George Clooney - Academy Award winner, actor, director, screenwriter and Sudan activist spoke to more than 1100 global institutional investors over lunch today at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Hong Kong at the 18th CLSA Investors’ Forum.
In the 90 minute, relaxed and often humorous conversation with CLSA’s Global Head of Research Edmund Bradley, Clooney discussed his life before Hollywood, his passion for acting, why he wouldn’t consider a career in politics, on being voted twice the sexiest man alive and, most importantly to him, his peace-promotion and human-rights work in Africa.
He explained to CLSA clients attending the private event his motivation to draw attention to the human rights violations of Sudan and the creation of the Satellite Sentinel Project which he conceived in 2010 during a visit to Sudan with human-rights activist, bestselling author and Enough Project cofounder John Prendergast, who is in Hong Kong with Clooney to attend the CLSA Investors’ Forum.
Clooney headlines more than 30 keynote and specialist speakers presenting at the CLSA Investors’ Forum this week, including Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and President, Timor-Leste H.E. Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta who presents tomorrow; authors and journalists Ahmed Rashid and Peter Bergen of CNN; American political philosopher Michael Sandel; historian Ian Morris; and Google APAC president Daniel Alegre.
The CLSA Investors’ Forum is being attended by more than 1,700 institutional investors from 530 fund management companies and more than 600 senior executive from 200 listed companies. It is the largest investment event of its kind in Asia and is consistently voted the leading investment event by and for global institutional fund managers.