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Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence

Chief Executive Asia House


Michael Lawrence is the Chief Executive of Asia House, the center of expertise on trade, investment, and public policy. He leads the Asia House team in delivering advice and insights to governments and businesses globally. Asia House drives commercial, economic and political engagement between the UK and Asia through its engagement with senior political figures, business leaders and decision-makers.

Prior to joining Asia House in 2012, Michael spent 18 years at Reuters (later Thomson Reuters) where he held a number of senior roles, including Global Editor (2006-2012). As Global Editor, Michael led a team of 3,000 journalists covering news in text, video, and pictures from almost 200 bureaux around the world. Other roles included Managing Editor, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and Financial Editor. Michael was part of the editorial team that delivered Reuters’ much-praised coverage of the Iraq war, and he ran the region through the turbulent years that followed. Following the acquisition of Reuters by Thomson in 2007, Michael played a central role in the integration of the two news teams. Once complete, Michael launched the Reuters Financial Commentary service which culminated in the acquisition of BreakingViews.

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