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'Digital India' - 11 September 2019

In a recent analysis of 17 developed and emerging economies by McKinsey Global Institute, India came second only to Indonesia in terms of the speed of consumer digitisation – despite less than half the population having an internet subscription.

This conference, held in partnership with McKinsey & Company, will examine the findings of their seminal report and assess the outlook for India’s digital growth. The report’s findings will be discussed, including the role of governments in pushing the digital agenda and how businesses can pursue growth in the digital space. How digitisation will affect India’s role in global trade will also be explored.

Date: Wednesday, 11 September
Time: 09:00 for 9:30am-11:00am
Venue: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP


9.00am: Registration and Networking

9.30am: Presentation of ‘Digital India: Technology to Transform a Connected Nation’ report by Anu Madgavkar, Partner at McKinsey Global Institute

10.00am: Panel Discussion with:

  • Anu Madgavkar, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Arun Mani, President for Europe, Freshworks
  • Lance Kawaguchi, Managing Director and Global Head, Corporates (GLCM), HSBC
  • Prem Barthasarathy, Managing Partner, Pontaq

More information regarding the event and how to register can be found on the Asia House website.

Other Asia Centre Projects

Goldsmiths and Myanmar - First Collaborations

After Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi sent an appeal to London University in May 2013, seeking help in rebuilding the Myanmar university system, Goldsmith's Richard Shannon (Media and Communications and Theatre and Performance), along with Dr Gerald Lidstone (Director of ICCE) got together to explore how Goldsmiths could engage with this process. Read the insightful report by Richard Shannon, which explores how academics and professionals came together to answer the call, and the resulting collaboration. 

Read the report here

Gong Coin

In 1928, the Chinese Communist Party looked like a spent force. Massacred in a purge in Shanghai in 1927, then beaten in their subsequent Autumn Harvest Rising, the Communist Party of China was on its knees. Those that survived quite literally headed for the hills, ending up in one of the most remote, bandit ridden regions of China. There, in May 1928, surrounded, and barely able to survive, the communists built a mint and produced a coin. It was to be the first coin of the Chinese socialist revolution. It was a Mexican Silver Dollar with the symbol ‘gong’ meaning worker stamped onto the wing of the Mexican Eagle that adorned the coin’s surface. The appearance of this coin raises many questions.


How did a Mexican Silver Dollar end up in one of the most remote parts of China? How did it become the first coin of the Chinese communist revolution and why would the Party, surrounded, and in peril, build a mint and produce this coin?

Framed between two revolutions—the Mexican war of independence against Spanish rule (1821), and the socialist revolution led by the Communist Party of China (1949)— this project will map the journey of this Mexican silver dollar as it travelled from the mines of Mexico to the remote hills of China.

On its way to the Chinese revolution, it would circulate as currency in South and North Amer-ica, Western India, a number of pacific Islands, Japan, the South Seas, Korea, Annan, India, Hong Kong, as well as coastal regions of eastern and southern China, It came to dominate the money markets of Shanghai and some have even argued it changed the way Chinese thought about money.

The story of this silver dollar is the tale of South-South global flows in an era prior to the invention of the term. Embarking on the same journey as this coin, this research project travels the road of mo-dernity as it spreads around the globe via an unlikely emissary.