9:00am – 9:15am

Welcome Address by Credit Suisse

9:15am – 10:30am

Opening Keynote
The Making Of A New World Order

For decades, the world has seen the dominance of the US as the global superpower, globalization and free trade as the key economic drivers, and western-style democracy as the political prescription. In recent years, we have witnessed many of these conventions being challenged or overturned with the election of President Trump, the Brexit vote, the emergence of autocratic rulers in many parts of the world and ultra-rightist parties in Europe, and the rise of China. Will these now be the new norms going forward?

For example, the ongoing trade showdown between the world's two biggest economies could be a start of a new economic architecture. While the implications of this spat are still unfolding, any disruption to international trade has inevitably affected economic growth as vast proportion of goods traded today are linked to global value chains.

How will international trade be impacted if the United States follows through on its threats to leave the World Trade Organization? Which economies will step in to fill the void left by a retreating US? And what can investors do to navigate an increasingly multi-polarized world, where self-centered models of growth increasingly become the norm?

This year's opening keynote will present insights into these global trends with special attention to the brewing conflict between China and the United States and their impact on economies and markets.


  • Anthony Gardner
    U.S. Ambassador to the European Union (2014-2017)
  • Ho Kwon Ping
    Founder and Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings and Laguna Resorts and Hotels

Moderated by Lito Camacho
Vice Chairman, Asia-Pacific, Credit Suisse

10:30am – 10:50am

Coffee Break

10:50am to 11:50am

Panel One
Blockchain – Revolutionary Or Over-hyped?

Technology continues to be a key supertrend, as new applications disrupt markets and industries at an unprecedented rate. Blockchain has been touted as a revolutionary innovation that has been likened to the advent of the Internet 25 years ago. Reflecting this, investors put more than USD 800 million into blockchain-related start-ups between 2014 and 2015.

Yet, there are some who doubt blockchain’s ability to live up to its hype, while others believe that it will take far longer than expected for the solution to realize its true potential. This session will explore the nascent technology and attempt to discover where the truth ends and hype begins. 


  • Henri Arslanian
    FinTech & Crypto Leader, Asia, PwC
  • Prof. Dr. Aleksander Berentsen
    Professor, Economic Theory, and Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel
  • Gavin Brown
    Associate Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University; Co-Founder & Director, Blockchain Capital Limited

Moderated by Jeremy White
Executive Editor, Wired Magazine

11:50am – 12:50pm

Panel Two
Smart Mobility - A Smooth Ride Ahead?

Smart mobility solutions are fast-moving into the mainstream, and supporting an entire eco-system of peripheral services and products. Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have soared in recent years as more consumers demand green mobility options from car makers. With battery lives improving and rapid growth in power generation capacity, EVs are expected to make up around 45% of annual car sales by 2030. Governments around the world are also helping to fuel this trend by imposing ever stricter regulations on vehicle emissions. Meanwhile, rapid technological advances are making autonomous vehicles (AVs) a reality on the roads today.


  • Chris Leck
    Deputy Group Director, Technology & Industry Development Group, Land Transport Authority of Singapore
  • Rupert Mitchell
    Chief Strategy Officer, WM Motor
  • Jianxiong Xiao
    Founder and CEO, AutoX Inc.

Moderated by Jeremy White
Executive Editor, Wired Magazine

12:50pm – 2:00pm

Networking Lunch

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Showcase Presentation
Healthtech – In Good Shape For Long Term Investors

The robust growth of the health technology (healthtech) market is disrupting the healthcare industry and presenting a host of opportunities for long term investors. This fast-growing sector has been valued at USD 118 billion globally, and is expected to reach USD 206 billion by 2020. Healthtech will be driven by, in particular, the mobile and wireless segments creating new applications such as the management of patient data, on telehealth and wellness, as well as consultation via smartphones and interconnected healthcare devices. Investors seeking to generate yield in their portfolios would want to take a closer look at this exciting segment of the tech sector.


Moderated by Martin Soong
Anchor, CNBC Asia

3:15pm – 4:15pm

Closing Keynote
CNBC's Managing Asia @Global Supertrends Conference


Moderated by Christine Tan
Anchor, CNBC Asia


Cocktail Reception

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