June 21, 2019 | Bangkok, Thailand 

Asean Business Summit

At 52 years old, Asean is officially middle aged. Far from nearing retirement, the next few years will require the region to fully utilize years of experience to avoid a mid-life crisis. With trade wars upending global supply chains, over 65% of the population going to the polls, and China continuing its regional assertiveness, the next year could be one of Asean’s most disruptive.

To navigate the challenges, Asean has some options: It can increase global connectivity, improve environmental sustainability, harmonize gender equality initiatives and utilize technology to leap up global value chains.

The 5th Bloomberg Asean Business Summit will gather global business and regional policy leaders to identify how to grab these opportunities. Developed as a part of Thailand’s Asean chairmanship in 2019, the summit will be a key platform for accelerating regional growth.

June 21 - Friday

8:00 am

Registration Opens & Welcome Refreshments

8:55 am

Welcoming Remarks


  • Haslinda Amin

    Chief International Correspondent for Southeast Asia, Bloomberg Television

9:00 am

The Future of Thailand and Asean

9:30 am

Trading Places

For Asean, the US-China trade war hasn’t spelled all doom and gloom. As a result of US tariffs, some international businesses have shifted their factories out of China and into the region. But the underlying tensions caused by the trade war linger. Will it eventually force Southeast Asian nations to choose between the U.S. and China? Add to that, the uncertainty caused by Brexit in Europe. We look at how shifting politics will affect the future of global trade with Asean.


In conversation with

10:00 am

Moving Up The Chain

Leaping up supply chains and industry 4.0 are Asean’s 2019 buzz words. We find out how these phrases are working on the ground and look at what national economic transformation efforts are doing to the region’s place in the global economy.


In conversation with

10:20 am

Interview Spotlight

We sit down with a high profile executive.

10:45 am

Networking Break

11:15 am

A More Equal Future

The Philippines leads Asia Pacific in workplace gender equality, while other Asean societies still have a long way to go. We profile individuals aiming to be the catalysts of change.


In conversation with

11:40 am

Inclusive Prosperity

UnionBank Chairman Dr. Ortiz believes in a higher purpose – well beyond just profit. With 98% of Filipinos not owning credit, we find out how Dr. Ortiz is overcoming the hurdles to push for inclusive prosperity.


In conversation with

12:00 pm

One App to Rule Them All

We talk e-commerce and look at how the multiple service mega-app trend will work with Asean’s street wise and mobile savvy consumers.


  • Vaishali Rastogi

    Senior Partner and Managing Director, Head of BCG, Southeast Asia, Boston Consulting Group

In conversation with

12:25 pm

The Digital Economy

From next generation banking to digital assets and fintech, we profile the individuals pushing for the new breakthroughs in Asean’s digital economy.


In conversation with

  • Diksha Gera

    Senior Analyst, Asia Financials, Bloomberg Intelligence

12:50 pm

Networking Lunch

1:40 pm

Building Connections

Massive infrastructure projects will be Asean’s norm for decades to come. Has the new global sentiment towards the BRI shifted the wider investment landscape?


  • Jin Liqun

    President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

  • Kanit Sangsubhan

    Secretary General, Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand

In conversation with

  • Haslinda Amin

    Chief International Correspondent for Southeast Asia, Bloomberg Television

2:05 pm

Ventures and Equities

A venture capitalist and an equities investor uncover the best investments for the year ahead.

2:30 pm

Sun, Sea, Sand and Sustainability

Tourism has been an Asean cash cow for decades. But with high-profile beaches shut in 2018, are rising tourist numbers an inevitability?


In conversation with

2:55 pm

Retail Therapy

E-commerce accounts for a tiny sliver of the retail market in Southeast Asia, while bricks and mortar stores thrive. For how long, though? What role will disruptive tech play in Asean’s retail industry? Given this sector is the largest source of employment in the region, what will it mean for jobs?

3:20 pm

Closing Remarks

3:30 pm

Networking Reception


Haslinda Amin

Bloomberg Television Chief International Correspondent for Southeast Asia

Cindy Sirinya Bishop

Actress, Host of Asia’s Next Top Model and Founder of #DontTellMeHowToDress

Natalie Black

United Kingdom Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific

Jean-Philippe Charrier

Shiseido Asia Pacific President & CEO

Prim Chuwiruch

Bloomberg Breaking News Reporter

Nicholas Matthew Clayton

Capella Hotel Group CEO

Mark Dawson

Bloomberg Live Editor, Asia Pacific

Eric Gnock Fah

Klook COO & Co-Founder

Diksha Gera

Bloomberg Intelligence Senior Analyst, Asia Financials

Nisid Hajari

Bloomberg View Columnist

Peter M. Haymond

U.S. Embassy Bangkok Chargé d’ Affaires

Michelle Jamrisko

Bloomberg Southeast Asia Economy Reporter

Jin Liqun

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank President

Mallika Kapur

Bloomberg Live Senior Editor, Asia Pacific

Thuy Le

Vice Chairwoman of Vingroup Chairwoman of VinFast

Lyn Lee

Shell Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Yoolim Lee

Bloomberg Reporter, Asia Technology

Naveen Menon

Cisco Asean President

Dr. Justo A. Ortiz

UnionBank of the Philippines Chairman

Dr. Pakorn Peetathawatchai

The Stock Exchange of Thailand President

Stephanie Phang

Bloomberg Managing Editor, Southeast Asia

Ruangroj (Krating) Poonpol

KASIKORN Business-Technology Group Chairman

Hannah Qiu

Ping An OneConnect Co-General Manager

Vaishali Rastogi

Boston Consulting Group Senior Partner and Managing Director, Head of BCG, Southeast Asia

Kanit Sangsubhan

Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand Secretary General

Angie Stephen

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Managing Director, Asia Pacific

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Participation is by invitation only.


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