July 12, 2018 | Bangkok

Asean Business Summit

Asean faces a pivotal year ahead: As an economic bloc, it has a unique opportunity to build on economic gains and capitalize on manifold investment opportunities.

The international world order is undergoing a tectonic shift – the US is preoccupied with domestic issues, Brexit is rattling the EU and China’s trajectory towards global dominance appears unchecked. Against this changing backdrop, the future of the bloc of ten southeast Asian countries is in limbo. Can Asean seize the opportunity and transform itself into a powerhouse capable of challenging the new global paradigm – if not, will its influence erode? The way the political and business leaders of this bloc react to the current climate will be key in determining Asean’s future.

Thought it was originally conceived to address geo political stability in the heart of a dynamic and diverse region, Asean’s key driver now is economics – it is the engine that drives rising incomes and prosperity. As an expanding middle class gets wealthier, international companies tap domestic markets, local businesses push ahead with international expansion and technology impacts every facet of daily life, Bloomberg Live convenes the 4th Bloomberg Asean Business Summit in Bangkok on July 12th.

Join us for a day of invigorating solution oriented discussions as we bring together market moving international and regional CEO’s, government leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and thinkers. Backed by Bloomberg’s unmatched journalism, data and analysis, the summit will discuss pivotal opportunities and the main challenges facing Asean which will allow the region’s leaders to make smart choices and informed decisions so Asean, a huge market of over 630 million people, can control its own economic destiny.

July 12 - Thursday

8:00 am

Registration Opens & Welcome Refreshments

8:55 am

Welcome Remarks


9:00 am

Opening Address and Interview: The Future of Thailand



9:25 am

Kick-starting Asean

We look at some of the big infrastructure projects aimed at kickstarting growth in Asean economies – can ambitious projects like the Eastern Economic Corridor and Thailand 4.0 help countries work their way out of the middle income trap? What impact will BRI have on Asean economies?



9:50 am

Spotlight: The Future of Central Group

Thailand’s largest retail conglomerate is expanding its footprint both domestically and internationally. The company, which already has a presence in Europe and Vietnam is eyeing big investment opportunities in neighbouring Asean countries specially Cambodia, Lao and Myanmar as it plans to double the number of stores in Vietnam by 2022. What about the giant in the neighbourhood, China? Central Group has announced a $500 mn joint venture with JD.com, China’s online behemoth.



10:10 am

ASEAN's Consensus Dilemma

Asean’s future will be defined by how it handles external challenges such as shifting trade dynamics and Beijing’s growing dominance in Asia. Could it counter China’s rise or will be a beneficiary? What will play an even greater role in determining Asean’s relevance, however, is how its ten members co-operate between themselves. Given the stark linguistic, cultural, religious and political differences that range from authoritarian regimes to democracies, many member states do not see eye-to-eye. Do differing national priorities mean it is time to abandon the Asean principle of consensus?

In addition to the recent national elections in Malaysia, the region also faces upcoming elections in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia. This panel looks at the potential and challenges for the Asean region through a geo political lens.



10:35 am

Networking Break

10:55 am

Spotlight: Developing a Financial System for the Future

The Governor of the Bank of Thailand, Veerathai Santiprabhob shares insight into his plan to support economic growth and preserve financial stability.


11:10 am

Commodities Conclave

Asean will have a significant impact on energy and commodities in the coming decade due to the region’s insatiable demand and its favourable geography and demographics. As the regions young population grows and creates a burgeoning new middle class, demand for housing, infrastructure, appliances, cars will rise. All of this will require energy and steel among other commodities. Does Asean have the resources to meet this demand? What impact will sanctions on Iran have on Asean countries where millions of people still live in the dark? We check the status of Asean’s push towards renewable energy, keeping in mind coal is expected to become the region’s predominant fossil fuel in another 15 years, and we get the view from environmentalists – in our commodities conclave.


  • Linda Doku

    Managing Director, Novastra Group

  • John Driscoll

    Chief Strategist, JTD Energy Services Pte

  • Dong Ke

    Senior Project Advisor, The Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade Program (RAFT), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)


11:35 am

ASEAN Business: Beyond Borders

We sit down with some of the regions most exciting cross border businesses to gain insight into how Asean businesses can succeed internationally – and we hear from companies that have chosen to cross borders or entered into cross border partnerships to achieve success.



11:55 am

How to Spend It: Where is Asean's Middle Class Putting its Money?

We look at the spending habits of Asean’s growing middle class – what are they buying? Where are they investing their money? What defines the Asean millennial consumer? We look at the changing order of household balance sheets.



12:20 pm

Cyber Security and the Boardroom

We discuss the constantly looming and very real threat of cybersecurity. Are tech powered companies prepared?



12:40 pm

Spotlight: Gaggan

The executive chef behind Asia’s best restaurant shares his story and tells us what it takes to create a globally renowned business. Known as a master of reinvention, Gaggan Anand has created an experimental international menu that draws inspiration from his Indian heritage. He speaks to us about his journey that started with him arriving in Bangkok with two pairs of jeans and some petty cash to 2018 – the year he was awarded the title of Asia’s Best Restaurant for the 4th year in a row.



1:00 pm

Lunch address by TCEB


1:20 pm

Lunch Session: Profit With a Purpose

Sponsored by TCEB

The founder of the global charity Room to Read speaks about his new book Purpose, Incorporated. His message: cause and capitalism don’t have to be mutually exclusive – in fact, corporates can do better by doing good in the world.



1:40 pm

Business Intelligence: Asean Economies, Spotlight Malaysia


1:50 pm

The Year Ahead for Investing

Investors and market makers offer their vision for how global and regional markets will play out into the second half of 2018 and onwards.



2:15 pm

Spotlight: Sintesa Group

A formidable businesswoman, she is the CEO of Indonesian conglomerate Sintesa, one of the nation’s largest distributors of consumer products.



2:35 pm

Tourism: A Growth Engine

South-east Asia’s travel and tourism industry has incredible potential to transform the region by generating growth, creating jobs, boosting infrastructure and enabling development. We look at how tourism can be a key growth engine in the ASEAN region.



3:00 pm

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

One of the fastest growing regions in Asia Pacific, Asean is projected to become the world’s fourth largest economy by 2030. Growth will be heavily powered by the digital economy. Technology, which is indispensable in every area of our life, has the potential to change businesses and society. The possibilities are infinite.



  • Diksha Gera

    Senior Analyst, Asia Financials, Bloomberg Intelligence

3:35 pm

Closing Remarks


3:40 pm

End of Summit


H.E. Dr. Uttama Savanayana

Minister of Industry Kingdom of Thailand

Veerathai Santiprabhob

Governor Bank of Thailand

Sutapa Amornvivat

CEO SCB Abacus

Gaggan Anand

Owner & Executive Chef Gaggan

Claus Andresen

President, Southeast Asia SAP

John Brown

CEO Agoda

Dane Chamorro

Senior Partner, Asia Pacific Control Risks

Linda Doku

Managing Director Novastra Group

John Driscoll

Chief Strategist JTD Energy Services Pte

Colin Graham

Chief Investment Officer, Multi Asset Solutions Eastspring Investments

Amol Gupte

ASEAN Head & Citi Country Officer, Singapore

Locknie Hsu

Professor of Law Singapore Management University (SMU)

Kattiya Indaravijaya

President Kasikornbank

Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya

President Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

Jareeporn Jarukornsakul

Chairman and Group CEO WHA Corporation PCL

Shinta Widjaja Kamdani

CEO Sintesa Group

Dong Ke

Senior Project Advisor, The Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade Program (RAFT) The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Hervé Lemahieu

Director, Asian Power and Diplomacy Program Lowy Institute

Naveen Menon

President Cisco Asean

Thu Nguyen

Managing Director, Forum One VCG Partners Vietnam Fund

Jim O'Gara

President, South Asia District UPS

Dr. Pakorn Peetathawatchai

President The Stock Exchange of Thailand

Yol Phokasub

President Central Group

Santitarn Sathirathai

Group Chief Economist Sea Group

Kanit Sangsubhan

Secretary General Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand

Suresh Shankar

Founder Crayon Data

Chartsiri Sophonpanich

President Bangkok Bank

Sharon Toh

Head of Asean Region SWIFT

Lavanya Wadgaonkar

Vice President, Communications, Asia & Oceania Nissan

John Wood

Founder Room to Read

Marcia Yu

Senior Investment Officer International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Haslinda Amin

Anchor Bloomberg Television

Otis Bilodeau

Senior Executive Editor, Asia Pacific Bloomberg

Melissa Cheok

Reporter, Social Velocity Bloomberg

Serene Cheong

Oil Trading Asia Reporter Bloomberg

Linus Chua

Managing Editor, Southeast Asia Bloomberg

Diksha Gera

Senior Analyst, Asia Financials Bloomberg Intelligence

Tamara Henderson

Asean Economist Bloomberg Economics

Sunil Jagtiani

Bangkok Bureau Chief Bloomberg

Michelle Jamrisko

Southeast Asia Economy Reporter Bloomberg

Mallika Kapur

Deputy Global Editor Bloomberg Live

Madeleine Lim

Executive Editor for global markets Bloomberg News

Sarah McDonald

Managing Editor, Asia Markets Bloomberg

Andy Mukherjee

Columnist Bloomberg Opinion

Jodi Schneider

Senior International Editor Bloomberg


Bangkok Bank is one of Southeast Asia’s leading regional banks, Thailand’s market leader in corporate and business banking, and has the country’s largest retail customer base. Its nationwide network includes more than 1,200 branches, including self-service outlets, over 9,000 ATMs and 1,200 cash deposit machines, and extensive mobile and internet banking services.

Internationally, Bangkok Bank has the largest overseas branch network of any Thai bank with 32 overseas locations in 15 economies, including branches in nine of the countries which make up the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). While its international network is focused on Southeast Asia and China, its global presence includes branches in New York, London and Tokyo.  It is the first Thai bank with a local license in China, held by Bangkok Bank (China), and it also has a wholly-owned subsidiary, Bangkok Bank Berhad, in Malaysia.

The Bank’s market leadership is due to its philosophy of developing long-term supportive partnerships with its customers. The complementary synergies between its international, corporate, investment, business, and personal-banking services means the Bank offers an impressive breadth and depth of services to both local and international clients.


Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (also known as TCEB) is a public organization tasked with promoting and developing business events in Thailand.  TCEB has worked toward establishing Thailand as Asia’s premier business events destination, by providing flexible, service-oriented support to meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions business.

TCEB is solution partner in all aspects for event owner, conference and exhibition organizers who plan to hold business event in Thailand – what happens inside the venue is just the beginning. We’re dedicated not only to facilitating world-class business events, but to making business travelers experience of the Kingdom’s remarkable array of destinations, activities and attractions.

Towards this end, key strategic role of TCEB are:

YOUR KEY GOVERNMENT PARTNER; Supporting bids to stage global and regional business events in Thailand

YOUR STRATEGIC BUSINESS PARTNER; Delivering creative ideas and providing strategic solutions as well as supporting schemes designed for meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions.

CALLABORATION WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS; Elevating your organization through successful business events in Thailand

TCEB supports more than 200 business events and wins bids around 20 events each year.  For more information, please visit www.businesseventsthailand.com

Supporting Partners

The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) is the leading international business association in Thailand.

Our mission is to create value for our members through advocacy, business intelligence, and networks. We are dedicated to promoting an open and robust business climate between Thailand and the U.S., contributing to Thailand’s stature as an international business hub.

AMCHAM helps our members to:

  • Access crucial thought leadership and understand the local, regional, and global operating environment.
  • Engage in advocacy through AMCHAM’s collaborative relationship with the U.S. and Thai governments.
  • Network with a select group of current and future business leaders at more than 200 events a year.
  • Develop best practices and attract top talent while exchanging ideas with peers from leading businesses.
  • Gain industry-specific insights through high-level working groups and our 21 committees.
  • Increase brand visibility in Thailand through our different communication channels


The Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC), established in 2012, facilitates increased trade and investment in the Canada-ASEAN economic corridor and provides its members with concrete commercial opportunities to grow their companies. It advocates regularly on behalf of its members, and is known as the voice of the Canadian private sector in ASEAN.

The CABC’s flagship event is the Canada-ASEAN Business Forum (held every 18 months), which brings together over 300 of the top decision-makers from ASEAN and Canada. CABC also hosts sector-specific events on a regular basis, always in response to the specific business needs of its members.

Since its founding, CABC has produced numerous key initiatives to enhance outcomes for Canadian businesses in the region, including a first-of-its-kind report detailing the specific economic benefits Canada and ASEAN could expect from a free-trade agreement between the regions.

CABC membership includes leading enterprises conducting business or considering doing business between Canada and the ASEAN region. The Council is based in Singapore, and has a representative office in Calgary, Canada.


The EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC) is the primary voice for European Business within the ASEAN region. The EU-ABC is recognised by the European Commission and regularly interacts with the ASEAN Secretariat, and other related organisations. Formally constituted in 2014, the Council was recently accredited as an entity associated with ASEAN under Annex 2 of the ASEAN Charter.

The overarching objective of the EU-ABC is to promote changes in policies and regulations so that European businesses can more easily invest and grow in ASEAN, benefiting not only their own shareholders but local economies as well. The Council’s membership consists of large European MNCs and the nine European Chambers of Commerce around SEA, representing a diverse range of European industries, cutting across almost every commercial sphere. all our Members have a vested interest in enhancing trade, commerce and investment between Europe and ASEAN.

The EU-ABC has established a series of Advocacy Groups covering individual commercial sectors (e.g. Automotive; Insurance; Financial Services; ICT; Healthcare) and cross-industry issues (e.g. Customs Procedures & Trade Facilitation; IPR/Illicit Trade). The EU-ABC has also organised several successful ASEAN-EU Business Summits and runs an annual EU-ASEAN Business Sentiment Survey. Find out more about the EU-ABC’s activities here: http://eu-asean.eu

Participation is by invitation only.


To request an invitation or inquire for more details, please email us at bliveasia@bloomberg.net.