Growth, Development and Environmental Economics in Asia

Laurence Brahm, in conversation with John Simpson, will draw upon the ideas of the Himalayan Consensus to discuss how countries might measure growth and development performance in a way that accounts for environmental costs and assets. Reflecting on his experiences working with China's Ministry of Environmental Protection and social enterprises in the Himalayan region, he will consider how to practically apply the Consensus principles of ethnic diversity, sustainable economics and cultural preservation. 

Date: Wednesday 22 April

Speaker and Chair catch up: 17:30-18:00

Meeting: 18:00-19:00

Venue: Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square, SW1Y 4LE, London


  • Laurence Brahm, Author, Fusion Economics: How Pragmatism is Changing the World 


  • John Simpson, World Affairs Editor, BBC 

Our audience will comprise mostly of Chatham House Members. Our members encompass a diverse range of backgrounds and professions: policy-makers, academics, business people and the media, as well as students and young people interested in international affairs. We have also invited contacts from the relevant research departments. We expect approximately 80 people in the audience.

Speaker’s Biography:

Laurence Brahm is a global activist, international lawyer and political-economist. He is Chief Economist at the New Earth Institute, and the author of over thirty books, including Fusion Economics How Pragmatism is Changing the World.

Mr Brahm spent three decades in Asia, where he advised on investment, economic-financial reform and development, and also pioneered one of the first social enterprises located in the Himalayas. Mr Brahm developed the Himalayan Consensus as an innovative economic paradigm, a holistic model that calls for protecting ethnic diversity through cultural sustainable development, and prioritising environmental protection.


Chairperson’s Biography:

Mr Brahm holds a BA in Political Science from Duke University, an MA in Asian Politics from the University of Hawaii’s Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, an MA in Law from the University of Hong Kong and a Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii’s School of Law. He has also studied Political Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Mandarin Language at Nankai University.

John Simpson is World Affairs Editor of BBC News, having worked for the corporation since the beginning of his career in 1970. He has reported from more than 120 countries, including 30 war zones, and interviewed many world leaders.

Since he became the editor of the BBC's World Affairs Unit, the stories he has covered chart the major upheavals in world history. He was in Romania as Ceaucescu fell, and in South Africa as Nelson Mandela was released. In 1991, he was the BBC's key correspondent in Baghdad during the Gulf War, staying in the city despite being ordered to leave by his employers.