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World Islamic Economic Forum

The April 2007 “Harvard Business Review” features a letter from an Ian C. Buchanan, Booz Allen Hamilton, Australia, entitled: “Emerging Giants: Building World Class Companies in Developing Countries.”

“HBR,” April 2007, “Letters to the Editor,” page 133.

Buchanan mentions his role as a member of the International Advisory Panel of the World Islamic Economic Forum, the business and economic face of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Conference.

About the Author:

Ian Buchanan is Senior Executive Adviser to – and former Regional Chairman of – Booz Allen Hamilton Australia, NZ, SE Asia


Ian is currently Senior Adviser to – and former Regional Chairman of – Booz Allen Hamilton Australia, NZ, SE Asia. Ian has over 30 years experience throughout the region and is former SE Asia/S Pacific CEO of US ‘Think Tank’ SRI International.

Ian has a scientific and business background plus 5 years flying with the RAF Reserves, where he remains a member of the RAF ‘Ten Ton’ Club. He has worked extensively at the most senior levels of both the public, private and defence sectors advising on strategy, performance improvement and change management

Ian has an MBA from Wharton, an M.A. in Chemistry/Quantum Chemistry from Magdalen College, Oxford; and advanced studies in economic development at the Kiel Institute of World Economics, FRG and in leadership at the Aspen Institute

Ian is Chairman of AGSM’s Centre for Corporate Change; a Director of Australia’s leading national security and intelligence systems supplier, The Distillery; The Great Barrier Reef Research Foundation; Ian is also a member of the International Advisory Panel of IAG and the Advisory Councils of NICTA; AGSM; leading law firm, Malleson’s; Indonesia’s Executive Centre for Global Leadership; the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute and The World Islamic Economic Forum

Ian is a former Director/Adviser to Singapore’s National Computer Board, (KLSE Listed) Malaysia’s Southern Bank , (ASX listed) Computer Power Group and was the only non-Asian member of the GE (SE Asian & Indochina) Advisory Board

Ian has been a regular guest lecturer on Asian Strategy at Harvard and other Business Schools, has authored a number of scientific and business papers and has contributed to several books on the region.


Ian Buchanan

My objective in this short article is to dispel some of the myths and misunderstandings which have arisen around globalisation and, by means of lessons drawn from Asia’s rapid development, to contribute to a rational and fact based debate on how to harness its benefits for Muslim business, and the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC). I acknowledge the contribution to my thinking on these issues from my mentor – SRI President Emeritus, and former Stanford Provost, Professor William Miller and in particular his presentation at the opening of Indonesia’s Executive Centre for Global Leadership on “Regionalism, Globalism and the New Economic Geography”.


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