SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute to host the former Prime Minister of New Zealand Sir John Key

5 September 2017

SOAS University of London will be hosting the first of the new WSD Handa Distinguished lectures this week, given by Sir John Key, GNZM, AC, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Sir John served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016. He entered the New Zealand Parliament in 2002, became leader of the Opposition in November 2006 when he took on the role as Leader of the National Party.  As a three-term Prime Minister Sir John steered New Zealand through the turbulence of the global financial crisis, supported TPP and led New Zealand in its engagement with China.

The lecture will focus on the transformation of China in the last few decades and the significant impact this has had on its people and the wider world.  This is felt in particular in the region in which China is located.  New Zealand has built up a strong relationship with China and has proactively engaged with it as it transforms itself from a command economy into one which attracts more foreign direct investment than nearly everyone else.  In this lecture Sir John will draw upon his experience of engaging with China when he served in the government of New Zealand to share insights and lessons learnt.  

This event will be the first of the new WSD Handa Distinguished lectures. The lecture series is sponsored by Worldwide Support for Development (WSD). Worldwide Support for Development (WSD) is a not-for-profit organization committed to assisting disadvantaged people and communities throughout the world.

This event will be held on 7 September. To find out more and register visit the event page.