More than two dozen business leaders will descend on campus Saturday to share their expertise and discuss Asia’s economic development and sustainability.
“Asia Tomorrow: The Future of Sustainable Enterprise,” Yale’s largest business conference this spring, is expected to draw more than 300 people from Yale and colleges across the Northeast, said Kaiyuan Wang ’11, one of the conference’s organizers.
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The conference’s 25 speakers include clean energy and consulting company executives, law and economics professors, and leaders of sustainability ventures and enterprises, Wang said.
As of Wednesday evening, 340 Yale students and 70 non-Yale affiliated people had registered to attend.
The 9.5-hour conference, organized by the Yale Business Society, is part of the organization’s effort to promote awareness on campus of economic development in Asia, particularly India and China. The conference asks how Asia can balance its economic growth with environmental concerns, Wang said.
“How can government and business leaders’ goals to increase profit mesh with environmental concerns,” he said, adding that sustainable enterprises can and should be profitable enterprises.
The conference’s three keynote speakers will be Yale Environmental Law and Policy Professor Daniel Esty LAW ’86; Harvard Business School Professor Tarun Khanna; and former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India Rakesh Mohan ’71, who will be joining the Yale faculty next year as the professor at the School of Management and senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Between the keynote speeches there will be seven student-moderated panel discussions on topics such as the “Business of Green” and “India’s Economy: The Road Ahead.” Unlike most business conferences, which Wang said can be impersonal, Asia Tomorrow’s small panels and lunch discussions will facilitate personal interactions between speakers and students.
“I think this conference will show that finance is not only profit-driven at the expense of other factors, such as environmental issues,” said Jia Huang ’11, co-CEO of Smart Woman Securities, a student organization that is organizing one of the panels.
Shuai Yuan ’11, who plans to attend the conference, said he looks forward to hearing about green finance in Asia and that the topic interests him because he is from China.
Sponsors of the conference include Calhoun and Berkeley colleges, the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and the law firm Troutman Sanders.