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Day 1

Registration & Light Breakfast

Chairperson Overview

Strategies of the People, by the People, for the People

Contributing to and benefiting from Emerging Asia inevitably start with its peoples. With the eyes of a fast innovating, highly diversified and deeply integrated conglomerate, we will explore growth opportunities arising from Asian technophiles (of), enabling productivity gains (by), within the socio-politic landscape (for).

Jean-François Legourd Head of Strategy, Operations & Digital Samsung Electronics

The Power of Storytelling

Richard brings over 13 years of strategic, operational and tactical experience from dynamic start-ups to complex MNC environments; proven exceptional track record in building insights, designing fresh innovation, translating into intuitive communication, content and go-to-market execution that bust barriers, drive business growth and revive problematic businesses; superb communication, cross-functional, team leadership and influencing skills across all levels of the organization.

Richard Que Director, Marketing Strategy L'Oreal

Advance Your Client Focused Strategy with Consumer Insights

Solomon is a seasoned Research and Insights professional, and has 24 years of experience in market research. He believes clear and focused client centric insights drives business strategy. In Citibank, he spent time as Head of Strategy and Insights and now as Head of Research and Customer Insights. Prior to joining Citibank, Solomon set up the market research function in SingTel Mobile, while on the agency side, he worked with Nielsen. Solomon has a Masters degree on Social Research and Policy from the University of Oxford and possesses an MBA from the University of Wales.

Solomon Huang Head of Research and Insights APAC, EMEA Citibank

Coffee Break - Exhibition Area

Planning Strategically to Unlock Value

Hari is the Group Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer for Sime Darby Berhard. Prior to joining Sime Darby, Hari served as the Global Managing Director for Kimberly Clark’s Global Innovation Center (GIC) based in Seoul, South Korea. In this role, Hari had all site-wide responsibilities for the GIC, including the leadership of several global programs. During his tenure, Hari established a multidisciplinary global innovation center that is helping in fueling KC’s innovation pipeline. 

Hari Nair Group Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer Sime Darby Berhad

"Converting Strategy into Action" - an Introduction and Guided Discussion

The Corporate Strategy function has historically played different roles across companies. Research from BCG shows for instance that typical CSO responsibilities range from Strategy Development to Resource Allocation and Strategy Execution. This presentation will focus on how Corporate Strategy creates impact within Essilor and how the department converts Strategy into Action using non-confidential concrete examples.  The speaker is also interested to hear about and learn from experiences in other companies and hopes to have audience participation in a discussion around this topic.

Jeremy Teo Global Chief Strategy Officer Essilor

Machine Learning in the New Era

We feel well positioned as we transition to a new era of computing, in which people will experience computing more naturally and seamlessly in the context of their lives, powered by intelligent assistance and the cloud.  This transition is as significant as the move over the last decade from desktops to mobile devices.

Samuele Saini Head of Strategy & Insights Google

Strategy Challenge Swap

This is an interactive session to facilitate networking - the objective is to identify people in the room who you want to meet.We will ask all attendees to fill out a challenge swap form upon onsite registration to write down what you want to know (your challenge) and what you know about (your expertise). In this session, the chairperson will read out each form and connect you with the people who are experienced in dealing with the challenge your are facing. You will then have the chance to speak to them during the following lunch break session.

Strategy Expert Industry Leader Innovation Enterprise


#BeyondSocial - Accelerating Business Success with Social Data

Disha Goenka Das is the Head of Business Marketing, Asia Pacific at Twitter Inc. Her focus at Twitter is to win the hearts and minds of the most discerning consumers in the world – global marketers, brands and agencies.

She considers herself a global citizen and brings diverse business experience having led functions in Marketing, Sales, Operations Product Commercialisation across 20 markets in Asia, US and Latin America. Prior to Twitter, Disha spent a decade at Google where she was responsible for launching and commercialising digital technology offerings for top tier advertisers and publishers in the region.

A keen champion of women in leadership, she is an active member of SWAT (Super Women at Twitter) and Connected Women Singapore which was formed with the objective to bring together women across the tech industry to provide cross-organizational learning, networking and mentoring opportunities to employees.

Disha Goenka Das Head of Business Marketing Twitter

Redefining the Office

Cloud technologies, remote working applications and communications software are powering the rise of a global workforce as better connectivity allows companies to engage in labour arbitrage and drive higher space efficiencies. With increasing working mobility, the modern office has evolved – we do not go to the office to work but to collaborate and engage. Sigrid Zialcita, Managing Director, Head of APAC Research and Investment Strategy, Cushman and Wakefield analyzes how workplace strategies are changing the face of corporate real estate strategy and find out how organizations are leveraging on these innovations to drive productivity and growth.

Sigrid Zialcita Managing Director, Head of Research Cushman & Wakefield

Coffee Break - Exhibition Area

Embracing Disruption: How to Remodel a Legacy Brand to Thrive

At Coca-Cola, Eleanor leads and stewards the development of world-class Customer management & Commercial capabilities across ASEAN with The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners. She is responsible for working both internally and externally with key international and regional customers to develop and execute short and long term business plans. She developed the eCommerce strategy for Coca-Cola ASEAN, and am working on deploying the strategy. She relies on a background of strategy & customer leadership to provide leadership and expertise across the Asia Pacific Region in the areas of Customer Management, Commercial Capability Development, Premiumization, Category management, eCommerce and Shopper Marketing.

Eleanor Jones Director, E-Commerce & Customer Leadership Coca-Cola

Defining Next Step of Growth

In her role, Robin oversees the business and drives market strategy for this part of Asia, and works cross-functionally with many teams to manage Airbnb’s local operations.Robin joined Airbnb from Intuit, a FinTech company, where she managed sales operations and strategy initiatives for the company’s core business groups out of Silicon Valley, with a major focus on Intuit's international expansion to the APAC & EMEA regions. Prior to Intuit, Robin worked at a management consulting firm (The Alexander Group) in San Francisco where she helped technology and media companies find ways to grow and scale their businesses. Early in her career, she spent much of her time managing key customer accounts in Taiwan, China, and Singapore for Applied Materials (semiconductor & solar technology), and lived in China for one year to help with the company's expansion in 2007.Robin studied Electrical Engineering at Purdue University and International Business at Columbia University & UC Berkeley. Robin is from the U.S., with a family background from Taiwan & Hong Kong. She currently lives in Singapore.

Robin Kwok Country Manager Airbnb

Lead and Strategise with a Startup Mindset

Switching from corporate to startups, Christina shares her insights as to how startup mode of thinking can empower women (and men) in leadership and strategic thinking and at the same time re-invent teams in collaboration in a whole paradigm shift. Furthermore demonstrating examples of how corporates incorporate engagement with startups in their innovation charter. 

Christina Teo Chief Community Builder Startup Asia Women

Networking Drinks - Exhibition Area

Day 2

Registration & Light Breakfast

Chairperson Overview

The Path to Customer Centricity: Innovation and Mindset Change

As companies enter the digital age, they face the threat of being disrupted by smaller, more nimble players on the one hand, or global giants on the other hand. Mediacorp, as an example, is in the midst of re-inventing itself to face and overcome new challenges. At the heart of this transformation is customer-centricity. While it started as a top-down structural change to move from a platform-centric model to a customer-focused structure, customer centricity is not just about changing boxes in an org chart or evolving processes in swim-lane diagrams. Customer centricity is all about mindset changes and innovation… We will explore customer centricity from insight to product innovation to customer experience, and how mindset and innovation play a critical role in shaping our relation to customers.

Guillaume Sachet Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning Mediacorp

Age of Smart Iron - Digital Technology Designed to Transform Productivity, Efficiency and Safety on Job Sites.

In this session we will explore how Caterpillar is leading the innovation in Smart Iron. Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.Aditya has 25 years of profession experience in business transformation, business partnering and financial advisory services for multinational companies. He is an Chartered Accountant and a Management Accountant.

Aditya Kumar Aggarwal Head of Strategy, Risk & Compliance Caterpillar

A Case Study on Talent Acquisition Strategy and Journey at Takeda

Adele has extensive HR experience across varied industries such as Healthcare, Consumer, Financial Services, Technology, Industrial and Professional Services sectors.  As Takeda's Head of Talent Acquisition for Emerging Markets, Adele has an exciting mandate to establish TA across 42 diverse countries and attract and recruit the best talent for Takeda. Starting her career as HR Generalist, she has also developed her expertise across roles in Talent Acquisition and Talent Development, having worked at European and US headquartered organisations. She has been credited with starting up TA and early career development functions, and building strong TA expertise within the teams she has led. In her previous role at Philips, Adele played an instrumental role in building a strong EVP across the ASEAN Pacific region and developing strong talent advisory expertise within the Philips Talent Acquisition ASEAN team.

Adele Png Head of Talent Acquisition, Emerging Markets Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Coffee Break - Exhibition Area

Strategizing in the Times of Digital and Financial Disruption

 'Software is eating the world' - Marc Andreessen. One may not fully agree with the statement, but the sentiment is correct. Software is indeed disrupting the world. Industry after industry is being transformed - often in a very good way. But with the ever increasing pace of innovation and disruption, how do companies stay alive? Stay ahead of the curve? And dispel competition? Transform rather than be transformed, or yet, forgotten.

Hemant Aneja Venture Partner Golden Equator Capital

Panel Session Discussion - Strategy Next Frontier: Designing the Future We Want to Create

Strategy experts will discuss how to planning strategies for optimum results and to drive company growth.

Confirmed panellist including:

Chief Strategy Officer, Aviva 

Chief Strategy Officer, Factorsgroup 

Chief Strategy Officer, Malaysia Airports 

Strategy Expert Industry Leader Innovation Enterprise


Digital Disruption: the Path to More Accessible Healthcare for All

Connected care technology – such as health-related trackers, wearables and home health monitoring devices – has the potential to completely disrupt provision and access to healthcare across all stages of the health continuum.

Connected care technology presents a possible solution to some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare systems today – both for the prevention of and for better management of chronic conditions, and also a way to improve access to vital services for the elderly and populations in remote areas.

Philips Future Health Index study has uncovered how connected care technology is not yet being used to its full potential in ASEAN Pacific.

In this presentation we look at the barriers to increasing adoption of connected care technologies in ASEAN Pacific, and the benefits of a more connected and sustainable health system for all.

Ashwin T. Chari Head of Strategy & New Business Development, ASEAN Pacific Philips

International Expansion Strategy from Health Industry Perspective

Luye Medical and AsiaMedic focused on our next phase of business expansion and diversification in China. Our strategy is to develop an innovative and competitive healthcare system with focus on quality and patient centricity. The China private healthcare services industry is emerging, and changing constantly, from regulatory agencies, government's support, to patient's education awareness and expectations.  Thus Luye Medical and AsiaMedic need to adopt an agile planning process that will ensure that we start off in the right direction, and yet we are agile and flexible to adapt to unforeseen changes in our journey.

Kin Poo Choo Chief Executive Officer Asiamedic

Coffee Break - Exhibition Area

Creating Sustainable Value Through Strategic Acquisitions

Kunal is responsible for developing and driving corporate strategies for Rockwell Collins in Asia Pacific region. Accountable for developing Financial and Operating Plan through periodic business analytics and study of market and competition. Designing strategic and operational improvement initiatives through understanding of competition, industry best practices, etc. This includes initiatives across departments as Operations, Marketing, Technology etc. Rolling out organization wide strategic and operational improvement programs and working closely with Country heads to make the roll out success. Leading Mergers and Acquisitions and Strategic Partnership process for the Asia Pacific region.

Kunal Sinha Manager, Principal Strategy Rockwell Collins

Strategic Cost Innovation – Driving Profitable and Sustainable Growth

Major Forces are disrupting the business landscape of Big Packaged Food Companies. Driving profitable and sustainable growth has never been more challenging than now! In this talk, Mayank will discuss how and why margin accretion should be strategic priority to survive and grow in these turbulent times.

Mayank Srivastava Director, Finance & Strategy Kellogg's