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Monday, February 21, 2022

 Dear Professor Chen

I wondered if you could give me some advice on whom and how to contact someone like Malloch Brown or Greg Chen or Shameran Abed or anyone concerned with Fazle Abed's biggest idea connecting his life's work and higher education

Soon after my father Norman Macrae died in 2010 the Japan Ambassador to Bangladesh invited me to 2 brainstorming dinners with Fazle Abed. There he told us of his legacy intent to connect brac university with 100 graduate-female scholars networks of sustainability goals generation . I went to Bangladesh 15 times to help file notes blogged at  http://www.abedmooc.com 

For many reasons - from covid to how Abed's illness accelerated before he could fully brief the new vice chancellor he had chosen, to barriers raised across Asia by Trump etc - the University collaboration idea (and other tech partnerships like that with alipay) are off path even as they remain the most scalable chance for under 35s to leap ahead and support Guterres Summit Future 2023. 

On the tech side I am now helping coordinate research for an AI Hall of SDG fame with Von Neumann's family - my dad became his first biographer and this month 30 years later a new Neumann bio is out. I have footnoted a bit more context on how father was The Economist's 3ed half century sub-editor of end Asian poverty (that being what founder and Adam Smith alumni James Wilson started 1843-60)

Sincerely Chris Macrae
Washington DC Region  +1 240 316 8157
Footnote on Norman Macrae

My father was The Economist's end poverty sub-editor. He came to this in a peculiar way. During his 5th year at The Economist he was seconded to New York where he met von Neumann who gave him the biggest journalistic scoop- examine leaders: what will do a decade ahead with 100 times more technology (Neumann's version of Moores Law) or if they are aiming to impact next generations a million times more tech over 30 years. So dad started applying this eg at Messina where he was the only journalist at birth of EU or in Tokyo -from 1962 he was allowed one signed survey a year and started with his old war ti,e enemy (having served as navigator allied bomber command - Burma). Dad had google maps of east-west in his head a generation ahead of others. And he married the daughter of Sir Kenneth Kemp - 4 generations of Scots who lived in Bombay starting up the first pharmacy kemp's corner ; sir Ken was Bombay chief justice- his last job writing up legalese for India's Independence


 

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