Mr Heng Swee Keat is the Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC. The Ministry of Finance manages the national budget, oversees corporate governance regulations, and supervises the prudent investment and utilisation of public funds and government reserves. Mr Heng co-chaired the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE), which charted the strategies for Singapore's next phase of growth. He chairs the tripartite Future Economy Council, which oversees the implementation of national strategies in areas such as skills and capabilities development, innovation and productivity, and industry transformation. He is also the Chairman of the National Research Foundation, which sets the direction for Singapore's research, innovation and enterprise strategies.
Before this, Mr Heng served as Minister for Education from 2011 to 2015. He drove programmes for a student-centric, values-driven education system, emphasising the holistic development of students and multiple educational pathways. While at MOE, Mr Heng also led Our Singapore Conversation, a national consultation exercise that reached out to close to 50,000 Singaporeans on their aspirations for Singapore's future. In 2015, he chaired the Singapore 50 (SG50) Steering Committee leading the celebrations for Singapore's Golden Jubilee.
Prior to entering politics in May 2011, Mr Heng was the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), where he received the "Central Bank Governor of the Year in Asia-Pacific" Award by the British magazine The Banker. He has served in various other public service positions, including appointments in the Singapore Police Force, as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Trade Development Board, and as the Principal Private Secretary to then-Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew from 1997 to 2000. In 2001, Mr Heng was awarded the Gold Medal in Public Administration, and the Meritorious Medal in 2010 for his contribution to the public service in Singapore.
Mr Heng has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Goodwin is the Founder and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, a uniquely positioned real estate private equity fund management company that focuses on markets in Greater China and other high barrier to entry markets globally. Gaw Capital has raised five commingled funds targeting the Greater China and APAC regions since 2005. The firm also manages value-add/opportunistic funds in Vietnam and the US, a Pan-Asia hospitality fund, a UK creative office vehicle, and also provides services for separate account direct investments globally. Gaw Capital Partners has raised equity in excess of USD$9.6 billion as of 2018 Q1 and currently commands assets of over USD$18 billion under management encompassing residential developments, retails centers, hotels, commercial and logistic properties.
Goodwin has over 20 years of real estate investment and management experience in the United States and Asia. He founded Downtown Properties in 1996 and serves as Managing Principal. He’s especially interested in re-positioning distressed heritage properties. These include the renovation of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and conversion of over 456,000 square feet of empty historical buildings into hip residential lofts in downtown Los Angeles including the acclaimed Douglas Building. He also served as Vice Chairman of Pioneer Global Group and former Chairman of Global Gateway.
Goodwin received a BS in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, a BS in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a MS in Construction Management from Stanford University.
Matt Dalio is the Founder and Chief of Product of Endless Technologies, a company focused on using technology to deliver education, healthcare and livelihood to the next billion consumers in emerging markets. The core of Matt’s work rests on the premise that the lives of 3 billion people are being touched by technology for the very first time. Through its core product aimed at delivering greater internet connectivity and its venture and philanthropic arms, Endless seeks to encourage a vibrant startup ecosystem at the intersection of technology and emerging markets.
Matt’s most pivotal life moment came when he lived with a Chinese family in Beijing at 11 years old. At the age of 16 Matt founded the China Care Foundation, a nonprofit that has raised over $15 million to provide surgeries, financial aid grants and foster placements to orphans in China. His online media venture, The Issue, curated the best of citizen journalism and was merged into PBS's world news program. Matt has been honored as one of Oprah Winfrey's “People Changing the Lives of Children Around the World” and one of Teen People's “20 Teens Who Will Change the World,” and is the youngest recipient of the Fulbright Award for furthering peace and international understanding. He is a Harvard '06 graduate, and an adoring alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business ('12).
Mr. Axton Salim was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, US, in 2012.
Since 2009, he is a Director of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk (Indofood), a leading Indonesian food company with operations spanning from the production of raw materials and their processing, to consumer products in the market. He is also a Director of Indofood’s Consumer Branded Products business group, PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur Tbk (ICBP), which manufactures and markets a diverse range of consumer products including noodles, dairy, snack foods, food seasonings, nutrition and special foods, and beverages. He also heads the Dairy Division as well as Corporate Marketing Division.
Mr. Axton Salim is also a Vice President Director of PT Indolakto, Director of Pacsari Pte Ltd, Director of Codigo Pte Ltd, a Non-Executive Director of Indofood Agri Resources Ltd and Gallant Venture Ltd, as well as Commissioner of PT Perusahaan Perkebunan London Sumatra Indonesia Tbk, and PT Salim Ivomas Pratama Tbk. Previously, he started his career in Indofood Group as a Brand Manager of the Snack Division, PT Indofood Fritolay Makmur. He is also involved in Salim Group’s partnership with NUS Enterprise for Block71 Jakarta, a community centre for tech startups. The partnership taps the synergies from the experience of NUS Enterprise and the entrepreneurial track record and passion of the Salim Group.
Mr. Axton Salim also serves as Global Co-Chair of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Advisory Group since 2014 - present. He served as Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) council member from May 2012 to May 2014.
Korawad Chearavanont is the son of Supachai Chearavanont, chairman of the Executive Committee of the True Corporation, and grandson of Dhanin Chearavanont, the founder of Charoen Pokphand Group, Thailand’s largest agricultural business. Korawad has his own entrepreneurial spirit. In 2012, still a teenager, Korawad founded Eko Communications, a workplace messaging application for workers in today’s extremely mobile-centric culture. In 2016, this rising star was listed in Forbes Asia’s “30 Under 30”.
Anderson Tanoto is member of the Board of Trustees of Tanoto Foundation, a philanthropic organization that seeks to improve the lives of communities through education, leadership development, and medical philanthropy. He drives various initiatives on developing international partnerships with universities and development of young leaders for the future generation such as the Tanoto Entrepreneurship Series in collaboration with the University of Indonesia that was attended by Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Vice-President Jusuf Kalla.
Anderson is a member of the executive committee of Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) and a Director of RGE Group – a group of world-class companies in resource-based manufacturing industries operating in Indonesia, China, Brazil, Spain and Canada with over US$18 billion in assets and a workforce of over 60,000 people. He focuses on fibre operations and business transformations, as well as leading sustainability initiatives across the group.
Prior joining the family’s business, Anderson was a consultant at Bain & Company, focusing on consumer products and financial services. While at Bain, he acquired significant Southeast Asia expertise and knowledge working with clients in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.
Katrina Razon is the Founder/Managing Director at KSR Ventures, Director at the Wonderfruit Festival, and Managing Partner at Third Culture Music + Media. Katrina is an active investor focused on growth-stage investments in the Blockchain, education, entertainment, enterprise-level Artificial Intelligence (AI), and healthcare sectors. With over ten years of experience in the music industry, Katrina has worn many different hats from being a DJ at the age of sixteen to festival producer. She serves as a Director at Thailand’s premium sustainable lifestyle and carbon neutral festival Wonderfruit. Wonderfruit is hailed by the media as one of the best festivals in the world, demonstrating that fun and social responsibility go hand in hand. In 2016, she launched Third Culture Music + Media, an agency that offers creative services and immersive experiences in Southeast Asia.
She is an Activist whose advocacies include wildlife conservation, child welfare, and environmental sustainability. Katrina currently divides her time among Manila, Bangkok and Los Angeles. In her spare time, she enjoys surfing, literature and film.
A young, dynamic and successful entrepreneur – Karan Virwani, CWeO, WeWork India has been instrumental in bringing WeWork, a New York based collaborative work space giant and the 5th largest start-up in the world to India.
With a passion for start-up community and a degree in Business Administration from Kent University, Karan’s responsibilities include driving growth for the new venture, vision and strategy as he aims to democratize the collaborative work space in India. His vision is to find unique ways of building communities and propagating the work culture of ‘Do What You Love’ in the Indian scenario.
A game changer and a pro-community building person, with WeWork, Karan is creating a culture of ‘Do What You Love’, yet shaping and innovating future growth opportunities for the company.
Karan firmly believes in the motto wherein at WeWork, one joins as an individual ‘me’ but ultimately becomes a part of the greater ‘we’! In his role at WeWork, he aims to make it into a place in India which redefines success measured by personal fulfilment, and not just the bottom line. Because, ultimately community is the catalyst!
Being a dynamic thought leader and team player, Karan has also gained knowledge working as the EA to the Chief Managing Director at the Embassy Group. Further, has also tasted success in the hospitality wing and is the Co- Founder of two companies, Lounge Hospitality and Lounge E-comm, thus launching two successful restaurants in Bangalore, Sanchez & Singkong along with the food delivery app Entrée.
Ton Chirathivat is currently the Head of Customer Strategy of Central Group of Companies. He oversees Central Group customer loyalty program, The1, which consists of 14 million members across all business units. He is also in charge of customer data initiatives and personalized single customer view experience for Central Group. He is one of the key people driving Central Group digital transformation and new digital economy businesses including the recent joint venture with JD.com.
Previously, he was Senior Vice President Online Business at Central Group of Companies, responsible for e-commerce commercial, digital marketing strategies and Omni-channel strategies. Ton also held positions as Head of Marketing at Robinson Department Store Public Company.
Sabrina Ho Chiu Yeng is a young entrepreneur with a focus in the development of arts and culture. She actively organizes various types of arts and cultural activities as to promote the development of Asian arts and culture, at the same time develop young artists from different sectors. She is the Founder and the Managing Director of Chiu Yeng Culture, as well as the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Poly Auction Macau Limited. She is also a member of the Committee of Cultural Industries of Government of Macao Special Administrative Region, the Co-Vice Chairlady of Bellissima Italia and the Honorary Ambassador Korean Culture of Hong Kong and Macau of Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong. In 2015, she was honored with number 17th on the 2015 Top 100 Global Chinese Art Market Man by Yi Dian China and Art Nova 2015 by Art Power 100.
At just 27 of age, Sabrina signed a strategic partnership agreement with UNESCO in November, 2017. The accomplished young entrepreneur, graduate of Art Degree from the University of Hong Kong will dedicate her efforts towards the empowerment of young women and will serve as an advocate for her new initiative “U40 Empowered: Women entrepreneurs powering the digital creative industries” . Sabrina was appointed as a speaker at the Forbes Asia Forum 2017 on the “Next Tycoons: A Generation Emerges” and in the same year, she was invited as one of the featured speakers at the 19th Annual Harvard China Forum and she was named as one of the “Women to Watch” on the 2016 Forbes Asia’s Power Business Women List.
Sabrina actively participates in social affairs and youth activities. She is a member of the Shenzhen CPPCC Committee, Vice President of Chongqing Overseas Friendship Association, and also an active member of the Hong Kong United Youth Association, the Y. Elites Association Limited, and the Centum Charitas Foundation. Other than that, she is a patron of the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and a member of the Curatorial Friends Groups of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Mr Loh Boon Chye joined SGX as CEO on 14 July 2015. He is also an Executive and Non-Independent Director on the SGX Board.
With a career in the financial industry that spans close to 30 years, Mr Loh was most recently Deputy President and Head of Asia Pacific Global Markets at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch from December 2012 to May 2015. He was also the bank’s Country Executive for Singapore and Southeast Asia and a member of its Asia Pacific Executive Committee.
Mr Loh began his career as an Investment Officer with the Monetary Authority of Singapore in 1989. He joined the Singapore branch of Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. of New York in 1992, managing its Southeast Asia fixed-income and derivatives business. From 1995 to 2012, he was with Deutsche Bank AG, where he held various leadership roles including Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for Asia Pacific and Head of Global Markets for Asia.
Over the years, Mr Loh has played a key role in the development of Southeast Asia’s capital markets, having held a number of senior advisory positions. Apart from his directorship on the SGX Board from 2003 to 2012, he has also been on the Boards of GIC Pte Ltd since November 2012, Economic Development Board Singapore since February 2017 and the World Federation of Exchanges since September 2017.
He was also previously Chairman of the Singapore Foreign Exchange Market Committee, as well as Deputy President of ACI Singapore.
Mr Loh is a council member and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Banking & Finance Singapore and was awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Markets in Asia in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence in 2010. He was also presented the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Market Reform Award 2017.
Mr Loh holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore.
Nishita Shah Federbush is passionate about people. Putting people first is at the heart of everything she does as Group Managing Director of GP Group, a Thai-Indian conglomerate which includes a number of listed companies and has interests in a range of sectors, from healthcare and shipping to software and construction.
Nishita is currently focusing on three people-centred areas. Firstly, she is looking at how to make GP Group a more engaging, relevant and enjoyable place to work for long-term team-members and younger generations alike. Secondly, she is using her keen eye for talent to help identify and connect with future-focused people to help drive the business in an increasingly dynamic and disruptive market — as well as ensuring the Group satisfies and retains its current talent. And thirdly, she is developing the Group’s corporate philanthropy initiatives to help support and empower the communities in which it operates.
The graduate of Boston University's School of Management is the first woman to lead the family business, which started off as a small rice-trading operation in India 150 years ago. While Nishita's father, Kirit Chimanlal Shah, spent most of the past four decades radically transforming the commodities trader into a more diverse group, a clear entrepreneurial vision has defined the company and its leaders for the past one and a half centuries. GP Group has achieved great success over the years by focusing on frontier markets and seeking opportunities in territories which many other businesses have chosen to avoid.
Inspired by this impressive lineage and a commitment to see the company survive and thrive for another 150 years, Nishita is drawing on this entrepreneurial spirit to make her own mark by focusing on further professionalising the group's various companies, breaking down the silos and developing a stronger, more collaborative group identity and culture.
Nishita, who is a frequent feature in Forbes Asia Rich List, is a member of the Thai Institute of Directors and has completed a number of its specialist modules as well as graduating from the University of Cambridge's Seatrade Academy. She also plays an active role in YPO Thailand and is a founding member of the new YPO Asean United chapter.
Outside of the boardroom, she spends her time with her young family and pursuing other interests which include flying, running and curating a good life. She currently divides her time between Manhattan and Bangkok.
Melissa Kwee is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). Her fascination with anthropology and her innate belief in the possibility of good in all human beings has positioned her as a spokesperson for a wide range of causes, mobilising resources and people to aid in community development. She has assumed roles as the Chairman of Halogen Foundation and President of UN Women Singapore (formerly known as Unifem Singapore), where she tackled trafficking issues and initiated community campaigns to engage and empower youth as advocates.
She received the Singapore Youth Award in 2007 and Asean Youth Award 2009 for her leadership and service. To help teenage girls on probation reintegrate into society, she co-founded Beautiful People, a programme of Beyond Social Services, which pairs mentors with teenage girls to offer guidance, life skills, and friendship.
Upon returning to Singapore, she started Project Access — a values-based leadership education initiative to inspire and equip girls and young women to be role models for positive change.
She has served on many public service and community boards to advance causes she believes in including the National Arts Council, the Singapore Repertory Theatre, the ITE Board of Governors and Prison Fellowship International. She is currently on the boards of Crest Secondary, a specialised school for technical education in Singapore; 70x7, an initiative by the Prison Fellowship Singapore, Pontiac Land Group and Honestbee.
She holds a degree in anthropology from Harvard College and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study ethnic-based community leadership in Nepal.
Abhimanyu is a third generation entrepreneur from the illustrious Munjal Family. He has over 14 years of experience in strategic leadership and people management, and has held various executive positions in Hero Group companies. Since 2013, he has been leading the Group’s diversification into Financial Services through Hero FinCorp.
Under his leadership, Hero FinCorp is today one of India’s fastest growing NBFCs, and has been recognized as an ‘Employer of Choice’ by a number of independent agencies and surveys. From two seats occupied in 1,008 cities, towns, and villages. The companies AUM has increased from USD 44 Mn. in 2013 to USD 2 Bn. today.
Guided by Hero Group’s belief of growth and nation building, Abhimanyu, has brought financial services to India’s un-banked customers, over 73% of Hero FinCorp’s customers are “new to credit” or first time borrowers, thus creating deep social impact and value for all stake-holders.
A firm believer in innovation and technology, he has also setup a VC fund, called AdvantEdge Partners. The fund helps budding entrepreneurs become innovation leaders by providing access to thought leaders, capital, and scaling opportunities through the vast Hero Group eco-system. Over the past three years, the professionally managed fund has significantly grown its fund value of USD 3 Mn. and made investments in over 18 startups.
A staunch supporter of strong ties between the Indian industry and policy makers, Abhimanyu is a regular participant and contributor to various Government initiatives and Industry bodies. He is the Vice Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) - Delhi State, and an elected member of the state council of Delhi, and Chairman of the sub-committee on Cashless Economy. This initiative, which is run jointly by the Delhi State Government and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), will work towards bringing financial services to the masses.
He was recently invited to be a part of the ‘Champions of Change’ program, organized by Niti Aayog, this was a unique platform where handpicked business leaders held deliberations on National Policy with the Hon’ble Prime Minister and other top policy makers.
Recognizing his contribution towards Indian Industry and strong business leadership, Abhimanyu was recently felicitated by the Economic Times as ‘40 under 40 business leaders’ in India.
Park Hotel Group owns and manages 16 hotels across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Maldives, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan and Australia. As Chief Executive Officer, Allen leads the strategic management and expansion of the Group's properties under the luxury "Grand Park", upscale "Park Hotel" and select service midscale "Destination" brands.
Since joining Park Hotel Group in 2004, Allen has been focused on growing the Group's portfolio, building its brands and strengthening its talent and operational capabilities. While the Group expands through acquisitions and hotel management services, the hotels seek to extend the service philosophy of providing "Loving Hospitality" through service delivered from the heart to all customers, guests and the community. In recognition of its business and service excellence, Park Hotel Group was honoured Best Regional Hotel Chain for six consecutive years from 2012 to 2017, amongst other accolades.
Joanne has completed two start-ups recently - Carmana and Sunday.
Carmana is a customer-to-customer online platform for used cars in the SEA region, debuting in Thailand last year. Carmana provides one stop services to buyers and sellers of used cars including ownership transfer service, car inspection, financing, and insurance services, disrupting the existing business model which lacks transparency and favourable customer experience.
Sunday is an insurtech which just launched in Thailand August 2017. It offers innovative, customised and service oriented general insurance products such as motor, health, personal accident and travel through a cutting edge end-to-end technology platform such as machine learning & image recognition, as an enabler to deliver its key USPs - Smart, Easy & Affordable.
Joanne began her career with Munich Reinsurance Company, Munich, Germany where she received training in reinsurance, (particularly in property, casualty and life) and in the Integrated Risk Management department. Subsequently, she joined Deutsche Bank, London as an Associate, Securitization team within Credit Risk Management function in 2007, where she was responsible for the securitization portfolio, with exposures mainly to the RMBS, insurance-linked securities and CDO asset classes.
Upon her return to Malaysia in 2010, she joined Kurnia Insurans (M) Bhd as Risk Adviser in the ERM department whilst taking on a Kurnia Asia Group role to oversee the operational transformation of the insurance businesses in Thailand and Indonesia. Subsequently, she led the corporate exercise on the RM1.6bln sale of Kurnia Insurance Malaysia to AmBank/IAG. In 2012, she took the helm as Group CEO of Kurnia Asia, spearheaded the overall rebranding exercise of Kurnia Asia to KSK Group. In 2013, she led the privatisation exercise of KSK Group.
In late 2013, she set up KSK Land, a property development company from ground up which is now developing 8 Conlay, a fully integrated mixed used luxury commercial development, sitting on a 4-acre land at the heart of Kuala Lumpur City Centre’s golden triangle with a gross development value is USD 1.2bln. The development comprises of (i) 2 towers of branded residences called YOO8 serviced by Kempinski; (ii) a 5-star luxury hotel, Kempinski Hotel & Residences KL, and (iii) a lifestyle retail quarters.
Joanne Kua holds a honours degree in B.Sc. in Economics from the University College of London, UK and a M.Sc in Management and Regulation of Risk from the London School of Economics, UK.
Michelle is a 4th generation family business leader in Woh Hup and the Director at Aurum Land, a subsidiary and real estate development company. In 2016, she started Collision 8, a co-working space and innovation community that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, and family business owners in downtown Singapore. Following on from Collision 8, she is currently building a new business concept, Core Collective, which is a collaborative health and wellness community and coworking centre that fosters entrepreneurship and facilitates cross-sharing of knowledge within a curated environment. She has also most recently launched a corporate venture fund, Aurum Investments, which invests in startups that have synergies with the group's core businesses.
Michelle triggers corporate innovation from within, and has brought to Aurum the innovative mindset, attention to detail, and rigor that she learned as a consultant, and has since grown it to an award winning $100 million+ business.
Now as the founder of Collision 8 and Core Collective, Michelle is transforming Aurum into a space and business innovator with a focus on the future of people. In a time of increasing connectivity, where customer experience is the gold standard, Aurum is the core of a trusted network of communities, creating opportunities across diverse industries for businesses, professionals and individuals seeking growth in Singapore and beyond.
Ever on the go, Michelle is the mother of three young children, and a foodie at heart. She strongly believes that great food makes both life and business better.
Laurence Lien is Co-Founder and CEO of the Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), a membership-based platform for Asian philanthropists to exchange, learn and collaborate. APC members and their families have a substantial capacity to make a difference in the societies we live in, and share a belief that working collaboratively helps to grow social impact substantially. APC currently has more than10 member projects, mainly focused in ASEAN countries.
Laurence is the Chairman of Lien Foundation, a family foundation established in 1980. Under his leadership, Lien Foundation has become well-regarded for its forward-thinking and innovative approach. The foundation’s “radical philanthropy” philosophy is applied to addressing the challenges of early childhood education in Singapore, eldercare in Singapore and beyond, and water and sanitation problems in Asia. Its theory of change focuses on advocacy and experimenting with new models.
Laurence was the CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre in Singapore from 2008- 2014. In 2008, he founded the Community Foundation of Singapore and is currently its Chairman. Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Laurence served in the Singapore Administrative Service. He is also a Director of various companies under the Lien Ying Chow Pte Ltd group of companies.
Laurence holds degrees from Oxford University, the National University of Singapore, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2010, Laurence was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship. He was also a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2012-2014.
Tim Ferguson is Editor of Forbes Asia, the English-language publication of Forbes magazine in the Asia/Pacific region, and posts on international topics at Forbes.com. He is based in the company's New Jersey headquarters.
Mr. Ferguson joined Forbes as its West Coast Bureau Manager in 1995. He served as Assistant Managing Editor from 1998 to 2001, when he became global editor. Prior to joining Forbes, he spent 12 years at The Wall Street Journal as Editorial Features Editor, Business World Columnist and Member of the Editorial Board.
Mr. Ferguson also sits on the board of the Overseas Press Club Foundation and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in NYC. He has twice been a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and holds a BA in Economics from Stanford.