Asia Summit 2018

September 13 - 14, 2018

Asia Summit 2018

September 13 - 14, 2018

Asia Summit 2018

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About the 2018 Summit

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The fifth annual Milken Institute Asia Summit is an invite-only event and will gather a high-level audience of leaders in business, government, technology, philanthropy, academia, and media. The program will address the trends, innovations, and disruptions transforming the Asia-Pacific region, and provide actionable steps to effectively prepare for the inevitable disruption and transition.

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Event Program
Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:00 Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:00 Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:00 Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:00
Program Activity
09/12/2018 10:00:00 - 09/12/2018 11:00:00

Best-Performing Cities China Roundtable

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09/12/2018 10:00:00
09/12/2018 11:00:00

Beijing is determined to improve growth prospects for all cities - from the inland to the large east coast urban areas. The Belt and Road initiative, together with the creation of regional economic clusters, have played a major role in driving regional economies. This roundtable will discuss the 2018 rankings and key findings, as well as insights for businesses and investors into economic trends to explore potential investment opportunities in China.

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09/12/2018 11:00:00 - 09/12/2018 17:30:00

Women Leaders' Summit (By invitation only)

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09/12/2018 11:00:00
09/12/2018 17:30:00

Global platforms such as the Milken Institute play an important role in promoting inclusion in leadership by showcasing a diversity of perspectives and providing a high-profile stage on which women can see leaders like themselves. The aim of the Women Leaders' Summit is to motivate and inspire the next generation of women leaders in finance. Following the success of the inaugural Women Leaders' Summit in 2017, the second year will convene 300 leaders and next generation of women leaders in finance for stimulating discussions around leadership, empowerment, and inspiration.

For more information about this event, please click here.

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09/12/2018 14:00:00 - 09/12/2018 18:00:00

Asia's Food and Agriculture Leaders Roundtable (By invitation only)

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09/12/2018 14:00:00
09/12/2018 18:00:00

Advancements in agri-tech, food engineering, nutritional science, and infrastructure management are transforming the food industry for the better. From healthier products and more sustainable farming methods to changing consumer preferences, this food revolution will provide the solutions to relieve a planet under pressure. To help catalyze these solutions, the Milken Institute is hosting a private roundtable for food leaders to build collaboration across sectors in order to meet the growing and changing consumer demands in Singapore and across the region.

To RSVP for this session, please contact Amos Garcia at agarcia@milkeninstitute.org.

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09/12/2018 15:30:00 - 09/12/2018 18:00:00

Investing in Regional Innovation: Boosting the ROI (By invitation only)

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09/12/2018 15:30:00
09/12/2018 18:00:00

Economic investment in biomedical innovation is a political priority for Asian leaders. By 2020, China is set to outspend the United States in research and development investment. South Korea and Japan have some of the highest rates of research and development expenditure in the world, as a percentage of GDP. Singapore alongside several other ASEAN nations lists biomedical science as a strategic government focus. But what is the payoff of driving national investment in localized innovation hubs? Can nations build comparative advantages and adapt strategies to pursue underfunded opportunities with potential for greater impact?

To RSVP for this session, please contact Anushka Mangharam at amangharam@milkeninstitute.org.

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09/12/2018 18:00:00 - 09/12/2018 20:00:00

Speakers and Sponsors Welcome Reception (By invitation only)

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09/12/2018 18:00:00
09/12/2018 20:00:00
Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:00 Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:00 Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:00 Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:00
Program Activity
09/13/2018 07:00:00 - 09/13/2018 20:00:00

Registration

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09/13/2018 07:00:00
09/13/2018 20:00:00
09/13/2018 08:00:00 - 09/13/2018 08:45:00

Frank Luntz: The State of American Politics and Public Opinion, 2018

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09/13/2018 08:00:00
09/13/2018 08:45:00

In this exclusive private gathering, political expert Frank Luntz offers his insights into President Donald Trump's tenure thus far. With poorly articulated policy strategies, haphazard public communications, and seemingly spontaneous declarations, President Trump has made it difficult for the public to understand the direction of his administration with respect to a range of important economic, financial, and social issues. We talk with Frank about the latest happenings in the White House, how to make sense of President Trump's words and actions, and how his first two years in office will influence the public as they head towards the midterm elections.

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09/13/2018 09:00:00 - 09/13/2018 10:00:00

Opening Plenary | A World in Transition: What Matters For Asia

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09/13/2018 09:00:00
09/13/2018 10:00:00

The world is at a crossroads, and Asia--which is increasingly at the center of global economic, financial, and political gravitas--is no exception. From demographic shifts, such as rapid population aging and an emerging middle class, to technological disruptions, including the rise of blockchain and artificial intelligence, there is a host of forces that leaders in the region must learn to navigate, should they seek to survive and flourish in today's uncertain and ever-evolving world. What matters now for Asia and its citizens, ten years after the Global Financial Crisis? How can companies and countries take advantage of the opportunities presented by rampant change and triumph in this era of disruption?

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09/13/2018 09:00:00 - 09/13/2018 10:00:00

CryptoCurrently: How Virtual Currencies Went from Mania to Mainstream

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09/13/2018 09:00:00
09/13/2018 10:00:00

Cryptocurrencies continue to be a subject of heated debate. Crypto's collective market capitalization surpassed $5 billion dollars in 2017, a 22-fold increase from the year before. Still, the industry remains highly volatile; the value of Bitcoin, for one, collapsed by more than 50% at the start of 2018. The security of virtual currencies and e-wallets remains in a precarious state; 56 cyber attacks have resulted in over $1.6 billion in losses since 2011. How are crypto technologies expected to evolve? Will cryptocurrencies revolutionize global financial markets and digital infrastructure? How can companies who seek to venture into this industry find a semblance of stability amidst extreme uncertainty?

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09/13/2018 09:00:00 - 09/13/2018 10:00:00

Asia's Next Frontier: Building Capabilities for Translational Research

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09/13/2018 09:00:00
09/13/2018 10:00:00

Over the past decade, Asia has experienced great investment in biomedical research and development and, as a result, incredible advances in biomedical innovation. However, large gaps in commercializing research still exist. Is the region prepared to overcome the "Valley of Death" and translate basic research discoveries to commercial success? What is necessary to improve translational research capacity? What can be done to incentivize investments in translational research? What successful financing models are leading the way?

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09/13/2018 09:00:00 - 09/13/2018 11:00:00

Family Office CIO Roundtable (By invitation only)

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09/13/2018 09:00:00
09/13/2018 11:00:00
09/13/2018 10:15:00 - 09/13/2018 11:15:00

Uncertain Times: The State of Global Capital Markets

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09/13/2018 10:15:00
09/13/2018 11:15:00

 A possible global trade war, strong earnings combined with shifts in monetary policies have all been a consistent source of concerns for investors this year. The volatility and geopolitical tensions show no sign of letting up in the close of 2018. Where are investors finding the biggest opportunities despite this risks in global capital markets? How will are investors cutting through the geopolitical noise to find opportunities to make money in the short term and in the long term? How is new technology changing the way these decisions are being made? Can increasingly systematized markets function properly in unprecedented situations? What often overlooked indicators should investors consider as they think about asset allocation and capital structure strategies? Which indicators are being given too much weight? What are the investment themes that will shape the markets in 2019?

 

 

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09/13/2018 10:15:00 - 09/13/2018 11:15:00

Real Estate: Cyclical and Structural Disruption

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09/13/2018 10:15:00
09/13/2018 11:15:00

In a world of low returns and high liquidity, global real estate remains an attractive option for investors and high net worth individuals seeking to preserve long-term wealth. With the US interest rate cycle turning, where should investors look for value through the next cycle? The panel will reflect on several questions: How cycles vary between US, Europe, and Asia Pacific, and where do the risks lie? Does the longer-term structural rise of Asia Pacific and demand for real estate affect the assessment of allocations and the types of return available? Will technology change shift the type of real estate assets that will see the highest growth rates of demand? With migration of tech millennial talent to global centers like Singapore, are we seeing the rise of "winner takes all" cities? Finally, how are the ESG investment preferences of high net worth individuals being actualized and through which institutions are they aligning those preferences?

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09/13/2018 10:15:00 - 09/13/2018 11:15:00

Hacking Health: The Future of Humankind

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09/13/2018 10:15:00
09/13/2018 11:15:00

The field of health technology is booming like never before, with funding to digital health startups reaching an all-time high in 2018. The use of technology to improve the delivery and consumption of care has the potential to drastically alter doctor-patient interactions, reduce costs, and improve health outcomes. In addition, the scope of big data and analytics to personalize medicine and improve patient experiences present an unprecedented window of opportunity in the healthcare industry, in which spending will balloon to $8.7 trillion by 2020. This panel will explore the interaction of technology and health, and the potential of HealthTech to change the future of medicine.

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09/13/2018 11:30:00 - 09/13/2018 12:30:00

Global Credit Markets: Opportunities in Volatility

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09/13/2018 11:30:00
09/13/2018 12:30:00

The credit market appears to be on pace for record sales this year as investors flock toward collateralized loan obligations. The continued increase in demand is encouraging issuers to relax terms to an extent that could be well below the terms prior to the financial crisis. At the same time global monetary shifts and higher bond yields' continue to impact credit markets. On this panel, we ask several questions: what impact did central banks' decision to increase interest rates on investors credit strategies? And how are the adjusting for additional monetary policy changes? How are investors adjusting to concerns that credit terms might be getting weaker? What are some of the less obvious challenges facing this asset class? How will 2018 come to close for credit investors and what should investors expect for 2019? Will covenant light loans continue to dominate in 2019? Where are the bright spots?

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09/13/2018 11:30:00 - 09/13/2018 12:30:00

Playing With Your Food: Innovating a Healthier Future

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09/13/2018 11:30:00
09/13/2018 12:30:00

Humans have been innovating food for tens of thousands of years. From cross-breeding staple crops for more robust yields to manipulating genes to enhance favorable traits, we have played with our food to better meet the quantity and quality demanded by growing populations. Today, innovating food comes at a time when it's most needed; the planet is under tremendous agricultural stress and diet-linked morbidity rates are on the rise. We gather food leaders and investors to discuss the opportunities that food technology provides to improve the health of individuals and of the planet.

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09/13/2018 11:30:00 - 09/13/2018 12:30:00

Payments Roundtable (By invitation only)

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09/13/2018 11:30:00
09/13/2018 12:30:00

How money is defined and transacted is evolving faster than most can grasp. Trends points to a new future of payments, one moving rapidly away from traditional systems and infrastructure towards a new, digital experience. The fintech revolution, the boom of technology-enabled solutions, the need for new regulatory requirements, and the importance of keeping data safe and private are all part and parcel of this shifting industry. But this new era in payments poses challenges that companies need address today. To catalyze solutions, the Milken Institute is hosting this working group to identify the best practices, principles, regulations in creating a vibrant payments ecosystem in Asia.

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09/13/2018 12:30:00 - 09/13/2018 14:00:00

Lunch Program | The Evolution of Leadership

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09/13/2018 12:30:00
09/13/2018 14:00:00

Leadership, as it's said, is borne out of experience and exposure. But global trends and technological disruptions have demanded new and intentional rethinking of what it means to be a leader. Indeed, the digital age has placed today's leaders under more scrutiny and accountability from their organizations and from the public. It has also provided them with more information to predict future trends across industries and across the world. In this context, how have the principles of leadership changed? Are we in an era of a new set of leadership characteristics? What's needed for today's leaders to succeed and how different is it from the past?

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09/13/2018 12:30:00 - 09/13/2018 14:00:00

Smarter Cities for a Smarter World

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09/13/2018 12:30:00
09/13/2018 14:00:00

Over the next seven years, smart city technologies around the world are expected to generate over US$2 trillion in market value. From online accommodation platforms and e-hailing apps to home automation and telemedicine, the private sector will play a vital role in providing digital solutions for the cities of tomorrow. This lunch panel will assess the opportunities and risks associated with smart city initiatives and review the latest applications in harnessing technology and data to make cities more sustainable, convenient, and inclusive. What are the building blocks of a "smart city"? Where do Asian metropolises stand in the deployment of digital solutions, and what do they stand to gain? Which industries will be most affected by the smart cities movement? How can companies and governments work together to build a more livable future?

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09/13/2018 12:30:00 - 09/13/2018 14:00:00

Private Bank Alternative Investment Solutions Roundtable (By invitation only)

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09/13/2018 12:30:00
09/13/2018 14:00:00

Strong global economic trends over the past decade have resulted in material wealth accumulation with a record number of ultra-high net worth individuals around the world. According to some estimates, the rapid growth in Asia creates an Asian billionaire every other day. As private banks and asset managers position themselves to offer increasingly sophisticated tailored products, alternative investments continue to play a key role to provide multi-faceted solutions for their clients. This roundtable brings together leading fund investors and selectors to explore areas of interest for clients in the alternative investments landscape, highlight strategies that make the most sense given the global market outlook, and share best practices in alternative investment manager research and due diligence, covering the private equity, private credit and hedge fund investments.

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09/13/2018 14:00:00 - 09/13/2018 14:30:00

Networking Break

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09/13/2018 14:00:00
09/13/2018 14:30:00
09/13/2018 14:30:00 - 09/13/2018 15:30:00

India in Focus: Capturing Growth Drivers for the Next Decade

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09/13/2018 14:30:00
09/13/2018 15:30:00

As the world's fastest-growing major economy with a large, young, and intelligent workforce, India is often posited as an emerging superpower. With rapidly developing private sector industries, especially its technology sector, and progressive regulatory policies, India is attracting larger capital flows and investments from domestic and foreign investors. On this panel, senior executives in business and finance and policy analysts will discuss the growth opportunities and challenges for India's private sector and the economic prospects of the broader Indian subcontinent.

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09/13/2018 14:30:00 - 09/13/2018 15:30:00

Artificial Intelligence, Real Impact

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09/13/2018 14:30:00
09/13/2018 15:30:00

While we may not yet have flying cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is already pervasive in our everyday lives.  The technology is evolving full tilt with immense economic opportunity and the potential to upheave lives, industries, and governments as we know them. But while there are definite upsides, there is also a dark side. How should we take the warnings of figures like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk regarding the potential hazards of AI? How will the adoption of AI technologies be impacted by regulation? What role can humans play alongside machines that are capable of learning?

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09/13/2018 15:45:00 - 09/13/2018 16:45:00

Building Funds of Tomorrow: Technology and Talent in the Future of Asset Management

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09/13/2018 15:45:00
09/13/2018 16:45:00

This year as asset managers find new investment opportunities that stay ahead of geopolitical uncertainty and market volatility, they are also developing new paths to scale and grow their firms. All the while, rapidly evolving new tools like artificial intelligence and predictive technologies are impacting the demands and requirements of the talent pool. How can fund managers pick the right strategies and people necessary to build a world-class investment team? How do fund managers view the relative role of humans versus computers in their business as new technologies continue to transform the investment industry? What are specific examples of how new technologies, including data analytics, have transformed strategies not only for investing but building out their company and brand? How can managers think about growing your business in the face of capacity constraints? What strategies can asset managers implement to maintain steady growth, even in times of geopolitical uncertainty? How do human capital issues like training and retaining the best talent, be solved?

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09/13/2018 15:45:00 - 09/13/2018 16:45:00

The Rise of Blockchain: How To Trust Strangers

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09/13/2018 15:45:00
09/13/2018 16:45:00

Blockchain has been hailed as a revolutionary step forward in how businesses and individuals transact. By combining a decentralized, cryptographically-protected ledger and an incentivized process of transaction verification, blockchain removes elements of mistrust because transactions are transparent-- buyers and sellers can see exactly what the terms were and when they were made. The process is already being applied throughout business operations, data protection, and market transactions. The opportunities are limitless. Is your business ready for blockchain?

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09/13/2018 16:30:00 - 09/13/2018 19:00:00

Changing Perspectives on Long-Term Investments (By invitation only)

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09/13/2018 16:30:00
09/13/2018 19:00:00

This roundtable on employing a longer-term focus in business and investment decision-making will convene leading asset owners and investors who are thoughtful above and beyond their own portfolio. Participants will have the opportunity to share their views in a private setting on the engagement between corporations and investors, risks to long-term capital allocations, stakeholder management as well as develop practical tools relevant to their organizations. This will be an off the record meeting for an exclusive group of senior regional leaders, organized in collaboration with FCLT Global.

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09/13/2018 17:00:00 - 09/13/2018 18:00:00

How China Is Transforming Southeast Asia

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09/13/2018 17:00:00
09/13/2018 18:00:00

In recent years, China and Southeast Asia have engaged in increasingly complex economic and security relations. Even with deepening diplomatic, cultural, and economic ties, tensions remain. From China’s nine-dash line and the String of Pearls, to its rapidly expanding infrastructure network under the Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing’s growing influence in the region is both visible and invisible. To spectators around the world, China’s rise may be cause for alarm, but for Southeast Asia, China may also be considered an ally in advancing regional economic growth. Do Belt and Road projects represent an avenue for long-term connectivity and growth or are they risky investments that threaten to entrap countries in unsustainable debt? How can Southeast Asia balance the trade-off between its deepening partnership with China with regional security and cohesion?

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09/13/2018 17:00:00 - 09/13/2018 18:00:00

Investing for Immortality

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09/13/2018 17:00:00
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With auction sale values now reaching hundreds of millions of dollars, the return on investment on an art masterpiece can be tremendous. But more than a hefty profit, this asset class offers something that very few investment opportunities do: a shot at immortality. We remember the Medicis not only for their statesmanship or business acumen, but for their legacy as early supporters and patrons of Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Sandro Boticelli, and other great masters of art. While the possibility of immortality is certainly there, the odds are tough. What are the risks and opportunities for investment associated with this growing asset class? What are the avenues for investment? What sets good art apart? How can art investors maximize their chances of earning a page in history?

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09/13/2018 17:00:00 - 09/13/2018 19:00:00

CEO Roundtable (By invitation only)

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09/13/2018 17:00:00
09/13/2018 19:00:00

In this exclusive, closed-door meeting, regional and global leaders in finance and business gather to exchange ideas on Asia's most pressing economic and financial issues. This meeting will provide an opportunity for participants to hear frank, unfiltered insights from a diverse group of participants. A global transformation is underway, and Asia is right in the middle. The vast region is increasingly being considered as the world's economic center, with China at the helm. Global market movements, shifting political tides, emerging demographic trends, and relentless breakthroughs in technology are shaping the region in ways that will impact the rest of the world. Now is the time for Asia to prepare for the future and shape the world for decades to come.

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09/13/2018 18:00:00 - 09/13/2018 19:00:00

Reception: Cocktails and Networking

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09/13/2018 18:00:00
09/13/2018 19:00:00
09/13/2018 19:00:00 - 09/13/2018 21:00:00

Dinner Program | Crazy Rich Asians

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09/13/2018 19:00:00
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Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:00 Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:00 Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:00 Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:00
Program Activity
09/14/2018 07:00:00 - 09/14/2018 16:00:00

Registration

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09/14/2018 07:00:00
09/14/2018 16:00:00
09/14/2018 08:00:00 - 09/14/2018 08:45:00

Media and Trust: A Global Concern

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09/14/2018 08:00:00
09/14/2018 08:45:00

Trust in major democratic institutions is plummeting and the media is both culprit and victim. In America, a longstanding promoter of liberal democracy, citizens estimate that 62% of the news they see in newspapers, on TV and hear on the radio is biased, 44% of it is inaccurate, and 39% is misinformation. In fact, all corners of the world are struggling to combat this issue. Foreign entities are even weaponizing disinformation to influence other countries' domestic politics and discourse. Nevertheless, although global trust in social media platforms has declined from 53% in 2017 to 51% in 2018, trust in traditional journalism has rebounded from 54% to 59%. What are the causes and consequences of the collapse in trust in media, journalism, and the information ecosystem over the past several years? What role does social media have in this mistrust? How should governments, businesses, and ordinary citizens unite to tackle this trend?

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09/14/2018 08:00:00 - 09/14/2018 09:00:00

Global Capital Markets Advisory Council (GCMAC) Roundtable (By invitation only)

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09/14/2018 08:00:00
09/14/2018 09:00:00

The Global Capital Markets Advisory Council (GCMAC) meeting brings together institutional investors from around the world for a wide-ranging discussion about financial markets. GCMAC is made up of senior leaders of large funds who represent more than $20 trillion in assets under management. For nearly a decade, the GCMAC has provided CIOs of the world's largest pension funds, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, and sovereign wealth funds with a private, off-the-record forum to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing institutional investors.

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09/14/2018 08:15:00 - 09/14/2018 08:45:00

Press Pause: Wellbeing for the Always On

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09/14/2018 08:15:00
09/14/2018 08:45:00

Jay Shetty, a former monk who has made it his mission to make 'wisdom go viral', talks productivity, contentment and success. When life feels like it's always "go, go, go" it is easy to forget about our own wellbeing. Jay will share the important practices and mindfulness techniques that can help decrease stress, increase productivity, and put you on the pathway to personal and professional success.

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09/14/2018 09:00:00 - 09/14/2018 10:00:00

Of Tweets and Trade: U.S. Outlook

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09/14/2018 09:00:00
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How do we best understand recent economic actions by U.S. President Trump? Trade actions seem to loom against both American adversaries and close allies. Tweets from the White House inform yet complicate our understanding of the President's intentions. This panel of business and political experts will discuss recent economic developments in the United States, and provide an outlook for the coming year. How can we characterize Trump's relationship to China, which he simultaneously admires for its strength and denounces for its economic behavior? To what extent do recent US actions stem from Trump's domestic interests versus broader geopolitical motivations?

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09/14/2018 09:00:00 - 09/14/2018 10:00:00

Breaking the Bank: How Asian FinTechs Are Redefining Financial Services

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09/14/2018 09:00:00
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Asia's online financial services market is on track to reach US$ 72 billion by 2020. From China to Southeast Asia, fintech companies are rivaling banks in helping customers transact. While banks continue to play integral roles as pillars of the local economy, fintech firms are grabbing up very niche segments of financial services away from traditional institutions. What does the future of financial services look like? How can traditional financial institutions continue to stay relevant in the face of disruptive technology?

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09/14/2018 09:00:00 - 09/14/2018 10:00:00

Mind The Gap: Financing Resilient Infrastructure

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09/14/2018 09:00:00
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As countries across Asia look to close their infrastructure gaps, they must grapple with the escalating impacts of urbanization, globalization, and climate change. Costs associated with climate change mitigation and adaptation alone are projected to increase developing Asia's infrastructure investment needs by US$200 billion per annum over the next 12 years, in addition to the US$1.5 trillion already needed. What steps can governments and multilateral organizations take to further increase private investment in infrastructure? What roles should these actors play in assessing the risks and benefits of new projects? What is needed to create a steady stream of public-private partnership projects that are not only bankable, but simultaneously advance sustainable development?

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09/14/2018 09:15:00 - 09/14/2018 11:15:00

Chairman's Circle | Philanthropy Saving Lives (By invitation only)

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09/14/2018 09:15:00
09/14/2018 11:15:00

With the demographics and lifestyles of Asian populations rapidly evolving, so are the health risks and illnesses that affect the region. Yet, little has been done to accelerate medical research for novel therapies. Medical philanthropy can be instrumental in plugging this gap. The goals of this exclusive roundtable, which gathers a select group of family business leaders, philanthropists and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, are to increase awareness about unmet medical needs, and to discuss practical ways to accelerate the discovery of therapies through strategic philanthropy.

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09/14/2018 10:15:00 - 09/14/2018 11:15:00

A Brave New World: Preparing for the Jobs of Tomorrow

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09/14/2018 10:15:00
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Technological advancements have reduced, or even removed, the need for humans to perform certain tasks. With technology being aggressively introduced to industries across the board, there arise various perspectives that range from optimistic, to skeptic and dystopian. This panel will discuss how to keep up with the job market as participants, leaders, and organizations. What kind of skills should people bring to the table in an age like ours? What does it mean to be an effective and visionary leader at a time when economic, social, and even talent trends are continuously evolving? How should companies prepare strategically, while not leaving their people behind, to thrive in this world?

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09/14/2018 10:15:00 - 09/14/2018 11:15:00

Putting Principle into Practice: How to Make Sustainability Profitable

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09/14/2018 10:15:00
09/14/2018 11:15:00

Sustainable business practices have until recently centered around marketing and empty promises. Today, more and more businesses have realized that sustainability is not just a buzzword but an important driver of profitability. The concept of conscious business is becoming increasingly popular as customers become more informed, demanding accountability from the businesses they engage with. This panel will discuss how various companies have incorporated principles of ESG (environment, social and governance), offering insight into how sustainability as core tenet of their operations is not only better ethics, but better business.

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09/14/2018 10:15:00 - 09/14/2018 11:15:00

ASEAN in Focus: Big Risks, Bigger Rewards

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09/14/2018 10:15:00
09/14/2018 11:15:00

Home to over 650 million people, ASEAN is poised to become the world’s fourth largest economy by 2050. The region has been rocked by territorial tussles and major political shifts in recent years, but a rapidly growing consumer class, a young and tech savvy population, and vibrant service and manufacturing sectors portend a bright economic future for the region. What are the key obstacles facing businesses and investors in ASEAN? What are the economic prospects for the region, especially as it moves towards deeper integration? How can the region overcome the remaining constraints to development, and take its rightful place as an economic power on the world stage?

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09/14/2018 11:30:00 - 09/14/2018 12:30:00

Stewards of Prosperity: Timeless Values for an Evolving Asia

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09/14/2018 11:30:00
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Asia's monumental rise has largely been driven by a handful of iconic businesses whose leading pioneers have created pillars of growth and development in their respective countries. As growth in the region accelerates, we gather prominent business leaders to discuss how they are adapting their businesses to leverage opportunities in Asia's changing economies and demographics, while carrying forward the values on which their companies are rooted.

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09/14/2018 11:30:00 - 09/14/2018 12:30:00

Europe in Focus: Governance and Influence

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09/14/2018 11:30:00
09/14/2018 12:30:00

Uncertainty has certainly rocked the boat globally this year, and provocative economic and political policy coming from the White House is sending other global powers looking for stability elsewhere. Nowhere has this been more prevalent than between Europe and Asia - where it seems the only border between the two is that lying across the Ural Mountains. It does seem, however, that with Belt and Road Initiative and the Nuremberg Declaration tying the knot between the two regions, the future of the partnership is promising. On this Europe in Focus panel, we have political and economic heavy-weights from both Europe and Asia discussing the future between the regions, and how the unpredictability of worldwide international relations will mold their future relationship.

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09/14/2018 11:30:00 - 09/14/2018 12:30:00

Beyond Hedge Funds (By invitation only)

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09/14/2018 11:30:00
09/14/2018 12:30:00

In the old days, you had a simple set of commingled hedge funds. Nowadays, hedge funds look at co-investing, factor investing, artificial intelligence, emerging managers, innovative structures, and fees. What is the outlook for the industry, and how can managers thrive in this jungle of information? Leading asset owners will share their views on how the new hedge fund model should look.

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09/14/2018 12:30:00 - 09/14/2018 14:00:00

Lunch Program | The Revolutionaries: Innovating a New Asia

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09/14/2018 12:30:00
09/14/2018 14:00:00

Having the willingness to maneuver risk-laden landscapes has always been key to achieving business success in Asia. Innovation is lauded as the impetus behind Asia's entrepreneurial breakout, with many key players in today's business arena having matured from humble, start-up backgrounds. This panel brings together Asia's pioneering entrepreneurs to share how courage can translate into regional impact for the better and their motivations that have propelled them to great heights. While others prepare for the future, how are they reshaping it?

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09/14/2018 12:30:00 - 09/14/2018 14:00:00

How To Live To An Active 100

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09/14/2018 12:30:00
09/14/2018 14:00:00

We are living in a time when life expectancy is increasing to 100 years. But this doesn't mean that those extra years are necessarily healthy ones. With chronic and neurodegenerative diseases on the rise, translating this additional life expectancy into successful aging will require the transformation of public and private institutions leveraging innovative technologies to ensure older adults have the tools to live well. Be it through professional employment, education, or community programs, these opportunities must be intentionally woven into the fabric of society. What solutions and technologies can facilitate pro-active healthcare management? How can businesses benefit from both a healthier elderly demographic and one that is active in their institutions? How can public policies encourage active living and capture its benefits for others?

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09/14/2018 14:00:00 - 09/14/2018 14:30:00

Networking Break

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09/14/2018 14:00:00
09/14/2018 14:30:00
09/14/2018 14:30:00 - 09/14/2018 15:30:00

Global Investment Outlook

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09/14/2018 14:30:00
09/14/2018 15:30:00

Market sentiment has shifted from 2017's surprise growth and low volatility to 2018's rise in macro uncertainty and tightening financial conditions as U.S. rates rise. Yet major stock indexes are near record highs, despite a somewhat turbulent first half of the year. Private equity firms continue to raise mega-billion dollar funds and merger activity continues to consolidate in all industry. According to a report, the number of publicly listed companies in the U.S. has fallen by a fifth over the last decade, and by half over the last 20 years. Where are we in this point of the cycle? Is the balance of power is shifting from public markets available to all investors into private markets? With near record levels of dry powder, how could global markets absorb all of that cash? Which industries have pockets of opportunity for investors - and do those industries differ across the U.S., Asia and Europe?

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09/14/2018 14:30:00 - 09/14/2018 15:30:00

A New World Dis-Order: Understanding Asia's Evolving Geopolitical Situation

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09/14/2018 14:30:00
09/14/2018 15:30:00

The maelstrom of increasing economic and political polarization is not only altering geopolitical dynamics in the West, but in Asia as well. Unbalanced globalization and threats of authoritarianism are catching the eyes of political and business leaders alike. Recent developments with North Korea, many argue, are bound to alter regional and global structures. In a continent fraught with conflicts like the Rohingya crisis and escalating tensions in the South China Sea, how should businesses react? How can leaders in Asia take steps to resolve and avert conflict? What are the prospects for peace and stability in the region?

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09/14/2018 14:30:00 - 09/14/2018 15:30:00

Indonesia in Focus: The Strong Push Forward

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09/14/2018 14:30:00
09/14/2018 15:30:00

From 2010 to 2016, Indonesia grew its economy from the 27th largest to the 16th largest in the world, and is pushing to be in the top 10 by 2030. The current administration is taking purposeful strides to implement policies to address the country's complex infrastructure, economic, social, and environmental needs. At the same time, the private sector continues to rapidly transform the country's growth sectors, from fintech and e-commerce to real estate and healthcare. But achieving greater growth will require additional investments in technology and human capital, heightened productivity, increased trade flows, and further foreign investment. This panel gathers Indonesia's government and business leaders to discuss the opportunities of "Making Indonesia 4.0".

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09/14/2018 14:30:00 - 09/14/2018 17:00:00

Silver to Gold: The Business of Aging (By invitation only)

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09/14/2018 14:30:00
09/14/2018 17:00:00

21st-century aging will transform economies and businesses the world over. As such, this year's Roundtable will address the burgeoning business prospects presented by this growing demographic. Indeed, as the elderly cohort grows, several market opportunities are emerging, including technologies, innovations in housing, transportation, leisure, and travel. Older adults are also growing human capital resource with the capacity to power business and economic expansion as entrepreneurs, innovators, employees, and colleagues in intergenerational workforces. Understanding these possibilities can encourage institutions to focus and change - moving in new business directions and adopting age-forward strategies and as the great demographic shift progresses.

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09/14/2018 15:45:00 - 09/14/2018 17:00:00

Closing Plenary | Preparing for Asia's Future

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09/14/2018 15:45:00
09/14/2018 17:00:00

Over the last several decades, Asia has become an increasingly influential player on the world economic and political stage. The region is racing to harness the power of technology and digital connectivity to drive its economies toward a new era of growth and prosperity, but there is no doubt that these are times of uncertainty and change. From technological breakthroughs to geopolitical tensions, shifting demographic tides to rising ocean tides--Asia faces its fair share of challenges, despite its successes. This panel of distinguished speakers explores the bellwethers of a world in transition and how Asia can prepare for the future.

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09/14/2018 15:45:00 - 09/14/2018 16:45:00

Young Leaders Circle | Conversation with Tony Fernandes

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09/14/2018 15:45:00
09/14/2018 16:45:00
09/14/2018 17:00:00 - 09/14/2018 18:00:00

Closing Reception

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09/14/2018 17:00:00
09/14/2018 18:00:00
09/14/2018 17:00:00 - 09/14/2018 18:00:00

Young Leaders Circle | Cocktails and Networking (By invitation only)

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09/14/2018 17:00:00
09/14/2018 18:00:00
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Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:00 - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:00

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