Event is cancelled: Stanford GSB Chapter of Hong Kong

Breakfast, Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Speaker Series:
Current: Chairman, Global Counsel LLP; Chairman Lazard Int’l, Member House of Lords
Under PM Gordon Brown: UK Secretary of State for Business; First Secretary of State
Under PM Tony Blair: UK Secretary of State for Trade & Industry; Former Secretary of State of Northern Ireland;
Past: EU Trade Commissioner

From the Worst Brand in Politics to the Best
How Peter Mandelson Took Labour from the Looney Left to 10 Downing Street and Ally of Business 
And How the Architect of New Labour Sees Europe’s Dangerous Exits (Brexit, the Euro, the EU, Scotland) and its Risky Arrivals (the Immigration Crises and the Battle for Labour’s Soul)

08:15  Registration & Informal Discussion
08:30  Remarks
09:15  Q&A
10:00  Close

China Club, 12/F, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central, Hong Kong

Cost & Registration:
To register, please go online and CLICK HERE to RSVP and PAY NOW.

Early Bird Credit Card or PayPal Pre-Payment of HKD 380 if made by 10:00 Monday, 21 September. Cash Payment or Late Bird Pre-Payment or at the Door will be HKD 580. Please bring exact amount if paying in cash and/or at the door (no change will be provided). No refunds for no-shows or post-payment cancellations.

Please note space is limited. Early Bird registration is encouraged. Questions or problems registering? Please contact Beatrice Wong, Chapter VP, at beatrice@stanfordgsbhk.org.

Speaker's Bio

Event Details:
The Stanford GSB Chapter of Hong Kong is pleased to invite you to breakfast with Peter Mandelson (lord Mandelson), Chairman, Global Counsel LLP (founded by Lord Mandelson in partnership with advertising giant WPP) and Member of the House of Lords and former senior minister of government under both Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Lord Mandelson is widely heralded as "the Architect of New Labour".

The man who took the party from "suicidal loony left-wingery" in the political wilderness to an unprecedented 18 years in power at 10 Downing Street. It is analogous to one of the most dramatic business and tarnished brand turnarounds in British history.

Lord Mandelson was also one of Labour’s most pro-business leaders ever, creating a fundamental transformation in the party’s relationship with business, from adversary to critical partner in growth. This, in turn, reflected a no less dramatic personal trajectory from Youth Communist League member (rejecting family history as the grandson of a Labour foreign minister and deputy PM) to member of cabinet, himself.

This emphasis on business, growth and partnership has provided Lord Mandelson with unique insights on the "perfect storm" of challenges now facing Europe, and by extension, Asia, the EU’s most important trading partner, representing roughly 25% of all EU imports and exports. China, alone, represents 13.3% of all EU trade, second only to the United States. These challenges include the threat of British exit from the EU, the threat of Scotland’s exit from the UK, the threat of multiple potential exits from the Euro, combined with the Immigration crises and the current battle for Labour’s soul, where Corbymania seeks to roll back the clock on New Labour’s legacy.

Lord Mandelson has never been one to mince words.

He called the Labour defeat to Cameron one in which "[not only voters] didn’t miss us….they ripped the stripes off our shoulders," and called the party manifesto’s failure to promote economic growth "the big hole in the middle of the polo mint." His descriptions of the inner workings of the Blair/Brown years in Downing Street in his memoir "The Third Man" have been widely quoted for their candid insights on this unique partnership and bitter rivalry.

Having turned around one of history's most tarnished "political businesses", how does Lord Mandelson see the current British and European challenges playing out? How dangerous would they be for Asia and what, if anything, can Asia do to play a constructive part in the same? What will the EU, itself, look like in five years, in ten? How should international business leaders, and particularly Asia-based business leaders react to these risks and potential opportunities?

The Stanford GSB Chapter of HK could not be more honored to have Lord Mandelson share his insights, experience and wisdom on both his extraordinary personal story and on this time of "Dangerous Exits and Risky Arrivals." We hope you can join us.

Speaker's Bio: Peter Mandelson (Lord Mandelson)
Lord Mandelson is current chairman and founder of Global Counsel, a strategic advisory firm, and Chairman of Lazard International, as well as former European Trade Commissioner, former senior minister of government both under Tony Blair and under Gordon Brown.

Perhaps most famously, Lord Mandelson is widely heralded as the key architect and strategist of New Labour, along with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, leading the party’s return to the center of British politics and control of 10 Downing Street, beginning with its landslide victory in 1997 up through 2010, from which it had been absent, prior, for 18 years.

In 2004, Lord Mandelson became European Union Trade Commissioner until 2008 when he re-e
tered the British government serving as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and First Secretary of St
ate until 2010. As Trade Commissioner between 2004 and 2008, he negotiated trade agreements with many countries and led European negotiations in the WTO Doha World Trade Round.

Lord Mandelson first entered the British government in 1997, and under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown between 1997 and 2010, he was Minister without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the British government. He was made a life peer by the Queen and joined the House of Lords in 2008; serving as First Secretary of State and Lord President of the Council from 2009 to 2010. He is also President of the Policy Network think tank and Joint President of British Infuence, a campaign organization to keep Britain in the EU.

Lord Mandelson graduated from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. After leaving university, he entered the media industry, rising to become a senior television producer. He was also director of the British Youth Council. In 1992, he was elected to Parliament, and was Member of Parliament for Hartlepool from 1992 to 2004 and Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Labour party between 1985 and 1990.

In 2010, he published his autobiography and political memoir, "The Third Man" covering, among others topics, Lord Mandelson’s time as one of the three leaders of New Labour, along with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. It is widely considered one of the most compelling takes on the New Labour era and the leading personalities behind its ascent and time in power.