Moira Forbes is the Executive Vice President of Forbes Media where she is responsible for driving new business initiatives across the company's diverse media platforms and branding Forbes events worldwide. She is also the President and Publisher of ForbesWoman, a multi-media platform dedicated to successful women in business and leadership. She is currently the host of "Success with Moira Forbes," a video series on the Forbes Video Network featuring candid, one-on-one interviews with today's top women leaders and writes a dedicated leadership column for Forbes.com profiling today's most dynamic business leaders. In 2013, Moira launched the annual Forbes Women's Summit in New York City which brings together 250 female leaders to discuss and solve the world's most intractable issues.
Tharman Shanmugaratnam is Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies in the Singapore Cabinet. He has spent his working life in public service, in roles related to education and economic policy.
Tharman chairs the Group of Thirty, an independent global council of leading economic and financial policy-makers. He also chairs the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance, which was appointed in April 2017 to recommend reforms to the system of multilateral financial institutions. He earlier led the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the key policy forum of the IMF, from 2011-2014; he was its first Asian chair.
Tharman served as Singapore’s Minister for Finance for eight years, over 2007- 2015, and as Minister for Education for five years (2003-2008). He is also Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s central bank and financial regulator. Tharman is in addition a board member of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) and chairs its Investment Strategies Committee.
After his schooling in Singapore, Tharman studied at the LSE and Cambridge University. He later obtained a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University, where he was named a Lucius N Littauer Fellow in recognition of outstanding performance.
Matt Dalio is the founder, CEO 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”.
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.
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 the Finance department of Hero MotoCorp in 2013, it now has over 2,500 touch points spread across 1,008 cities, towns, and villages. The companies AUM has increased from INR 300 Cr. in 2013 to INR 13,000+ Cr. 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 Million 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.
A young, dynamic and successful entrepreneur – Karan Virwani, GM, 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.
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.
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.
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