CIMB ASEAN Research Institute in collaboration with ASEAN Business Club held a roundtable discussion on 20th April 2017, with the theme Lessons learned from Brexit – risks and opportunities for ASEAN. Speakers included H.E. Victoria Treadell, CMG MVO, British High Commissioner to Malaysia, British High Commission; Dato’ Steven CM Wong, Deputy Chief Executive, Institute of Strategic and International Studies; and Mr. Nick White, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins Kuala Lumpur. The discussion was moderated by Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CARI and President of the ASEAN Business Club.
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H.E. Victoria Treadell, CMG MVO
British High Commissioner to Malaysia, British High Commission
Vicki joined the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1979. She was formerly the British High Commissioner to New Zealand and has previously served in India, Pakistan and Malaysia. During her postings in New Zealand and Mumbai, she built on the bilateral relations and business links, looking after British people caught up in the Mumbai terrorist attacks and the Christchurch earthquake; at the same time working with the Indian and New Zealander authorities in dealing with the respective crises.
Her FCO career has further covered a wide range of other policy and service delivery roles including three years as UK Trade and Investment’s Director for the North West of England.
Vicki was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1989 and a Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2010. In 2009 she won the Public Sector Award in the UK’s prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Awards. Born in Malaysia, Vicki received her early education at Tarcisian Convent, Ipoh before moving to the UK where she studied in Bexhill College and took up an International Affairs course at London School of Economics. In February 2016, Vicki was awarded a University of Reading Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws.
Dato’ Steven CM Wong
Deputy Chief Executive, Institute of Strategic and International Studies
Steve has extensive experience in global, regional and national political economic affairs. He was Malaysia’s principal representative to the OECD’s Dynamic Asian Economies Dialogue (1989-92) and has been on the secretariats of two ASEAN eminent persons groups (1987 and 1992). He has also served the Malaysian National Committee for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and is active in the Network of East Asian Think Tanks (NEAT), among others. Steve is ISIS Malaysia’s representative in the Asian Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM), a network of Australian, Indonesian, Thai and Malaysian think tanks that examines regional asylum seeker and refugee issues. The ADFM has made submissions to the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Crimes, the latest being a requested review of the 2015 Andaman Sea Crisis.
Steve is a columnist for the New Straits Times where he mainly writes on national unity and social cohesion. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate education in Melbourne, Australia and is married with two adult children.
Mr. Nick White
Partner, Trowers & Hamlins Kuala Lumpur
Nick’s practice has involved him in a wide range of client activities. In addition to his substantial involvement in litigation and arbitration, he has acquired knowledge of the various laws and legal systems of other jurisdictions, across areas including real estate and construction, mergers and acquisitions, business set ups and structures, agency arrangements, and free zone advice.
Nick has been an experienced disputes resolution lawyer. He has been involved in many high profile cases, both as counsel and arbitrator – including under ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, and DIAC sets of Rules.
Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid
Chairman, CIMB ASEAN Research Institute
President, ASEAN Business Club
On his return to Malaysia at the end of 1978, Tan Sri Dr. Munir joined The New Straits Times Press (NSTP) as a lead writer and progressed to become its Group Editor. He left The NST in 1986 to become the CEO of a small merchant bank, Pertanian Baring Sanwa (PBS), which then became Commerce International Merchant Bankers, the genesis of today’s CIMB Group. He left CIMB in 1993 at the invitation of the Government of Malaysia to set up the Securities Commission and became its first Executive Chairman until 1999. He continued with his illustrious career, serving in various capacities, including as Chairman of both Celcom and Malaysia Airlines System at different times. He was the founder and President of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club (2003-2008), and was the chairman of its Advisory Council. Dr. Munir, an Honorary Fellow, is Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS (Centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy).