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.


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 trade war between China and the U.S. is weighing on growth everywhere, ushering in a new period of volatility in financial markets. The conflict goes far beyond finance: it is the latest front in a simmering contest between China and other newly assertive powers, on one hand, and a superpower riven by domestic division. There are no safe havens from the turmoil. CEOs can’t merely adapt, therefore; 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.

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Registration desk opens until 20:00

Lobby level


Standing networking breakfast

Island Ballroom foyer


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


Session I - Global Economy: The Imperfect Storm

Geopolitics and macroeconomics have collided. Even as Beijing grapples with slowing growth and partisan politics roil Washington, China and the U.S. have launched a bitter conflict over investment, trade and technology. Europe and the U.K. are too distracted with their divorce to play mediator. 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.

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

Confirmed speakers:
Antoine Firmenich, Managing Director, Aquilus Pte Ltd, Founding Partner, Alatus Capital SA
Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, Chief Economics Commentator, Forbes Asia, Visiting Scholar at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings
H. Roger Wang, Chairman and CEO, Golden Eagle International Group, Chairman, Committee of 100
Allan Zeman, Chairman, Lan Kwai Fong Group


Session II - Money & Investing: Fasten Your Seatbelts

Not so long ago, 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 perceived safe harbors the next. Worries about rising interest rates have given way to anxiety about whether central banks will launch a currency war to ward off the global economic chill. Others see bubbles forming everywhere from auto loans to unicorns. This panel will explore these forces, how to anticipate them and where best to invest  when the wind again changes direction.

Moderated by Pamela Ambler, Senior Reporter, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Yoshito Hori, Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners, President, GLOBIS University
Nick Nash, Managing Partner and Cofounder, Asia Partners
George Osborne, Senior Adviser, BlackRock Investment Institute
Stuart Parkinson, Global Chief Investment Officer, HSBC Private Banking
Danny Yong, CIO and Founding Partner, Dymon Asia Capital, Chairman, The Majurity Trust


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 has set real estate markets on edge. With central banks on guard against slower growth and credit bubbles, has the cloud over property passed? Location remains paramount, but technology is also transforming the landscape. This panel will examine the outlook for various classes of real estate, and discuss disruptions that are turning space into a service.

Moderated by Wayne Arnold, Executive Editor, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Ahmad AR. BinDawood, Chief Executive Officer, Danube and BinDawood
Adrian Cheng, Executive Vice Chairman, New World Development, Founder, K11
Miwako Date, President and CEO, Mori Trust Co., Ltd
Goodwin Gaw, Managing Principal and Chairman, Gaw Capital Partners


Networking reception

Island Ballroom foyer


Lunch and Session IV

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


Session V - Leadership: This is Your Captain

As the age of digital disruption collides with 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.

Moderated by Justin Doebele, Editor, Forbes Asia, Executive Director – Content, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Airlines
Peter Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Liverpool FC
Madhav Rajan, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Jane Sun, Chief Executive Officer, International Ltd
Chairul Tanjung, Chairman, CT Corp


Session VI - 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 analysis, and AI-driven diagnosis 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 complexities of healthcare, wellness and longevity.

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

Confirmed speakers:
Samantha Du, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Zai Lab Ltd
Richard Eu, Chairman, Eu Yan Sang International
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director, Biocon Ltd
Chavalit Frederick Tsao, Chairman, IMC Group, Founder, Octave Institute


Session VII - 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 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 trade routes and how businesses need to adapt to new digital supply chains, logistics and manufacturing.

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

Confirmed speakers:
Frank Doyle, Dean, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
JP Gan, Founding Partner, INCE Capital
Karl lagnemma, Founder, nuTonomy, President, Aptiv Autonomous Mobility
Ryan Pandya, CEO and Cofounder, Perfect Day


Closing remarks


Networking reception

Island Ballroom foyer


Gala dinner and Session VIII

In Conversation: Jack Ma, Founder, Jack Ma Foundation, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, Partner, Alibaba Group, talks to Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media


Registration desk opens until 20:00

Lobby level


Standing networking breakfast

Island Ballroom foyer


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


Session IX - 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 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.

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

Confirmed speakers:
Eric Gnock Fah, COO and Cofounder, Klook
Forrest Li, Chairman and Group CEO, Sea
Tan Hooi Ling, Cofounder, Grab
Tan Min-Liang, Cofounder and CEO, Razer


Session X - Innovation: Fly by Wire

To effectively transform a business, individuals using technology need to have a vision of where they want to end up—in other words, they have to 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.

Moderated by Pamela Ambler, Senior Reporter, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive
Mitch Garber, Chairman, Cirque du Soleil, Chairman, Invest in Canada
Dipali Goenka, CEO and Joint Managing Director, Welspun India Ltd
Axton Salim, Executive Director, Salim Group
Marjorie Yang, Chairman, Esquel Group


Session XI - Entrepreneurs: Breaking the Sound Barrier

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.

Moderated by Wayne Arnold, Executive Editor, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Achal Bakeri, Founder, Chairman and MD, Symphony Ltd
Jack Cowin, Chairman and Managing Director, Competitive Foods Australia Pty Ltd
Enrique K. Razon Jr., Chairman and President, International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Wendy Yap, President Director and CEO, Nippon Indosari Corpindo
Zong Qinghou, Founder and Chairman, Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co., Ltd


Networking Lunch

Tower Ballroom


Session XII - 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 keeping control. This panel will examine how to keep a family company competitive.

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

Confirmed speakers:
Gaurav V. Burman, Director, Dabur International
Rose Damen, Family shareholder and Non-Executive Director, Damen Shipyards Group, Managing Director, Damen Yachting
Kuldip Singh Dhingra, Chairman, Berger Paints India Group
Mario Moretti Polegato, Chairman, GEOX Group


Session XIII - Social Impact: Transcending Giving

Conventional charity is being disrupted, with the rise of sustainable and socially impactful forms of philanthropy and corporate giving. Now even this more structured approach is evolving, trying to find ways to tackle some of the world’s biggest needs— poverty, education, disease and the environment. These approaches are taking many shapes and forms, from personal initiatives and family foundations to corporate sustainability programs. The goal is to create a better world for ourselves and coming generations. This panel will survey the landscape and find the best way beyond the range of traditional giving.

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

Confirmed speakers:
William E. Heinecke, Founder and Chairman, Minor International
Douglas Hsu, Chairman and CEO, Far Eastern Group
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Executive Director and CEO, HCL Corporation, Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation
Anderson Tanoto, Director, RGE


Session XIV - 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.

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

Confirmed speakers:
Beh Swan Gin, Chairman, Singapore Economic Development Board
Goh Hup Jin, Chairman, Nipsea Holdings International Ltd, Nipsea Pte Ltd
Eduardo Saverin, Cofounder and Partner, B Capital
Mark E Tucker, Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc


Closing remarks


Networking reception

Tower Ballroom


Gala Dinner and Session XV

A Meeting of Minds: A conversation between Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, Singapore and Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media 


End of 19th annual Forbes Global CEO Conference






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