June 21, 2019 | Bangkok

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.

2019 QuickTake

Featured Speakers

June 21 - Friday

7:30 am

Special Breakfast Briefing: Click, Save, Shop

Proudly sponsored by Bangkok Bank. Seating is limited. Separate registration is required.
From 7:30 a.m. to 8:35 a.m.

Asean is emerging as one of the global hubs for innovation in fintech and eCommerce. At this exclusive breakfast we bring banks together with their new competitors and potential partners to hear the latest from the fight for consumers in Asean. What innovations are coming? What role will social commerce play? And will a collaborative model between banks, retailers and tech companies win through? We ask the executives on the front-line.

Opening Address

Panel Speakers

In conversation with

8:00 am

Summit Registration Opens & Welcome Refreshments

8:55 am

Summit Welcoming Remarks


9:00 am

The Future of Thailand and Asean

Opening Address


9:40 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

10:10 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

10:35 am

Spotlight : Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi

From One Bangkok, to Singapore, Australia and beyond, Khun Panote shares his outlook for global real estate.


In conversation with

11:00 am

Networking Break

11:45 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

12:15 pm

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

12:35 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.


In conversation with

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 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

2:25 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?


  • Vivencio Dizon

    President and CEO, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA)

  • Jin Liqun

    President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

  • Kanit Sangsubhan

    Secretary General, Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand

In conversation with

2:55 pm

Automotive Asean

The latest from Vietnam’s new homegrown automotive champion.


  • Thuy Le

    Chairwoman of VinFast, Vice Chairwoman of Vingroup

In conversation with

3:15 pm

What’s Exciting Investors?

Asean has supplied a bumper year of political risks in 2019. But this uncertainty hasn’t stopped investors from getting excited about new opportunities. From infrastructure, to technology, to green bonds and beyond, we identify the sectors that could throw up the biggest returns.


In conversation with

3:40 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

4:15 pm

The Future of Malaysia and Asean


In conversation with

4:45 pm

Networking Reception


H.E. Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.)

The Kingdom of Thailand

YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad

Prime Minister of Malaysia

Haslinda Amin

Anchor Bloomberg Television

Nok Maneerut Anulomsombut

CEO of Thailand Sea Group

Cindy Sirinya Bishop

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

Natalie Black

Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific United Kingdom

John Blanco

General Manager Capella Bangkok

Jean-Philippe Charrier

President & CEO Shiseido Asia Pacific

Rvisra Chirathivat

Chief Marketing Officer JD CENTRAL

Prim Chuwiruch

Breaking News Reporter Bloomberg

Mark Dawson

Editor, Asia Pacific Bloomberg Live

Vivencio Dizon

President and CEO Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA)

Eric Gnock Fah

COO & Co-Founder Klook

Diksha Gera

Senior Analyst, Asia Financials Bloomberg Intelligence

Nisid Hajari

Columnist Bloomberg Opinion

Peter M. Haymond

Chargé d’ Affaires U.S. Embassy Bangkok

Sunil Jagtiani

Bangkok Bureau Chief Bloomberg

Michelle Jamrisko

Southeast Asia Economy Reporter Bloomberg

Jin Liqun

President Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Mallika Kapur

Deputy Global Editor Bloomberg Live

Thuy Le

Chairwoman of VinFast Vice Chairwoman of Vingroup

Lyn Lee

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Shell

Yoolim Lee

Reporter, Asia Technology Bloomberg

Huey Lin

President, Asia Flexport

Virginie Maisonneuve

Chief Investment Officer Eastspring Investments

Naveen Menon

President Cisco Asean

Dr. Justo A. Ortiz

Chairman UnionBank of the Philippines

Stephanie Phang

Managing Editor, Southeast Asia Bloomberg

Ruangroj (Krating) Poonpol

Chairman KASIKORN Business-Technology Group

Hannah Qiu

Co-General Manager Ping An OneConnect

Vaishali Rastogi

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

Kanit Sangsubhan

Secretary General Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand

Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi

Group CEO Frasers Property Limited

Chartsiri Sophonpanich

President Bangkok Bank

Arv Sreedhar

Executive Director & Head of Capital Markets Atlantic Partners Asia

Angie Stephen

Managing Director, Asia Pacific Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Catherine Hindra Sutjahyo

Chief Food Officer GOJEK

Kitti Sutthiatthasil

Executive Vice President, Head of Office of the President The Stock Exchange of Thailand

Margo Towie

Asia Equities Editor Bloomberg

Host Country Partner

In 1967, the “Bangkok Declaration” was signed in Thailand, marking the birth of ASEAN. Since then, ASEAN has been one of the central pillars of Thailand’s foreign policy, and has developed into the sixth largest economy in the world with 655 million people.

As a founding member, Thailand has consistently worked closely with ASEAN Member States to create an environment of peace and stability in the region, as well as economic growth, promoting sustainable development, and cooperating actively in areas of mutual interest.

To prepare for regional and global challenges, Thailand has proposed the theme “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability” for its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2019. Thailand hopes to move ASEAN forward to the next 50 years and beyond by promoting the “Sustainability of Things” (SOT), or sustainability in all dimensions.

Together with ASEAN external partners, Thailand aims to advance partnership, and to fully connect our region and the world. Joining hands will make us stronger in preparing for the fourth industrial revolution, maximizing benefits from digital transformation, and building a sustainable future that is people-centred and leaves no one behind.

Founding Sponsor

Bangkok Bank is one of the leading commercial banks in Thailand and Southeast Asia. We are Thailand’s market leader in business banking with industry specialists serving corporations and multinationals. We have approximately 17 million domestic deposit accounts and are one of the largest deposit bases in Thailand.

Our extensive network consists of more than 1,100 domestic branches, including more than 9,300 ATMs and 1,200 cash deposit machines. To serve business customers, we have 117 business centers and 126 business desks. We also offer products and services through our digital channels; mobile and internet banking (Bualuang mBanking, Bualuang iBanking).

Internationally, we have the largest overseas network of any Thai bank with 32 overseas locations in 15 economies, including branches in nine out of 10 countries which make up the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). While our international network is focused on Southeast Asia and China, its global presence includes branches in New York, London and Tokyo.

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

Supporting Sponsor

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has been the country’s official government agency tasked with supporting, promoting and developing MICE industry. The overall aim is to make Thailand Asia’s preferred and premier MICE destination by providing flexible, non-fee and service-oriented support for meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions hosted in Thailand.

Towards that end, TCEB has supported bids to hold international conferences and developed and implemented support schemes to attract exhibitions and meeting and incentive groups to Thailand. The support has been extended to organizing smooth and successful MICE events, as well. The achievement rate is high, resulting in Thailand’s position as a top-notch and world-class MICE destination of the region.

Due to shifting global business demands and “Thailand 4.0” economic transformation policy, TCEB  has launched a new branding “ Thailand Redefine Your Business Events” by reshaping its roles as a co-creator of business opportunities, partner to generate creative solutions for MICE, collaborator to build ideal MICE ecosystem and thought-leader to spark new ideas and innovation for MICE.  The aim is to enable MICE events achieve stronger return on investment, better return on time, higher return on effort and more inspiring return on happiness.

The bureau is now focused on attracting MICE events in 10 key industries as stated in “Thailand 4.0” policy, aiming to use MICE as a tool to drive such policy and propel Thailand into an innovation and hi tech-based economy.

Supporting Partners

With more than 650 member companies and 2,500 professionals representing MNCs, SMEs, and organizations across every sector, the American Chambers of Commerce in Thailand is the country’s leading international business association. Members companies have invested more than $50 billion in the Kingdom and provide more than 200,000 local jobs.

AMCHAM helps member community:

  • Access crucial thought leadership and understand the local, regional, and global operating environment.
  • Engage in advocacy. Amplify your voice through AMCHAM’s collaborative relationship with the U.S. and Thai governments.
  • Network with a select group of current and feature 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 21-committees.
  • Harness our communications platforms to increase your brand visibility in Thailand.

Established in 2012, the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) is the pre-eminent organisation with an ASEAN region-wide mandate to promote and increase trade relations between Canada and ASEAN. The mission of the CABC is simple: to facilitate increased trade and investment in the Canada-ASEAN economic corridor through policy advocacy, networking, and education.

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 (2017), and a report detailing the specific benefits to ASEAN member-states (2018) from a free-trade agreement.

CABC membership includes leading Canadian enterprises active in ASEAN, and is open to companies conducting business or considering doing business between Canada and the ASEAN region. CABC is based in Singapore, and has a representative office in Calgary, Canada where it is also registered as a Federal not-for-profit organisation.

The EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC) is the primary and sole voice for European Business within the ASEAN region. The EU-ABC is recognised by both the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat. Formally constituted in 2014, the Council was recently accredited as an entity associated with ASEAN under Annex 2 of the ASEAN Charter. Independent of both bodies, the Council has been established to help promote interests of European businesses operating within ASEAN and to advocate for changes in policies and regulations which would help advance trade and investment relations between Europe and the ASEAN region.

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. Our members share a common aim to enhance 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; Digital and ICT; Healthcare) and cross-industry issues (e.g. Customs Procedures & Trade Facilitation; IPR/Illicit Trade). The EU-ABC has 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 at http://eu-asean.eu.

For 35 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for US corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council’s membership, more than 160 companies, generate over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people globally. Members include the largest US companies conducting business in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for over 100 years. The Council has offices in: Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.

Participation is by invitation only.


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