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 Forbes
    Chairman and Editor-in-Chief
    Forbes Media
  • Lee Hsien Loong
    Prime Minister
  • Jack Ma
    Jack Ma
    Executive Chairman
    Alibaba Group
  • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
    Chairperson and Managing Director
    Biocon Ltd
  • Mark E Tucker
    Group Chairman
    HSBC Holdings plc
  • Goh Hup Jin
    Goh Hup Jin
    Nipsea Holdings International Ltd, Nipsea Pte Ltd
  • Adrian Cheng
    Adrian Cheng
    Executive Vice Chairman, New World Development
    Founder, K11
  • Miwako Date
    President and CEO
    Mori Trust Co., Ltd
  • Peter Moore
    Chief Executive Officer
    Liverpool FC
  • Enrique K. Razon Jr.
    Chairman and President
    International Container Terminal Services, Inc
  • Marjorie Yang
    Esquel Group
  • George Osborne
    George Osborne
    Senior Adviser
    BlackRock Investment Institute
  • H. Roger Wang
    Chairman and CEO, Golden Eagle International Group
    Chairman, Committee of 100
  • Rick J. Caruso
    Rick J. Caruso
    Founder and CEO
  • Roshni Nadar Malhotra
    Executive Director and CEO, HCL Corporation
    Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation
  • Mike Flewitt
    Mike Flewitt
    Chief Executive Officer
    McLaren Automotive
  • JP Gan
    Founding Partner
    INCE Capital
  • Goodwin Gaw
    Managing Principal and Chairman
    Gaw Capital Partners
  • Kuldip Singh Dhingra
    Berger Paints India Group
  • Jane Sun
    Chief Executive Officer International Ltd
  • Allan Zeman
    Lan Kwai Fong Group
  • Chairul Tanjung
    CT Corp
  • Rose Damen
    Family shareholder and Non-Executive Director, Damen Shipyards Group
    Managing Director, Damen Yachting
  • Goh Choon Phong
    Chief Executive Officer
    Singapore Airlines
  • Moira Forbes
    Executive Vice President, Forbes Media
    President and Publisher, ForbesWomen
  • Stuart Parkinson
    Global Chief Investment Officer
    HSBC Private Banking
  • Anderson Tanoto
    Anderson Tanoto
  • Tan Hooi Ling
  • Forrest Li
    Chairman and Group CEO
  • Ho Kwon Ping
    Executive Chairman
    Banyan Tree Holdings
  • William E. Heinecke
    Founder and Chairman
    Minor International
  • Wendy Yap
    President Director and CEO
    Nippon Indosari Corpindo
  • Frank Doyle
    Frank Doyle
    Dean, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Harvard University
  • Danny Yong
    Danny Yong
    CIO and Founding Partner, Dymon Asia Capital
    Chairman, The Majurity Trust
  • Samantha Du
    Samantha Du
    Founder, Chairman and CEO
    Zai Lab Ltd
  • Douglas Hsu
    Chairman and CEO
    Far Eastern Group
  • B. R. Shetty
    B. R. Shetty
    Founder and Chairman
    NMC Healthcare
  • Mitch Garber
    Mitch Garber
    Chairman, Cirque du Soleil
    Chairman, Invest in Canada
  • Dipali Goenka
    CEO and Joint Managing Director
    Welspun India Ltd
  • Jack Cowin
    Chairman and Managing Director
    Competitive Foods Australia Pty Ltd
  • Achal Bakeri
    Founder, Chairman and MD
    Symphony Ltd
  • Eric Gnock Fah
    Eric Gnock Fah
    COO and Cofounder
  • Karl Iagnemma
    Founder, nuTonomy
    President, Aptiv Autonomous Mobility
  • Mario Moretti Polegato
    GEOX Group
  • Yoshito Hori
    Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
    President, GLOBIS University
  • Rich Karlgaard
    Editor-at-Large and Futurist
    Forbes Media
  • Gaurav V. Burman
    Dabur International
  • Antoine Firmenich
    Managing Director, Aquilus Pte Ltd
    Founding Partner, Alatus Capital SA
  • Tan Min-Liang
    Tan Min-Liang
    Cofounder and CEO
  • Chavalit Frederick Tsao
    Chavalit Frederick Tsao
    Chairman, IMC Group
    Founder, Octave Institute
  • Justin Doebele
    Editor, Forbes Asia
    Executive Director - Content, Forbes Asia
  • Yuwa Hedrick-Wong
    Chief Economics Commentator, Forbes Asia
    Visiting Scholar, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • Rana Wehbe
    Senior Editor-Special Projects
    Forbes Asia
  • Wayne Arnold
    Wayne Arnold
    Executive Editor
    Forbes Asia
  • Pamela Ambler
    Senior Reporter
    Forbes Asia


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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 in their 30s and 40s). For this new generation, what counts is the strength of their ideas and their drive, not their age or their family’s net worth. While building a billion-dollar company from scratch is not easy, what’s critical is managing fast growth and disruptive threats. This panel gathers business leaders at the helm of some of the most promising and prominent Unicorns, to discuss their journeys, lessons learned and flight plans to higher altitudes.


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.


It's easy to start a company, but what happens after you make it to the top? What does it take to keep an entrepreneurial culture and mindset in a large-scale success? What is the formula for fueling continued growth? On a macro scale, what’s the best way to foster an environment where innovation can flourish? How do you build a bench of talent to take your company to the next level? This panel of established entrepreneurs will share insights from their own personal journeys on how to fly faster than the speed of sound.


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. 


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.


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.






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Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
22 Orange Grove Road 
Singapore 258350

For assistance on reservations:

Aida Kamdi
+65 6235 1666


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.

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


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