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The Asia House

Global Trade Dialogue

7 November 2019


7 November 2019

Trade tensions, economic slowdowns and the accelerating digital revolution are driving unprecedented change in the world economy, creating an essential need for constructive and open dialogue.

To meet that need, Asia House convened leading figures from government, business, academia and the media for its annual Asia House Global Trade Dialogue, which took place at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore on 7 November 2019.

Policy and decision makers from organisations including the United Nations, the UK Government, Arup, Alibaba, Jardine Matheson Holdings and the Monetary Authority of Singapore joined delegates from a wide range of sectors to explore the forces shaping the future of trade.


Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations, Singapore Government, gave a keynote speech. 

The conference built on Asia House’s highly successful trade dialogues across Asia, including major forums in Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.

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Conference Sponsors


The conference was also sponsored by Accenture 

Media partner

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The Conference


7.45 am 

8.30 am 

8.35 am 

9.00 am 

9.45 am

10.00 am 

10.15 am 

10.25 am 

11.00 am

11.45 am

12.15 pm 


1.15 pm

2.00 pm

Relive the highlights from the 2019 Asia House Global Trade Dialogue



Registration and networking breakfast

Opening remarks


Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive, Asia House


Opening keynote speech and Q&A


Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations, Singapore Government   


Panel discussion on Global Trade


This panel will look at the disruptive forces re-shaping the global trade landscape, including persistent US-China trade tensions, Brexit dynamics in Europe and progress of multilateral trade deals in the Asia Pacific.



  • Barbara Weisel, former Assistant US Trade Representative for Southeast Asia

  • Victor Chu, Chairman at First Eastern Investments

  • Victor Gao, Vice President, Center for China and Globalization

  • Anne Ruth Herkes, Former State Secretary, German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy



Q&A Global Trade 


  • Stuart Gulliver, Non-Executive Director of Jardines and former Group Chief Executive of HSBC (Asia House Advisory Board)

Coffee Break


Presentation – Developments in AI

  • Dr David Hardoon, Special Advisor (Artificial Intelligence), Monetary Authority of Singapore

Panel discussion on Disruptive Innovation in Finance

  • David Hardoon, Chief Data Officer and Special Advisor (Artificial Intelligence) for Monetary Authority of Singapore

  • Marjan Delatinne Global Head of Banking, Ripple

  • Eddie Lee, Regional Director of Operations for APAC, Revolut

Panel Discussion on Capturing the Value of Asia’s Digital Economy

  • Stephanie Davis, Managing Director of Sales & Operations in Southeast Asia, Google

  • Lay Lim Teo, Senior Managing Director for Accenture ASEAN

  • Fajrin Rasyid, Co-Founder, Bukalapak

  • Pierre Gaudreault, President, Asia Emerging Markets Region, Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals Group

  • George Raymond Zage III, CEO, Tiga Investments (also on Board of Commissioners for GO-JEK)











Coffee break

Panel discussion on Future Cities


Disruptive technologies are being leveraged to realise smart, sustainable solutions in urban centres the world over. This panel will explore how smart cities can unlock productivity and trapped value, and how their rise will affect the lives of citizens and impact upon global trade and investment.



  • Peter Chamley, Chairman of Australasia, Arup

  • Aileen Zosa, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Philippines’ Bases Conversion and Development Authority

  • Derek Wang, General Manager at Alibaba Cloud Singapore

  • Yasser Helmy, Head of Smart Cities for the Asia Pacific Region, Cisco

Lord Green, Chairman of Asia House, in Dialogue with Arancha González, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the International Trade Centre






Networking Lunch


Roundtable discussion with Accenture (invitation-only)

  • Professor Eugene Fitzgerald, CEO and director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology

  • Steve Leonard, CEO of SGInnovate

  • Vedrana Savic, Managing Director for Thought Leadership, Accenture


Leading policymakers and business leaders explored the forces shaping the future of trade


The 2019 Asia House Global Trade Dialogue followed previous international conferences, which brought thought leaders together to discuss trade, investment, policy and technology.

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DUBAI 2019

More than 350 delegates from 100+ organisations

Keynote speeches from:

  • His Excellency Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, UAE Ministry of Economy

  • His Excellency Sultan Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World

Panel sessions featuring thought leaders from HSBC, Dentons, Innoway and IBM

Official endorsement from UAE Ministry of Economy, and held in association with the Government of Dubai.



More than 300 delegates from 100+ organisations

Keynote speeches and presentations from:

  • His Excellency Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore 

  • Dr Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman and CEO, Sinovation Ventures

  • Maya Hari, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Twitter

Panel sessions featuring thought leaders from the WTO, Government of Vietnam, Monetary Authority of Singapore, IBM, Prudential, Arup and Singapore Economic Development Board.



More than 250 delegates from 150+ organisations


Keynote speeches from:

  • The Hon Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR

  • His Excellency Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister for National Development Planning, Indonesia

  • His Excellency Dr Lim Hong Hin, Deputy Secretary-General, ASEAN

  • The Hon Dr Ceferino Rodolfo, Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy, Philippines

Panel sessions featuring thought leaders from the AIIB, MTR, ABP, Sunwah Group, DHL, the Government of Vietnam, UOB and the Financial Times.

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Get Involved


The Asia House Global Trade Dialogue offers a major opportunity for organisations to position themselves at the heart of the global trade debate at an event attracting high-profile media coverage. There are a range of sponsorship options for organisations that want to take advantage of these opportunities and work with us on the conference programme.

Benefits include:

  • Prominent speaking role for senior representatives to help position brands on the issues that matter to them

  • Support in organising bilateral meetings during the conference

  • Branding across conference and promotion materials

  • Major profile raising opportunities through media coverage and conference publications

Find out more about sponsorship opportunities



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Asia House roundtable in partnership with Accenture


This roundtable takes place in the Mandarin Oriental Singapore (room TBC)

Time: 2.30pm-3.30pm (2.15pm for a prompt 2.30pm start)  


Innovation is gathering pace throughout the Asia Pacific, with AI technologies, blockchain, cloud computing, fintech and big data transforming entire economies and changing the way commerce, finance, education and healthcare are conducted. The rise of Asian players such as Alibaba, Bukalapak, GO-JEK and Tencent are testament to the role of innovation in driving business and economic growth.

The astute application of disruptive innovation has the potential to help emerging economies leapfrog development. However, laying the groundwork for success is important given the fast-evolving nature of disruptive innovation and the challenges that continue to faze the region’s development - including the availability of talent, gaps in infrastructure and regulatory frameworks.

Against this backdrop, policymakers, regulators and business leaders need to respond decisively and sustainably. What can organisations do to prepare for the disruptive forces that are changing the way we live, interact and do business? How can organisations across sectors and verticals harness the power of disruptive technology and take advantage of the digital revolution in Asia? What are the opportunities for partnership, collaboration and open innovation in this digital age in the region?  

In this off-the-record roundtable held in partnership with Accenture, our expert speakers and senior guests will seek to answer these questions and examine the role that innovation can play in driving regional growth. 

Speakers include:

  • Professor Eugene Fitzgerald, CEO and director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology

  • Steve Leonard,  Founding CEO of SGInnovate

  • Vedrana Savic, Managing Director for Thought Leadership, Accenture

This roundtable is invitation-only. If you are interested in attending, please register your interest with


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Asia House is hosting an evening reception in Singapore on 6 November ahead of its major Global Trade Dialogue.

The reception will take place at the Harbor Terrace, 5th floor, Mandarin Oriental Singapore on Wednesday 6 November, the evening before the Asia House Global Trade Dialogue on 7 November.

Offering a chance to network ahead of the conference, the reception will bring speakers and delegates together alongside senior business and policy professionals.

The reception is invitation only. To enquire about attending, please email Evie Cramb, Programme Coordinator, at 


  • Lord Stephen Green, Chairman, Asia House

  • Albert Ellis, CEO Harvey Nash Group

  • ​Chng Kai Fong, Managing Director, Economic Development Board

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Reception Sponsor


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