YCW LN: Public health policy lessons from the Four Asian …

YCW LN: Public health policy lessons from the Four Asian Tigers (Mon, 13 Jul)

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YCW LN: Public health policy lessons from the Four Asian Tigers

with Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo (Reader, King’s College London (KCL)), Dr Kaho Yu (Senior Asia Analyst, Verisk Maplecroft) and Bo-jiun Jing (PhD Candidate, KCL)

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • 1:00 pm (London)
  • 2:00 pm (Brussels & Berlin)
  • 8:00 pm (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong & Singapore)

Access via a virtual conference platform – details in an Eventbrite email shortly before the event

During the latter half of the twentieth century, “Four Asian Tigers” captured the attention of the world. Specifically, the economies of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan underwent rapid industrialisation and regularly posted double-digit growth numbers, which at the time were unprecedented for the region.

As the twenty-first century dawned, all four economies had emerged from the “Asian Miracle” as highly developed societies and markets, supported by sophisticated government policy institutions. Despite this, the Asian Tigers would come to suffer outbreaks of three pandemics: SARS (2003), H1N1 (2009) and MERS (2015).

Their experience of managing and eventually overcoming those pandemics led to invaluable lessons being learned in relation to disease prevention, crisis preparedness, institutional memory and long-term policymaking. As such, the public health policy lessons from the Asian Tigers remain relevant today – particularly in a world in which the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed differences in policy response and crisis management of governments around the world.

YCW’s London and Singapore Chapters are delighted to host in conversation Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Dr Kaho Yu and Bo-jiun Jing, who (alongside other contributors) authored “”, a King’s College London report.

About Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo


Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo is Reader (Associate Professor) in International Relations at King’s College London and the KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Institute for European Studies of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research focuses on: East Asia’s international relations and political economy, especially the Korean Peninsula; EU-East Asia relations, especially South Korea, North Korea and China; and regional governance in East Asia.

Previously, Ramon held visiting positions at Korea University, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Melbourne University. He has also testified before the European Parliament and advised the European External Action Service, the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the United Kingdom’s Cabinet and Foreign & Commonwealth offices.

He holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

About Dr Kaho Yu


Dr Kaho Yu is a Senior Asia Analyst at Verisk Maplecroft’s Politics team. He focuses on the political economy, energy policy and ESG risks (environmental, social & governance) in China and Asia Pacific, and their implications for global businesses and supply chain. His expertise also covers investment risks related to COVID-19, Belt and Road Initiative, US-China-Russia relations and East Africa gas expansion.

Prior to Maplecroft, Kaho was an energy research associate at Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Centre and a lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also holds affiliated research positions at the European Centre for Energy and Resources Security (EUCERS) at King’s College London, and the Asian Energy Studies Centre at Hong Kong Baptist University. He frequently provides media commentaries and speaks in conferences and webinars.

Kaho obtained his PhD in International Political Economy from King’s College London and an MSc in International Public Policy from UCL.

About Bo-jiun Jing