The Road to Recovery: lunchtime lecture by Lori Henderson, Executive Director BCCJ

Tuesday 11 June 2013                       12.00 – 2.00pm

JETRO London
MidCity Place
71 High Holborn
London WC1V 6AL

Free for members of the Japan Society and those introduced by JETRO
£12 for non-members

Booking deadline – Thursday 6 June

How was the British business community in Japan affected by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear incident? How did it respond to developments in Tohoku? And, how did the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) become a conduit for relief and reconstruction activities throughout the stricken region?

Lori Henderson, Executive Director of the BCCJ will give a first-hand account of how, following the triple disasters, companies began navigating a ‘new normal’ in Japan, becoming actively engaged in a variety of activities to support socio-economic recovery. Having spearheaded the BCCJ’s Back to Business initiative, Lori has helped a number of small firms in the region reestablish operations and generate economic returns. She has also demonstrated how corporate social responsibility programmes can be delivered successfully in a crisis. As an active leader in the Tohoku Planning Forum – which continues to connect Japanese and international practitioners across the private, public and civil sectors – Lori will outline for the Japan Society relevant opportunities for further engagement between the UK and Japan.

Programme

12.00pm – assemble (light lunch)
12.30pm – talk
1.00pm – Q & A, discussion
2.00pm  – close

Lori Henderson, MBE, as Executive Director of the BCCJ, is responsible for the general management and editorial policy of the organisation. On behalf of the BCCJ membership, she liaises with the British Embassy, British Council, Visit Britain, European Business Council (EBC) and the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE). In addition, Lori sits on the Executive Committee of the Japan Market Entry Competition, the Foreign Commonwealth Office’s Japan Prosperity Fund, The Entrepreneur Awards Japan, and the Royal British Legion, Tokyo.

Lori has a background in communications and digital media, and has lived and worked in Japan since 2003. Before joining the BCCJ, she wrote and produced video content for a Japanese media organisation, BBT (Business Breakthrough) – firstly at the Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business (MBA in Globalisation Programme), and then Business Breakthrough University, where she held the role of Programme Manager and Senior Professor. Lori gained her Master’s degree in Mediaeval English from the University of St. Andrews and was awarded an MBE in The Queen’s 2013 New Years Honours List for services to post-earthquake reconstruction and to the British business community in Japan.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 7828 6330 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.

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