Good Things Happen Season 3Podcast10 Oct 2023

Good Things Happen E7: Asia's Digital Renaissance

Season 3

In this episode, we embark on a fascinating journey through Asia's digital transformation—a journey that can only be described as a time machine propelling the region into the future. Our esteemed guests, Lawrence H. Summers, 71st US Secretary of Treasury and the Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard, and Jan Metzger, Head of Asia Pacific Investment Banking at Citi, guide us through this captivating exploration.


We delve deep into the multifaceted landscape of technology adoption in Asia, unearthing the unique trajectories of mobile payments, telemedicine, and super apps across different countries within the region. Along the way, we shine a spotlight on the profound influence of culture, shedding light on how it shapes technology adoption and its far-reaching effects on service industries.


This episode is a tribute to Asia's remarkable technological advancements, positioning the region as a frontrunner in various industries. Moreover, it underscores the pivotal importance of both intellectual intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) in navigating the dynamic terrain of work and technology, as we continue our voyage into the ever-evolving future.



Citigroup, and Lawrence Summers are not affiliated and are independent organisations, though Citi has a onboarded Lawrence Summer as a consultant. The speakers’ views are their own and may not necessarily reflect the views of Citi or any of its affiliates.


All opinions are subject to change without notice. Neither the information provided, nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. The expressions of opinion are not intended to be a forecast of future events or a guarantee of future results.



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Jan Metzger is currently the Head of  Investment Banking - APAC at Citigroup. Prior to this role, Jan was the Managing Director - Head of TMT Investment Banking Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse from October 2005 to November 2015. In this role, Jan was responsible for covering Investment Banking clients in the TMT sector in Asia Pacific. Before Credit Suisse, Jan worked as a Vice President at Deutsche Bank from January 2000 to December 2005 in Technology Investment Banking. Jan's career began as an Associate at Synergetics Installations Worldwide Inc from February 1997 to March 2000.


Lawrence H. Summers is the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus of Harvard University. During the past two decades, he has served in a series of senior policy positions in Washington, D.C., including the 71st Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton, Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama and Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist of the World Bank.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and was awarded a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1982. In 1983, he became one of the youngest individuals in recent history to be named as a tenured member of the Harvard University faculty. In 1987, Mr. Summers became the first social scientist ever to receive the annual Alan T. Waterman Award of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and in 1993 he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, given every two years to the outstanding American economist under the age of 40.

He is currently the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University and the Weil Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School.



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