Bumpy Roads of China Ahead: Domestic Agenda and Financial Realities

Introduction China today is the second largest global economy, the largest exporter and has the largest exchange reserves in the world. Chinese reforms for its economy began with Deng Xiaoping’s opening agriculture, defense, industry, science, and technology for development with state-led macoeconomic policies. The economic reforms under Deng’s era increased its role of capitalism and… Continue reading Bumpy Roads of China Ahead: Domestic Agenda and Financial Realities

Impact Investing in Asia

Asia has felt so far away but is less new to me now. With the help of family, friends, and gracious hosts, I learned tremendously. I breathed in secondhand smoking, met my mentors at the Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), ate Ya Kun Kaya Toast with Temasek, a $235 billion dollar sustainability fund, chatted with investment banks,… Continue reading Impact Investing in Asia

Leveraging Contemporary Technology for a Peaceful Korean Peninsula

Read on Asia Times here *This is an exploratory research paper for how can Blockchain be used as a solution for achieving peace in the peninsula. The successful inter-Korean dialogues continue, as they pledged together in the historic Panmunjon Declaration for “no more war on the Korean Peninsula” and declaration for a “new era of… Continue reading Leveraging Contemporary Technology for a Peaceful Korean Peninsula

Incentivizing Investments with Political Vehicles

(Originally written: 10.12.2018) American leadership promotes of governance, democracy, human rights, and global stability. How does this translate into social investments overseas? Businesses consult political risk, such as power structure and roots of political legitimacy, to make decisions on overseas investments. Democracy, which involves social systems, tax laws, and a regulatory environment, enables a positive,… Continue reading Incentivizing Investments with Political Vehicles

Translating Risk for Social Impact

“Successful private equity needs macro-economic and micro-economic factors. These include political stability, sophisticated capital markets, corporate governance, strong entrepreneurial structure, and proper benchmarking. Other factors include fragmented markets, low competition, and comparability of funds."— Markus Ableitinger, Director of Capital Dynamics (Originally written: 10.12.2018) Businesses did not begin to champion social impact or corporate social responsibility… Continue reading Translating Risk for Social Impact