Emerging technologies, digital transformation and global volatility continue to impact organizations worldwide—as well as entire industries—transforming the global economy and changing the required DNA of today’s top executives. An ever-shifting business climate that commands constant growth and innovation also demands a new breed of leadership. Business leaders across all industries are racing to attain new levels of growth by moving beyond the sustainable innovation models of yesterday.

AESC's Asia Pacific Conference is the premier event in the region for our profession and will deliver critical content to help trusted advisors, and the clients they serve, stay at the forefront. Join us in Singapore on September 13, 2018.

This event is open to both AESC Members and nonmembers (view AESC's Program Policies). Experience an immersive program of inspired speakers, thought-provoking sessions, provocative questions and networking with global peers.


  • Business 4.0
  • Innovation-Friendly Organizations
  • Emerging Technology
  • Asian Business Transformation
  • What’s now, new and next in global executive talent

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08:30 - 8:50
08:50 - 9:00
Welcome Address

Fabrice Desmarescaux, Managing Partner, Eric Salmon & Partners and AESC ASEAN Chair

9:00 - 10:00
Exponential Disruption: How 3 New Disruptions Will Upend the Future of Work, Leadership and Talent

We are at the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which according to the World Economic Forum, "will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before". While organizations are busy grappling with digital transformation and disruption, three other major disruptions are about to break out. The Cognitive Disruption, Virtual Disruption and Trust Disruption, enabled by the new generation of intelligent technologies, will soon be unleashed creating the “Netflix” effect for many industries and established corporations. What are these three major disruptions? And how will they transform the future of work, leadership and talent in the coming years?


Charlie Ang, Founding President of The Innovators Institute and Ambassador of SingularityU Singapore, the local chapter of Singularity University.

10:00 - 11:00
The Innovation Friendly Organisation

Author, Anna Simpson, will outline the case for companies to develop an innovation-friendly culture. This engaging talk will unpack key elements of innovation-friendly organizations: Diversity, Integrity, Curiosity, Reflection and Connection. Anna Simpson will highlight case studies to illustrate these principles in practice and the significant difference they make to organisations.


Anna Simpson, Author, The Innovation-Friendly Organization

11:00 - 11:30
Networking Morning Tea
11:30 - 12:15
A(nother) Decade of Digital Disruption

Technology continues to disrupt our lives from every angle. Digital transformation has been a theme – often a mandate – for many years and the number of disruptive technologies on the horizon continue to proliferate. Peter Ho, Partner - Digital Transformation & Innovations, Deloitte, will share his perspective on some of the most talked about disruptive technological forces on the horizon as well as their potential impacts in Asia.


Peter Ho, Partner - Digital Transformation & Innovations, Deloitte

12:15 - 13:00
Leading Through Risk, Disruption, and Transformation

Nicholas Sutcliffe will lead an engaging, evidence-based session focused on how Asian business will need to leverage talent and organizational culture in an era of transformation and global volatility.


Nicholas Sutcliffe, Executive Director, Asia, The Conference Board

13:00 - 13:45
Networking Lunch
13:45 - 14:30
CEO Insights: Executive Talent Implications

What are the most critical challenges facing global business leaders? How are organizations reinventing themselves for the digital age with a new generation of leaders? What are the innovations in the executive talent ecosystem that are helping organizations respond to changing business requirements? Join Karen Greenbaum as she explores critical leadership challenges.


Karen Greenbaum, President & CEO, AESC

14:30 - 15:30
Panel: Transforming Asian Business

A panel of leaders from Asian family businesses, start-ups, and established multi-nationals will explore how Asian business is adapting to rapid change and will look at the attributes of the talent needed to drive it into the future.


Tomasz Kurczyk, Director, Digital Transformation, AXA Singapore

15:30 - 16:00
Networking Afternoon Tea
16:00 - 17:00
The Global Asian Leader: From Local Star to Global CXO

The past two decades have witnessed an unprecedented shift of global economic growth from West to East. Analysts predict that the region could become the world’s largest economy (by GDP contribution) by 2030. While Asia assumes unprecedented prominence on the global map from a business standpoint, Asian leaders comprise only a small fraction of the global leadership teams in most global organizations. Sunil Puri of CCL looks at the critical capabilities Asian leaders need to develop as they seek global success and how global organizations can get a better handle on developing a global Asian leadership pipeline.

17:00 - 17:15
Closing Address

Nobi Kaneko, President, Kaneko & Associates, and Chair, APAC & Middle East, AESC

Networking Drinks

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    Charlie Ang

    Founder of and Ambassador of SingularityU Singapore, the local chapter of Singularity University


    Fabrice Desmarescaux

    Managing Partner, Eric Salmon & Partners and AESC ASEAN Chair


    Karen Greenbaum

    President & CEO, AESC


    Peter Ho

    Partner - Digital Transformation & Innovations, Deloitte


    Nobi Kaneko

    President, Kaneko & Associates, and Chair, APAC & Middle East, AESC


    Tomasz Kurczyk

    Director, Digital Transformation, AXA Singapore


    Dr. Vedrana Savic

    Managing Director, Global Thought Leadership at Accenture, Singapore


    Anna Simpson

    Author, The Innovation-Friendly Organization


    Nicholas Sutcliffe

    Executive Director, Asia, The Conference Board



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Ballroom, Swissotel Merchant Court
20 Merchant Rd, Singapore 058281


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Swissotel Merchant Court

20 Merchant Rd,
Singapore 058281

The rate for conference goers at Swissotel is:
S$430.00++ per room per night (Single)
S$455.00++ per room per night (Twin)

To access this rate, conference attendees should inform the hotel that they are attending the conference when booking.

Alternatively, conference attendees may wish to stay at nearby hotels Novotel, Park Regis or Furama City Centre

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