14 - 15 September 2018

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

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Speakers And Moderators


  • Ong Ye Kung

    Minister for Education
    Republic of Singapore

  • Ho Kwon Ping

    Conference Chairman
    Executive Chairman
    Banyan Tree Holdings
  • Prof Nick Bisley
    Prof Nick Bisley
    Head, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Professor of International Relations
    La Trobe University, Australia
  • Nik Gowing
    Nik Gowing
    Visiting Professor
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Robert D Kaplan
    Robert D Kaplan
    Senior Adviser, Eurasia Group
    Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
  • Bilahari Kausikan
    Bilahari Kausikan
    Chairman
    Middle East Institute
    National University of Singapore
  • Tan Su Shan
    Tan Su Shan

    Managing Director and Group Head, Consumer Banking and Wealth Management
    DBS Bank
  • George Yeo
    George Yeo

    Chairman
    Kerry Logistics Network

 

Ong Ye Kung

Minister of Education
Republic of Singapore

Mr Ong Ye Kung....

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Ho Kwon Ping

Conference Chairman
Executive Chairman
Banyan Tree Holdings

Mr Ho Kwon Ping is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and Laguna Resorts and Hotels, and Executive Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company. All three family‐owned companies are listed in Singapore and Thailand.

He is also the founding and current Chairman of the board of trustees of Singapore Management University and a board director of Diageo, the spirits company listed in the United Kingdom. He is also Chairman of the Singapore Summit and the Advisory Board of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Educated in Tunghai University, Taiwan; Stanford University, California and the University of Singapore, he was the Economics Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong before joining the Thai Wah family business and then starting his own companies.

Among various awards, Mr Ho has received the London Business School Entrepreneurship Award (2005); CEO of the Year at the Singapore Corporate Awards (2008); CNBC's Travel Business Leader Award Asia Pacific (2012); Distinguished Alumnus Award from the National University of Singapore (2017); and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Creativity Association (2010), China Hotel Investment Summit (2009) and the Australia Hotel Investment Summit (2015).

For his services to the country, he has been decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Order by the Singapore Government. Mr Ho has also been conferred honorary doctorates by Johnson & Wales University and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

His book, The Ocean in a Drop: Singapore in the next Fifty Years, was published as a compilation of public lectures he gave as the inaugural Fellow of the SR Nathan Lecture Series, named after the sixth President of Singapore.

Mr Ho is married to Ms Claire Chiang, Senior Vice President, Banyan Tree Holdings. They have three children ‐ two sons and a daughter and welcomed their first grandchild in 2015.


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Prof Nick Bisley

Head, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor of International Relations
La Trobe University, Australia

Prof Nick Bisley is Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of International Relations and was previously the Executive Director of La Trobe Asia. His research and teaching expertise is in Asia’s international relations, great power politics and Australian foreign and defence policy. Prof Bisley is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, the country’s oldest scholarly journal in the field of international relations.

He is a member of the National Executive of the Australian Institute of International Affairs; the board of the Australia-India Institute; the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific; and the advisory board of China Matters. He has been a senior research associate of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and a visiting fellow at the East-West Centre in Washington, DC.

Prof Bisley also regularly hosts Asia Rising, the podcast of La Trobe Asia which examines the news and events of Asia's states and societies.

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Nik Gowing

Visiting Professor

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

In 2016, Mr Nik Gowing co-authored (with Mr Chris Langdon) interim findings of the “Thinking the Unthinkable” study. The work is currently scaling up because of global executive anxieties about the new pressures on leaderships. It is based on hundreds of top-level confidential interviews and conversations with corporate and public service leaders, plus hundreds more conversations with the new generation of millennials. Findings so far reveal candidly why so many leaders face new difficulties identifying what looms in the disruptions of the “new normal” that have emerged since 2014. New vulnerabilities are confirmed. The findings are scary.

Mr Gowing was a main news presenter for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) international 24-hour news channel BBC World News from 1996-2014. He presented “The Hub with Nik Gowing”, “BBC World Debates”, “Dateline London”, plus location coverage of major global stories.

For 18 years, he worked at Independent Television News where he was Bureau Chief in Rome and Warsaw, and Diplomatic Editor for Channel Four News (1988-1996). He has been a member of the councils of Chatham House (1998-2004), the Royal United Services Institute (2005-present), and the Overseas Development Institute (2007-2014); the board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy including Vice Chair (1996-2005); and the advisory council at Wilton Park (1998-2012). In 1994, he was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Barone Centre in the J F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  He is a board member for the Hay Literature Festival. 

His peer-reviewed study at Oxford University, “Skyful of Lies and Black Swans”, predicted and identified the new vulnerability, fragility and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space. The work builds on his work initiated at Harvard. 

In 2014, Mr Gowing was appointed a visiting professor at Kings College, London, in the School of Social Science and Public Policy. Since 2016, he has been a visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, focusing on deepening and widening the “Thinking the Unthinkable” research. From 2014, he was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-economics. In September 2017, he was appointed an adviser on leadership challenges to the President of the United Nations General Assembly.

He was awarded honorary doctorates by Exeter University in 2012, and by Bristol University in 2015. They recognise his ongoing cutting-edge analyses and distinguished career in international journalism.

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George Yeo

Chairman

Kerry Logistics Network

Mr George Yeo is Chairman of Kerry Logistics Network and a director of Kerry Holdings. 

From 1988 to 2011, he served 23 years in the Singapore government, as Minister for Information and the Arts, Health, Trade and Industry, and Foreign Affairs. 

Mr Yeo has a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering (double first) from Cambridge University and a Master of Business Administration (Baker Scholar) from Harvard University. 

He started as a signals officer in the Singapore army, crossed over to the air force, became Chief-of-Staff of the Air Staff, and attained the rank of Brigadier-General as Director of Joint Operations and Planning in the defence ministry before resigning to enter politics in 1988. 

Mr Yeo is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Berggruen Institute on Governance, the Board of Dean’s Advisers of Harvard Business School, the International Advisory Panel of Peking University, the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, the International Advisory Council of China's Eco Forum Global Guiyang, the International Advisory Board of Japan's National Graduate School for International Policy Studies, and the International Advisory Committee of Mitsubishi Corporation. He is an independent board member of AIA Group and New Yangon Development Corporation, a strategic non-business adviser to Sea Ltd and a senior adviser to Brunswick for its geopolitical initiative.

Mr Yeo served as a member of the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See from 2013 to 2014. From February 2014, he became a member of the Vatican’s Council for the Economy.

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Tan Su Shan

Managing Director and Group Head
Consumer Banking and Wealth Management
DBS Bank

Ms Tan Su Shan joined DBS Bank in June 2010 and is currently Group Head of Consumer Banking & Wealth Management. She is also the Chairman for PT Bank DBS Indonesia.

Over the years, she has led many of DBS' initiatives to deliver innovative digital solutions for retail and wealth management customers.

Prior to joining DBS, Ms Tan worked for a number of global banks, including Citibank, Morgan Stanley and ING Barings Securities in Hong Kong, London, Singapore, and Tokyo.

Ms Tan was a nominated member of parliament in Singapore from 2012 to 2014. She was the founder and past president of the Financial Women’s Association in Singapore, and a board member of Aetos Holdings Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings.

Ms Tan sits on the investment committee of MOH Holdings Pte Ltd. In addition, she is Co-Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore Private Banking Industry Group. In 2016, she was appointed Chairman of NETS and an independent non-executive director of Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust.  She sits on the International Advisory Council of UnionPay International, the international arm of China Union Pay.

Married with two children, Ms Tan is also actively involved in fundraising for various Singaporean charities and sits on the board of Singapore’s KK Hospital Health Endowment Fund, which provides financial support to needy patients.

She graduated with a Master of Arts from Oxford University, where she studied politics, philosophy and economics. 

In 2013, Ms Tan was named “Outstanding Private Banker of the Year” by Private Banker International, the first time an Asian has won this global award since its inception 20 years ago.

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Bilahari Kausikan

Bilahari Kausikan

Chairman
Middle East Institute
National University of Singapore

Mr Bilahari Kausikan is currently Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore. From 2001 to 2013, Mr Kausikan was the Second Permanent Secretary and then Permanent Secretary of Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was subsequently Ambassador-at-Large until May 2018. He had previously served in a variety of appointments in the foreign ministry, including as the Deputy Secretary for Southeast Asia, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and as Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York all attempted to educate Mr Kausikan.

Robert D Kaplan

Robert D Kaplan

Senior Adviser, Eurasia Group
Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Mr Robert D Kaplan is the bestselling author of 18 books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including “The Return of Marco Polo’s World”, “Earning the Rockies”, “In Europe’s Shadow”, “Asia’s Cauldron”, “The Revenge of Geography”, “Monsoon”, “The Coming Anarchy”, and “Balkan Ghosts”. He is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a senior adviser at Eurasia Group. For three decades, he reported on foreign affairs for The Atlantic. He held the national security chair at the United States Naval Academy and was a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. Foreign Policy magazine twice named him one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”

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