Summit Programme

Updated on 17 September 2015 and subject to changes

Day One

18 September 2015, Friday

Venue: Sands Grand Ballroom, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Dress Code: Lounge Suit

1730 - 1900 Registration and Welcome Reception
1900 - 2130 Summit Welcome Address
Lim Hng Kiang
Minister for Trade and Industry, Republic of Singapore
  Welcome Dinner
  Keynote Address
H.E. Shri Arun Jaitley
Union Minister, Union Ministry of Finance, Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs,
Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Republic of India

Day Two

19 September 2015, Saturday

Venue: Sands Grand Ballroom, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Dress Code: Business

0900 - 0920 Opening Remarks by Conference Chairman
George Yeo
Chairman of Kerry Logistics and Vice Chairman of Kerry Group
Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Singapore
0920 - 1030 Plenary Session 1: Striving for Growth amidst Global Uncertainty

Economic growth and recovery is uneven across markets, even within regions. Differing monetary policies across the major economies add greater uncertainty to the global economy, even as businesses navigate a fast-changing environment where energy and commodity prices are volatile. With divergences in economic growth, monetary policies and commodity prices, there will be increased strains on global markets. The increasing interconnectedness of the global economy also means that the tremors of major economic or geopolitical events can be felt far from the epicentre. Preparation for such risks has become essential for businesses operating in the increasingly connected Global-Asia landscape.

  • What are the opportunities and challenges faced by companies operating amidst divergent conditions?
  • What stress points will emerge as a result of a divergent world environment? What vulnerabilities currently exist within the global economic system that need to be addressed to better prevent future crises?
  • How can companies better prepare themselves to be more resilient towards outlying geopolitical and macro-economic risks?
Ivan Glasenberg, CEO, Glencore plc
Joseph Jimenez, CEO, Novartis
Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser, Republic of India
Tidjane Thiam, CEO, Credit Suisse Group AG

Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster
1030 - 1050 Tea Break
1050 - 1130 View from the Summit I
H.E. Cesar Purisima
Secretary of Finance, Republic of the Philippines
1130 - 1220 Dialogue with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Piyush Gupta, CEO and Director, DBS Group
1220 - 1320 Lunch
1320 - 1425 Plenary Session 2: Opportunities and Risks in a Resource-Constrained World

The race by governments and businesses to provide for a growing and increasingly affluent world population is putting increasing stress on the world's food and water supplies. Profitable business opportunities lie in meeting the world's rising demand for food and water, but excessive exploitation runs the risk of causing irreversible damage to the environment. As the recovery and long-term growth prospects of global markets can be threatened by water and food shortages, governments and businesses have a common stake in sustainably harvesting the world's food and water resources.

  • What are the investment opportunities and risk-mitigating strategies for businesses in a food- and water-constrained world?
  • What are some of the new technologies that have emerged to alleviate these resource stresses? How can businesses grow their profits on a sustainable basis without causing irreversible damage to the environment?
  • How can business and government work together to overcome these resource challenges?
Paul J. Fribourg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Continental Grain Company
Thierry Mallet, Group Executive Vice President, Innovation, Marketing and Business Performance, SUEZ
Douglas Muzyka, Senior Vice President, Chief Science and Technology Officer, DuPont
Sunny Verghese, Co-Founder, Group Managing Director and CEO, Olam International Ltd

Linda Yueh , Economist and Broadcaster
1425 - 1445 Tea Break
1445 - 1525 View from the Summit II
Jin Liqun
President-designate of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
1525 - 1630 Plenary Session 3: Leading Business Game-Changers

Technology has become one of the key drivers for innovation and disrupting established business models. Few industries have been spared the impact of change from new innovative companies. Many of these companies are taking advantage of the growing technologically savvy urban middle class in Asia to grow their business. In an increasingly connected and competitive Global-Asia business landscape, established firms have also begun to recognise the necessity for innovation to stay ahead.

  • How have new disruptive technologies and greater economic integration impacted traditional business models?
  • What institutional, regulatory and structural barriers stand in the way of business and technological innovation?
  • How should established companies stay ahead of, or join in, the innovation race in order to remain relevant?
Nathan Blecharczyk, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Airbnb
Jenny Lee, Managing Partner, GGV Capital
Joshua Tetrick, Founder and CEO, Hampton Creek
Ya-Qin Zhang, President, Baidu Inc.

Christine Tan, News Anchor, CNBC Asia Pacific
1630 - 1640 Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman
George Yeo
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