Forbes Asia Forum: The Next Tycoons
Family run companies form the foundation for many successful economies. Asia in particular, is dominated by a number of family conglomerates that play a significant role in the region. As heightened economic and political uncertainty casts a shadow over global growth, how are family businesses adapting? The 4th edition of Forbes Asia Forum: The Next Tycoons will convene next generation leaders from family businesses to delve into issues that matter to them. What is their outlook on the business climate? How do they lead effectively in such a complex and unpredictable environment? How are next generation leaders capitalizing on emerging trends in technology and investment to help the family business? For those wanting to live their dreams, what challenges do they face as they chart their own paths? Being part of a prominent family, is that a privilege or a burden? From making career choices to finding their own identities, this forum offers a candid insight into the pros and cons of being a next tycoon.
Executive Vice President, Forbes MediaPresident and Publisher, ForbesWomanUSA
President and CEO, JoongAng Ilbo and JMnetPresident and CEO, JTBCSouth Korea
Commercial Director, Amels, SeaXplorer and Yacht SupportNon-Executive Board Member, Damen Shipyards GroupNetherlands
ChairmanEconomic Development BoardSingapore
Chief Executive OfficerICONIQ CapitalUSA
Chairman and CEOONE ChampionshipSingapore
Chief Executive OfficerRB Capital GroupSingapore
President, BYOC Smart ProductsAcer IncTaiwan
Musician, Entrepreneur, Mental Health Campaigner, Chairperson and DirectorSvatantra Microfinance Pvt LtdIndia
Director and CEOPoly Auction Macau LtdHong Kong
Managing Director, 2W GroupExecutive Director, Aura GroupThailand
Vice PresidentFok Ying Tung GroupHong Kong
Executive Director, Chief Information OfficerGentingMalaysia
Managing DirectorCG Corp GlobalNepal
Chief Executive OfficerThai Wah GroupThailand
Managing DirectorCMA Investment HoldingsSouth Africa
Director, Strategy & DevelopmentThe TamaraIndia
Venue: Ballroom, InterContinental Singapore
Registration desk opens
Session I - A Whole New World
The world economy is rapidly evolving. Heightened economic and political uncertainty is casting a shadow over global growth. Under such testing conditions, how are next generation leaders at the helm of some of Asia’s most prominent family businesses coping? What is their outlook on the current business climate? Next generation leaders today face a very different set of challenges from those of their parents and grandparents. How do they lead effectively in such a complex and unpredictable environment? What measures must they take in order to grow and maintain the competitiveness of their family business?
Session II - Embracing the Digital Economy
A new wave of dynamic young leaders is transforming the business landscape today. Whether they are incorporating the latest technology to improve the family business or implementing strategies to join the digital economy, these young tycoons are not resting on their laurels. Some of them are also helping their family business to diversify – by taking on roles as angel investors or venture capitalists for promising start-ups. This panel gathers some of the brightest next generation ‘techoons’ in the region as they capitalize on emerging opportunities in the digital economy.
Nirvana Chaudhary, Managing Director, CG Corp Global
Schwin Chiaravanont, Managing Director, 2W Group, Executive Director, Aura Group
Divesh Makan, Chief Executive Officer, ICONIQ Capital
Maverick Shih, President, BYOC Smart Products, Acer Inc
Sid Wahi, Managing Director, CMA Investment Holdings
Session III - Living the Dream
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined” wrote Henry David Thoreau. Scions of business groups may not necessarily join the family business when they come of age. As their horizons expand, they may be less dependent on the family business. Some may be motivated to chase their own dreams, pursuing other career paths they feel passionately about. Others may prefer to differentiate themselves from their family – by charting their own entrepreneurial paths. This panel will gather insights from next generation leaders who are living their dreams.
Session IV - In the Spotlight
Being part of a prominent family has its advantages. This includes access to opportunities and resources that may not be readily available to others. Yet it’s not all rosy for these next generation leaders. Whether they are involved in the family business or pursuing their own passions, they are constantly in the spotlight, often with more attention than they would like. There is also the notion that money can solve all problems. For this group of young heirs, what’s it like to be born into a prominent family? Is that a privilege or a burden? How have personal experiences shaped their life perspective? From making career choices to finding their own identities, this panel offers candid insights into the pros and cons of being a next tycoon.
Venue: Zouk's Red Tail Bar at Clarke Quay
80 Middle Road
The hotel is offering all Forum participants a special rate for room reservation from July 9 to 13, 2017 (both dates inclusive).
For assistance, please contact:
Ms Joyce Chen
+65 6825 1258 / +65 6825 1000