FORBES GLOBAL CEO CONFERENCE

Now in its 20th year, the prestigious Forbes Global CEO Conference will be held this September 26–27, 2022 in Singapore.

This Conference is attended by CEOs, tycoons, entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders to discuss and debate key issues of global concern and to build new partnerships.

 

SPEAKERS

AGENDA


The world is looking for a way back to normal. Recovery from the pandemic is underway for much of the globe. Yet markets gyrate on every economic, geopolitical and Covid update, while investors keep a wary eye on inflation and rate hikes. Global tensions escalate between major economic powers, with ripples felt worldwide. Amid all these uncertainties, leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors will convene at the 20th Forbes Global CEO Conference to share insights, spotlight opportunities and stake out the way forward.

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Venue: Grand Ballroom (Level 1), The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

07:00

Registration desk opens until 20:00

Stella Gallery (Level 1)

08:00

Networking session

Grand Gallery (Level 1)

09:45

Opening remarks by Forbes

Rich Karlgaard, Futurist and Editor-at-Large, Forbes Media
Rana Wehbe Watson, Special Projects Director, Forbes Asia

10:00

Session I - Fact & Comment

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

The 2020s global economy faces unusual headwinds: supply shortages, inflation, de-globalization, climate and energy uncertainties, a slowing China economy, a European winter without Russian natural gas, and widespread political and geopolitical tensions. Steve Forbes, a renowned forecaster, analyzes the business and investment risks and opportunities ahead.

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

10:30

Session II - The New Abnormal

Massive monetary stimulus may have prevented a worst case economic scenario, but it also unleashed a tsunami of liquidity, showing up in premium prices for stocks, property, energy and other commodities. Inflation is at a 40-year high, prompting central banks to move up rates and taper down. Global recovery remains volatile, with recession fears replacing Covid concerns. Global tensions escalate between major economic powers, with ripples felt worldwide. A panel of thought leaders helps to decipher the new abnormal.

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

Confirmed speakers:
Janet Henry, Global Chief Economist, HSBC
Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings
Randall S. Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
V. Shankar, CEO and Cofounder, Gateway Partners
Chairul Tanjung, Chairman, CT Corp

11:45

Lunch and Session III - The Roaring 2020s?

What goes up must come down. As rates and inflation go up, the rest are recessing. Pools of liquidity are drying up, and in a post-Covid world is it all just fundamentals and value? Does one still follow tips or just invest in TIPS? Crypto, commodities and currencies, which direction will they go? Will the 2020s roar as the 1920s a century before—or are we skipping ahead to 1929? How and where to invest in a world gripped by economic gravity and empty punch bowls?

Moderated by Diane Brady, Assistant Managing Editor, Forbes Media

Confirmed speakers:
Cheah Cheng Hye, Co-Chairman and Co-CIO, Value Partners Group
Jenny Johnson, President and CEO, Franklin Templeton
Ng Kok Song, Founding Chairman, Avanda Investment Management
John Studzinski, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, PIMCO

14:10

Session IV - Leadership Unmasked

Being in control of the room takes on new meaning when you’re the only one in it, and everyone else is a small square on a screen. Yet your team needs leadership more than ever—stressed by the pandemic, disrupted supply chains, volatile markets and political uncertainty. Adapt, transform and digitalize. What leadership style maximizes the opportunities of an emerging post-Covid era? A brave new world requires brave new leaders.

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

Confirmed speakers:
Ajay Banga, Vice Chairman, General Atlantic
Lily Kong, President, Singapore Management University
Hiro Mizuno, Special Envoy of U.N. Secretary-General on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments
Arif P. Rachmat, Cofounder and Executive Chairman, TAP Group

15:10

Session V - New Realities in Realty

As the pandemic eases, and home offices become home and offices again, whither property markets? Many if not most sectors are making up lost ground, be it commercial, residential or hospitality. The e-commerce boom is building growth in cloud facilities, logistics and data centers, while the metaverse’s virtual assets offer the prospects of real-world profits. But can the edifice of a rebound withstand the winds of rising rates and possible slowing economic growth? A panel of property leaders will construct well-grounded insights on the new realities in real estate.

Moderated by Rana Wehbe Watson, Special Projects Director, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Miwako Date, President and CEO, Mori Trust Co., Ltd
Goodwin Gaw, Managing Principal and Chairman, Gaw Capital Partners
Jeffrey Perlman, Chairman, ESR, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus
Kishin RK, Founder and CEO, RB Capital Group

16:10

Session VI - Innovation to The Rescue

The pandemic has turbocharged massive innovation, accelerating the digitalization trend worldwide. Tech is embedding itself even more deeply into the global economy. A fresh wave of disruption may be just around the corner, powered by entrepreneurs, billions in venture funds, and spurred on by pandemic disruptions. Established businesses need to get ready—or get out of the way. This panel will find ways to do the former and avoid the latter.

Moderated by Rana Wehbe Watson, Special Projects Director, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Laurent Junique, Founder and CEO, TDCX
Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India
Byju Raveendran, Founder and CEO, BYJU’S
Alvin Sariaatmadja, CEO, Emtek
Constance Wang, COO, FTX, Co-CEO, FTX Digital Markets

17:05

Session VII

Fireside Chat with Erick Thohir, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, Indonesia

Moderated by Justin Doebele, Editor and Vice President – Content, Forbes Asia

17:35

Networking reception

Grand Gallery (Level 1)

19:00

Gala dinner and Session VIII

In Conversation with Lawrence Wong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Singapore

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

Venue: Grand Ballroom (Level 1), The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

07:00

Registration desk opens until 17:30

Stella Gallery (Level 1)

08:00

Networking session

Grand Gallery (Level 1)

08:45

Opening remarks by Forbes

Rana Wehbe Watson, Special Projects Director, Forbes Asia

09:00

Session IX - New Paradigm for Entrepreneurs

The pandemic tested the entrepreneurial skills of many established business leaders. The best did their best: adapt, pivot and transform. All the classic questions for entrepreneurs remain: How to build big and stay big. How to keep innovating and disrupting your own company—and block emerging threats from rivals or startups. On this panel, established entrepreneurs will discuss strategies on getting it done.

Moderated by Diane Brady, Assistant Managing Editor, Forbes Media

Confirmed speakers:
Serge Pun, Executive Chairman, Yoma Group of Companies
Shayan F Rahman, CEO, Beximco Group
Wendy Yap, Founder, President Director and CEO, Nippon Indosari Corpindo

10:00

Session X - The Midas Touch

Venture capitalists are a driving force of creative destruction, and for their risk can come rewards of 5X, 10X, or more. In a volatile world looking for a way forward, where is the smart money going? Which regions or industries can sire the next unicorns? How does Asia figure in VCs’ plans? And is ESG entering into the investment thesis? What are the big trends—and possible black swans—set to drive investments in coming months? This panel of leading VCs will venture their opinions.

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

Confirmed speakers:
Jenny Lee, Managing Partner, GGV Capital
Nisa Leung, Managing Partner, Qiming Venture Partners
Eduardo Saverin, Cofounder and Managing Partner, B Capital

11:00

Session XI - From Zero to Infinity

Forget hockey sticks, how about rocket launches? When disruption happens, it can go at light speed—tiny startups turn into unicorns then decacorns. Get a boost if your sector ends in tech: medtech and fintech. Or starts with e, such as edtech or electric. And apps are apt, and crypto cool. Digital assets can have just as much value—or more—than physical ones. Whatever the idea, once it hits escape velocity, the sky is no limit. Strap in, and hear from these emerging entrepreneurs as they boldly go where none have before.

Moderated by Rana Wehbe Watson, Special Projects Director, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Neil Davidson, Executive Chairman, Coda Payments
Meng Kuok, Group CEO and Founder, Caldecott Music Group
Simon Loong, Founder and Group CEO, WeLab
Kuldeep Singh Rajput, Founder and CEO, Biofourmis
Aaron Tan, Cofounder and CEO, Carro

12:00

Networking reception

Grand Gallery (Level 1)

12:30

Lunch and session XII

Keynote address by Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group

14:15

Session XIII - Next Frontiers for Families

Top business families are facing many challenges. Their core businesses need to be protected from possible disruption, viral and otherwise. At the same time, they must explore the latest opportunities, sometimes outside their comfort zones. Yet family businesses retain strengths scarce elsewhere, such as deep connections, access to capital, flexibility and the ability to have a leadership meeting over a family dinner. This panel will delve into how family businesses are adapting to move onto the next frontier.

Moderated by Naazneen Karmali, Asia Wealth Editor and India Editor, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Sarena Cheah, Executive Director, Sunway Berhad
Martin Hartono, CEO, GDP Venture
Nancy Pangestu Tabardel, CEO, ANB Investment
Katrina Razon, CEO, KSR Ventures

15:15

Session XIV - In Good Company

Businesses need to do good, not just do well. Phrases such as ESG, net zero and sustainability have moved from buzzwords to mainstream concepts. Companies are in a lively debate about their role in protecting the environment, closing the income gap or tackling climate change. Ideas abound, including carbon credits and financial inclusion. This panel will discuss the ways CEOs are rebalancing their ESG, sustainability, stakeholder and shareholder goals in one of the most challenging business environments in a century.

Moderated by Rana Wehbe Watson, Special Projects Director, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Kyungsun Chung, Cofounder & Managing Partner, The Sylvan Group
Lee Yeow Chor, Group Managing Director and CEO, IOI Corporation Bhd
Anderson Tanoto, Managing Director, RGE

16:15

Session XV - Racing Ahead

With full seasons, live events and fans in seats, the business of sports is firing on all cylinders. Valuations for some of the world’s top sports teams have gone into overdrive. Franchises are using digital and social tools to connect directly with fans, accelerating growth and creating revenue streams. Esports is officially mainstream and its popularity is growing. High profile sponsorship deals are making headlines. Stakeholders across the industry will talk about what’s driving the boom and who will win the race.

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

Confirmed speakers:
Russell Coutts, CEO, SailGP
Joe Ravitch, Cofounder and Partner, The Raine Group
Chatri Sityodtong, Founder, Chairman and CEO, ONE
Ferran Soriano, CEO, City Football Group and Manchester City Football Club

17:15

Closing remarks by Forbes

Rich Karlgaard, Futurist and Editor-at-Large, Forbes Media
Rana Wehbe Watson, Special Projects Director, Forbes Asia

17:30

Networking reception

Grand Gallery (Level 1)

19:00

End of 20th Forbes Global CEO Conference

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VIDEOS

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HIGHLIGHTS

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LOCATION

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039799

For assistance on reservations:

Rebecca Tan
Rebecca.Tan@ritzcarlton.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 headquarters) and is at the discretion of Forbes.

The conference participation fee of US$10,000 net of taxes, if any, 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
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Speaking Opportunities
Janelle Kuah
speakers@forbesasia.com.sg

Public Relations
Melissa Ng
pr@forbesasia.com.sg