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Opening Ceremony:

East Asia and the World in the 21st Century

The Opening Ceremony of the Geneva Forum on East Asia will focus on the role that East Asia plays in global issues, shedding light on the links between East Asia and the rest of the world, and helping participants to get a first glimpse of the Forum's other activities. Three high-level guests will deliver keynote speeches on the Forum's core themes. The Opening Ceremony will be structured as follows.

  • CEAS presentation video

  • CEAS President’s opening remarks

  • Welcome remarks

  • Keynote speech “East Asian and the world”

  • Keynote speech “The world and East Asia”

  • Panel discussion and audience Q&A

  • Closing remarks and outlook on the Forum

Our Speakers


Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel

Former Ambassador of Switzerland to the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (2014-2019), Distinguished Alumnus of IHEID.


Dr. Marie-Laure Salles

Director of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) since 2020, Former Dean of the School of Management and Innovation at Sciences Po Paris.


Dr. Andrew Michael Ong

Director of the Division for Asia and the Pacific of theWorld Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO),

Deputy Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines. 


Opening Ceremony:

The opening ceremony of the Forum is intended to provide an overview of current topics related to East Asia as well as a first taste of the Forum's other events. The central themes of this event will be multilateralism, the geopolitical framework,
economic globalization and building bridges between East Asia and the rest of the world.


• To provide a macro-level overview of key topics in
the international sphere related to East Asia;
• To set the stage for the Forum (flagship event);
• To link the Institute’s mission (multilateralism) with East Asia in general and East Asian geopolitics and economic standing in particular.

 East Asia and the World in 

 the 21st Century 

Monday, October 11th 2021

18:30 - 20:00 CET

Format: Hybrid

Online:  [Webex]

Onsite:   Auditorium Ivan Pictet, IHEID 

            (Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot                     2A, CH - 1211 Geneva 1, Switzerland)

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