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Chandran Nair

Founder and chief executive, Global Institute for Tomorrow

Chandran Nair is the founder of the Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT), an organization based in Asia that is focused on the relationship of Asian society and values with those of the rest of the world.

Chandran was chairman of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in the Asia Pacific until March 2004. He established the company as Asia’s leader in environmental consulting.

For more than a decade, Mr. Nair has strongly advocated a more sustainable approach to development in Asia, and has helped the governments of Taiwan and Hong Kong instill these principles into their key decision-making processes. He continues to advise the Hong Kong government, devising a new approach that gives the public a bigger role in key policymaking decisions.

He has worked and traveled extensively. Corporations seek his advice on how to meet the challenges of doing business in Asia and of globalization, on investment geopolitics, leadership development, ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

He has addressed many of these issues at forums around the world, notably at speaking engagements in London, New York, Washington, Sydney and all of the major Asian capitals.

In addition to his work with GIFT, Chandran has maintained his interest in business, continuing to provide strategic management advice and coaching to business leaders with a focus on achieving growth targets and bringing about organizational change.

His new book is “The Sustainable State: The Future of Government, Economy and Society.”

Articles by Chandran Nair

Sustainability and the Fallacy of Global Governance

Any global effort on climate change is toothless without the cooperation of national governments and their ability to act to support their aims.

February 22, 2019

The West: A Minority Club

Why not hold the West as well as the Rest accountable for their actions?

August 13, 2014

The West Against the Rest

A short history of geopolitical dominance by the West.

August 13, 2014

Asia Revisited

Imagine if China's leaders lectured the world on every trip, as Western leaders do.

May 9, 2014

The United States and NATO in Afghanistan — An Asian Viewpoint

As hard power from the West has failed in Asia, what are the options for a new and different U.S. policy toward the region?

May 13, 2013

Can De-Chemicalizing Agriculture Save the Planet?

If pesticides, fertilizers and genetically-modified seed aren't good for the planet, who are they good for?

November 27, 2012

Asia’s Austerity: The New Global Norm

Is austerity the only way to ensure that development is globally sustainable?

June 29, 2012

Is the 21st Century the Asia Century?

Why should Asia rethink its adoption of the consumption-based economic model of the West?

June 28, 2012

Myanmar’s Development Dilemma

Will Myanmar choose its own route to modernity? Or will it be swamped by extreme capitalism looking for a new frontier to conquer?

March 5, 2012

A World Community in Denial

How do you say to billions of Asians and Africans that they cannot have it all because the economic model of the West is flawed?

January 31, 2012

Chandran Nair on Asia’s Global Responsibility

Why is it up to Asia to fashion a more environmentally and socially conscious brand of capitalism?

July 2, 2011