Outlook 2019

Nov 15 and 16 (from 8.30 am) Marina Bay Sands, Level 4, Simpor JR Ballroom 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

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What will 2019 bring?  How will geopolitical developments, regulations and sanctions affect the economy? And ultimately, what will all these mean for your business?  Hear subject experts and leading practitioners  share their views - and help you make your decisions.

Day 1
Thursday Nov 15

8.30 am:

9 am:
Welcome address

9.10 - 9.40 am
World Trade and Geopolitics: How will we survive 2019
It is a geopolitical landscape that none has treaded before, let alone anticipate its impact on trade. So, how do states like Singapore navigate the changing geopolitics and Great Power competition?  Can we continue to benefit from globalisation?  What will the likely outcomes be?

Prof Danny Quah, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Prof Danny Quah is Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS.  His current research takes an economic approach to world order, studying the supply and demand of world order: on the one hand, what international system the world’s superpowers provide, and on the other, what world order the global community needs.  Prof Quah uses this to recast analysis of global power shifts, the rise of the east, regional order, and models of global power relations.
He is a member of the Spence-Stiglitz Commission on Global Economic Transformation and also the author of “The Global Economy’s Shifting Centre of Gravity”.  Prof Quah gave the third LSE-NUS lecture in 2013, and TEDx talks in 2016, 2014, and 2012. 
He was previously Assistant Professor of Economics at MIT, Professor of Economics and International Development, and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre at LSE.
  He had also served as LSE’s Head of Department for Economics, and Council Member on Malaysia’s National Economic Advisory Council. 

9.40 - 10 am

Transforming Together for the Future
How can the industry, unions, workers and Government work together to transform our economy for the future? How can we continue to have a conducive ecosystem for our businesses and workers to thrive?

Mr Lam Yi Young, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry
Mr Lam Yi Young is Deputy Secretary (Industry) in Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he is tasked with developing and shaping Singapore’s industrial and economic policies. Yi Young also supports the Future Economy Council in charting the future of Singapore’s economy and in enhancing skills development, productivity, innovation, digitalisation and internationalisation through the Industry Transformation Maps.
Yi Young previously served as Deputy Secretary (Policy) in the Ministry of Education (from Jan 2014 to Dec 2016), as Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (from May 2009 to Dec 2013), and as Director Manpower in the Ministry of Defence (from Jun 2005 to Apr 2009).
10 am - 10.20 am
Can our companies overcome the challenges ahead?

While running a business is both a science and an art that can be mastered, trade is entering into an entirely new paradigm that can either break or prime your business. How should we brace ourselves to face the challenges ahead?  

Dr Robert Yap, Executive Chairman, YCH Group

Robert Yap is the Executive Chairman of YCH Group, Singapore’s leading end-to-end supply chain management company with operations spanning across Asia Pacific. Over the last four decades, Robert has played a pivotal role in the logistics and supply chain management field.
Recognised for his visionary leadership, Robert contributes as an advisor on numerous local and international platforms. Robert is President of the Singapore National Employers Federation and the Chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (2018). He contributes to the Future Economy Council and the Payments Council, as well as the Joint Implementation Committee overseeing the Government-to-Government project in Chongqing.
For his contributions, he was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2017. In 2016, Robert was named ‘Businessman of the Year’ at the prestigious Singapore Business Awards. He was conferred the NUS Business School Eminent Business (Senior) Alumni Award in 2014 and the Lifetime Achievement Award (Logistics) by the World Chinese Economic Forum in 2013.

10.20 am - 10.45 am
Tea Break

10.45 am - 11.05
Future-proofing without losing traditional values

If 'transformation' has always been a vague cliche to you, hear how one local company applied it in real, practical terms, growing from selling sausages to local retailers to manufacturing for the region. Andrew will share how Teck Sang rode the tech wave and thrived without losing their core values.

Dr Andrew Seit, CEO, Teck Sang Pte Ltd

Andrew has worked across multiple industries and markets with major listed tier 1 companies, start-ups and SMEs, backed by strong training (PhD and MBA) from Sydney University and Macquarie Graduate School of Management.  He started his professional career in Cardiology, Royal North Shore Hospital and then worked at SingTel,  Optus and Microsoft.  
After years in the industriy, he heard the higher calling to come home to lead his father's family business of more than 50 years.
As in his previous work stints, he has been the principle agent of digital transformation.
A competent strategist and astute problem-solver with strong decision-making with consulting skills, Andrew is capable of developing innovative transformational plans, drive change and execute activities designed to rapidly facilitate competitive growth and disruption.

11.05 am - 11.50 am
Panel discussion: Business-to-Business Outlook for 2019

Panelists: Mr Lam Yi Young (Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry), Prof Danny Quah, Dr Robert Yap and Dr Andrew Seit
Moderator: Mr Victor Mills, CEO of Singapore International Chamber of Commerce

12 pm

Canon technology showcase continues till 5pm
Day 2 
Friday Nov 16 

8.30 am:

9 am:
Welcome Address

9.10 am - 9.30 am

Geopolitics and Geoeconomics in 2019: Are we entering uncharted waters?
Never before has trade been more sensitive and vulnerable to geopolitical developments than today - and will perhaps be even more so in the coming year. How will the key events possibly unfold and impact us?

Dr Joseph Liow, Dean of the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University; and Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

Professor Joseph Chinyong Liow is Dean of College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and concurrently, Dean of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he is also Professor of Comparative and International Politics. He held the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asia Studies at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC, where he was also a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program.
He is the author, co-author, or editor of 14 books and holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MSc in Strategic Studies from the Nanyang Technological University, and a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Madison-Wisconsin.

9.30 am - 9.50 am
Economic Outlook for 2019 
Assessing the likely economic outlook of Singapore in view of the current and developing global and regional situations and the conditions.

​Prof Ng Yew Kwang, Professor of Economics, College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
NG, Yew-Kwang, Winsemius Professor of Economics, Nanyang Technological University; emeritus professor, Monash University; fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; member of Advisory Board, Global Priorities Institute, Oxford University. In 2007, he received the highest award (Distinguished Fellow) of the Economic Society of Australia. He has also been invited to deliver the inaugural Atkinson Memorial Lecture at Oxford University in 2018. Including one published when an undergraduate, he has 11.5 papers (joint papers counted fractionally) in the top-5 journals in economics. He has also published more than 30 books and more than 250 refereed journal papers in economics, biology, cosmology, informetrics, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, including American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Political Economy, and Review of Economic Studies.

9.50 am - 10.10 am
Key consumer trends in a volatile and ambiguous 2019

A view into what consumers are likely and unlikely to spend on in 2019 and what matters or worries them the most. Understanding consumers' receptiveness and attitudes towards to new products, innovation and disruption in today's volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environment...And how to connect with them

Garick Kea, Executive Director, Consumer Insights, The Nielsen Co, Singapore 

Garick is the Executive Director for Consumer Insights in Nielsen Singapore. His vertical experience includes banking, FMCG, government, hospitality, retail and technology. 
Prior to Nielsen, Garick was the Regional Insights Director for Asia and General Manager for Singapore at Isentia (An ASX 200 Media Intelligence Company). Before Isentia, Garick headed the Market & Consumer Insights function for BlackBerry in Asia Pacific. His research experience cuts across qualitative to quantitative methods, local to global initiatives and consumer to enterprise studies.
He holds a Master of Philosophy (Marketing) and has also completed a Harvard Leadership program. 

10.10am - 10.40 am 
Tea Break

10.40 am - 11 am
Engaging and Retaining the Evolving Consumer 
How can a business effectively attract millennials without losing focus on Gen X and the other target customers? How can you be on your toes, ever ready to deal with the changing winds and shifting sands?  Rachel will share Love, Bonito's success story, which might just be the retail template for these volatile times.
Ms Rachel Lim, Co-founder, Love, Bonito

Having started her own online fashion business at the tender age of 19 when e-commerce was minimal, Rachel and the brand was immediately propelled to the forefront of the industry, revolutionizing and headlining the spheres of online retail and redefined the fashion scene in Singapore. She continued to garner a strong following among women with her innate ability to engage, relate and connect with them. 

In line with Love, Bonito's mission to empower women's confidence through helping them dress well and dress right, she is able to further touch and impact the community of women she and the brand have created. With a personal mantra to live life on the edge and in seizing every opportunity, Rachel left school to grow the business. Today, Love, Bonito remains to be the leading women's brand in Asia and has grown beyond Singapore to Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Australia. 

Rachel was recently honored by Forbes as Asia's 30under30.

11 am - 11.45 am
Panel Discussion: Business-to-Consumer Outlook 2019
Panelists: Prof Ng Yew Kwang, Prof Joseph Liow, Mr Garick Kea and Mr Jan Moller, MD, Global Blue Singapore.
Moderator: Dr David Kuo, CEO of The Motley Fool Singapore 

12 pm 

Canon technology showcase continues till 5pm

For enquiries:
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