Hong Kong 360 Episode 11 Mandy Chan
This week we talk with Mandy Chan, who is one half of Ginsberg+Chan, a popular fine wine merchant in Hong Kong. She started the business with her husband Jason Ginsberg in 2010, specializing in fine & rare wines. Their current wine list carries over 20,000 wines with a regional focus on older wines from Burgundy, Italy, Bordeaux, Champagne and California. We discuss how they got into the wine business, collecting fine wines in Asia and Hong Kong, and how to balance the value and price of a bottle of wine.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 10 Peter Guy
This week we talk with Peter Guy, columnist with the South China Morning Post. Peter is a financial writer and former investment banker, and has worked in a number of places around the world for the World Bank. Our discussion covers the upcoming Xi Jinping visit to the US, the Hong Kong election process and how property developers in the city have developed a cozy relationship with Hong Kong’s bureaucrats.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 9 Phillipa Milne
This week we talk with Phillipa Milne, is the Manager of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival. The Festival was founded in 2001, and is an annual event held over 10 days in the fall. It features established and emerging writers from around the world in a programme that includes discussions, literary lunches and dinners, workshops, lectures, debates, book signings, and readings.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 8 Will Ross
This week we talk with Will Ross, the Managing Partner of Nest, a company which thinks of itself as Venture Catalysts, creating platforms designed to benefit innovators and entrepreneurs. We discuss the business of start-ups, how Hong Kong is creating (or not) an environment to support entrepreneurship, and the rise of the robots. We also talk about Snap, which recently had its IPO, and how that business will develop value in the marketplace. Prior to joining Nest, Will Ross spent time in Vietnam where he kicked off the IPO process for VietJetAir.com. This followed his time at HSBC where he held a number of senior roles. Prior to moving to Hong Kong from London in 2005 he worked with ABN AMRO, Merrill Lynch and started his career at JP Morgan.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 7 Philip Cracknell
Philip Cracknell has lived in Hong Kong since 1985 when he came to the city as an investment banker. He retired from banking in 2013 to reinvent himself as a historian, and to pursue his interest in military history. He produces a blog on the Battle for Hong Kong, and is writing a book with the same title which he hopes to finish later this year. He also organizes battlefield tours in Hong Kong, and conducts battlefield searches to find war relics.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 6 Howard Winn
Howard Winn is the writer/publisher of Howard Winn Reports, and has been a journalist for more than 25 years working mostly in Asia. He wrote the Lai See column for the South China Morning Post, which focused on the lighter side of business and more. He was previously Deputy Editor and Business Editor of the Hong Kong Standard. His work has been published in the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Wall Street Journal, and the International Herald Tribune.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 5 Part 2 Amb Robert Orr
Ambassador Robert Orr was confirmed by the US Senate as United States Executive Director with rank of Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in September 2010. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the ADB until 2016. He has also worked in the corporate world with the Panasonic Foundation, Boeing Japan and Motorola. His book The Emergence of Japan’s Foreign Aid Power published by Columbia University Press won the 1991 Ohira Prize for best book on the Asia Pacific.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 5 Part 1 Amd Orr
Our guest this week on Hong Kong 360 is US Ambassador Robert Orr, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as United States Executive Director with rank of Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in September 2010. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the ADB until 2016. He also worked in the corporate world with the Panasonic Foundation, Boeing Japan and Motorola. His book "The Emergence of Japan's Foreign Aid Power" won the 1991 Ohira Prize for best book on the Asia Pacific.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 4 Richard Bush
Richard Bush is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and holds the Michael H. Armacost Chair and Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies, and is director of its Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP).
Bush joined Brookings in July 2002, after serving as the chairman and managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan, the mechanism through which the US government conducts relations with Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic relations. His most recent book, Hong Kong in the Shadow of China ,was published last fall. The book is a study of recent developments in Hong Kong and its political and economic future.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 3 Roy Tam
Roy Tam is the CEO of GreenSense, an organization committed to raising the environmental consciousness of Hong Kong citizens through education and publicity. Roy has been an outspoken critic of the Hong Kong International Airport plan for a third runway, and has also spoken out about the planned development of Hong Kong’s Lantau Island.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 2 Mike Rowse
Mike Rowse first came to Hong Kong in 1972, and has worked in government, the media and in business. Mike was instrumental in creating Hong Kong Disneyland, and he started Invest Hong Kong, which has been recognized as the best investment promotion agency in Asia. Mike also was responsible for mounting Harbourfest, during the SARS crisis, and endured years of litigation to clear his name and restore his reputation.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 1 Michael Chugani
Michael Chugani is a journalist in Hong Kong, and aside from being a South China Morning Post columnist where he writes “Public Eye,” he also hosts TVB’s “Straight Talk” show. He also writes for two Chinese-language publications, and has published in English and Chinese a number of books on politics.