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.


  • Steve Forbes
    Chairman and Editor-in-Chief
    Forbes Media
  • H.E. Somkid Jatusripitak
    Deputy Prime Minister
  • H. Roger Wang
    Chairman and CEO, Golden Eagle International Group
    Chairman, Committee of 100
  • Suphachai Chearavanont
    CEO, Charoen Pokphand Group
    Chairman of the Executive Committee, True Corporation Plc
  • Miwako Date
    President and CEO
    Mori Trust Co, Ltd
  • Chartsiri Sophonpanich
    Bangkok Bank
  • Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi
    Group Chief Executive Officer
    Frasers Property Ltd
  • Chairul Tanjung
    CT Corp
  • Allan Zeman
    Lan Kwai Fong Group
  • Enrique K. Razon Jr.
    Chairman and President
    International Container Terminal Services, Inc
  • Peter Moore
    Chief Executive Officer
    Liverpool FC
  • Suthiphand Chirathivat
    Executive Director, ASEAN Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University
    Executive Director, Central Group
  • Goodwin Gaw
    Managing Principal and Chairman
    Gaw Capital Partners
  • Carrie Jones-Barber
    Chief Executive Officer
    Dawn Foods
  • JP Gan
    Managing Partner
    Qiming Venture Partners
  • Antoine Blondeau
    Managing Partner
    Alpha Intelligence Capital
  • B. R. Shetty
    Founder and Chairman
    NMC Healthcare
  • Goh Choon Phong
    Chief Executive Officer
    Singapore Airlines
  • Apichart Chutrakul
    Chief Executive Officer
  • William E. Heinecke
    Chairman and Group CEO
    Minor International
  • Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao
    President and CEO
    Vietjet Air
  • Tan Min-Liang
    Chairman and CEO
  • Kuok Meng Ru
    Chief Executive Officer
    BandLab Technologies
  • Moira Forbes
    Executive Vice President, Forbes Media
    President and Publisher, ForbesWomen
  • Zhao Changpeng
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Harald Link
    B. Grimm
  • Mitch Garber
    Chairman, Cirque du Soleil
    Chairman, Invest in Canada
  • Tan Hooi Ling
  • Peter Sands
    Executive Director
    The Global Fund
  • Fan Gang
    President, China Development Institute
    Director, National Economic Research Institute
  • Noni Purnomo
    President Director
    Blue Bird Group Holding
  • Mario Moretti Polegato
    GEOX Group
  • Shinta Widjaja Kamdani
    Chief Executive Officer
    Sintesa Group
  • John Lim
    Group Chief Executive Officer
    ARA Asset Management Holdings Pte Ltd
  • Jean Eric Salata
    Chief Executive
    Baring Private Equity Asia
  • Hans-Paul Buerkner
    The Boston Consulting Group
  • Yoshito Hori
    President, GLOBIS University
    Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
  • Patrick Grove
    Group Chief Executive Officer
    Catcha Group
  • Xiang Bing
    Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization
    Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
  • Binod K. Chaudhary
    CG Corp Global
  • Gary White
    Chief Executive Officer and WaterEquity
  • Serge Pun
    Executive Chairman
    Yoma Group of Companies
  • Jack Leslie
    Weber Shandwick
  • V Shankar
    CEO & Partner
    Gateway Partners
  • Rich Karlgaard
    Editor-at-Large and Global Futurist
    Forbes Media
  • Yuwa Hedrick-Wong
    Global Chief Economist
    Mastercard Inc
  • Jim Walker
    Chief Economist
    Asianomics Group
  • Parag Khanna
    Managing Partner
  • Foo Jixun
    Managing Partner
    GGV Capital
  • Tim Ferguson
    Forbes Asia
  • Pamela Ambler
    Senior Reporter
    Forbes Asia
  • Rana Wehbe
    Senior Editor-Special Projects
    Forbes Asia


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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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.

Moderated by: Tim Ferguson, Editor, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Suthiphand Chirathivat, Executive Director, ASEAN Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University, Executive Director, Central Group
Fan Gang, President, China Development Institute, Director, National Economic Research Institute
Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, Global Chief Economist, Mastercard Inc
Parag Khanna, Managing Partner, FutureMap
Jim Walker, Chief Economist, Asianomics Group


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.

Moderated by: Rich Karlgaard , Editor-at-Large and Global Futurist, Forbes Media

Confirmed speakers:
Foo Jixun, Managing Partner, GGV Capital
Jean Eric Salata, Chief Executive, Baring Private Equity Asia
V Shankar, CEO and Partner, Gateway Partners
Chartsiri Sophonpanich, President, Bangkok Bank
Zhao Changpeng, Chief Executive Officer, Binance


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.

Moderated by: Pamela Ambler, Senior Reporter, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Miwako Date, President and CEO, Mori Trust Co., Ltd
John Lim, Group Chief Executive Officer, ARA Asset Management Holdings Pte Ltd
Serge Pun, Executive Chairman, Yoma Group of Companies
Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, Group Chief Executive Officer, Frasers Property Ltd


Cloud computing, AI and 5G wireless will drive the next phase of digital transformation -- and accelerating disruption. John Chambers, former Cisco CEO, believes 40% of large global businesses will fail in the next five years. Here's what CEOs need to know about the Great Reboot.

Speaker: Rich Karlgaard, Editor-at-Large and Global Futurist, Forbes Media


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.

Moderated by: Moira Forbes, Executive Vice President, Forbes Media, President and Publisher, ForbesWomen

Confirmed speakers:
Hans-Paul Buerkner, Chairman, The Boston Consulting Group
Suphachai Chearavanont, CEO, Charoen Pokphand Group, Chairman of the Executive Committee, True Corporation Plc
Mitch Garber, Chairman, Cirque du Soleil, Chairman, Invest in Canada
Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, Chief Executive Officer, Sintesa Group
Peter Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Liverpool FC


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.

Moderated by: Rana Wehbe, Senior Editor-Special Projects, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
JP Gan, Managing Partner, Qiming Venture Partners
Kuok Meng Ru, Chief Executive Officer, BandLab Technologies
Noni Purnomo, President Director, Blue Bird Group Holding
Tan Min-Liang, Chairman and CEO, Razer


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.

Moderated by: Rich Karlgaard, Editor-at-Large and Global Futurist, Forbes Media

Confirmed speakers:
Apichart Chutrakul, Chief Executive Officer, Sansiri
Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Airlines
Patrick Grove, Group Chief Executive Officer, Catcha Group
Yoshito Hori, President, GLOBIS University, Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
Xiang Bing, Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

19:00 - 21:00

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


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.

Moderated by Tim Ferguson, Editor, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Goodwin Gaw, Managing Principal and Chairman, Gaw Capital Partners
William E. Heinecke, Chairman and Group CEO, Minor International
Mario Moretti Polegato, Chairman, GEOX Group
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, President and CEO, Vietjet Air
Tan Hooi Ling, Cofounder, Grab


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.

Moderated by Pamela Ambler, Senior Reporter, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Binod K. Chaudhary, Chairman, CG Corp Global
Carrie Jones-Barber, Chief Executive Officer, Dawn Foods
Harald Link, Chairman, B. Grimm
Enrique K. Razon Jr., Chairman and President, International Container Terminal Services Inc


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.

Moderated by Rana Wehbe, Senior Editor-Special Projects, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Jack Leslie, Chairman, Weber Shandwick
Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund
B. R. Shetty, Founder and Chairman, NMC Healthcare
Gary White, Chief Executive Officer, and WaterEquity


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.

Moderated by Rich Karlgaard, Editor-at-Large and Global Futurist, Forbes Media

Confirmed speakers:
Antoine Blondeau, Managing Partner, Alpha Intelligence Capital
Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media
Prakash P. Hinduja, Chairman, Hinduja Group of Companies (Europe)
Chairul Tanjung, Chairman, CT Corp
H. Roger Wang, Chairman and CEO, Golden Eagle International Group, Chairman, Committee of 100
Allan Zeman, Chairman, Lan Kwai Fong Group


End of 18th annual Forbes Global CEO Conference

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61 Wireless Road (Witthayu)
Bangkok 10330, Thailand

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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. 


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