December 6, 2017 | Jakarta

The Year Ahead Asia

Join Bloomberg in Jakarta on December 6, as we gather CEOs from across the region for The Year Ahead Asia, and help shape the conversation around the most important trends, issues and challenges facing every Asian focused executive in 2018.

The Year Ahead Asia

For Asian CEOs, 2018 is set to further cement the region’s position as the global epicenter of growth and innovation; and the source of the biggest risks to the Global Community. The upside could see Asia’ expanding middle-class power world leading growth into 2019, China’s Belt & Road Initiative bringing huge infrastructure projects online, and new opportunities created for all businesses by the rise of FinTech and e-commerce, among others. On the downside, CEOs will have to contend with grave geopolitical risks emanating from North Korea and the South China Sea, a more inward looking White House ready to criticize Asia’s position in a globalized World economy, and the looming specter of a sizeable market correction occurring before the end of the year.

Join Bloomberg in Jakarta on December 6, as we gather CEOs from across the region for The Year Ahead Asia, and help shape the conversation around the most important trends, issues and challenges facing every Asian focused executive in 2018.

December 6 - Wednesday

8:00 am

Registraton Opens

9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks

9:05 am

The Future of Indonesia


9:30 am

All Eyes on Asia

Asia’s position as the global epicenter of growth and innovation has generated greater assertiveness amid political shifts in the West. We look at what that new confidence means for the future of global business and trade.


9:55 am

Waging Peace -- A Roadmap for Managing Regional Tensions

Asia’s half-century of peace is increasingly under threat, from North Korea to the South China Sea and beyond. In these testing times, we identify where Asia must take the initiative to secure and maintain long-lasting peace.


10:15 am

The $26 Trillion Opportunity -- Plugging the Asian Infrastructure Gap

The Belt & Road Initiative should power a golden age of infrastructure investment. With the initiative often longer on sweeping vision than on nuts-and-bolts practicalities, we identify how to bring more projects online.


10:40 am

Networking Break

11:15 am

Globalization Under Attack -- Temporary Blip, or the New Normal?

How will the new global politics and free trade outlook impact Asia’s role as a hub of manufacturing and trade? We look at the consequences for inflation and other indicators, and identify Asia’s future position in a globalized world.


11:40 am

Getting Claustrophobic -- Monetary & Fiscal Policy Running Out of Room

After cuts and record low rates across Asia, Central Banks and Governments are running out of ammunition to fire up economies. With the U.S. tightening monetary policy, how can we generate the revenue required for ambitious spending plans?


  • Tuan Huynh

    CIO, Asia Pacific, Deutsche Bank Wealth Management

  • Michael Taylor

    Managing Director, Chief Credit Officer, Asia Pacific, Moody's Investors Service

12:05 pm

TYA Spotlight: The Future of Emerging Market Investing

We quiz the investor legend on what’s next for Global emerging markets…


12:25 pm

TYA Spotlight: Indonesia's First Unicorn

We sit down with Nadiem Makarim to break down the DNA of tech innovation in Indonesia, and discuss the expansionist future for Go-Jek.


12:45 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm

The New Dawn of AI -- To be Embraced in all its Glory?

We identify where the big AI money is going and explore its full effect upon industries, economies and everyday lives.


2:25 pm

Asian Investor Strategies -- Complacency Before the Market Storm?

Top investment strategists offer their high growth strategies and debate whether very low volatility coupled with very high uncertainty will result in a global stock crash in 2018.


2:50 pm

Women in the Asian Workforce -- Building Networks & Accelerating Growth

Women get paid, on average, 43% less than their male peers on the boards of Singapore-listed companies. We take a closer look at gender diversity in the Asian workforce, and whether stronger diversity and inclusion initiatives can power higher growth at Asian corporations.


3:15 pm

The Unstoppable Rise of FinTech & E-Commerce?

With Jack Ma, Jeff Bezos and Masayoshi Son going head to head in many Asian markets, we discuss the growth potential of the Asian digital economy, and the role of crypto-currencies.


3:40 pm

TYA Spotlight: Sandiaga Uno

2 months into the job, the Deputy Governor for Jakarta shares his thoughts on transforming the City, and how investors can help power Jakarta’s growth through to 2022.


4:00 pm

Closing Remarks


H.E. Joko Widodo

President Republic of Indonesia

H.E. Sandiaga Uno

Deputy Governor Jakarta

H.E. Jiang Qin

Charge d’Affaires Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to ASEAN

H.E. Francisco Fontan Pardo

Ambassador to ASEAN The European Union

Hemant Bakshi

President Director Unilever Indonesia

Renata Janini Dohmen

SVP Human Resources, APJ SAP

Sumit Dutta

CEO HSBC Indonesia

Shareen Shariza Datuk Dato' Abdul Ghani

CEO TalentCorp

Sandeep Girotra

Senior Vice President Asia Pacific and Japan Nokia

Lesly Goh

Asia Pacific Financial Services Industry Lead Microsoft

Hao Hong

Chief Strategist & Head of Research BOCOM International

Tuan Huynh

CIO, Asia Pacific Deutsche Bank Wealth Management

Herwig Van Hove

CEO & Founder Vahoca

Thomas Lembong

Chairman Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)

Ming Maa

President Grab

Virginie Maisonneuve

Chief Investment Officer Eastspring Investments

Nadiem Makarim

CEO & Founder GO-JEK

Dr. Mark Mobius

Founding Partner Mobius Capital Partners

Marty Natalegawa

former Minister of Foreign Affairs Indonesia

Vivek Pathak

Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific IFC

Balaji Prabhakaran

Head of Digital Platforms, Asia Pacific Allianz

Noni Purnomo

President Director Blue Bird Group

Nazir Razak

Chairman CIMB Group

Yutaka Sanada

Regional Senior Vice President Head of Operations Committee, Asia & Oceania Nissan Motor Corporation

Michael Taylor

Managing Director, Chief Credit Officer, Asia Pacific Moody's Investors Service

Kartika Wirjoatmodjo

President Director Bank Mandiri


BKPM is the Investment Coordinating Board of the Republic of Indonesia. As the primary interface between business and government, BKPM is mandated to boost domestic and foreign direct investment through creating a conducive investment climate. Restored to Ministerial status in 2009, and reporting directly to the President of the Republic of Indonesia, this investment promotion agency’s goal is not only to seek more domestic and foreign investment, but also seek quality investments that improve social inequality and reduce unemployment.

The agency works as a proactive advocate for investments as well as a matchmaker for investors. Since July 2016, BKPM is chaired by Thomas Lembong or known as Tom Lembong.

For over 30 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), serving as the leading voice of the U.S. private sector in promoting mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships between the United States and Southeast Asia. ASEAN now represents more than 630 million people and a combined GDP of more than US $2.4 trillion across Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The Council’s members include the largest U.S. companies working in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for a century or more.

The Council has offices in Washington, D.C, New York, Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore.

The Council leads major business missions to key economies; convenes multiple meetings with ASEAN heads of state and ministers; and is the only U.S. organization to be given the privilege to raise member company concerns in consultations with the ASEAN Agriculture & Forestry, Economic, Energy, Finance, and Transport Ministers, as well as the ASEAN Customs Directors-General at their annual meetings.

The Council’s working groups serve as an umbrella for our membership’s sectoral initiatives at both the local and regional level.

Council working groups include: Information & Communications Technology, Customs, Defense, Energy, Financial Services, Health and Life Sciences, Food and Agriculture, Infrastructure, and Manufacturing.

Participation is by invitation only.


Please email for more information.