FORBES GLOBAL CEO CONFERENCE

Now in its 18th year, the prestigious Forbes Global CEO Conference will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from October 30 to 31, 2018.

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.


2018 SPEAKERS

  • Steve Forbes
    Chairman and Editor-in-Chief
    Forbes Media
  • Fan Gang
    President, China Development Institute
    Director, National Economic Research Institute
  • Suphachai Chearavanont
    CEO, Charoen Pokphand Group
    Chairman of the Executive Committee, True Corporation Plc
  • Miwako Date
    President and CEO
    Mori Trust Co, Ltd
  • Enrique K. Razon Jr.
    Chairman and President
    International Container Terminal Services, Inc
  • H. Roger Wang
    Chairman and CEO, Golden Eagle International Group
    Chairman, Committee of 100
  • Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi
    Group Chief Executive Officer
    Frasers Property Ltd
  • Goodwin Gaw
    Managing Principal and Chairman
    Gaw Capital Partners
  • Marjorie Yang
    Chairman
    Esquel Group
  • Antoine Blondeau
    Chairman
    Sentient
  • B. R. Shetty
    Founder and Chairman
    NMC Healthcare
  • Allan Zeman
    Chairman
    Lan Kwai Fong Group
  • Chairul Tanjung
    Chairman
    CT Corp
  • Neerja Birla
    Chairperson
    Mpower
  • Lindsay Fox
    Founder
    Linfox
  • Forrest Li
    Chairman and Group CEO
    Sea
  • John Riady
    Executive Director, Lippo Group
    Managing Partner, Venturra Capital
  • Abhishek Lodha
    Managing Director
    Lodha Group
  • Mitch Garber
    Chairman, Cirque du Soleil
    Chairman, Invest in Canada
  • Binod K. Chaudhary
    Chairman
    CG Corp Global
  • Jean Eric Salata
    Chief Executive
    Baring Private Equity Asia
  • Mario Moretti Polegato
    Chairman
    GEOX Group
  • Preetha Reddy
    Vice Chairperson
    Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd
  • Hans-Paul Buerkner
    Chairman
    The Boston Consulting Group
  • Jack Leslie
    Chairman
    Weber Shandwick
  • Yoshito Hori
    President, GLOBIS University
    Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
  • Rich Karlgaard
    Publisher and Futurist
    Forbes Media
  • V Shankar
    CEO & Partner
    Gateway Partners
  • Yuwa Hedrick-Wong
    Global Chief Economist
    Mastercard Inc
  • Tim Ferguson
    Editor
    Forbes Asia

AGENDA

The world is in an unprecedented reboot. CEOs, companies and countries must all face the challenges—and opportunities—coming from accelerating disruption. Some liken this era to the fourth global revolution, after mechanization, mass production and digitalization. The world in 4.0 mode will affect how companies are built and led, where money is made or lost, the role of governments, and how all of us live, work and play. The change will not be neutral, and will require new leadership skills and new entrepreneurs to navigate the untold creative destruction of the next few years. Yet those who can grasp the opportunities can reap huge benefits for themselves, their companies, and society. 

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07:00
07:30
08:45
09:00

Operating in today’s globalized business environment and making sense of rapid disruption has never been more vital to success, even survival. The global growth estimate is 3%, according to the World Bank. Around the world, the U.S. economy is on the upswing while its global engagement is being radically restructured. Europe remains a mixed picture, while Asia’s dynamic economies and entrepreneurial drive are a bright spot. The global digital economy is becoming more mainstream. This panel will seek some perspective of a world filled with fast-moving trends, disruptions and paradigm shifts.

10:00

Never before has the role of managing money and investments been more fascinating, and challenging. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain are touted as new financial paradigms, or bubbles, or sometimes both. Algorithms, apps and roboinvestors offer to automate away careers. Fintechs, often with massive backing, are seeking to disrupt every aspect of finance. The world is awash in excess capital, looking for a home, while new asset classes and investments spring up offering to absorb it. This panel will delve into the strategies of how to grow money and manage investments in this brave new world.

11:00

While virtual worlds rise in importance, we all still need a roof over our heads. The risks and the rewards in real estate have never been greater for those who can understand and deliver on their projects—whether it’s hotels, offices, retail, hospitality, industrial parks, residences or integrated resorts, or maybe all of them in one. The real estate game is now played on a global field, while also requiring precise local expertise. New technologies are upending all aspects of the industry as well. The members of this panel are imagining, building and operating the spaces needed in a rebooted world.

12:00
12:30
14:15

What’s required of a leader—be it of a company, a startup or in government—has never been more complex. A single tweet can upend carefully crafted agendas. Digital disruption—either creating it or combating it—has become one of the core issues for leaders. Leaders must learn to stay ahead, stay informed and stay focused, all at the same time. Leaders must operate in global, regional, national and even local spheres, finding how to connect and maximize opportunities across them. A panel of leaders provides insights on how to stay on top.

15:15

Despite the enormous changes already wrought by technology, the smartest people in the room still say the revolution has barely begun. The acronyms tell part of the story: AI, IoT and SaaS. Few can ignore the rise of blockchain and cryptocurrencies as well. As always, enormous change brings with it fantastic opportunities and challenges. This panel will show where, when and how the latest tech will impact our lives, companies and societies.

16:15

Innovation is not a luxury but a necessity to survive in the global competition. Many of the world’s most admired firms are also among the most creative. Whether a new technology, product, service or manufacturing process, being the newest and latest can provide a crucial competitive edge. Our panelists will explore the many facets in becoming, and staying, innovative.

17:15
17:30
19:00 - 21:00

Fact & Comment by Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media

07:00
07:30
09:15
09:30

The name of this panel—hyperdrive—is the imagined ability to move faster than the speed of light. Yet in today’s rebooting world, entrepreneurs can now succeed, or fail, at almost-unreal speed. Hyperdrive also describes their passion, vision and energy to be the best and succeed in a volatile and ultra-competitive business environment. Our panelists will share their stories, lessons learned and where next they plan to engage their hyperdrive.

10:30

In today’s complex and evolving business environment, family businesses play a surprisingly critical role worldwide, both big and small. What is behind this success remains a subject worthy of examination. The various generations in any family business all have a role to play, across the spectrum of tradition to innovation. This panel will deep-dive into what it takes for family legacies to survive and thrive.

11:30
12:00
14:00

The definition of “doing good” is no longer just simple charity. The passion, rationales and motivations behind philanthropy, corporate governance, sustainability, eco-friendliness have commonalities, and all are being recognized as core values pursued by companies, entrepreneurs and executives. These values are also being expressed in new and powerful ways, with a panel of experts to illustrate with personal and professional views.

15:00

The future remains to be seen, and those who try to predict it do so at their own risk. Yet one must try to create scenarios and attempt to move forward with purpose. This panel will attempt to distill the wisdom of this year’s conference, and use that to offer some guidance for the road ahead. Where might we be a year from now? What major forces will have the most impact, and what potential black swans lie in wait? The experts on this panel will try to boldly shine some high beams to illuminate the curves and straightaways ahead.

16:00

A conversation between Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media and a special guest speaker

16:45
17:00
19:00


2017 VIDEO



HIGHLIGHTS

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LOCATION

The Athenee Hotel
A Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok

61 Wireless Road (Witthayu)
Bangkok 10330, Thailand


For assistance on reservations:

Suchada Delacruz (Siew)
+66 2650 8855
ReservationsManager.TheAthenee@luxurycollection.com


APPLICATION

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 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.

Please click here to submit an application to attend the conference. 


CONTACT

General & Sponsorship Inquiries

Tina Wee
info@forbesasia.com.sg

 

Registration

Clarabelle Chaw
registration@forbesasia.com.sg

Speaking Opportunities

Janelle Kuah
speakers@forbesasia.com.sg

 

Public Relations

Melissa Ng
pr@forbesasia.com.sg