Navigating the Pandemic

Asia’s business leaders face a perilous landscape: Covid-19 has slammed the global economy into reverse. Many companies are struggling for survival, but the pandemic is also creating opportunities. Building on the six-year success of its Next Tycoons Forum, Forbes Asia is expanding the conversation to bring together next-generation business leaders, first-generation entrepreneurs, and leading investors.

With this inaugural series of webinars, the new Forbes Asia Next Frontiers Forum embarks on an exploration of the strategies and technologies companies are using to beat the coronacrisis and flourish after it passes.

Webinar 1: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 3.30 – 5.00pm (Singapore time) Webinar 2: Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 3.30 – 5.00pm (Singapore time)
3:30 – 4:15pm Session I: Triangulation – Business Gets its Bearings 3:30 – 4:15pm Session I: How Deep is the Ocean? – The Outlook for Liquidity

Even those who’ve weathered the lockdowns on travel and trade are feeling a bit disoriented. As Asia re-emerges, companies need to figure out where to head first—fast. In this panel, some of the region’s top business leaders will discuss the journey so far, where the pitfalls remain and how to spot the road to revival.


Moderated by Rana Wehbe Watson, Senior Editor – Special Projects, Forbes Asia


Confirmed speakers:
Adrian Cheng, CEO and Executive Vice-Chairman, New World Development
Goodwin Gaw, Managing Principal and Chairman, Gaw Capital Partners
Noni Purnomo, President Director, Blue Bird Group Holding
Kishin RK, Founder and CEO, RB Capital Group


Though still staggering from the pandemic, Asia’s deal pipeline still seems surprisingly flush. That’s partly thanks to government stimulus. But it’s also the momentum of pre-pandemic funding. This panel will examine whether reopening and the economy’s “new normal” will keep cash flowing, or whether recession will crush liquidity and valuations with it.


Moderated by Wayne Arnold, Executive Editor, Forbes Asia


Confirmed Speakers:
Randall S. Kroszner, Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and the Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Jean Eric Salata, Chief Executive and Founding Partner, Baring Private Equity Asia
V Shankar, Cofounder and CEO, Gateway Partners
Tan Su Shan, Group Head, Institutional Banking, DBS Group

4:15 – 5:00pm Session II: Sail with the Tide – Investing in the New Normal 4:15 – 5:00pm Session II: Red Sky at Dawn – Pandemic Disruption

Every investor’s an epidemiologist now. Hedge funds made headlines taking the pandemic more seriously than politicians. Now economic gloom has submerged bond yields, stocks are feverish on fiscal stimulus and gold bugs are ebullient. Is it wise to bet on reopening? Or do private equity and venture capital offer safer harbor?


Moderated by Wayne Arnold, Executive Editor, Forbes Asia


Confirmed speakers:
Abhinav Jhunjhunwala, Chief Executive Officer, AJ Capital
Jenny Lee, Managing Partner, GGV Capital
Nick Nash, Managing Partner and Cofounder, Asia Partners
Danny Yong, CIO and Founding Partner, Dymon Asia Capital


Remember when it was companies doing the disrupting? The pandemic has disrupted everything—even disruptors—redefining commerce and the workplace while scattering old investment assumptions to the wind. In this panel, founders and CEOs from some of Asia’s most innovative companies discuss managing through the crisis, pivoting to investors’ changing expectations and adapting technology to a harsher reality.


Moderated by Rana Wehbe Watson, Senior Editor – Special Projects, Forbes Asia


Confirmed speakers:
Kevin Aluwi, Cofounder and Co-CEO, Gojek
Ankiti Bose, Cofounder and CEO, Zilingo
Eric Gnock Fah, COO and Cofounder, Klook
Chatri Sityodtong, Founder, Chairman and CEO, ONE Championship




Business leaders navigating Asia’s future face a perilous landscape: the Covid-19 pandemic has slammed the global economy into reverse. Globalization is in retreat. And policymakers are printing even more money to revive confidence and growth. So while many companies struggle for survival, the coronacrisis is creating a wave of opportunities. Asia’s family businesses have the cash, the know-how and the networks to turn the turmoil into entrepreneurial triumph. But simply lavishing cash on fledgling enterprises will no longer suffice. Building upon the six-year success of its Next Tycoons Forum, Forbes Asia is expanding the event to bring together next generation business leaders, first-generation entrepreneurs and unicorns, as well as leading venture capitalists and private-equity investors. The new Forbes Asia Next Frontiers Forum will explore the technologies, industries and companies positioned to survive the Covid recession and flourish long after it passes. Panelists will discuss how the pandemic has transformed family business, where success will depend not just on spotting promising ventures, but guiding them through harsher terrain to the next level. There may be unicorns; there will also be dragons.




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