Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Looking Back and Ahead on American Asia Policy

Guest Speaker: Ford Hart
Board of Advisors, Fluidity Operations LLC

Event Date: Tuesday 9th October 2018
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Russell McVeagh
Level 24, Dimension Data House, 157 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6011.

(Please note no building access after 6pm)

Russell McVeagh

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The Asia Forum in collaboration with the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence and Victoria University of Wellington’s Enabling Our Asia-Pacific Trading Nation Distinctiveness Theme invite you to a discussion led by Ford Hart.

Ford Hart is a former American diplomat whose involvement in U.S.-China relations stretched from the early days of reform and opening to the Xi Jinping era.  He capped off a distinguished 33-year career with assignment as U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau, an ambassadorial-level position. In addition to three postings to Mainland China, Ford also served overseas in the USSR, Iraq, and Taiwan. Before Hong Kong, he was the Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks on North Korean nuclear weapons, for which President Obama accorded him the personal rank of ambassador.  Ford served at the White House as the National Security Council’s China and Taiwan Director, and at the Pentagon he was foreign policy advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations.  In other assignments in Washington, Ford worked on U.S.-China relations, Taiwan policy, Kazakhstan, crisis management, and post-conflict stabilization.

Ford advises Fluidity Operations LLC, a blockchain technology holding firm, on government relations, regulation, and Asian affairs. He is also Senior Advisor to Bower Group Asia, a government relations consultancy. Ford is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a recipient of the State Department’s highest commendation for diplomatic reporting, and he holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Russell McVeagh

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