Formula for Success

Time was when the surest path to wealth was to inherit it. No more. Money still generates more money—now as never before. But the engines driving those gains have changed irreversibly. Fortunes grow fastest not at sprawling conglomerates with towering assets and heavy connections, but at mammoth high-tech consumer companies with mountains of data and at minuscule startups with clever algorithms. The generation of leaders taking the wheel at Asia’s family businesses faces an incessant challenge to its survival. Innovate! Or risk being overtaken by the inexorable march of disruptive technologies. Innovate! And risk spoiling the careful cultural chemistry that keeps a family business humming. But hurry: the landscape is shifting fast as new powers rise and others wane. With inequality growing, wealth itself is under attack. Finding the right formula to break free from the pack has never been tougher.


  • Ong Ye Kung
    Minister for Education
  • Arif P. Rachmat
    Cofounder and Executive Chairman
    Triputra Agro Persada
  • Katrina Razon
    Managing Director, KSR Ventures
    Managing Partner, CC: Concepts
  • Kuok Meng Ru
    Chief Executive Officer
    BandLab Technologies
  • Jonathan Zeman
    Chief Executive Officer
    Lan Kwai Fong Group
  • Allen Law
    Chief Executive Officer
    Park Hotel Group
  • Cecile Ang
    Diamond Hotel
  • Enrico Moretti Polegato
    President and CEO, Diadora S.p.A.
    Vice President, Geox S.p.A.
  • Jennifer Liu
    Founder and CEO
    The Coffee Academics
  • Binay Raghuram Shetty
    Vice Chairman and CEO
    BRS Ventures
  • Chatri Sityodtong
    Chairman and CEO
    ONE Championship
  • Teresa Wibowo
  • Kenneth Gaw
    President and Managing Principal
    Gaw Capital Partners
  • Rachel Lau
    Managing Partner
    RHL Ventures
  • Melvyn Pun
    Chief Executive Officer
    Yoma Strategic Holdings
  • Nirvana Chaudhary
    Managing Director
    CG Corp Global
  • Justin Doebele
    Editor, Forbes Asia
    Executive Director - Content, Forbes Asia
  • Rana Wehbe
    Senior Editor-Special Projects
    Forbes Asia
  • Wayne Arnold
    Executive Editor
    Forbes Asia
  • Pamela Ambler
    Senior Reporter
    Forbes Asia


Venue: The Glasshouse, Andaz Singapore


Registration desk opens


Guests to be seated


Welcome remarks


Lunch and Session I - In Conversation with Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, Singapore 
Justin Doebele, Editor, Forbes Asia, Executive Director - Content, Forbes Asia


Session II - Where to Park it

Money never sleeps. And managing it has never been trickier. Asia’s emerging markets are caught in a tug of war between China and the U.S. that goes far beyond trade. Europe is succumbing to its long breakup with the U.K. And digital trolls have turned some elections into political dynamite. Policymakers and investors face a volatile combination of rising risk and slowing growth. Yet more and more cash is fleeing public markets and pouring instead into high-tech venture capital and private equity. In this panel, investment-savvy business leaders will debate where the smart money is headed and how old-school assets such as property, stocks and bonds stack up against structured products, startups and new darlings like AI and cryptocurrencies.

Moderated by Wayne Arnold, Executive Editor, Forbes Asia 

Confirmed speakers:
Kenneth Gaw, President and Managing Principal, Gaw Capital Partners
Rachel Lau, Managing Partner, RHL Ventures
Allen Law, Chief Executive Officer, Park Hotel Group
Melvyn Pun, Chief Executive Officer, Yoma Strategic Holdings
Arif P. Rachmat, Cofounder and Executive Chairman, Triputra Agro Persada


Session III - The Winner's Circle

Capitalism is under attack, but so are the conventional solutions to inequality and the populism it is fueling. Traditional philanthropy and corporate charitable giving are out; ESG and social investing are in. Business leaders need to demonstrate that their company delivers a positive impact, whether by creating jobs in needy communities or improving the environment. This panel will discuss what business leaders need to do to make a real difference—and make sure growing scrutiny of wealth doesn’t come back to bite them.

Moderated by Pamela Ambler, Senior Reporter, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers: 
Cecile Ang, President, Diamond Hotel
Nirvana Chaudhary, Managing Director, CG Corp Global
Jennifer Liu, Founder and CEO, The Coffee Academics
Katrina Razon, Managing Director, KSR Ventures, Managing Partner, CC:Concepts 
Binay Raghuram Shetty, Vice Chairman and CEO, BRS Ventures


Session IV - Quantum Shift

Data is the new oil. And the companies with the biggest consumer bases are the new sheikhdoms. Armed with artificial intelligence, these businesses pose a formidable threat to incumbents. By building a community around their core products, they can create an ecosystem and mine it for clues to new services to sell. Businesses that aren’t already doing this to widen their market are likely to wake up one day to find new rivals pushing into theirs. In this session, panelists will discuss how the latest technologies are transforming their businesses and creating new opportunities.

Moderated by Rana Wehbe, Senior Editor-Special Projects, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Kuok Meng Ru, Chief Executive Officer, BandLab Technologies
Enrico Moretti Polegato, President and CEO, Diadora S.p.A., Vice President, Geox S.p.A.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO, ONE Championship
Teresa Wibowo, Chief,
Jonathan Zeman, Chief Executive Officer, Lan Kwai Fong Group


Group Photo

17:00 - 18:00

Networking Reception



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The Glasshouse (Level 3)
Andaz Singapore

5 Fraser Street 
Singapore 189354