On COVID 19: It is likely that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we will be unable to hold the 2021 Asia Business Conference in-person for safety reasons. However, we will ensure that our members are provided with a virtual event that is similarly educational and allows them to form similar relationships in the Asia Business sphere.
Every year since 1995, HALS has partnered with our colleagues in the Asia Business Club at Harvard Business School to host the Harvard Asia Business Conference. Over the past 23 years the conference has grown to include student groups at the Harvard Kennedy School and Graduate School of Design, and the Conference has been established as one of the foremost wholly student-run events focused on Asia.
Every spring, the Conference draws approximately 500 students, legal and business professionals, and government officials from across Asia and North America to Cambridge, Massachusetts to participate in a variety of panel discussions, presentations, workshops, and networking events covering recent developments and persistent issues in business, law, and governance in the Asia-Pacific. Past keynote speakers have included Alibaba founder Jack Ma, World Bank General Counsel Ko-Yung Teng, and ASEAN Secretary General Ong Keng Yong.
HALS is proud to host the Conference as one of our flagship events, and each year organizes a series of panels dealing with aspects of the Asian legal industry and legal facets of business in Asia. Some recent topics have included IPOs in Asian markets, entertainment law in Asia, practicing law as a woman in Asia, and IP disputes in Asia.