Global Cambridge in Singapore

Global Cambridge in Singapore

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  • Skyline of Singapore's CBD
Meet up with fellow alumni and immerse yourself in the University's world-leading research at Global Cambridge in Singapore.
Saturday, 22 July 2017 - 2.30pm to 6.00pm SGT
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

Is the age of globalisation dead? Buffeted over the last eight years, the global economy continues to face newer and greater challenges, from the political to the structural. In a new age of protectionism, what does the future hold and what can we learn from the recent past? Cambridge thinkers reflect on what these challenges are, where the world economy is heading and what some of the solutions might look like.

This event will be hosted by Professor Eilís Ferran, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations. After the keynote speech about globalisation, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and then join your fellow Cantabrigians for a drinks reception.

About the Global Cambridge series

We’re visiting a selection of cities from around the world to bring together alumni to connect, engage and inspire. The series showcases how Cambridge research is trail-blazing the path to new discoveries, ideas and inventions. In 2017, we've visited Bristol, Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Düsseldorf, with Leeds, Melbourne, Paris, Singapore and Sydney to come.


Professor Eilís Ferran

Professor Eilís Ferran
  • St Catharine’s 1980, Law
  • PhD 1992

Professor Ferran is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations. In this role the Professor is responsible for the University’s human resources policy and strategy as well as oversight and development of the University’s international engagement.

She is Professor of Company and Securities Law in the Faculty of Law and Tom Ivory Professorial Fellow in Law at St Catharine's College.

Professor Ferran served as Chair of the Faculty of Law from 2012 to 2015.

Her main research interests are corporate finance law, financial regulation and general company law. Professor Ferran has advised and given evidence to Parliamentary committees, including serving as the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords European Union Committee in its inquiry into banking union in 2012.

She is the founding editor of the Journal of Corporate Law Studies (Hart Publishing) and serves on numerous advisory boards and committees, including the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance, the Board of Advisors to the Yale Program on Financial Stability, the Academic Advisory Board of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, and as a Director of the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology.

She is a member of the European Company Law Experts Group (ECLE) and a former member of the European Banking Authority’s Stakeholder Group.

Alumni information: 
St Catharine’s 1980

Dr Finbarr Livesey

Dr Finbarr Livesey
  • Christ’s 1994, PGDIP in Computer Science
  • Downing 2011, PhD in Engineering
  • Lecturer in Public Policy and Deputy Director of the MPhil in Public Policy at POLIS

Dr Livesey joined POLIS in March 2013 as Lecturer in Public Policy and Deputy Director of the MPhil in Public Policy. Prior to this he was Acting Director of the MPhil in Technology Policy at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Dr Livesey’s research addresses three areas – the changing dynamics of the global economy, the role of government in supporting growth based on the emergence of new industries, and how policy making is changing due to new technologies.

Much has been written on how globalisation has become a dominant force, with economic power shifting from West to East. However, much of this literature takes a large-scale, national economies approach. Understanding how companies are making decisions, specifically on where to locate production due to automation, changing demand profiles and new production technologies, and working from the bottom up challenges many current theories of how the global economy is likely to evolve in the long term. Dr Livesey is completing a new book which will be published by Pantheon in the US and Profile in the UK in 2017.

Dr Livesey originally trained in physics (University College Cork, Ireland) and Computer Science (University of Cambridge) and spent five years as a technology developer and consultant with Olivetti Research Labs and Cambridge Consultants Ltd. After leaving industry, he completed a Masters in Public Policy at the Kennedy School (Harvard University) and then took a PhD in industrial economics and policy (University of Cambridge). He also ran the Centre for Industry and Governemnt at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge from 2004 to 2011 and retains an affiliation as an academic visitor at the Institute.

Alumni information: 
Downing 2011

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Free of charge


The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue

Location information

If you are travelling by car, please be aware that there is a full road closure along Raffles Avenue from 2pm onwards on 22 July as part of the rehearsals for the National Day Parade. Access to the hotel will be via the satellite Bell Desk located at the Executive Coach Bay from 1.45pm. The Executive Coach Bay will be the drop-off and pick-up point for all guest vehicles and valet service will be offered. Please telephone the hotel in advance on +65-6337-8888 with your vehicle's registration plate details. See below for details of access routes for those attending by car.

If you are travelling by MRT, the nearest stations are at Esplanade (Circle Line) and Promenade (Circle and Downtown Lines), with a walking time of 5-8 minutes.