Houston Community News >> Asia Society to Host Business Conference on Indonesia

2/5/2008 HOUSTON − The Asia Society Texas Center is hosting its Annual Corporate Conference on Friday, February 15, 2008 with a gathering of some of the most powerful and influential Indonesian dignitaries ever to assemble in Houston in the last two decades.

This year’s conference, titled ‘Industry, Energy, Environment: Challenges and Achievements in Indonesia’, underscores the close relationship and business interests between the two major players in the energy industry. It also addresses the two key concerns of the industry, namely energy and sustainable development.

“It is the first time since the 1990s that we have been able to draw together the experience and expertise of such an amazing panel to discuss key issues that concern us here in Houston but which are also affecting us on a global scale. Indonesia and Houston have had a strong history of productive and cordial business relationships and the conference will strengthen this relationship even further,” said Martha Blackwelder, Executive Director of Asia Society Texas Center.

The keynote speaker is Muhammad Lutfi, Chief of Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board. Other Indonesian government officials and business leaders who will attend and speak at the conference include:

• Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat, Ambassador of Indonesia to the United States
• Abdullah Burhanuddin, Governor of the Bank of Indonesia
• Muhammad Lufti, Chief of Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board
• Emil Salim, Ph.D., Professor at The University of Indonesia and Presidential Advisor on Sustainable Development Issues
• Kardaya Warnika, Ph.D., Chairman, BPMIGAS
• Sadanand Dhume, Journalist and Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society
• Craig Charney, President of Charney Research

The conference will be held on February 15 at Houston Intercontinental Hotel. It is co-sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia Houston. Registration for the event will begin at 7:45 a.m. The conference will run between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information regarding the conference, please contact Martha Blackwelder at (713) 439-0051 or visit www.asiasociety.org

About the Asia Society
Asia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders and institutions of the United States and Asia. The Society seeks to increase knowledge and enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts and culture. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Washington, DC. Visit http://www.asiasociety.org  for more information.

Asia Society Texas Center
Since 1979, Asia Society Texas Center has served as a forum for viewpoints and discussions on Asia-related topics, offering more than 100 programs each year. These range from the topical and newsworthy—Asian economic forums, a post-tsunami first-hand USAID report, discussions of world health issues, or lectures on Asian border struggle—to the cultural and just plain fun – art exhibits and salons, "tastes of Asia" dinners, book signings and readings, dragon boat racing, and the annual Tiger Ball. Programming is provided each year in part by grants from generous foundations, the business community and individuals, largely through the Annual Fund Campaign. Visit http://www.asiasociety.org/visit/texas.  for more information.