FORBES GLOBAL CEO CONFERENCE
Now in its 19th year, the prestigious Forbes Global CEO Conference will be held in Singapore on October 15-16, 2019.
This annual event is attended by some 400 global CEOs, tycoons, entrepreneurs, up-and-comers, capitalists and thought leaders to discuss and debate key issues of global concern and to build new partnerships.
Steve ForbesChairman and Editor-in-ChiefForbes Media
Lee Hsien LoongPrime MinisterSingapore
Kiran Mazumdar-ShawChairperson and Managing DirectorBiocon Ltd
Peter MooreChief Executive OfficerLiverpool FC
Marjorie YangChairmanEsquel Group
Enrique K. Razon Jr.Chairman and PresidentInternational Container Terminal Services, Inc
Chairul TanjungChairmanCT Corp
William E. HeineckeFounder and ChairmanMinor International
Ho Kwon PingExecutive ChairmanBanyan Tree Holdings
Roshni Nadar MalhotraExecutive Director & CEO, HCL CorporationTrustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation
Goodwin GawManaging Principal and ChairmanGaw Capital Partners
JP GanManaging PartnerQiming Venture Partners
Stuart ParkinsonGlobal Chief Investment OfficerHSBC Private Banking
Forrest LiChairman and Group CEOSea
Jane Jie SunChief Executive OfficerCtrip.com International Ltd
Goh Choon PhongChief Executive OfficerSingapore Airlines
Kuldip Singh DhingraChairmanBerger Paints India Group
Rose DamenFamily shareholder and Non-Executive Director, Damen Shipyards GroupManaging Director, Damen Yachting
Achal BakeriFounder, Chairman & MDSymphony Limited
Wendy YapPresident Director and CEONippon Indosari Corpindo
Jack CowinChairman and Managing DirectorCompetitive Foods Australia Pty Ltd
Gaurav V. BurmanDirectorDabur International
Chavalit Frederick TsaoChairman, IMC GroupFounder, Octave Institute
Danny YongCIO and Founding Partner, Dymon Asia CapitalChairman, The Majurity Trust
Antoine FirmenichManaging Director, Aquilus Pte LtdFounding Partner, Alatus Capital SA
Rich KarlgaardEditor-at-Large and FuturistForbes Media
TRANSCENDING THE TURBULENCE
The best way to cope with turbulence, any pilot knows, is to fly above it. The global economy is caught in a storm of uncertainty. The U.S. remains a bulwark, but its trade war with China is weighing on growth everywhere and has ushered in a new period of volatility in financial markets. This conflict goes far beyond finance: it is but the latest front in a simmering contest between China and other newly assertive powers, on one hand, and a superpower riven by domestic divisions. There are no safe havens from the turmoil this conflict is creating. CEOs can’t merely adapt; they need to plot an entirely new course. This year’s Forbes Global CEO Conference will confront the rising challenges and peer beyond them to how CEOs and entrepreneurs are finding new pathways to success and what skills and vision are needed to get there.
Standing networking breakfast
Session I - Global Economy: The Imperfect Storm
Geopolitics and macroeconomics have collided. Even as Beijing grapples with slowing growth and partisan politics paralyze Washington, China and the U.S. have launched a bitter conflict over investment, trade and technology. Europe is too distracted with its divorce from the U.K. to play the role of either mediator or buffer. Policymakers everywhere are struggling to insulate their economies from slowing global growth. Volatile shifts in trade and investment flows are forcing businesses and investors to explore new ways to adjust and nowhere more than in Asia. This panel will lay out the forecast for how these forces are evolving and what impact they’ll have on business.
Session II - Money & Investing: Fasten Your Seatbelts
It wasn’t so long ago when investors and traders complained about the lack of volatility in financial markets. No more. Markets are whipsawed by alternating concerns that can send torrents of global capital roaring into emerging markets one day and howling into traditional safe harbors the next. Worries about how to cope with the prospect of higher interest rates have given way to anxiety about whether central banks will resume printing money to ward off a global economic chill. This panel will explore these forces, how to anticipate them and where to turn when the wind again changes direction.
Session III - Real Estate: Ground Control
They say there are no national property markets, only local property markets. But the prospect of changing interest rates and efforts by governments to moderate prices set real-estate markets on edge. With central banks on guard against slower growth and risks to credit, has the cloud over property passed? Location remains paramount, but technology is transforming the landscape. This panel will examine the outlook for various classes of real estate, and discuss the disruptions that are turning space into a service.
Session IV - Leadership: This is Your Captain
When the age of digital disruption enters a year of political and economic uncertainty, CEOs have to fly by the seat of their pants. That can mean embracing uncomfortable changes to achieve the speed and stability to get aloft. This panel of corporate leaders will explore how to not only create and articulate a clear flight plan, but also how to cultivate co-pilots to help build a more inclusive, nimble culture.
Session V - Health & Wellness: The Long Haul
Will you live beyond 100? Healthcare is undergoing radical transformation. New advances in areas such as gene editing, big data analyses, and AI-driven diagnoses are improving health and extending lives. Yet challenges remain from rising obesity, aging populations and higher costs. Huge opportunities exist in improving care, finding sustainable business models, adopting new technologies and encouraging healthier lifestyles. A panel of experts will evaluate the complex facets of healthcare, wellness and longevity.
Session VI - Technology: Cloud Formations
Global business is being rapidly transformed by technology. Innovations in AI, 5G, blockchain, the cloud and robotics are overturning the way companies everywhere operate, transact and compete. More than that, these technologies are fundamentally redefining commerce. This panel will examine how the latest developments in technology are re-drawing traditional trade routes and how businesses need to adapt to the evolution of new digital supply chains, logistics and manufacturing.
Gala dinner and Session VII
Fact & Comment by Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media
Standing networking breakfast
Session VIII - Unicorns: Fast Take-off
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg all joined the Forbes 400 list by the age of 30. Others are now following their lead (and can still make it as a 30-something). For this new generation, what counts is the strength of their ideas and their drive, not their age or their family’s net worth. Startup funding has never been easier but what’s critical is managing fast growth and disruptive threats. This panel brings together emerging business leaders to discuss their journeys, lessons learned and flight plans to higher altitudes.
Session IX - Innovation: Fly by Wire
To effectively transform a business, individuals using technology need to have a vision of what they want to end up with—in other words, innovate. Entrepreneurs may be inherently innovative, but corporate transformation is never a sole proprietorship. CEOs need to constantly acquire creative talent, create a culture that adapts to disruption and build a corporate structure flexible enough to rapidly implement innovation. Our panelists will discuss how they keep their organization’s innovative edge without spinning out of control.
Session X - Entrepreneurs: Breaking the Sound Barrier
It's easy to start a company, but what does it take to turn a startup into a large-scale success? What are the ingredients to fuel accelerated growth? On a macro scale, how best to encourage entrepreneurial mindsets and environments in which pioneers of innovation can flourish? This panel of established entrepreneurs will share insights from their personal journeys on how best to fly faster than the speed of light.
Session XI - Family Business: Descendants Ascending
Most businesses are family businesses, startups that eventually turn control over to a new generation. But taking over a family business isn’t the same as starting one. Succession is perhaps the most challenging problem family businesses face, particularly if no clear successor has emerged. Some may thus face a dilemma between maintaining ownership and maintaining control. This panel will examine how to keep a family company competitive.
Session XII - Social Impact: Transcending Giving
Conventional charity is being disrupted, with the rise of sustainable and socially impactful forms of philanthropy and corporate giving. Now this more structured approach is evolving, trying to find new ways to tackle some of the world's biggest needs, such as poverty, education, disease and the environment. These approaches are happening in many ways and levels, from personal initiatives and family foundations to corporate sustainability programs. The goal is to create a better world for ourselves and coming generations. The panel surveys the landscape and finds the best flight plans to go beyond the range of traditional giving.
Session XIII - Closing: The Skies Ahead
They say it’s about the journey, not the destination. But no one fastens their seatbelt and orders an inflight meal without knowing they’re headed somewhere they intend to go. So, where are we headed? Some suggest the time has come to leave behind capitalism as we know it. This panel will step back and examine not only that debate, but examine where the winds are taking us. More importantly, it will ponder the larger question of where we ought to end up. The sum of our actions cannot be merely to improve the present, nor to sidestep problems in the future, but to achieve something worth having taken the trouble. Rather than look merely at the forces reshaping our world, therefore, panelists will share their vision for how we should reshape it.
Gala Dinner and Session XIV
A Meeting of Minds: A conversation between Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, Singapore and Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media
Delegate attendance at the Forbes Global CEO Conference is by invitation only, limited to qualified titles (usually Chairman, Vice Chairman, CEO and President from global headquarters) and is at the discretion of Forbes.
The conference participation fee of US$10,000 (plus 7% GST) includes the costs of all conference sessions, social events organized as part of the conference agenda and conference documentation. Fee does not include travel and accommodation costs.
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