Mr. Chandran Nair is the Founder and CEO of the Global Institute of Tomorrow (GIFT), an independent pan-Asian think-tank that provides content-rich and intellectually challenging executive education from an Asian worldview. A strong advocate of sustainable development in Asia, Mr. Nair was the chairman of Environmental Resources Management in Asia-Pacific until 2004, and has continued to provide strategic management advice and coaching to business leaders since.

Mr. Nair is a regular speaker at the World Economic Forum, where he is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Governance on Sustainability, APEC summits and OECD events. His writing interests include economic policy and education, and his work has appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian and the New York Times. His book, Consumptionomics: Asia’s Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet, was ranked as one of the top ten books of 2011 by the Globalist. His other project, The Other Hundred, is a non-profit photo book serving as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100, highlighting the lives of those who are not rich but deserve to have their stories told.

At TEDxHongKong, Mr. Nair will discuss the diminishing effects of technological overreach on all of us. He will explore the importance of redefining interconnectivity and of freeing people from prizing “likes” and “followers” in his controversial but stimulating talk.