Second Annual Forum

Changing Currents:
Innovation and Transformation for the Asia Pacific

Changing Currents:
Innovation and Transformation for the Asia Pacific

The world is increasingly being shaped by economic shifts, climate change, and the continued integration of AI into daily life. Amidst these challenges lie glimmers of collaboration, innovation, and reform, and the best boats will stay afloat by transforming adversity into opportunities for resilience.

In the Asia-Pacific region’s journey through these turbulent waters, CAPRI’s Annual Forum is a platform for exchange, gathering experts to chart a course for a more resilient and innovative future. Join us in exploring new ideas and policies across technology, economic interdependence, sustainability, and disaster recovery as the region adapts to these changing currents.

This event will be held in English, with Mandarin interpretation available for in-person attendees.

Date

May 6, 2024

Time

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Taipei Time

Venue

14th Floor,
Taipei New Horizon

And Online

The world is increasingly being shaped by economic shifts, climate change, and the continued integration of AI into daily life. Amidst these challenges lie glimmers of collaboration, innovation, and reform, and the best boats will stay afloat by transforming adversity into opportunities for resilience.

In the Asia-Pacific region’s journey through these turbulent waters, CAPRI’s Annual Forum is a platform for exchange, gathering experts to chart a course for a more resilient and innovative future. Join us in exploring new ideas and policies across technology, economic interdependence, sustainability, and disaster recovery as the region adapts to these changing currents.

This event will be held in English, with Mandarin interpretation available for in-person attendees.

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker

James S. Gilmore III

US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (2019–2021)
Virginia’s 68th Governor (1998–2002)

Ambassador James “Jim” S. Gilmore III is a Former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The US Senate confirmed Mr. Gilmore as U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE on May 23, 2019.

Mr. Gilmore grew up in the Fan District of Richmond, Virginia. In 1971, he enlisted as a volunteer in the U.S. Army after college and worked as a counter-intelligence agent in then-West Germany after intensive language training in German, in which he became fluent. In 1974, He was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for Service to NATO. He graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) and earned a B.A. degree in International Relations, Russian Area Studies (1971). He then earned his law degree at the UVA School of Law (1977). He practiced law until 1987 when he was elected as chief prosecutor for Henrico County. In 1993, he was elected Attorney General of Virginia.  

In 1997, he was elected as Virginia’s 68th Governor. As governor, his administration established the first Secretary of Technology cabinet position in the nation. During his tenure, Governor Gilmore was focused on creating jobs by leading several trade missions to South America in 1999 (Argentina, Brazil, and Chile), Asia in 2000 (Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan), and Europe in 2001 (Germany, United Kingdom, and Ireland).

During the trade mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong, Governor Gilmore promoted inward investment, opened new markets for Virginia products and services, and encouraged activity in Virginia’s ports. Virginia exported $2.4 billion in products to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in 1999. Collectively, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong invested over $4.3 billion in Virginia facilities, employing over 12,000 people during his administration.

Mr. Gilmore ran for the GOP nomination for president from July 2015 to February 2016. In November 2018, he was nominated to serve as the U.S. Representative to the United States Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a position which carries the rank of ambassador and is based in Vienna, Austria. His nomination was confirmed by a voice vote of the U.S. Senate on May 23, 2019. Gilmore was sworn in at the U.S. State Department on June 25, 2019, and presented his credentials to the OSCE Secretary General on July 2, 2019. He served until January 2021.

Mr. Gilmore traveled to Ukraine in May 2021 and headed up a delegation. He met with numerous Ukrainian cabinet and national security officials. Other travels have taken him to Israel, Pakistan, Croatia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Australia, and Peru. Today, he is a Council on Foreign Relations member and serves on the advisory board of the American Foreign Policy Council.   

From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Gilmore served as Chairman of the Congressional panel known as the “Gilmore Commission” to assess America’s capabilities to respond to a terrorist attack. Other prominent positions include serving as chairman of the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors. Prior to his USOSCE Ambassadorship, he served as President and CEO of the American Opportunity Foundation, which works to shape the discussions around American society and offer conservative solutions that promise prosperity, national security, and American values. Since leaving office, he has served on several corporate boards of directors. He is married to Roxane Gatling Gilmore, and they have two adult sons and one granddaughter. 

Closing Keynote Speaker

Bi-khim Hsiao

Vice President-elect, Taiwan

Bi-khim Hsiao is currently the Vice President-elect of Taiwan. She was elected along with President-elect Lai Ching-te on January 13, 2024, and they will be inaugurated on May 20, 2024.

Previously, Hsiao served as Taiwan’s Representative to the United States from 2020 to 2023. She has also served as a Senior Advisor to the President at Taiwan’s National Security Council.

Vice President-elect Hsiao served four terms in Taiwan’s Legislature, representing overseas citizens for her first term, and then the constituents of Taipei City and Hualien County through different terms. For many years, she was the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and previously the chair of the USA Caucus in the Legislative Yuan.

She began her political career as Director of the Democratic Progressive Party International Affairs Department. After Taiwan’s first democratic change of government in 2000, she became an Adviser at the Office of the President. She was the international spokesperson for all DPP presidential elections between 2000 and 2012.

Vice President-elect Hsiao has taken on numerous leadership roles in international organizations. She was the Chair of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), an organization representing Asian democratic political parties. Between 2005 and 2012, she was elected Vice President of the Bureau of Liberal International (LI), a London-based global political party organization.

She is also a founding Board Member of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. Born in Kobe, Japan, Representative Hsiao grew up in Tainan, a city in southern Taiwan. She has an MA in Political Science from Columbia University, New York, and a BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College, Ohio.

The Program

Through keynote addresses and panel discussions, guests will engage with distinguished speakers, leaders, and scholars who have played pivotal roles in CAPRI’s cutting-edge research and recent policy dialogues.

Artificial Intelligence

Cloud Technology

Innovation Policy
Trade and Investment

Regionalization
Sustainable Growth

Green Technology
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9:00–9:05 a.m.

Welcome by Syaru Shirley Lin, Chair of CAPRI

9:05–9:25 a.m.

Opening Keynote

Can America Lead in a Fragmented World? The Tension between Internationalism and Isolationism

James S. Gilmore III, Former US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (2019–2021) and 68th Governor of Virginia (1998–2002)

9:30–10:10 a.m.

Economic Dynamism in the Face of Decoupling

As China and the US engage in strategic competition, how are actors in the Asia Pacific adapting to economic deceleration, derisking, and uncertainty? Given these challenges, how will societies from Taiwan South Korea to India and all of Asia maintain their economic resilience? The authors and editors of the National Bureau of Asian Research’s publication Strategic Asia 2023 will discuss the region’s prospects for economic growth and regional interdependence.

Michael Wills, Executive Vice President, National Bureau of Asian Research

Yul Sohn, President, East Asia Institute

Gulshan Sachdeva, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Syaru Shirley Lin, Chair, CAPRI

Moderated by Alison Szalwinski, Vice President of Research, National Bureau of Asian Research

10:15–10:40 a.m.

Impact of Transformative Technologies: AI, Space, and Quantum Computing

AI-based tools have been firmly established in our daily lives. This dialogue will explore emerging challenges and opportunities as the world rushes to apply new norms and identify new applications of these transformative technologies. Distinguished scientist at Google DeepMind Ed Chi and renowned aerospace engineer and former president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Wei Shyy will offer their perspectives on the impacts of emerging technologies on business, education, and talent cultivation in the Asia Pacific.

Wei Shyy, Former President, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Ed Chi, Distinguished Scientist, Google DeepMind

Moderated by Margaret Foster Riley, Professor of Law, Public Health Sciences, and Public Policy, University of Virginia

10:45–11:05 a.m.

Toward Climate-Resilient Health Systems: A Conversation with the Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience

Climate change presents major threats to the health and livelihoods of people in the Asia Pacific. Marking the launch of CAPRI’s research as a partner in the World Economic Forum initiative the Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience (PHSSR), this dialogue will highlight how health systems in the region are preparing for and responding to the climate crisis. Representatives from PHSSR partners will also highlight how the public sector, private sector, civil society, and academia are collaborating innovatively to create sustainable health systems.

Jarret Su, Co-Head of Healthcare & Life Science, KPMG in Taiwan

Vita Chien, General Manager, AstraZeneca Taiwan

Moderated by Caroline Fried, Interim Director of Research, CAPRI

11:05–11:20 a.m.

Tea Break

11:20–11:50 a.m.

Energy Policy and Green Tech for Sustainable Growth

As temperatures reach record highs, the need for collaboration to mitigate climate change impacts while sustaining economic growth becomes increasingly evident. This panel explores the synergies between industry and research in forging a sustainable future. The discussion will cover strategies for integrating sustainability into manufacturing, technological innovation, and global commitments to curb carbon emissions.

Sunjoy Joshi, Chairman, Observer Research Foundation

Grace Liu, Corporate Sustainability Officer, Acer

Nelson Chang, Chairman, Taiwan Cement

Moderated by Alistair Lang, Research Coordinator, CAPRI

11:55 a.m.–12:25 p.m.

Disaster Resilience for Earthquakes, Typhoons, and Tsunamis

From recent earthquakes in Taiwan and Japan to typhoons and flash floods in the Philippines, natural hazards threaten livelihoods across the Asia Pacific. However, each disaster offers opportunities for learning to build more resilient societies. This panel will explore how Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines have responded to disasters and are preparing for future crises across government, academia, and business.

Shuhei Nomura, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Keio University School of Medicine

Steven Pan, Chairman, Silks Hotel Group

Kristoffer Berse, Dean, National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines Diliman

Joe Huang, Director of Lean Planning for Volunteer Development, Buddhist Tzu Chi Charity Foundation

Moderated by Jessica Chao, Director of Strategic Planning, CAPRI

12:30–12:50 p.m.

Closing Keynote

Can Taiwan Play a Leadership Role in the Asia Pacific?

Bi-khim Hsiao, Vice President-elect of Taiwan

12:50–1:00 p.m.

Concluding Remarks

Syaru Shirley Lin, Chair, CAPRI

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