The Oculus is the £19m flagship teaching and learning building of the University of Warwick, constructed in a key position on the central campus. There are two large, state-of-the-art, tiered lecture theatres, 12 other top quality, flexible teaching spaces, study areas and a café. Along with teaching, academic and student-run events will be the priority here.
Arrival of Embassies Representatives
Arrival of Speakers
- Taking place on the 1st floor of the Oculus Building, University of Warwick
- Delegates will be given their programme booklet and lanyards
Welcome Address by Ms. Michelle Zhu, Warwick ASEAN Conference Coordinator.
Welcome Address by Professor Christine Ennew, University of Warwick Provost.
Opening Address by His Excellency Mr. Antonio Manuel Lagdameo, Ambassador of the Philippines to the United Kingdom.
Keynote Address (State of the Region) by Dato’ Sri Mohamed Nazir bin Tun Abdul Razak.
Economics and Politics Panel
Southeast Asia is a vibrant and growing region, and ASEAN has made great progress in achieving stability, growth, and economic integration over the last 50 years. However, Southeast Asia’s diversity is both a source of strength and a challenge to manage as the region’s growth is projected to be increasingly volatile amidst shifting power relations between the United States and China. In line with the Conference theme of ‘Shaping Growth, Managing Diversity’, our speakers, with in-depth experience of Southeast Asia from the public and private sectors, will provide their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges Southeast Asian countries and ASEAN will face in the coming decade.
This year, each speaker will give a 15-minute presentation, which offers his/her perspective on the current geopolitical and economic landscape of Southeast Asia. Thereafter, there will be a 45-minute Q&A session for participants to direct questions to either one speaker or the entire panel.
Mr. Martin Hatfull
Vice-Chair of the UK-ASEAN Business Council.
Former United Kingdom Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste and the first United Kingdom Ambassador accredited to ASEAN (2008 – 2011).
Dr. Sophal Ear
Associate Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College, Los Angeles.
TED Fellow, Fulbright Specialist, and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Lena Rethel
Associate Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.
ASEAN Food Fair at the Piazza.
Business Lunch Simulation with Maybank
Youth Perspective on ‘Shaping Growth, Managing Diversity’
by Ms. Jaslyn Seah
Urbanisation is an increasingly global trend that has permeated Southeast Asia. ASEAN plans to improve connectivity in Southeast Asia and beyond in the hopes of increasing economic opportunities and easing access to services. However, this poses several challenges for urban management and social policy. In line with the Conference theme of ‘Shaping Growth, Managing Diversity’ and ASEAN’s aim to build a community that is people-oriented and socially responsible, this panel will discuss issues relating to urbanisation, migration, and health and education reforms in Southeast Asia. Our speakers will offer their perspectives, based on their experiences of working with both governmental and non-governmental organisations, on how di erent stakeholders such as ASEAN, grassroots organisations, and Southeast Asian government bodies can contribute to a cohesive community that prioritises inclusive growth.
This year, each speaker will give a 15-minute presentation, which offers his/her perspective on the socio- cultural landscape of Southeast Asia. Thereafter, there will be a 45-minute Q&A session for participants to direct questions to either one speaker or the entire panel.
Dr. Yap Kioe Sheng
Former Chief of the Poverty Reduction Section in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP).
Dr. Alice Nah
Lecturer at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York.
Member of the Steering Committee of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.
Dr. Phyu Phyu Thin Zaw
WHO/HRP Career Development Fellow at The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
by Ms. Foo Chi Hsia, Singapore High Commissioner
Speakers Meet and Greet
Travelling by Bus
Regular services run between Coventry, Leamington and Kenilworth (including train stations) to the University of Warwick and will drop you right outside the Arts Centre, which is approximately just a 3 minute walk away from the Oculus building. If you are travelling by coach and will be arriving at Pool Meadow bus station (Coventry), just catch any No. 12x (towards University of Warwick) or No. 11 (towards Leamington Spa) bus services. We recommend getting the Day Ticket (£4) or Group Day Ticket (£8). Find out more about the routes here.
For general information about travelling around the West Midlands see Network West Midlands or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.
Travelling by Train
The nearest mainline station is Coventry. From Coventry station you can catch either catch the No. 12x (towards University of Warwick) or No. 11 (towards Leamington Spa) bus services, which takes approximately 15 minutes, or a taxi. For further information, visit the National Rail Enquiries website.
Bus timings to arrive at University of Warwick from Coventry Rail Station by 9:30am:
– Dress code for the day: Formal Attire (Males: Suit and Tie, Females: Conservative and modest attire, blazer not compulsory)
– Alternatively, you may turn up in your National Costume (Batik, Ao dai, Sampot, Kebaya, Barong, Baju Kurung, Salong, Longyi, Cheongsam, Saree etc allowed)
– Registration starts at 8.30am, and the conference will officially commence at 9.30am sharp