Monday, October 20, 2008

Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2008

Today, had the chance to attend Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2008, and I would say that it is really an eye-opener.

The list of speakers are definitely fantastic. Kudos to Khazanah Nasional for that success.

Today, it started with Welcoming Remark by Tan Sri Md. Nor Yusof, Board Member of Khazanah Nasional.

And then, it was the opening address by YAB Dato Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister.

After which, it is the 1st Session, which focused on Macro and Markets, with the title "Surviving Now: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Financial Universe". The speakers in this session are:-
1. Dato' Ooi Sang Kuang, Deputy Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia
2. Dr. Simon Agus, CEO of DSGAsia, Hong Kong
3. Brad Bourland, Chief Economist, Jadwa Investments, Saudi Arabia
4. Stephen Hagger, Country Manager and Head of Equity Research PASEAN, Credit Suisse, Malaysia.

The chair for that session was Datuk Ranjit Ajit Singh, Managing Director of Securities Commission Malaysia.

For Luncheon Address, it was by Dr. Stephen Roach, Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, with a title of "Looking Beyond the Crisis: Pitfalls in a Post-Bubble World". The chair for this session is Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Lin See-Yan, Chairman and CEO of LIN Associates and Member of the Economic Council, Malaysia.

For the afternoon session, it is on the theme of Leadership and Culture and the title is "Stress Test: Managing in Turbulent Times".

The speakers include:-
1. Dr. George Kohlrieser, Professor of Leadership & Organisational Behaviour, IMD and the author of "Hostage at the Table".
2. Tharuma Rajah, Managing Director of Hay Group South East Asia.
3. Dato' Seri Abdul Wahid Omar, President and CEO of Maybank.
4. Dato' Seri Idris Jala, Managing Director and CEO, Malaysia Airlines.

This session was chaired by Dato' Zarinah Anwar, Chairman of Securities Commission, Malaysia.

Tomorrow (or rather later today, since it is past midnight now), would have the session on Competitiveness and Development. The title is "Shifting Sands: The Long View".

The speakers include:-
1. YB Dato' Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry, Malaysia.
2. Dr. Danny Quah, Professor of Economics and Head of Economics Department, LSE.
3. Dr. Nungsari Ahmad Radhi, Executive Director, Khazanah Research and Investment Strategy, Khazanah Nasional.
4. P. Gunasegaram, Managing Editor, The Star publications.
5. Dr. Indermit Gill, Chief Economist of the Europe and Central Asia region and irector of the World Development Report 2009, The World Bank and co-author of East Asian Renaissance.

This session would be chaired by Datuk Dr. Zainal Aznam Yusof, Distinguished ISIS Fellow, member of The Economic Council Working Group, Malaysia.

For Luncheon Address, it would be by Datuk Seri Panglima Andrew Sheng, Board Member of Khazanah Nasional.

It is chaired by Ben Chan, Executive Director and Head of Beijing OFfice, Khazanah Nasional.

For Session 4, it is on Firms & Transformation. The title is "Where the Tire Hits the Road: What It Means for Firms".

The Speakers include:-
1. Jonathan Davidson, Director, McKinsey & Co, London.
2. Iqbal Khan, Founder and CEO of HSBC Amanah and CEO of Fajr Capital, London.
3. Dato' Seri Nazir Razak, Group CEO of CIMB.
4. Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman of DBS Group Holdings, Singapore.

This session is chaired by Tan Sri Dato' Azman Mokhtar, Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional.

Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar would summarize the forum and then it is closing by YB Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, 2nd Finance Minister and Board Member of Khazanah Nasional.

It has been an exciting day today and hopefully would be an exciting day tomorrow too! A lot to learn from those experts and it is great to get the opportunities to learn from those who have been there and done that.

Woul try to share some of the learnings here!

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