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Here’s a press notice from Asia House that may interest younger journalists…


“Double Dividend or Double Jeopardy?”

1st November 2011, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP

In the wake of the Eurozone crisis, the Arab Spring, the London riots and the world financial meltdown, a panel of international experts will examine the global problems facing youth and how global solutions may be found through an Asian perspective.

How can we learn from Asian nations whose urban youth are finding new ways to overcome challenges and seize opportunities through groundbreaking ideas and social media? A new approach that pulls together government, business and the third sector will be crucial in shaping how the world responds to today’s issues.

These are among the topics at a one day Youth Symposium “Double Dividend or Double Jeopardy?” on Tuesday 1st November 2011 between 9.15 am and 5.30 pm at Asia House in London. (Registration starts at 8.15 am)

Media passes are available for the event and interviews can be arranged with event speakers. Footage of the event along with taped interviews and a summary press pack will also be available for use by the media after the symposium.

If you would like to attend or arrange an interview, please respond by 7pm Monday 31st October 2011. Media Contact: Neil Robinson  +44 (0)7785 772057 or Stephen Willis +44(0)20 7307 5458/ +44(0)7899880032 Email: <>

Symposium Topics & Schedule:
· Morning session 9.15 am – 12.15 pm
Youth Economics & Demographics: Rapid economic growth in Asia has featured income inequality and so-called ‘jobless growth’; how to address this paradox?
Employment and Urbanisation: How to find jobs and opportunities for the growing urban youth population.
· Afternoon session 1.00 pm – 5.30pm
Youth & Education: How to develop and capture youth knowledge, skills and technology to enhance productivity and economic growth.
Empowerment of Women in Business: How to upgrade rapid expansion of women participation in the Asian workforce in order to develop management talent and skills, to align with the presence of high profile women political leaders in Asia.
Environment, Sustainability and Social Media: How an Asian model for economic use of resources and technology and social media can achieve a sustainable environment.

Key Speakers:
•   Mumtaz Bashir, Personal Best Programme, London 2012 Olympics
•   Albert Ellis, CEO , Harvey Nash Plc
•   Richard Ellis, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Alliance Boots
•   Malcolm Gillies, Vice Chancellor, London Metropolitan University
•   Mishal Husain, BBC News
•   Ruth Kattumuri, Co Director, Asia Research Centre, LSE
•   Elizabeth Linder, Facebook
•   Raymond Li, BBC Chinese Service
•   Gerard Lyons, Global Head of Research, Standard Chartered
•   Bernard Pouliot, CEO, Quam Asset Management , Hong Kong
•   Kirsty Schneeberger, Think 2050 and DECC Youth Advisory Panel
•   David Skelton, Deputy Director, Policy Exchange
•   Steve Sparrow, President, AISEC
•   Anubha Shrivastava, MD Asia, CDC Group

Note: Asia House is a non-profit, non-political organisation for people to meet and exchange ideas and promote appreciation and understanding of Asian countries, their arts, religions and economies and foster closer communication between the peoples of Asia and Europe.

Further information on the symposium and speakers, please find here: <>