Forum Programme

Disruptive Change:
Impact and Challenges

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07:00 AM - 09:00 AM Level 1

REGISTRATION

Arrival of Delegates, Guests and VIPs
09:00 AM - 09:20 AM Great Hall, Level 2

MOCAfest PRELUDE

09:30 AM - 12:00 PM Great Hall, Level 2

OPENING SESSION OF THE 13th WIEF

Welcoming Remarks by
• The Honourable Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman, WIEF Foundation

Special Address by
• The Rt. Honourable Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, Chief Minister of Sarawak

Keynote Address and Official Opening by
• The Rt. Honourable Datuk Patinggi Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia and Patron of the WIEF Foundation

Special Addresses by Attending Leaders
• H.E. Djaffar Ahmed Said Hassani, Vice President, Comoros
• H.E. Dr Saad Eddine El Othmani, Head of Government of Morocco
• H.E. Rustam Nurgaliyevich Minnikhanov, President, Republic of Tatarstan
• H.E. Dr Mohamed Nouri Jouini, Vice President, Islamic Development Bank

12:00 PM - 01:30 PM Luncheon Hall, Level 1

NETWORKING LUNCH

01:30 PM - 02:00 PM Great Hall, Level 2

MOCAfest PERFORMANCES

02:00 PM - 02:15 PM Great Hall, Level 2

SARAWAK FOCUS

Sneak Peek preview on Sarawak Forestry and Preservation


Speaker

Haji Sapuan bin Ahmad

Director
Forest Department Sarawak
Malaysia

Materials
Sarawak Focus
02:15 PM - 03:45 PM Great Hall, Level 2

FACE TO FACE


Speaker

Steve Wozniak

Co-founder
Apple Inc
United States


Moderator

Daniel Sieberg

Author of The Digital Diet, and Co-founder of the News Lab
Google
United States

03:45 PM - 04:00 PM

COFFEE BREAK

04:00 PM - 05:30 PM Great Hall, Level 2

GLOBAL ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Reimagining an Inclusive Economic System

The non-ratification of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the Unites States and the Brexit saga are clear symptoms of a world turning to protectionism. Countries that were once bastions of free trade and neoliberalism like the United States and United Kingdom are now going against their own principle of greater free trade, an economic philosophy that dictates most of what happens in the global economic system since the 1980s.

In the West, right wing politics is rapidly making inroads in major European economies, further strengthening the agenda for protectionist policies in the region which inevitably affects global trade. All these are responses to widening income inequality and a debt-ridden system. The world never really recovered from the financial crisis of 2007/8. So today, we seek alternative solutions. The Stockholm Statement developed in September 2016, is one of those concerted efforts to redefine the global economic system. In the Statement, ‘inclusive economic development is the only socially and economically sustainable form of development’. What should this system look like?


Speakers

Dr Alexander Böhmer

Head of Division (Southeast Asia)
OECD
France

H.E. Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi

Minister of Communications and Information Technology
Iran

H.E. Nico Barito

Special envoy of Seychelles for Asean
Seychelles

H.E. Professor Dr Ernesto M. Pernia

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary
Philippines

Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar

Group Chairman
Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)
Malaysia

Materials
Global Economic Outlook - Tan Sri Wahid Omar

Moderator

Teymoor Nabili

Journalist and Broadcaster
Singapore

09:00 AM - 10:30 AM Hall A, Level 2

BUSINESS NETWORKING BREAKFAST (BNB)

6 BNB Clusters:

SME and Startups

Ebrahim Patel

Chairman
Young Leaders Network, WIEF Foundation and Managing Director, TransAfrix Holdings, South Africa
South Africa

Salahuddin Kasem Khan

Managing Director and CEO
A.K. Khan & Co Limited, and Executive Chairman SEACO Foundation
Bangladesh


Infrastructure

Essa Al Ghurair

Vice Chairman
Al Ghurair Investment LLC
United Arab Emirates

Tan Sri Dato’ Abdul Ghani Othman

Chairman of the Board
Sime Darby Berhad
Malaysia


Halal

Dato' Dr Norraesah Mohamad

Chairman
WIEF Businesswomen Network and My E.G. Services Berhad
Malaysia

Sevket Can Tulumen

Chairman
Foreign Relations Committee, MÜSİAD Businessmen’s Association
Turkey


Islamic Finance

Kunrat Wirasubrata

Acting Director
Islamic Development Bank Group, Regional Office for Southeast Asia
Malaysia

Mumtaz Khan

Advisor
Nogaholding
Bahrain

Raja Teh Maimunah Raja Abdul Aziz

Chief Executive Officer
AmInvestment Bank
Malaysia


Renewable Energy

Nasser Munjee

Chairman
DCB Bank Ltd
India

Tanri Abeng

Chairman, WIEF SME Initiative, WIEF Foundation, President Commissioner, PT Pertamina and Former Minister, State-Owned Enterprises
Indonesia


Agriculture

Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin

Chairman
University Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), and Chairman, WIEF Education Trust
Malaysia

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Hall A, Level 2

INITIATIVE ROOM

Here’s where experts as facilitators guide two groups of around 15 participants to dream up innovative possible solutions, within the sessions’ last 20 minutes, for two issues related to the topic which is highlighted during the forum. The outcome may later be considered for actionable initiatives.

Developing Women Entrepreneurship

Female entrepreneurs often face challenges not familiar to male entrepreneurs. In these sessions, you’ll discuss key challenges women entrepreneurs face and play a part in coming up with moving forward steps.

Initiative Groups:

Support Structure – Knowing where to find the right support network to help grow your business isn't always easy for women. So, how to build a support system that get women entrepreneurs into the mainstream?

  • Facilitator: Camille R. Escudero, President, Business and Professional Women (BPW) Makati, Philippines

Creating Access to Funding – VCs have been said to be more prone to invest in startups run by those of their own kind – men invest in men. So, female partners in VC firms may raise the likeliness of them investing in startups by women. So, how to get more female investors involved in supporting one another?

  • Facilitator: Johan Bygge, Chairman, EQTs Asia Pacific, Hong Kong
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Hall BC, Level 2

LEADERSHIP PANEL

Identifying the Archetypes of Leadership and Their Unique Roles in Business
People are made different from each other, with their unique abilities and leadership styles. The ability to harness these different energies is what makes successful teams and organisations. What are these leadership archetypes and how can they best be utilised in business functions?

Speakers

Dato’ Mohd Izani Ghani

Executive Director of Investments
Khazanah Nasional Berhad
Malaysia

Glenn Rolfsen

Psychotherapist
Stamina Group
Norway

Jo Robrechts

Executive Chairman
Triamant
Belgium

Materials
Panel Discussion

Moderator

Teymoor Nabili

Journalist and Broadcaster
Singapore

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Hall D, Level 2

MASTERCLASS

Can Herbology Discover Cures for Tomorrow’s Diseases?
This session explains the potential of plants for medicinal purposes. Though this is not new, but the discovery of more exotic plants in the wild, such as that in Borneo, can provide a breakthrough in cures for diseases today and tomorrow.

Speakers

Dr Anirban Sukul

Director
Sukul Institute of Homeopathic Research
India

Materials
Masterclass
Dr Yeo Tiong Chia

Chief Executive Officer
Sarawak Biodiversity Centre
Malaysia

Materials
Masterclass
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Business Exchange Lounge, Exhibition Hall

MASTERCLASS

Disruptive Marketing

Speaker

Camelia Tan Sri Ya’acob

Founder and Envoy Executive
Rootwommers Sdn Bhd
Malaysia

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM Hall BC, Level 2

SARAWAK FOCUS

A Sneak Peek preview on Hydropower Development and Community Engagement Programmes in Sarawak

Speaker

Sharbini Suhaili

Chief Executive Officer
Sarawak Energy
Malaysia

Materials
Sarawak Focus
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Hall A, Level 2

INITIATIVE ROOM

Here’s where experts as facilitators guide two groups of around 15 participants to dream up innovative possible solutions, within the sessions’ last 20 minutes, for two issues related to the topic which is highlighted during the forum. The outcome may later be considered for actionable initiatives.

Technology in Agriculture

Agricultural biotechnology has made agriculture possible in places like a desert as well as making crops hardy enough to withstand harsh weather and pests. Technology also cuts labour cost, raises efficiency and saves time.

Initiative Groups:

Empowering Rural Innovations – How can we unlock the creativity of the rural areas in agricultural innovations and artisan products?

  • Facilitator : Haji Sapuan Ahmad, Director, Forest Department Sarawak, Malaysia

Farm to Market – Not only technology is fundamental in achieving a healthy bottom line for farmers but also pathways to mainstream trade. So, how can e-commerce platforms help farmers reach the market directly?

  • Facilitator: Ebrahim Patel, Chairman, WIEF Young Leaders Network, WIEF Foundation and Managing Director, TransAfrix Holdings Ltd.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Hall BC, Level 2

PANEL DISCUSSION

Mapping out Tomorrow’s Business
With the advent of the 4th Industrial Revolution, the way business is run, manpower is organised and which industries will prevail, will be radically different from what we have today. In this awe-inspiring session, we get a sneak-peek into what tomorrow’s business will look like and how we can be prepared for it.

Speakers

Dato’ Richard Alexander John Curtis

Group Managing Director
Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd
Malaysia

Samba Bathily

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Solektra International
Mali

Tobias Puehse

Vice President
MasterCard Labs
Asia Pacific


Moderator

Lisa Oake

Chief Executive Officer
Oake Media
Singapore

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Hall D, Level 2

MASTERCLASS

What are the Essential Differences between Management and Leadership?
In business, we need to strike a balance between getting the organisation in order and inspiring the team to steer the business into new territories and innovative domains. What are the essential management and leadership traits that we should be aware of?

Speakers

Martin Tan

Executive Director
Institute for Societal Leadership Singapore, Singapore Management University
Singapore

Materials
Masterclass
Roshan Thiran

Chief Executive Officer
Leaderonomics
Malaysia

Materials
Masterclass
12:45 PM - 02:00 PM Luncheon Hall, Level 1

NETWORKING LUNCH

02:00 PM - 02:30 PM Hall BC, Level 2

MOCAfest PERFORMANCES

02:30 PM - 03:30 PM Hall A, Level 2

INITIATIVE ROOM

Here’s where experts as facilitators guide two groups of around 15 participants to dream up innovative possible solutions, within the sessions’ last 20 minutes, for two issues related to the topic which is highlighted during the forum. The outcome may later be considered for actionable initiatives.

Generating Renewable Energy

Although it’s now encouraged to use renewable energy, renewable sources are not easily available and it’s costly to produce than fossil fuel energy as well as to use.

Developing new renewable resources will require large initial investments to build infrastructure. These investments increase the cost of providing renewable electricity, especially during early years.

Initiative Groups:

Zero Waste Technology – Businesses taking action toward zero waste technology can be impactful on green economy. So, how can businesses adopt zero waste technology to contribute to a country’s green economy?

  • Facilitator: Alan Laubsch, Director, Natural Capital Markets, Lykke, Switzerland

Initiating Renewable Energy – Cost of providing renewable electricity is high at the initial stage due to building of infrastructure. So, how can we abate monetary challenges to encourage micro and small-time producers to set up and sell renewable electricity on the mainstream grid?

  • Facilitator : Dr Chen Shiun, Vice President of Research and Development, Sarawak Energy Berhad
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM Hall BC, Level 2

PANEL DISCUSSION

The Prospect of Fintech in Islamic Finance
The Islamic finance market size is now within the range of USD1.66 trillion to USD2.1 trillion with expectations of market size to be USD3.4 trillion by the end of 2018. Yet, human resource capital and finance technology (fintech) have yet to commensurate this market boom. What are the challenges and opportunities to fintech in Islamic finance?

Speakers

Andreas Hatzigeorgiou

Chief Economist
Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
Sweden

Brian W. Tang

Managing Director
Asia Capital Markets Institute (ACMI)
Hong Kong

Professor Dato' Dr Mohd Azmi Omar

President and Chief Executive Officer
INCEIF
Malaysia

Materials
Panel Discussion
Raja Teh Maimunah Raja Abdul Aziz

Chief Executive Officer
AmInvestment Bank
Malaysia

02:30 PM - 03:30 PM Hall D, Level 2

MASTERCLASS

How Can SME Producers Enter into the Mainstream Halal Value Chain?
The global halal market stands to rise to a market worth of USD3.7 trillion by 2019 but the winners of global halal trade are the big multinational corporations such as Nestlé. This session explains ways in which SME producers can enter into mainstream halal value chain.

Speakers

Dato’ Abdul Aziz Mat

Principal Consultant
CIVET Technologies Sdn Bhd
Malaysia

Materials
Masterclass
Mohamed Geraldez

Entrepreneur and Investor
MGeraldez.com
United States

Materials
Masterclass
03:30 PM - 03:45 PM

COFFEE BREAK

03:45 PM - 04:45 PM Hall A, Level 2

INITIATIVE ROOM

Here’s where experts as facilitators guide two groups of around 15 participants to dream up innovative possible solutions, within the sessions’ last 20 minutes, for two issues related to the topic which is highlighted during the forum. The outcome may later be considered for actionable initiatives.

Fintech

With new financial service providers offering consumers alternative ways to raise funds, make point of sale and peer-to-peer transactions. For example, fintech – governments will feel compelled to introduce regulations to prevent fraud, cyber security and such.

Initiative Groups:

Blockchain Technology – How can digital currencies and blockchain technology be utilised for small business owners as well as be useful for them?

  • Facilitator : Farzam Ehsani, Blockchain Lead, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), South Africa

Fintech as an Emerging Technology – So, how should fintech move forward?

  • Facilitator : Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, Chief Economist, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Sweden
03:45 PM - 04:45 PM Hall BC, Level 2

PANEL DISCUSSION

Reconceptualising Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution
The world is moving into an era of automated production and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, which means jobs of tomorrow will be data-driven and knowledge-based. This necessitates a radical change in industrial knowledge and manpower requirements today. But is the current education system prepared to cope for this change? What are the changes that need to be made? How will the young generation be affected?

Speakers

Andreas Schleicher

Director of Directorate of Education and Skills
OECD
France

Materials
Panel Disucssion
Marc Prensky

Founder and Executive Director
Global Future Education Foundation and Institute
United States

Materials
Panel Disucssion
Ramji Raghavan

Founder and Chairman
Agastya International Foundation
India


Moderator

Kamarul Bahrin Haron

Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Astro Awani
Malaysia

03:45 PM - 04:45 PM Hall D, Level 2

IDEAPAD

A session that brings to stage 4 startups with the most innovative ideas to pitch in front of a panel of judges comprising angel investors, venture capital firms and equity crowdfunding operators. Presenters:
  1. Nari Skin Care - USA
  2. Smart Crowd - UAE
  3. BAWA Cane - Malaysia
  4. MyFinB - Malaysia
04:45 PM - 05:45 PM Hall A, Level 2

INITIATIVE ROOM

Here’s where experts as facilitators guide two groups of around 15 participants to dream up innovative possible solutions, within the sessions’ last 20 minutes, for two issues related to the topic which is highlighted during the forum. The outcome may later be considered for actionable initiatives.

Innovation in Education

Quite a few innovators are already at work in educational institutions, schools and communities that helped transform lives of marginalised students through making education accessible. This promotes lifetime learning and can potentially help alleviate rural literacy among the underprivileged.

Initiative Groups:

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – This alternative method to online learning offers free access to useful as well as educational courses. Despite its many benefits, it has also received extensive critique because it involves significant investment. So, how can those offering MOOCs counter the funding issue?

  • Facilitator: Marc Prensky, Founder and Executive Director, Global Future Education Foundation and Institute, United States

Accessibility of MOOCs – The benefit of MOOCs is its accessibility. However, this may not be the case in rural areas, where MOOCs can be most useful. So, how can we ensure MOOCs accessibility in rural areas?

  • Facilitator : Andreas Schleicher, Director, Directorate of Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France
04:45 PM - 05:45 PM Hall BC, Level 2

PANEL DISCUSSION

Fostering Entrepreneurship Amongst Women
As we move deeper into the 21st century, gender equality in the marketplace becomes more pronounced. More important than ever, we need more tools and support structure to bring more women entrepreneurs into the mainstream fold, so that they are empowered to make their own life and economic decisions. What are these critical tools? What does a support structure for women entail?

Speakers

Anu Chadha

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
3A Clothing Company
India

Materials
Panel Discussion
Camille R. Escudero

President
Business and Professional Women (BPW)
Philippines

Dr Soraya R. Ismail

Managing Director
Vitality Boost Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Malaysia

Moderator

Dato' Dr Norraesah Mohamad

Chairman
WIEF Businesswomen Network and My E.G. Services Berhad
Malaysia

04:45 PM - 05:45 PM Hall D, Level 2

MASTERCLASS

the Internet of Things (IoT) Technology a Threat to Security or a Revolutionary Opportunity?
The IoT is the inter-networking of physical devices, buildings, household appliances which are embedded with technology that enables these objects to collect and exchange data, and also respond to their owners with a touch of a button or voice technology. This innovation greatly increases the mobility and connectivity of the things around us, making transactions and logistics faster that we can imagine, but it also poses a security threat. Does the opportunity outweigh the threat of this technology?

Speakers

Professor Arif M. Ansari

Professor, Data Sciences and Operations Department
Marshall School of Business, USC
United States

Materials
Masterclass
Todd Ashton

President
Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
United States

Materials
Masterclass
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM Hall BC, Level 2

SARAWAK FOCUS

Investment Opportunity in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE)

Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) is a game-changer for the Sarawak economy. The five growth nodes namely, Tanjung Manis, Mukah, Samalaju, Baram and Tunoh, offer various opportunities to be tapped not only by the big players of the heavy and energy-intensive industry, but also by the local industry players such as service providers. In this session, discover what else SCORE can offer to the investors.


Keynote Speaker

The Hon. Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan

Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, Second Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources, and Minister of Industrial & Entrepreneur Development
Sarawak


Speakers

Brian W. Tang

Managing Director
Asia Capital Markets Institute (ACMI)
Hong Kong

Datuk N. Rajendran

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida)
Malaysia

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

COFFEE BREAK

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Hall BC, Level 2

SARAWAK FOCUS

Sarawak State Initiatives on Digital Economy

Sarawak has embarked on the new strategy to transform its economy through digital economy and it’s willing to invest substantially to be connected to the global economy. What are the benefits that Sarawak will gain out of developing a digital economy? What are the opportunities that Sarawak can offer to develop various initiatives on digital economy?


Keynote Speaker


Speakers

Jeffrey Lo

Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect
Cisco Systems Inc,
United States


Moderator

Kamarul Bahrin Haron

Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Astro Awani
Malaysia

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Hall BC, Level 2

SARAWAK FOCUS

Sarawak as a Premium Tourist Destination

Located strategically in Southeast Asia, on the island of Borneo, Sarawak’s blessed with beautiful and scenic landscapes that offer various types of exhilarating and adventurous activities. With more than 27 ethnic groups that speak different languages and live harmoniously together, Sarawak’s indeed unique. Capitalising on this uniqueness, the tourism development in Sarawak focuses on Culture, Adventure and Nature (CAN) products. Sarawak is also promoting Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition (MICE). In this session, discover opportunities Sarawak.


Keynote Speaker

Datu Ik Pahon Anak Joyik

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak
Malaysia


Speakers

Dato' Seri Tengku Dr Zainal Adlin Tengku Mahamood

Chairman
The Sabah Parks Board of Trustees
Malaysia

Datu Ik Pahon Anak Joyik

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak
Malaysia

Moderator

Lisa Oake

Chief Executive Officer
Oake Media
Singapore

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Hall BC, Level 2

PANEL DISCUSSION

Blockchain Technology and Its Impact on International Trade
Blockchain technology is the next age of the internet. Today, we can exchange cross-border information such as email directly from sender to recipient. The world of tomorrow in the age of blockchain, people will be able to send anything of value. That includes money, titles, deeds, music, art, scientific discoveries, intellectual property and many more. It provides the strongest case yet for international trade, since blockchain has the potential of establishing a framework where supplier can deal safely and directly with the buyer. What impact does it have on global prices and most importantly our businesses in the future?

Speaker

Alan Laubsch

Director of Natural Capital Markets
Lykke
Switzerland

Armin Osmancevic

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Mybazar
United Arab Emirates

Farzam Ehsani

Blockchain Lead
Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)
South Africa

Moderator

Daniel Sieberg

Author of The Digital Diet, and Co-founder of the News Lab
Google
United States

12:45 PM - 01:15 PM Hall BC, Level 2

CLOSING SESSION

01:15 PM - 02:15 PM Luncheon Hall, Level 1

NETWORKING LUNCH

Forum Navigation Guide
  • Panel Discussion
  • Masterclasses
  • Initiative Room
  • Exhibition
  • Business Exchange
  • IdeaPad
  • Invest Sarawak
  • Complementary
    Programmes
  • Business Networking
    Breakfast
  • Marketplace of
    Creative Arts
  • Gala Dinner
  • LinkedUp Lounge
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