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Economy, Finance, Innovation

AEC+3 Business Forum 2016

Reshaping A New Paradigm For Growth

Bangkok |
Speakers include:
Kazumi  Nishikawa

Kazumi Nishikawa

Government of Japan

Banthoon Lamsam

Banthoon Lamsam


Alan  Bollard

Alan Bollard

APEC Secretariat


Thank you to everybody who joined us for the FT-KASIKORNBANK AEC+3 Business Forum 2016 on 16 March in Bangkok. We hope you enjoyed the inspiring keynotes, informative discussions and valuable networking opportunities.

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Speakers (16)

Kazumi  Nishikawa

Kazumi Nishikawa

Executive Director, JETRO Singapore and Special Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Government of Japan

Kazumi Nishikawa was posted to Singapore in July 2013 as the Executive Director of JETRO Singapore (Japan External Trade Organization) to cover ASEAN and East Asia-wide issues such as business integration, economic integration and infrastructure development. Concurrently, he serves as Special Advisor to the Minister’s Secretariat within the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan. Prior to his current appointment, Mr Nishikawa served as the Director for Policy Planning in the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI, and was tasked with coordinating the Growth Strategy of “Abenomics” Policy. He held various positions in METI over a period of 18 years, including Principle Deputy Director of Minister’s Secretariat, SME Finance. He has also worked in the Defense Ministry and Cabinet Office. Mr Nishikawa holds a law degree from the University of Tokyo, an LLM from Northwestern University School of Law, and an LLM for International Study from Georgetown University Law Center. He also qualified as an Attorney at Law in New York state, USA.

Banthoon Lamsam

Banthoon Lamsam

Chairman of the Board

Banthoon Lamsam is Chairman of the Board of KASIKORNBANK PCL. He started his career in the International Banking Department when KASIKORNBANK was then known as Thai Farmer’s Bank. Rising through the ranks, he became the President of KASIKORNBANK from 1992 to 2001, where he was placed at the forefront of both the 1990s economic boom and the crisis of 1997. He was the first to introduce the term “reengineering” to Thailand’s banking industry prior to the crisis. Under his leadership, following the worst economic cycle in national history KASIKORNBANK was able to reinvent itself to become a leading bank. Mr Lamsam then served as President and Chief Executive Officer until 2013 when he became Chairman. His vision for KASIKORNBANK has always been to adhere to a customer centric strategy. As the no. 1 leader in digital banking in Thailand, KASIKORNBANK is committed to enhancing digital solutions and financial innovations. Mr Lamsam aims to realise the bank’s aspiration to be a regional bank with a solid network of regional partners in the AEC+3 arena and present greater opportunities for all businesses in the global arena. Mr Lamsam served as the Chairman of the Thai Bankers Association from 1998 to 2000. He was recognised as Banker of the Year by Interest Magazine in 1998 and 1999 and by Money and Banking Magazine in 1994, 1999 and 2009. He also received the Star of Asia Award from BusinessWeek in 2000, the QFC-Asian Banker Leadership Achievement Award in 2010, the Asian Corporate Director Recognition Award from Corporate Governance Asia in 2011, and Best CEO in the Stock Exchange of Thailand Awards in 2003 and 2015. 

Alan  Bollard

Alan Bollard

Executive Director
APEC Secretariat

Alan Bollard is the Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore, the body that promotes trade, investment and sustainable economic growth in Asia-Pacific. Dr Bollard advances APEC’s agenda by executing APEC’s work programmes as mandated by leaders and ministers. Prior to joining APEC, Dr Bollard was the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 2002 to 2012. In that position, he was responsible for monetary policy and bank regulations, helping to steer New Zealand through the global financial crisis. From 1998 to 2002, Dr Bollard was the Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury. As the government’s principal economic adviser, he managed the Crown’s finances and helped guide economic policy. He has served as New Zealand’s Alternate Governor to the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. From 1994-2008, he was the Chairman of the New Zealand Commerce Commission. Prior to this, from 1987-1994, he was Director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. Dr Bollard has helped rebuild the famous MONIAC hydraulic model of the British economy. He has also designed a computer simulation game called OIKONOMOS where you play the role of a Minister of Finance. He wrote a best-selling account of the global financial crisis called Crisis: One Central Bank Governor and the Global Financial Collapse. More recently he has published a novel entitled The Rough Mechanical, and a biography of the New Zealand economist Bill Phillips. Dr Bollard has a PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland. He also has several honorary doctorates. In 2012, he was honoured as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Maurizio  Bussi

Maurizio Bussi

Director for the ILO Decent Work Team, and Country Director for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR

Maurizio Bussi is an international civil servant with more than 20 years of service with the United Nations system. He has been involved in complex normative, development and humanitarian initiatives at the UN and ILO Headquarters in New York and Geneva. He also served in various field positions, primarily in the Middle East and in Asia. Mr Bussi started his UN career in the early 1990s in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations and in the Department for Political Affairs at the UN Secretariat in New York dealing with electoral monitoring assistance issues. He then served in various functions with the UN system in Geneva, Gaza, Jerusalem, New Delhi and Beirut. His technical work at the ILO’s headquarters in Geneva focussed on child labour, working conditions, HIV/AIDS workplace initiatives and other labour protection issues. Mr Bussi was appointed Director of the Bangkok-based ILO’s Decent Work Technical Support Team for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific in March 2012. He assumed responsibility for the ILO Country Office for Thailand, Lao PDR and Cambodia in January 2013. Prior to joining the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific he served as ILO Deputy Regional Director and Decent Work Team Director for the Arab States in Beirut from 2007 to 2012. Mr Bussi also worked from 2001 to 2005 as Deputy Director in the ILO Sub-regional Office for South Asia in New Delhi, India. He holds a degree in Political Sciences from the University of Pavia (Italy), a Master’s in International Relations from the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) jointly with the Milan University and the Bocconi University, Milan (Italy) and a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at TUFTS University (USA). In addition to his native language, Mr Bussi speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Tony Fernandes

Tony Fernandes

Group CEO

Tony Fernandes is one of ASEAN’s most recognisable entrepreneurs, known for his dynamic and unconventional approach in building Asia’s largest low-cost airline group. Buying over AirAsia in 2001 for a symbolic sum of MYR1, Mr Fernandes led the expansion of the airline from a Malaysia-based domestic carrier to an airline group domiciled in six countries, serving over 240 routes. An accountant by training, Mr Fernandes began his career in Richard Branson’s Virgin Group before returning to Malaysia as Warner Music Group’s Vice-President for Southeast Asia. He is also the co-founder of Tune Group, a leisure and entertainment corporation. Tune family of companies share a passion for creativity and ingenuity. The group thrives on providing exciting products and services for all walks of life. From The English football club Queen's Park Rangers to mobile prepaid, Tune Group is driven by their mission to improve and impact the lives of all who use their services. Mr Fernandes’ many awards include Honor of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 for services to promote commercial and educational links between the UK and Malaysia. In 2010, the French government conferred upon him the Officier of the Legion d'Honneur award and in 2013, the Commander of the Legion d’Honneur for outstanding contributions towards the economy of France through the aviation industry. He was awarded the Inaugural Travel Business Leaders Award winner by CNBC, as well as the Innovator of the Year award at the CNBC 12th Asia Business Leaders Awards. In 2015, TIME Magazine named Mr Fernandes on the 2015 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list, now in its twelfth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

Aloke Lohia

Aloke Lohia

Founder and Group CEO
Indorama Ventures PCL

Aloke Lohia is the Group CEO of Indorama Ventures PCL (IVL). He has lived in Thailand for over 28 years, during which time he has built IVL into the world’s leading global polyester value chain company. IVL operates in the chemical intermediates sector and is the world’s largest manufacturer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), largely used in food and drinks packaging, with 62 plants and over 14,000 employees spread across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Following its listing, the company was named to the FTSE SET Large Cap index for Thailand and the MSCI for Thailand. The company’s revenue is almost US$8 billion. Mr Lohia has been named one of the ICIS Top 40 Power Players in the chemical industry and has earned IVL a place in the Forbes Fab 50 twice. The Boston Consulting Group hailed IVL as one of its Global Challengers in 2011. Mr Lohia was educated at Delhi University and holds an honorary doctorate from Rajamangala Institute of Technology Krungthep in Thailand.

Rohan Mahadevan

Rohan Mahadevan

Senior Vice President, APAC

As PayPal’s Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific, Rohan Mahadevan provides strategic direction for one of the company’s fastest-growing regions covering many of the largest commerce markets in the world, including Australia, Greater China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. Currently based in Singapore, he is responsible for increasing the company’s presence and local payment capabilities to capitalize on the explosive growth of e-commerce and m-commerce across all the markets in Asia Pacific. His deep knowledge of PayPal’s products and capabilities drives the company vision of enabling secure payments anytime, anywhere and any way for millions of APAC consumers. Mr Mahadevan has been with PayPal since 2004 in various leadership roles in San Jose, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. During his eight-year tenure in our San Jose headquarters, he improved PayPal’s consumer and merchant protection policies which allows customers to use PayPal safely. He then led the Global Risk Analytics team which was responsible for standardizing PayPal’s risk categories and pioneered the company’s understanding of good and bad customer behaviors through account and network dynamics.  This elevated PayPal’s risk capabilities in keeping our systems safe for our customers around the world. Subsequently, in his leadership roles for two of the company’s fast-growing developing markets –Latin America and Middle East & Africa – he focused his team on identifying unique products and policies that addressed the customer needs in these markets.  Specifically, he opened PayPal’s first offices to build our domestic businesses in Brazil and Mexico with Portuguese & Spanish language support, and accelerated our cross-border businesses across the region including markets such as Israel and South Africa. Mr Mahadevan’s passion to work and understand the challenges of growing businesses is not new; his career started with his own start-up where he was founder and CEO of Aftermind Inc., a software company in the aftermarket protection industry. Before he started his own company, Mr Mahadevan was a post-doctoral scientist at Cambridge University, UK. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD from Harvard University in the field of astrophysics.

Stéphane  Michaud

Stéphane Michaud

Regional Manager Asia & Oceania - Strategic Planning & HRD Consulting
Mitsubishi Corporation

Stéphane Michaud is dedicating his career to helping organisations achieve their growth and/or value objectives by making the most of the human potential that exists in all of us, and using evidence-based interventions to improve policies and practices. Dr Michaud has 18 years of external and internal experience in advising Fortune 500 organisations and the public sector on strategic people and business issues across Asia-Pacific, North America, as well as Italy and France. For most of his career, Dr Michaud has been concentrating on Asia-Pacific, designing and implementing solutions including people strategy, workforce planning, workforce analytics, organisational design, selection & competencies, performance management, leadership training & development, and rewards. He has a strong background in research design and statistics and is passionate about evidence-based management and balancing apparently divergent and competing interests. Dr Michaud is fluent in French, English, Indonesian and Japanese and intermediate in Spanish.

Claus Nehmzow

Claus Nehmzow

Digital Innovation Organisation

Claus Nehmzow is responsible for the Asia-Pacific region in BP’s Digital Innovation Organisation (DIO), where he introduces emerging digital technologies to address business challenges faced by the oil and gas major. The DIO’s innovation capability is based on leveraging expertise from outside the oil and gas industry. Before joining BP’s Digital Innovation Organization, Mr Nehmzow founded and built an online gaming education business, "3D Avatar School", and held a number of leadership roles, including at brand and user experience agency Method, PA Consulting, Shazam Entertainment, Viant, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Accenture. Originally from Germany, Mr Nehmzow is now based in Singapore but has also lived in Zurich, New York, Munich, London and Hong Kong.

Aireen Omar

Aireen Omar

Executive Director and CEO
AirAsia Berhad

Aireen Omar was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Company in July 2012. Prior to this, she was the Regional Head of Corporate Finance, Treasury and Investor Relations of the Company. She is also a member of the Safety Review Board. Ms Omar joined AirAsia Berhad in January 2006 as Director of Corporate Finance, where her portfolio expanded quickly to also include Treasury, Fuel Procurement and Investor Relations functions. Taking on these roles, she was instrumental in shaping the development of AirAsia into one of the fastest growing and most highly-acclaimed airlines globally. She began her career at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc, where she served as an Associate from 1997-2000 in New York and London, her last position being at the Equity Arbitrage Proprietary Trading Desk focusing on international equities, equity derivatives and equity-linked products. Upon her return to Malaysia in 2001, she served several major local financial institutions including the Maybank Group. Ms Omar received an Outstanding Achievement Award (CEO category) at the inaugural Malaysian Women of Excellence 2014. She was awarded Corporate Treasurer’s 25 Most Influential Women in Treasury 2015 and Masterclass Woman CEO of the Year award for two consecutive years (2014 & 2015) at the Selangor Excellence Business Awards. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia), AirAsia Global Shared Services Sdn Bhd, Think BIG Digital Sdn Bhd, Tune Money Sdn Bhd, Ground Team Red Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Aras Sejagat Sdn Bhd) and Asia Aviation Capital Limited. Ms Omar is an Economics graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and also holds an MA in Economics from New York University.

Chan Park

Chan Park

General Manager, SEA

In his current role as General Manager, Southeast Asia, Chan Park oversees operations and expansion across key regional markets. In his previous roles at Uber, Mr Park launched several operations in the US, and was the General Manager of Seoul before becoming Head of Expansion APAC ex. China. Prior to joining Uber, Mr Park worked in derivatives trading at Barclays Capital and Strategy & Operations Consulting at Deloitte. He received a BA from Dartmouth College in Mathematics and Economics.

Arthur Tan

Arthur Tan

CEO, Integrated Microelectronics Inc., and Senior Managing Director
Ayala Corporation

Arthur Tan is the President and CEO of Integrated Micro-electronics Inc. (IMI), one of the leading global providers of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) and power semiconductor assembly and test services with manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, and North America. It serves diversified markets that include those in the automotive, industrial, medical, telecommunications infrastructure, storage device, and consumer electronics industries. Mr Tan concurrently holds the positions of President & Chairman of the Board of PSI Technologies, President & CEO of Speedy-Tech Electronics, Ltd., Senior Managing Director of Ayala Corporation, Vice Chairman of Ayala Automotive Holdings Corporation and Board member of Renewable Energy Test Center (RETC).  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Semiconductor Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI) and Philippine Development Foundation. Before joining IMI, Mr Tan was the Northeast Area Sales Manager and Acting Design Center Manager of American Microsystems, Inc. (Massachusetts, USA). The last position he held at AMI was Managing Director for Asia-Pacific and Japan Regional Headquarters. Mr Tan obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines. Mapua has honored him as Outstanding Alumnus in 2003, and as one of the Ten Outstanding Mapuans (for Information Technology) in 2004.  He has taken postgraduate programs at the University of Idaho, Singapore Institute of Management and Harvard Business School.

Geoff Tayler

Geoff Tayler

Chief Technology Officer, Southeast Asia

Geoff Tayler is Chief Technology Officer for Southeast Asia within Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group. With over 23 years’ experience working as a technology consultant in the finance sector, Mr Tayler has accumulated a wealth of knowledge across a wide range of IT disciplines. In addition to holding positions in technology roles for leading financial Institutions such as Bank of America, Lehman Brothers and Nikko Citigroup, Mr Tayler has served as a director in several specialist IT infrastructure consulting firms serving the finance sector. Prior to joining Huawei, he most recently assisted leading airline Cathay Pacific in developing their datacentre strategy for the next decade.

Teeranun  Srihong

Teeranun Srihong

Kasikorn Business Technology Group

Teeranun Srihong was appointed KASIKORNBANK’s President in March 2013. Prior to that, he was in charge of overseeing the bank’s infrastructure domain, including support and enterprise service functions such as operations and IT for the bank and its subsidiaries. He also has considerable experience in running the bank’s various business lines, including 10 years in the Treasury and Trading Room and seven years in Corporate Banking business. Mr Teeranun has played a major role in implementing key strategic changes within the bank across a broad range of areas. This included the bank’s reengineering process in the mid-1990s, the recapitalisation programme in the late 1990s, the radical corporate banking turnaround in the early 2000s and, most recently, the strategic IT and business enhancement initiative, “K-Transformation Programme.” Capitalising on the fast-growing Thai banking industry, KASIKORNBANK has committed to restructuring its management team to strengthen its business procedures, especially in the area of digital banking. Mr Teeranun also serves as Chairman of Kasikorn Business Technology Group (KBTG), a newly formed group that aims to accelerate the bank’s digital transformation to capture opportunities arising from disruptive forces in the financial services industry. Mr Teeranun holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, US, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

Wouter Van Wersch

Wouter Van Wersch

President & CEO, ASEAN

Wouter Van Wersch is President & CEO of GE ASEAN, based in Singapore. Prior to this he served as CEO of Alstom Singapore and was the Alstom Growth Leader in the GE-Alstom Integration team. He was also Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific for Alstom Power, as well as Senior Vice President East Asia Pacific for Alstom International, based out of Singapore. Mr Van Wersch joined Alstom Power in 1996 as Vice President Sales for Northern Europe based in the Netherlands, and was appointed Vice President Sales for Northern & Central Europe in 2009. Prior to that he worked at Alcatel as Business Development Director Europe, Sales Director Asia Pacific, based in Shanghai, and later General Manager for Indonesia, based in Jakarta. Mr Van Wersch started his career in 1994 in Vivendi Universal’s international marketing department in Paris, before moving to Airbus as Sales Manager Asia. A native of the Netherlands, Mr Van Wersch grew up in France where he obtained his baccalaureate with distinction. He is a graduate in Business Administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Kevin Whitcraft

Kevin Whitcraft

Managing Director
RMA Group

Kevin Whitcraft has a 30 year history of establishing and managing businesses in Asia. Mr Whitcraft oversees the diverse RMA Group of businesses, that includes vehicle sales, modifications, service and fleet management; heavy equipment sales and service; power generation; engineering solutions including construction, engineering consulting and facilities management; restaurants and hotels. Today, RMA Group now has over 8000 employees in 20 countries worldwide. Having worked with Rochester Midland Corporation early in his career, Mr Whitcraft established RM Asia (HK) Ltd. in 1986 and then spent time with Berli Jucker PLC, Thailand where he was involved in major projects including supply of various goods and services to the major industries in Thailand, Royal Thai Navy and Bangkok Mass Transit Authority. In 1990, he returned to RM Asia and established a new business in Cambodia. The start of the RMA business in post conflict and emerging markets. Under his guidance, RMA helps create social and economic opportunity wherever it conducts business. RMA remains mindful of how it manages its social footprint in each market and the positive contribution it can make for the local communities in which it operates. Mr Whitcraft holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) from the American University in Washington DC; attended Fudan University, Shanghai for the study of Mandarin Chinese, and in 2010, attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Born in Thailand, his native languages are English and Thai and he is also proficient in Mandarin Chinese.


Moderators (3)

Jamil Anderlini

Jamil Anderlini

Asia Editor
Financial Times

Jamil Anderlini is the Financial Times’ Asia Editor, appointed in 2015. He oversees the FT’s coverage of the Asia region from Afghanistan to Australia, including China, India, Indonesia and Japan. In addition to directing the work of regional correspondents and overseeing the editing and commissioning team in Hong Kong, Mr Anderlini is an award-winning journalist and published author.  He is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.  After a decade and a half working as an editor and journalist in China, he has cultivated a deep knowledge of the political and economic situation in that country. He regularly contributes commentary for other media, including CNN, BBC, CNBC, ABC and Al-Jazeera. He also selectively accepts speaking engagements with corporations, financial institutions, universities, government departments and agencies. Mr Anderlini joined the FT in 2007 and worked as Beijing Correspondent and Deputy Beijing Bureau Chief before he was named Beijing Bureau Chief in 2011, with overall responsiblilty for China coverage at the FT. Mr Anderlini has won numerous reporting prizes, both individually and as part of FT teams. In 2010, he was named Journalist of the Year at the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Editorial Excellence Awards and won the Best Digital Award at the Amnesty International Media Awards. Other prizes include a UK Foreign Press Association Award in 2008, several individual SOPA awards and the inaugural Jones-Mauthner Award in 2012, which recognises outstanding reporting of international affairs by a young reporter at the Financial Times. In 2013, Mr Anderlini was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and short-listed for both Foreign Reporter of the Year at the Press Awards in the UK and also the Orwell Prize, the UK's most prestigious prize for political writing. Prior to joining the FT, he was Beijing Business Correspondent for the South China Morning Post for two years. Before that, he was Chief Editor of the China Economic Review. He is the author of the e-book The Bo Xilai Scandal, published by Penguin and Financial Times in 2012.

Jeremy Grant

Jeremy Grant

Managing Editor
FT Confidential Research

Jeremy Grant is Managing Editor of the Financial Times' emerging markets research service, FT Confidential Research. Prior to this he was the Financial Times’ Singapore & Malaysia Correspondent, based in Singapore, since 2012. In this role he covered Singapore, Malaysia, and financial and business news and analysis from across Southeast Asia. He also regularly contributed to the FT’s Inside Asia column. Previously, Mr Grant was based in London, editing and writing for FT Trading Room, which he launched in 2009. FT Trading Room is a section of providing a single source of intelligence for trading, exchanges, clearing, settlement, financial markets regulation and trading technology.
In 2008 Mr Grant covered British business news and trends as Senior Corporate Reporter for the FT. Prior to this he spent three years in Washington, DC covering financial regulation, principally the SEC and CFTC. From 2002 to 2005 he served as Chicago & Midwest Correspondent, where he also held the posts of US Automotive Correspondent and US Consumer Industries Correspondent. He also reported from the FT’s Frankfurt and Zurich bureaus. Before that he was European companies page editor for three years and a reporter in the London-based Capital Markets team. Mr Grant started at the FT as the paper’s first Vietnam Correspondent based in Hanoi (1994-98). He graduated with a BA (Joint Honours) in German and Politics from Bristol University.

Gwen Robinson

Gwen Robinson

Chief Editor, Nikkei Asian Review and Senior Fellow, Institute of Security & International Studies
Chulalongkorn University

Gwen Robinson is Chief Editor of the Nikkei Asian Review, the English-language journal and website of Japanese media group Nikkei Inc. She is also Senior Fellow at the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, specialising in Myanmar and the surrounding region. She was previously with the Financial Times from 1995 to 2013, serving as a senior editor and correspondent in posts including Japan, Southeast Asia, New York, Washington DC and London. Her last FT post was as Bangkok-based correspondent covering mainland Southeast Asia. In 1993-95 she was North Asia correspondent for The Times of London, and was previously an editor and writer at the Nikkei Weekly in Tokyo. In the 1980s, she covered Southeast Asia from Manila and Bangkok for US, Australian and UK media organisations.

Agenda - 16th Mar

  • 8:30am
    Refreshments and Registration
  • 9:15am
    Opening Remarks

    Banthoon Lamsam, Chairman of the Board, KASIKORNBANK PCL

  • 9:25am
    Welcome from the Financial Times

    Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:35am
    Keynote Address: Economic Outlook

    Alan Bollard, Executive Director, APEC Secretariat

  • 10:00am
    Head-to-Head with Tony Fernandes

    In this exclusive screening, Tony Fernandes talks to the FT about the many opportunities that the ASEAN region presents, strategies for overcoming regulatory barriers, and best practice advice for successfully conducting cross-border business in this region.

    Tony Fernandes, Group CEO, AirAsia

    Interviewed by: Jeremy Grant, Managing Editor, FT Confidential Research, Financial Times

  • 10:10am
    In Conversation with the Financial Times

    AirAsia’s Chief Executive Officer highlights some of the award-winning carrier’s major achievements and milestones, as well as the Group’s key priorities in 2016, sharing insights on the strategy for growth in AEC+3 countries, and current initiatives for attracting the right talent, maintaining a culture of innovation and driving competitiveness across the organisation.

    Aireen Omar, Executive Director and CEO, AirAsia Berhad

    Interviewed by: Jeremy Grant, Managing Editor, FT Confidential Research, Financial Times

  • 10:45am
    Networking Break
  • 11:05am
    Leaders’ Dialogue: Sourcing and Building a High-Performing Workforce in the Asia Region

    The ASEAN Economic Community allows for freer movement of people within the single market; giving businesses in the region access to an enormous pool of talent. But within ASEAN there is huge disparity between labour markets. Rising labour costs in countries such as China and also Thailand have led some firms to consider moving into up-and-coming economies such as Myanmar. Leaders from Asian and multinational companies will reveal:

    -Corporate responses to increasing labour costs in markets such as China
    -Opportunities and challenges ASEAN’s talent pool presents
    -Where and how to find a skilled, educated and affordable workforce
    -How the private sector can contribute to boost education and skills training
    -How corporate leaders manage and leverage regional diversity

    Maurizio Bussi, Director for the ILO Decent Work Team, and Country Director for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR, ILO
    Stephane Michaud, Regional Manager Asia & Oceania - Strategic Planning & HRD Consulting, Mitsubishi Corporation
    Chan Park, Regional General Manager, Uber

    Moderator: Jeremy Grant, Managing Editor, FT Confidential Research, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:10pm
    Introduction to Afternoon Sessions
  • 1:15pm
    View From the Top

    A seasoned, innovation-focused leader discusses how technological developments are impacting consumer behaviour in the Asia region, how digitisation is transforming businesses and industries, and how his company is revolutionising the financial services industry.

    Rohan Mahadevan, Senior Vice President, APAC, PayPal

    Interviewed by: Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times 

  • 2:00pm
    Movers and Shakers: Embracing Innovation to Drive Corporate Growth

    Digitalization is changing back-end, middle-end, and front-end activities within corporates. This session will explore how firms are responding to increased competition from fast-moving startups and other disruptive new market entrants. Participants will share insights on:

    -How traditional bricks-and-mortar businesses are adapting to the digital era
    -The ways in which technology is changing customer behaviour
    -How firms can utilise data to inform decisions around product design and refinement, marketing, sales and product launches
    -What firms can do to breed a culture of creativity and innovation internally
    -How leaders prepare for their increasingly technology-driven roles

    Claus Nehmzow, Digital Innovation Organization, BP
    Teeranun Srihong, Chairman, Kasikorn Business Technology Group
    Wouter Van Wersch, CEO ASEAN, GE International
    Geoff Tayler, Chief Technology Officer, Southeast Asia, Huawei

    Moderator: Gwen Robinson, Chief Editor, Nikkei Asian Review and Senior Fellow, Institute of Security & International Studies, Chulalongkorn University

  • 2:50pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:10pm
    Regional Front-Runners: Business Models and Strategies for a Multi- Market Offering

    This C-level dialogue will examine a number of ASEAN Plus Three success stories, featuring companies that have managed to expand outside of their home markets and build a substantial regional presence. Case studies will cover strategies for building a footprint in new markets, and the various entry routes available to firms, with a special focus on joint ventures and M&A. This session will look at:

    -Commonalities and differences between ASEAN Plus Three countries
    -The challenges associated with operating in multiple geographies
    -Whether decision-making should be localised or centralised
    -How firms can identify ways to create a competitive advantage
    -Steps involved in market exit strategies where necessary

    Kazumi Nishikawa, Special Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan, and Executive Director, JETRO Singapore
    Arthur Tan, CEO, Integrated Microelectronics Inc., and Senior Managing Director, Ayala Corp
    Kevin Whitcraft, Managing Director, RMA Group

    Moderator: Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Closing Fireside Chat

    This fireside chat will examine Indorama Ventures' remarkable growth story from its beginnings as a single biochemical plant, to its current status as a global leader in the intermediate petrochemicals industry. In particular, the interview will look at how numerous acquisitions have enabled the Group to expand its footprint into the US, Europe, and several emerging markets.

    Aloke Lohia, Founder & CEO, Indorama Ventures

    Interviewed by: Jeremy Grant, Managing Editor, FT Confidential Research, Financial Times

  • 4:45pm
    Concluding Remarks
  • 4:55pm
    Event Adjourns

Why Attend?

  • Hear from some of the region’s most successful business leaders on their strategies for growth in the ASEAN Plus Three markets
  • Share ideas and best practices on operating in markets of different stages of development, with different political, legal and regulatory systems, as well as distinct cultures, languages, currencies, and ways of doing business
  • Gain insights on the opportunities and challenges ASEAN’s vast talent pool presents to businesses in and outside of the bloc
  • Explore how firms can embrace technological developments to drive productivity and corporate growth
  • Network with senior representatives from governments, businesses and financial institutions from across Asia, as well as journalists from the Financial Times

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KASIKORNBANK, or KBank, is well known as one of the three largest banks in Thailand. For over 70 years, KBank has operated with a mission to be a strong financial institution that provides services to respond customers’ needs by harmoniously combining technology and professional staff. KBank drives its business based on the Customer Centricity philosophy. Under this central philosophy, we offer a full array of Product & Solution, Brand & Marketing and Service Quality to serve all segments. KBank is organized into 7 subsidiary companies, which work closely together to provide the most effective services by expertise local and international staff.

KBank’s extensive range of products and services tailored to customers’ needs has earned it the title of No.1 market share in SME & Retail Banking in Thailand. And with the application of innovative technology to improve services, we are also recognized as the No.1 leader in digital banking in Thailand. Not only does KBank strive to serve the domestic market, but it also emphasizes the development of cross-border solutions on a regional scale to present greater opportunities for all businesses.

With the official launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), KBank has raised its service standards and expanded its presence to capture emerging market opportunities in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia together with 3 economic powerhouses in Asia, China, Japan, and South Korea comprising more than 70 regional financial partners. KBank not only offers comprehensive financial services, but also provides non-financial services such as the AEC+3 Business Advisory service, which provides valuable insights and advisory services to those seeking investment opportunities within the AEC+3 countries. Another service, AEC+3 Business Matching, aims to help firms expand their business to overseas markets with reliable partner referred by organizations from the AEC+3 region.

As we’re stepping into our 8th decade, KBank will keep moving to develop its products and services to give the best satisfaction to our customers. And we will continue to deliver great customer experience to match our slogan, "Towards Service Excellence".

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FT Confidential Research provides independent analysis and statistical insight into emerging markets to global investors, fund managers, consultants and central banks among others. With a network of on-the-ground researchers who interview thousands of consumers and hundreds of companies on a regular basis to generate proprietary data our in-house experts provide reliable analysis on emerging markets trends in key sectors such as consumer, finance, real estate and infrastructure.

Kasikorn Research Center (KR) is at the forefront of independent economic research community in Thailand.  Being an affiliate of KASIKORNBANK, KR is benefited from the Bank's extensive business network. Our research coverage is wide-ranging from macroeconomic to business research.  Our position as the most trusted knowledge partner to the public and various non-profit organizations has been well recognized for decades. At KR, we value integrity, professionalism and innovation.


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61 Wireless Rd. (Witthayu)
Central Bangkok
Bangkok 10330


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