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Webinar | "COVID-19: What Have We Learned from Other Nations?"

Webinar | "COVID-19: What Have We Learned from Other Nations?"

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
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COVID-19: What Have We Learned from Other Nations - Where Should We Import Leadership Learnings and What are the Key Enablers?

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a massive humanitarian challenge and is affecting every aspect of global society and civilization. A variety of enablers — or lack thereof — have driven notably different outcomes dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic including the use of technology, the role of the state, cultural norms and public health capabilities. While the epidemiological aspects and economic consequences of the pandemic have been frequently discussed, there has been much less attention paid to these key enablers. Recently, McKinsey has conducted interesting research about a unique use of technology and the state in Asia in addressing COVID-19. Europe also offer some interesting insights. The challenges in developing effective strategies to combat COVID-19 highlight the critical and changing role of leadership.  As the world transitions into the next stage of the global pandemic, now is the time to reflect on which countries handled the initial outbreak response better than others and what lessons can be learned. In a globalized world fighting a virus that does not respect borders, it is imperative to examine best practices and review experiences in fighting this common enemy.

Please join the Centers at UCLA Anderson and Professor Terry Kramer, in a moderated discussion with Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, who holds joint appointments in the departments of epidemiology and community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; Chandran Nair, founder and CEO of the Global Institute for Tomorrow, an independent pan-Asian think tank focused on advancing a deeper understanding of global issues including the shift of economic and political influence from the West to Asia and the dynamic relationship between business and society; and Jeongmin Seong, partner and Lily Ma, rotational fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute in Shanghai and authors of MGI’s “How Technology is Safeguarding Health and Livelihoods in Asia” that highlights the steps that Asia has taken to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.  They will gather virtually to analyze what lessons can be learned for the United States and its leaders – business leaders, elected officials, policymakers - from Asia and countries such as Germany and New Zealand about decision-making; the role of government and public health institutions versus business; power of collaboration and innovation; and the broad usefulness and effectiveness of digital technologies and the practical issues of compliance – all contextualized in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.