9-13 September • Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Join the world's most influential institutional investors, dynamic Asian corporations and global thought leaders
over five action-packed days
Scores of world leaders have recognised the power of the CLSA audience and used our Forums to present their nations' political and economic messages directly to investors who will make a difference in their markets.
Past participants include Lord Mervyn King, Bill Clinton, Yanis Varoufakis, Alan Greenspan, Al Gore, Jean-Claude Trichet, Sarah Palin, Desmond Tutu, Paul Volcker, Micheal Phelps, Craig Venter, Francis Ford Coppola, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, David Beckham, Jared Diamond, Pedro Domingos, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Jonathan Taplin, Ken Goldberg, Frank Luntz, Ellen Jorgensen, Carmen Reinhart and Joseph Stiglitz.
Below we unveil our keynote and specialist speakers. Watch this space for more announcements in the coming days.
26th Prime Minister of Australia and President
Asia Society Policy Institute
Wednesday breakfast keynote, former Australian prime minister and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, Kevin Rudd, will present on US-China politics and trade relations.
Professor of Globalisation and Development
University of Oxford
Ian Goldin takes a multi-disciplinary approach to address the growing short-term preoccupations of modern politics and business, and to identify ways of overcoming today's gridlock in key international negotiations. Particular areas of focus include: climate change, disruptive technological advancements, ageing, bioethics, infectious disease, poverty and political conflict.
National School of Development Peking University
Widely acknowledged as one of the China's foremost policy economists, Dr Yiping Huang will discuss the macro economy, financial reform and fintech.
Professor of Economics
The University of Chicago
Randall Kroszner will comment on macroeconomic events, interest rates, and the directions of the US dollar, euro, yen, and renminbi.
Lord Bagri Professor of Economics
London Business School
Renowned for her contributions to global finance, Hélène Rey's research focuses on many of the big questions in macroeconomics with an emphasis on international capital flows, exchange rates, the international monetary system and the theory of financial crises.
Why We Sleep
Are you getting enough? Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep, and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, will take us on a fascinating journey through 20 years of cutting-edge sleep science.
Verity Studios and Professor, ETH Zuric
Raffaello D'Andrea is best known as co-founder of Kiva Systems, a robotics company that revolutionised material handling through the deployment of thousands of autonomous mobile robots in warehouses. Kiva was bought by Amazon in 2012 for US$775m, and it remains the ecommerce giant's most transformative acquisition. It radically changed how Amazon fulfils millions of orders and saves it up to US2.5bn per year.
Burnbrae Managing Private Assets
Billionaire former fund manager Jim Mellon focuses on biotech, juvenescence and medicinal science investments. The author of Cracking the Code makes the case that advances in biotech are most likely to make profound changes to our lives and help the ageing process.
MIT scholar and
Former White House tech adviser
Referred to as America's chief cyber diplomat, MIT scholar and former White House tech adviser David Edelman will address the challenges created by disruption as well as the geopolitics of technology that have shaped national and international policy.
New York University in London
Leading authority on geopolitical issues, strategic risk, the Middle East and counter-terrorism, Hagai Segal, will discuss ways in which corporations can ensure they are best placed to mitigate attacks, and in some instances, profit from them.
President and Global Strategist
Renowned strategist David Roche offers his independent view on the US-China trade tensions, how it is a multiyear trend and how China has prepared its trade-war trenches.
Head of Economic Research
CLSA chief economist Eric Fishwick kicks off the Forum with his assessment of the state of play, and strategy going forward. Eric worked in developed-economy fixed-income markets, with the Industrial Bank of Japan (1991-96) and Nikko Europe (1997-99), before focusing on Asian equities. He was voted Asiamoney's best regional economist in 2009 and again in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Previously, he served as a permanent advisor to the British Parliament in the House of Commons.
The Wizard and the Prophet
Science journalist and New York Times best-seller author, Charles Mann, will explain two diametrically opposed views that shape our ideas about the environment.
Owner of Synbiolab Consulting
Synthetic biology is genetic biotech made more efficient and powerful with the addition of engineering principles, robotics and AI. Dr Ellen Jorgensen explains all and profiles the key companies bringing this industry to life.
As a noted environmentalist and entrepreneur, David Yeung has spoken at the World Economic Forum, Milken Institute Summit and TEDx. He is a graduate of Columbia University, an Ashoka Fellow and the author of a number of best-selling books.
Josh Tetrick's company is one of Silicon Valley's most successful sustainable food tech startups and the creator of vegan mayo and eggless eggs, among other things.
Political Economist and Author
Mark Blyth is the Eastman Professor of Political Economy at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. His research focuses on how uncertainty and randomness impact complex systems, particularly economic systems, and why people continue to believe stupid economic ideas despite buckets of evidence to the contrary.
Phillip Coggan is a journalist and author of numerous books on economics, including Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order, the recipient of Spears Business Book of the Year. He currently writes the Bartleby column for The Economist.
University of Toronto
Indices are central to modern financial markets. Despite their importance, the details of their construction are often overlooked. Adriana Robertson will highlight the tremendous amount of heterogeneity across US indices to illustrate the importance of decision-making.
Chief Technology Officer
Huawei's chief technology officer, Paul Scanlan, will provide an overview of 5G and AI in the context of telecommunications operators and vendors in Asia-Pacific, Africa, North America and Europe.
Thanks a Thousand
New York Times bestselling author, AJ Jacobs will reveal secrets about how gratitude can make us all happier, more connected, and better managers and employees. His book, Thanks a Thousand, is a reminder of the amazing interconnectedness of our world, teaching us how we can make our lives kinder and more impactful.
Professor of Economics
Professor at Northwestern University, Matthias Doepke, will discuss the economic theory of parenting. He will highlight a policy landscape that can offer a good education to many rather than focusing on a few elite institutions.
Vice President, Sports & Hospitality
Phoenix Marketing International
China's sports consumption market is poised to become the world's largest. Vice President of Phoenix Marketing International and CLSA U guest author, Jeff Stewart, will discuss the trends in China now and how these will impact future investments.
In a remarkable keynote address, Martin Pistorius will tell a story that is sure to make us think more deeply about compassion. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body.
Professor, Institute of Psychiatry
King's College London
Geneticist, Professor Robert Plomin, asserts that inherited DNA differences largely determine how smart, empathetic or antisocial we are. With lifetime achievement awards from five scientific associations, he directs one of the world's premier twin studies, which has followed over 10,000 twin pairs since birth in 1994-1996 to the present day.
Executive health consultant
CLSA U guest author Linda Friedland, an authority on corporate and executive health, will aim to help us understand how to identify and push through boundaries to manage life in an era of mounting pressure and uncertainty.
Who Owns the Future?
Computer scientist and author, Jaron Lanier, will argue that the Chinese and US models for big internet companies are destined to fail. His international bestseller, Who owns the future?, continues to shape tech regulation and internet economics.
Bain & Company
A partner at Bain and Company, Pascal Gautheron has a wealth of experience in information technology, having supported the design, establishment and review of Australia's top-four banks' tech-centric transformations.
National correspondent for The Atlantic and author of World without mind: the existential threat of big tech, Franklin Foer makes a passionate, deeply informed case about how the big-tech firms are damaging our culture.
Neuroscientist & Founder
Dr Beau Lotto is a renowned neuroscientist and visionary tour de force whose studies in human perception have taken him well beyond the scientific realm into the fields of education, the arts and business. In a visually stunning presentation, Dr Lotto will show that the next innovation is not technology, but a new way of seeing.
Alexei Nicolai Inc
Theoretical physicist, Leonard Mlodinow, will examine the profound ways our unconscious minds shape our judgements and decisions. The author of five bestselling books - among them The Grand Design, co-authored with Stephen Hawking - has more recently written about the psychology and neuroscience of change and how tapping into elastic thinking can help us thrive in the modern world.
Business Development Director
Business Development Director at Lagardère Sports, Jasper Mah, will share his experience and insights into the online sports ecosystem in Asia. He consults businesses in most consumer entertainment industries ranging from multinationals, SMEs and startups, to develop their marketing strategies.
Collective Decision Engines
Chief Science and Technology Officer for New York's new cultural artspace, The Shed, Kevin Slavin integrates science and technology into projects across exhibition, performance, publishing and everything in between, with an emphasis on designing and deploying the ultimate 21st Century visitor experience.
Stephen & Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow
Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing columnist for The Washington Post, Robert Kagan, will discuss the rise of authoritarianism. In his latest book, The Jungle Grows Back, Kagan argues that the liberal world order created after World War 2 is an aberration from history, and that the re-emergence of authoritarianism is a return to the norm.
FIL: US politics
Pollster Frank Luntz returns to IF amid a deeply-divided US electorate. As Americans prepare to head to the polls to elect the next president of the United States, Luntz will reveal what target audiences are really thinking and feeling about the US Democratic presidential primary field, with some 266 Democrats vying for a shot to take on Trump in November 2020.
Executive Editor at The Economist, Daniel Franklin, will discuss the changes that technology will bring to everything from food production to healthcare, energy output, manufacturing and the military balance in 2019 and beyond. He will also consider the impact on jobs and how firms can prepare for the opportunities that await.
Curtin University, Western Australia
Dudley Kingsnorth has a wealth of mining-industry experience, having held positions in operations, project development, marketing, consulting and business development at Bechtel. Alcoa, Shell (Billiton), Rio Tinto, Greenbushes and Ashton Mining. He provides independent advice on the rare-earths and lithium markets to companies and government agencies worldwide.
China Water Risk
Director of China Water Risk and author of several CLSA U Blue Books, Debra Tan returns to IF to highlight the water dilemma the Greater Bay Area is facing amid worsening climate risk. Her analysis of the impact of water risks on the power, mining, agricultural and textiles industries is considered instrumental in understanding global water challenges.
David Hart is the director of sustainable-energy consultancy, E4tech, and visiting professor at Imperial College London's Centre for Environmental Policy. He is an expert advisor, consultant and researcher on hydrogen's role as storage for intermittent power.
Founder and Chairman
Facts Global Energy
Always a crowd favourite, energy expert Dr Fereidun Fesharaki will provide his views on the state of the oil market. The founder of Facts Global Energy is well-recognised for pioneering oil and gas industry analysis and studies of the Asia Pacific/Middle East energy markets since the early 1980s.
Herman Brodie is the founder of Prospecta Limited. Over the past 18 years, he has advised some of world's leading fund-management groups and financial institutions on behavioural finance and its applications. He is co-author of The Trust Mandate: The behavioural science behind how asset managers really win and keep clients (2018).
Emerging Transport Advisors
Key strategic advisor and thought leader Timothy Papandreou will join us to talk about the future of mobility and automation. As the former strategic-partnerships manager at Google X and Waymo, Papandreou collaborated with cross-functional teams to launch the world's first commercial fully self-driving ride hailing service.
Plus One Robotics
Erik Nieves is founder of San Antonio-based startup Plus One Robotics - a 3D-vision and controls developer for robotic automation in the logistics and ecommerce markets. A passionate robotics advocate, he is a contributor to the US Robotics Roadmap and author of several articles on advances in robot technology.
Respected entrepreneur Mark Seeger has a leadership background spanning diverse areas, from laptop design to tourism, electric cars and fashion. As head of Mission Motorcycles, Seeger led an innovation-focused electric-motorbike company that achieved significant funding and was sold in 2014.
The week's offering will be comprehensive. In addition to seven tracks of presentations, and thousands of hours of multilevel meetings, every day over a working lunch we will showcase a speaker who will challenge you to think outside the box. Collectively, they will make you better understand what the future holds and how what's coming will affect the way you make your investment decisions today.
investors from around the world
senior executives from nearly 300 of the region's leading companies
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Throughout the week, there will be a host of extra-curricular activities for you to choose from: there's something for everyone. Invitations will be sent to registered delegates in due course.
Wind down after the first day of the forum at CLSA's welcome cocktails. A relaxing night of great conversation and music.
Sample some of the best food Hong Kong has to offer at a selection of the city's most interesting and enticing eateries.
Party at one of Hong Kong's latest hotspots. Turn up the heat as we bring everyone together for a spectacular evening.
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