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.


2017 SPEAKERS

  • Executive Vice President, Forbes Media
    President and Publisher, ForbesWoman
    USA
  • Group CEO
    Grab
    Singapore
  • President and CEO, JoongAng Ilbo and JMnet
    President and CEO, JTBC
    South Korea
  • Commercial Director, Amels, SeaXplorer and Yacht Support
    Non-Executive Board Member, Damen Shipyards Group
    Netherlands
  • Chairman
    Economic Development Board
    Singapore
  • Chief Executive Officer
    ICONIQ Capital
    USA
  • Chairman and CEO
    ONE Championship
    Singapore
  • Chief Executive Officer
    RB Capital Group
    Singapore
  • President, BYOC Smart Products
    Acer Inc
    Taiwan
  • Musician, Entrepreneur, Mental Health Campaigner, Chairperson and Director
    Svatantra Microfinance Pvt Ltd
    India
  • Director and CEO
    Poly Auction Macau Ltd
    Hong Kong
  • Managing Director, 2W Group
    Executive Director, Aura Group
    Thailand
  • Vice President
    Fok Ying Tung Group
    Hong Kong
  • Executive Director, Chief Information Officer
    Genting
    Malaysia
  • Managing Director
    CG Corp Global
    Nepal
  • Chief Executive Officer
    Thai Wah Group
    Thailand
  • Managing Director
    CMA Investment Holdings
    South Africa
  • Director, Strategy & Development
    The Tamara
    India
  • Editor
    Forbes Asia
    USA

AGENDA

Venue: Ballroom, InterContinental Singapore

12:30

Registration desk opens

14:15

Welcome remarks

14:30

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?

Confirmed speakers:
Beh Swan Gin, Chairman, Economic Development Board
Rose Damen, Commercial Director, Amels, SeaXplorer and Yacht Support, Non-Executive Board Member, Damen Shipyards Group
Ho Ren Hua, Chief Executive Officer, Thai Wah Group
Jeongdo Hong, President and CEO, JoongAng Ilbo

15:30

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.

Confirmed speakers:
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

16:30

Refreshment break

17:00

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.

Confirmed speakers:
Ananya Birla, Musician, Entrepreneur, Mental Health Campaigner, Chairperson and Director, Svatantra Microfinance Pvt Ltd
Shruti Shibulal, Director, Strategy & Development, The Tamara
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman, ONE Championship
Anthony Tan, Group CEO, Grab

18:00

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.

Confirmed speakers:
Eric Fok, Vice President, Fok Ying Tung Group
Sabrina Ho Chiu Yeng, Director and CEO, Poly Auction Macau Ltd
Hui Lim, Executive Director, Chief Information Officer, Genting
Kishin RK, Chief Executive Officer, RB Capital Group

19:00

Closing remarks

19:15

Evening reception

22:00

After party

Venue: Zouk's Red Tail Bar at Clarke Quay


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