivity, urbanization, infrastructure, inequality and regional economies. Based in China since 1986, he also leads McKinsey’s Cities Special Initiative and co-chairs the non-profit think tank Urban China Initiative, a collaborative project of Tsinghua University and McKinsey & Company that aims to develop and implement solutions to China’s urbanization challenge. As an expert on energy, sustainability, and economic master planning, Jonathan has advised national and local governments in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas on topics including improving the foreign investment environment, energy policy, and economic development. Jonathan actively participates in international forums including the Joint US-China Coalition for Clean Energy, and also guest lectures at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Business and the China-Europe International Business School. He has written five books on China including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy, and currently has 3 Amazon international business bestsellers.

About Jay Wang

Jay Wang is Director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and an Associate Professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He previously worked for the international consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he advised clients on matters of communication strategy and implementation across a variety of industries and sectors. Dr. Wang has written widely on the role of communication in the contemporary process of globalization. He is co-editor of the newly published book Debating Public Diplomacy: Now and Next. He is the author of Shaping China’s Global Imagination: Nation Branding at the World Expo and several other books. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Communication.

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