Johan Norberg,

Johan Norberg Johan Norberg is an author, lecturer and documentary filmmaker. He is a native of Sweden, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. and the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. He is a frequent commentator in Swedish and international media and columnist in Aftonbladet, Sweden’s largest news group. Norberg has written 20 books covering a broad range of topics, including global economics and popular science. The breakthrough came with In Defence of Global Capitalism (2003), published in more than 25 countries. His most recent book, the celebrated Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future (2016) was chosen as the Book of the Year by The Economist, Guardian and Observer. The Economist calls it “a tornado of evidence… a blast of good sense” and The Times writes “Norberg has a strong case and he makes it with energy and charm. A pertinent book for grumpy times.” ”We have come far in tackling the issues facing our species. We now have a good idea what it will take to see this progress continue. But it’s a choice. We could yet ruin it all. We have done it before – as individuals, companies, countries. The future is ours to win – or lose.” Johan Norberg regularly writes and hosts documentaries on development, economics and current affairs, in most cases for American television, including Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis, Power to the People, Free or Equal and Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives. For his international work, Johan Norberg has received the Distinguished Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Award from the American Atlas Foundation, and the gold medal from the German Hayek Stiftung, that year shared with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He is a passionate, experienced and acclaimed speaker with engagements from Stockholm to Sydney, from Buenos Aires to Beijing and from Cairo to Capitol Hill on subjects like liberty, progress, entrepreneurship, global trends and globalization. Norberg has been particularly celebrated for his ability to make complex ideas easily accessible and challenge his audience with truly sharp thinking for a rapidly changing world.    
09.15-09.35

A conversation with our partner associations: NICSA (USA) and HKIFA (Hong Kong)


09.50-10.35

Spreading the investment funds gospel: Market and regulatory developments in key regions and jurisdictions

Regulatory reforms and internationalisation of markets offer new opportunities for fund distribution. An overview of what is in the pipeline in Asia, Brazil, Canada, South Africa and Australia


11.05-11.50

Please show me your passport

Today, there are 3 existing fund recognition/passport schemes in the Asia Pacific region. Latin America is now gearing towards joining the fund passport band wagon as well. What can we learn from these “glocal” passport business cases?

  • A reality check and current state on the Asian passports
  • The ‘LATAM passport’ and state of play for the region’s fund industries
  • What are the main challenges when rethinking a region/country’s fund footprint

11.50-12.10

Can we wrap it up now? So - Where is global distribution really going…?

An open discussion with Richard Garland who tells it like it is, on the outlook for global distribution


14.05-14.25

Out of the box presentation - In Defence of Progress

The media is filled with doom and gloom, but Johan Norberg makes the case that we are in the midst of a global development revolution which is increasing living standards and technological opportunities faster than ever. It’s worth looking forward to – and investing in – the future. Norberg has a long and distinguished track record promoting the benefits of free markets. His 2016 book “Progress” has been described as “a blast of good sense” by The Economist.


15.15-16.00

A Fireside chat – Europe 2.0 and the rest of the world

The changing face of Europe and the world with Brexit, the rise of populism, an enduring low-interest environment, the threat of climate change, changing investor demand…What are the impacts of major geopolitical and macroeconomics trends on our daily business? Is the core role of asset management changing? Leading political and AM public policy figures tell their stories, discussing their views on the current and future state of Europe.


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