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ASIA-PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM 2018

The Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) is the flagship regional business Forum organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) since 2004 at different locations within its 53 Member States and 9 associate members. This year Hong Kong is the host city and Cyberport will be jointly organising this high profile event on 10-11 April with ESCAP with support from the Innovation and Technology Bureau of HKSAR Government.

APBF 2018 – “Harnessing Business with the Sustainable Development Goals through Technology, Innovation and Financing”. The Forum will focus on how private sector-led innovation, technology and financing can enhance efforts towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

JOIN THE LEADERS FROM ESCAP AND
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE HONG KONG SAR TO :

Explore how responsible investment will drive sustainable development

Learn河北福彩快三 from tech experts on how AI & FinTech can unleash new paradigms

Gain河北福彩快三 insights on Digital Silk Road & OECD Economic Outlook reports

Network with industry leaders for disaster risk reduction & smart energy

Check out latest innovations from impact entrepreneurs across AP

Connect with regional government officials

SPEAKERS

SCHEDULE

10TH APR (Tuesday)

9:00am

Inaugural Session

Welcome Statement

Mr. Mahbubur Rahman
河北福彩快三President, ICC Bangladesh; Chairman, ETBL Holdings; President, ESCAP Sustainable Business Network Executive Council

Opening Address

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Inaugural Address

Mr. Paul CHAN Mo-po
河北福彩快三GBM, GBS, MH, JP, Financial Secretary, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China

Welcome statement and introduction to keynote speakers

Dr. Lee George Lam
Chairman, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company

Keynote speeches

Economic transformation through innovation and technology:

Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy
河北福彩快三Founder, Infosys

The Role of Companies in Growth and Innovation

Mr. Ben Way
Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie Group Asia

11:00am

Plenary Session 1

Responsible investment: how can governments and business work together to scale up sustainable investing

河北福彩快三Sustainable or responsible investment considers environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact. Impact investments, considered as part of responsible investment, are investments made into companies, organizations and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impacts alongside a financial return.

河北福彩快三The session will address how governments, private sector and other actors can work together to scale up sustainable, responsible and impact investment. It will discuss some of the key first steps to be considered by governments and investment communities, especially those from economies that are at earlier stages in developing policies and strategies in this area. The session will also discuss some tools that government has at its disposal for responsible investment, such as legislation and regulation, funding and finance, tax, business development, research and development and education.

Moderator:

Professor Y.C. Richard Wong
河北福彩快三Professor of Economics, The University of Hong Kong

河北福彩快三Panellists:

Mr. Tristan Ace
Global Social Enterprise Strategy Lead, British Council

Dr. Ma Jun
河北福彩快三Director of the Center for Finance and Development, Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Research

Ms. Angela Bai
General Secretary, China Alliance of Social Value Investment (CASVI)

Ms. Tihana Bule
Economist/Policy Analyst, Responsible Business Conduct, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affair, International Investment Division, OECD

Mr. Stephen Wong
河北福彩快三Deputy Executive Director and Head of Public Policy Institute, Our Hong Kong Foundation

2:00pm

Plenary Session 2

Fintech: Unleashing a sustainable development revolution

河北福彩快三Fintech is not only about disrupting the existing financial system, but also about providing access to a large number of people to financial services that were previously unavailable to them. There are tremendous business opportunities in bringing about financial inclusion in developing countries, allowing the underbanked and underinsured to access finance through digital tools at lower transaction costs. These vulnerable groups can now have access to support in ways that the traditional financial institutions were not able to provide. However, the development of fintech currently lacks structure and adequate regulations, which carries potential risks, security and regulatory concerns.

The session will focus on Fintech and its role in contributing to sustainable economic development by addressing these questions:

  • How can Fintech help developing countries leapfrog into the new economy?
  • What regulatory developments are there with regards to Fintech?
  • What would be the desirable outcomes of new developments?

Moderator:

Mr. Pat Woo
Partner, KPMG

Presentation of Conference Special Publication by Mr. Andrew Weir, Senior Partner, KPMG

Panellists:

Mr. Nurlan Kussainov
河北福彩快三CEO, Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), Kazakhstan

Mr. Phang Yew Kiat
Vice Chairman & CEO, Chong Sing Holdings FinTech Group Ltd.

Mr. Frank Tong
河北福彩快三Global Head of Innovation and Technology Investment, HSBC

Mr. Alex Kong
Founder and Chairman, TNG FinTech Group

3:30pm

Plenary Session 3

The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: implications for work and society

Current developments in the world of artificial intelligence (AI) are possibly the most important topic for the future of human civilization. And that future may come very soon given the rapid developments in technology in general and AI in particular. Currently, AI development is still in an infancy stage but is progressing at an exponential rate. AI will revolutionize society and economic production, unlock opportunities for humanity but also create unimaginable disruptions. Looking ahead, this session will address the following questions:

  • What does AI mean for work and inclusion?
  • What can be done to ensure that no one will be left behind in the age of continuous disruption?
  • What will be the impact of AI on inequalities among countries and within countries?
  • How can AI be deployed to contribute to a sustainable future, specifically towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda?
  • What kind of society can be envisaged by 2030?

Moderator:

Prof. Barbara Meynert
Senior Advisor, Fung Group; Chair, ESBN Task Force on Digital Economy

河北福彩快三Panellists:

Dr. Andy Chun
河北福彩快三Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong City University of Hong Kong Convenor, AI Specialist Group, HK Computer Society, City University of Hong Kong

Mr. Yam Ki Chan
河北福彩快三Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Hong Kong and South Asia Frontier, Google

Mr. Scott Likens
Emerging Technology Lead, US & China, PwC

Mr. D. Christopher KEIL
河北福彩快三Managing Partner, TRANZCIP, LCC

5:00pm

Closing Session – Day 1

Ir. Allen Yeung
河北福彩快三Government Chief Information Officer, Innovation and Technology Bureau, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China

5:15pm

Cocktail Reception followed by Gala Dinner

11TH APR (Wednesday)

9:00am

Special Session: Digital Silk Road

Fostering regional cooperation in technology and finance for the Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road initiative is a powerful platform for cross-country collaboration to drive sustainable development and prosperity. The key to success lies with the use of digital technology to connect tangible projects, serious investors and knowledgeable professionals, and facilitate complex developments into commercially viable and financially manageable projects. Digital technology transcends geographic boundaries and ease market entry, enables SMEs to capture countless opportunities in the new economy and growth of employment opportunities across countries. Hence, the Digital Silk Road is the force that paves the way for reshaping societies across the region.

This session will focus on 3 dimensions for propelling the Digital Silk Road:

  • Regional trade development
  • Big data hub facilitation
  • Redefining the supply chain

河北福彩快三Session Introduction:

Mr. Zhou Li
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, China Daily Asia Pacific

Moderator:

Mr. Alfred Romann
Contributing Editor, China Daily Asia Pacific

Panelists:

Dr. Li Shan
河北福彩快三CEO, Silk Road Finance Corporations Ltd.

Dr. Margit Molnar
河北福彩快三Chief China Economist, OECD

Mr. Carson Wen
Founder and Chairman, Bank of Asia, British Virgin Islands and BOA Financial Group, Hong Kong, China

10:00am

Information Session 1

Satellite Technology for Business Resilience in the Asia-Pacific region

Mr. Zhang Zu Xin
河北福彩快三Chairman, BD International Technology Group Limited.

Information Session 2

UNCITRAL E-Commerce Law 2.0: Paving the way to our digital future in Asia and the Pacific

Mr. João Ribeiro-Bidaoui
河北福彩快三Head, UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific

Information Session 3

Economic outlook and key policy challenges in emerging Asia

Presentation on OECD Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2018 by Dr. Kensuke Tanaka, Head of Asia Desk, OECD Development Centre

Panelists:

Mr. Aung Naing Oo
Director General, Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, Ministry of Planning and Finance

Ms. Pamela Mar
Director, Supply Chain Future – Fung Academy, Fung Group

11:30am

Plenary Session 1

Impact entrepreneurship – leapfrogging into the innovative future and nurturing AP-based entrepreneurial ecosystems

河北福彩快三With reference to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), 5 (Gender Equality) and 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), this session will discuss impact entrepreneurship, convening entrepreneurs and experts in the field that are actively contributing to the Asia-Pacific impact entrepreneurial ecosystems. It will also focus on the ability of young entrepreneurs to leapfrog leveraging technology and innovation. This session will also celebrate achievements in different sectors that are aligned with impact entrepreneurship and with the SDGs.

河北福彩快三Moderator/Convener:

Mr. Pedro Eloy
河北福彩快三Chief Executive Officer, Pelham Grey; Founder, Businesslab HKU MBA; Chair, ESBN Taskforce Youth & Women Entrepreneurship

河北福彩快三Panellists:

Mr. Ron Kwok
河北福彩快三Partner Channel Development at Microsoft

Mr. Miguel Cordeiro
CEO at Media Invest

Mr. Joe Sung
河北福彩快三CEO and Founder HobaBike, Grand State International (HK) Limited

Ms. Zha Agabe-Granfar
河北福彩快三Director at VERGE Ltd

Mr. David Yeung
Founder of Green Monday

Ms. Adriana Lica
河北福彩快三Lead at HSBC PayMe

Dr. Garrath T. Wilson (PhD)
河北福彩快三Lecturer in Industrial Design, Loughborough Design School

Dr. Val Mitchell
Senior Lecturer, Programme Director for MA User Experience Design, Loughborough Design School

Plenary Session 2

Business innovations in disaster risk reduction

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction calls for the improvement of regulations and incentives for private disaster risk reduction investment and for business to integrate disaster risk into their management practices. Addressing underlying disaster risk factors through disaster risk-informed public and private investments is more cost-effective than mere reliance on post-disaster response and recovery. The ESCAP Regional Road Map for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific outlines the need to facilitate regional dialogue on integrating disaster risk reduction strategies in development frameworks. Therefore, this session seeks to answer the question of “How the private sector can contribute to disaster risk reduction through innovates strategies and solutions to manage disaster risks in capital investments, supply chains and operations?”.

Moderator:

Mr. Asif Ibrahim
河北福彩快三Vice Chairman, Newage Group of Industries and Chair of ESBN Task Force on Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction

Panellists:

Mr. Puji Pujiono
河北福彩快三Senior Programme Officer, ESCAP Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management

Mr. Heru Prasetyo
河北福彩快三Founder and Chairman of the Board of Patrons, Indonesia Business Link

Mr. Shazali Sulaiman
Chairman, The Brunei Darussalam International Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Mr. Richard Welford
河北福彩快三Chairman, CSR-Asia, member of Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies

Ms. Winnie Koh
河北福彩快三Supply Chain Risk Management, Resilience360, Deutsche Post DHL Group

Dr. M. Emdadul HAQUE
河北福彩快三Executive Member, Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority, Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Networking Lunch

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Plenary Session 3

Enhancing social inclusion through disruptive innovations

Social Inclusion is a major challenge for countries in the Asia Pacific Region. In recognition of this, a panel will discuss best practices, ideas & approaches with a focus on enhancing social inclusion & increasing productivity through innovation. Innovation can indeed be an engine of growth, driving a virtuous circle where growth translates into enhanced well-being for all and where inclusion underpins stronger growth in a sustainable manner leaving no one behind.

This session explores best practices, ideas & approaches with regard to disruptive innovations for enhancing social inclusion and the strategies that could be implemented by governments, business and other organizations.

河北福彩快三Moderator/Convener:

Akash Bhavsar
Managing Director, Skyquest Technology Group; Chair, ESBN Task Force on Innovation and Competitiveness

河北福彩快三Panellists:

Dr. Jeong Hyop Lee
Senior Advisor, Science Technology and Innovation Policy Institute (STIPI), King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand

Mr. Daniel O’Connor
Consultant Principal, Incub8IP.com

Mr. Francis Ngai
Founder & CEO, Social Ventures Hong Kong

Ms. Shriya Damani
Founder & Z Chief, SDGZ (Sustainable Development Goals for Generation Z)

Plenary Session 4

Smart Energy – Innovation, Transformation and Disruption

Current modalities to supply energy are changing. For more than a hundred years, electricity has been produced on a large scale by centralized power plants and distributed over transmission lines to meet the demand where it is needed. Today significant changes can be observed in the way energy is produced and distributed driven by new technology, and demands for more efficient and cleaner energy and overall market liberalization.

This session will consider how energy production and supply is evolving: renewable vs. conventional technologies, distributed vs. centralized production, energy storage, energy trading, demand management, market liberalization and other factors that are driving this evolution. The session will further consider the opportunities that this disruption is creating for new/evolving energy infrastructure and more sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region and what is needed from industry, government and the community to realize these opportunities.

Moderator:

Mr. Bruce Hicks
河北福彩快三Chairman, Asia Clean Capital Ltd

河北福彩快三Panellists:

Ms. Lena Hansen
Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Mr. Geert Peeters
河北福彩快三Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer, CLP Holdings

Mr. Guruprakash Sastry
Regional Head – Infrastructure & Green Initiatives, Infosys Limited

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Closing Session

Way Forward: Technology, innovation and finance for sustainable development

Closing Address

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Closing keynote speech

Dr. Victor K. Fung
河北福彩快三Chairman of Fung Group

Closing Remarks

Dr. Lee George Lam
Chairman, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company; Vice-President, ESCAP Sustainable Business Network Executive Council

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A WEEK TO BE INSPIRED

APBF attendees will enjoy special offers to take part in:

INTERNET ECONOMY SUMMIT

12-13 April 2018
河北福彩快三Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

(Special Offer)

APBF registrants can enjoy EXCLUSIVE offer for IES 2018.

ICT EXPO

3-16 April 2018
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition centre

(Free admission)
河北福彩快三The Expo showcases latest ICT products and solutions to maximise operation efficiency and drive for increased business opportunities.

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