26th CLSA Investors' Forum

9-13 September • Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

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Asia's pre-eminent investment conference

Join the world's most influential institutional investors, dynamic Asian corporations and global thought leaders
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The annual CLSA Investors' Forum in Hong Kong is one of the most comprehensive events of its kind in Asia, giving you access to senior executives from leading companies that are important to you. The Forum will also deliver the breadth and depth of our award-winning research, host over 170 corporate and specialist presentations and more than 60 world-renowned industry experts on a vast array of subjects.

Keynote and specialist speakers

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.

Look who's talking

Below we unveil our keynote and specialist speakers. Watch this space for more announcements in the coming days.

Kevin Rudd

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.

Ian Goldin

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.

Yiping Huang

Deputy Dean
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.

Randall Kroszner

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.

Hélène Rey

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.

Matthew Walker

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.

Raffaello D'Andrea

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.

Jim Mellon

Visionary entrepreneur
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.

David Edelman

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.

Hagai Segal

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.

David Roche

President and Global Strategist
Independent Strategy

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.

Eric Fishwick

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.

Charles Mann

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.

Ellen Jorgensen

Molecular biologist
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.

David Yeung

Green Monday

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


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.

Mark Blyth

Political Economist and Author
Brown University

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.

Philip Coggan

Bartleby columnist
The Economist

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.

Adriana Robertson

Assistant Professor
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.

Paul Scanlan

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.

AJ Jacobs

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.

Matthias Doepke

Professor of Economics
Northwestern University

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.

Jeff Stewart

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.

Martin Pistorius

Ghost Boy

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.

Robert Plomin

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.

Linda Friedland

Executive health consultant
FFD Capital

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.

Jaron Lanier

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.

Pascal Gautheron

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.

Franklin Foer

National correspondent
The Atlantic

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.

Beau Lotto

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.

Leonard Mlodinow

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.

Jasper Mah

Business Development Director
Lagardère Sports

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.

Kevin Slavin

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.

Robert Kagan

Brookings Institution
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.

Frank Luntz

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.

Daniel Franklin

Executive Editor
The Economist

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.

Dudley Kingsnorth

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.

Debra Tan

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

E4tech Sàrl

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.

Fereidun Fesharaki

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

Managing Director

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).

Timothy Papandreou

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.

Erik Nieves

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.

Mark Seeger


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.

Unparalleled platform for content and knowledge exchange

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.












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investors from around the world


senior executives from nearly 300 of the region's leading companies

Helping you in your quest for value

CLSA has the largest, on-the-ground specialist research, sales and sales-trading teams in Asia covering 12 markets, including China and Australia. For more information please contact enquiries@clsa.com

Networking events

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.

Forum facilities


CLSA has special conference rates for the below hotels. Contact your CLSA sales representative for details.

  • Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
  • Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central
  • Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai
  • Island Shangri-La HK, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central
  • JW Marriott Hotel, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
  • Novotel Century HK, 238 Jaffe Road, Wanchai
  • The Murray Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central
  • The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
  • Renaissance Harbour View, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai

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