Asia Society Austral Asia Centre Annual Dinner with Sir James Wolfensohn KBE AO

Asia Society Austral Asia Centre Annual Dinner with Sir James Wolfensohn KBE AO

Sir James Wolfensohn KBE AO Former President, The World Bank.

The unprecedented transfer of wealth from the Atlantic and the United States to Asia is underway. This will continue into the foreseeable future and has major implications for Australia and its role in the Asia Pacific region. We now live in a much more interconnected world and the Asia Pacific is the region where the world's major power relationships most closely intersect. It is where the template for the future United States / China relationship will largely be shaped.

It is in fact the crucible in which the inter-relationships between the major countries, the United States, China, Japan, India, Russia, Indonesia, South Korea and the larger ASEAN economies will be forged. Sir James Wolfensohn is ideally placed to address these important issues.

Sir James is Chairman of Wolfensohn & Company, LLC. He retired recently as Chairman of the Citigroup International Advisory Board. He was President of the World Bank Group from 1995 to 2005 and served as Special Envoy for Gaza disengagement for the Quartet on the Middle East (2005-2006), consisting of the U.N., European Union, U.S. and Russia.

Prior to his public service he had a long and successful career in his own investment and advisory firm, as well as prior leadership positions at firms in Sydney, London and New York.

He is Chairman Emeritus of the Boards of Trustees of Carnegie Hall and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, both organizations with which he worked for decades. He was also Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC and was a member of many other boards including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Sir James holds a BA and LL.B from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He was an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and a member of the 1956 Australian Olympic Team. He is the recipient of many national and international medals and awards in recognition of his public service and his support for the Arts. He and his wife, Elaine, have three married children: Sara, Naomi, and Adam.

Dress: Lounge Suit or Asian Dress

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Event Details

21 March 2012
7:00pm - 10:00pm

The Westin Sydney, 1 Martin, Sydney