BusinessWorld economic forum tackles next-wave disruptions, opportunities

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BUSINESSWORLD Economic Forum 2019 takes place on May 30 at the Grand Ballroom of Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City with the theme “The Future of Business: Next-wave Disruptions & Opportunities” and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Ayala Corp., as keynote speaker.

Mr. Zobel will share how Ayala Corp. — one of the oldest and biggest conglomerates in the Philippines with interests in real estate, banking, telecommunications, water, power, industrial technologies, infrastructure, health care and education — has been embracing disruptions and seizing opportunities brought about by emerging technologies.

The whole-day forum will bring together thought leaders, industry experts, business executives, government policy makers, innovators, academicians, technology providers and other leading figures in the public and private sectors to share their insights on the promises and risks of technology and how they could impact businesses over the next 10 years.

The first session on “Automation & Artificial Intelligence and How They Will Impact People, Skills, and Management” will discuss benefits and adverse effects of job automation and artificial intelligence adoption. The session also aims to answer questions on the implications of Generation Z to the workforce.

To share their knowledge on the topic are McKinsey & Company Managing Partner for the Philippines Kristine Romano, Management Association of the Philippines President Rizalina G. Mantaring, Degreed vice-president for Global Business Solutions Susie M. Lee and Acumen Strategic Consulting, Inc. Managing Director Pauline G. Fermin. Panel discussion will be moderated by BusinessWorld Editor-in-Chief Roby Alampay.

The second session — “Digital Commerce and How Big Data & Mobile Technology Will Shape the Future of Retail” — will tackle the continuing expansion of e-commerce that is projected to become a multi-billion peso industry in a few years. Speakers for this session are Boston Consulting Group Singapore Partner and Managing Director Shiv Choudhury, Globe Telecom, Inc. Senior Vice-President for Globe Business Peter D. Maquera, Lazada Philippines CEO Raymond N. Alimurung, and Entrego President Constantin Robertz. Panel discussion will be moderated by One News Anchor RJ Ledesma.

The third session, “Financial Technology & The Future of Money,” will discuss financial sector developments such as financial technology (fintech), blockchain, cryptocurrency and cashless economy, and how these trends will reshape various industries. Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Managing Director and Partner Shivaji Das, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Chief Digital Officer Noel A. Santiago, Founding Chairman Lito M. Villanueva, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Senior Director and Officer-in-Charge for Fintech Sub-Sector Vicente T. De Villa III will share their thoughts about the topic. Panel discussion will be moderated by One News Anchor Daniela Laurel.

The last session — on “Next-Generation Technology and The Future of Economy” — will tackle emerging technologies and their potential contribution to economic growth. To lead discussions are Alliance Global Group, Inc. CEO Kevin Andrew L. Tan, Microsoft Philippines Country General Manager Andrés Ortola, MFT Group of Companies CEO Maria Francesca F. Tan, and IBM Philippines President and Country General Manager Aileen Judan-Jiao. Panel discussion will be moderated by BusinessWorld SparkUp Editor Santiago J. Arnaiz.

BusinessWorld Economic Forum has been held annually since 2016. It serves as a platform for industry leaders and key figures in the society to discuss key challenges that affect the country.

BusinessWorld Economic Forum 2019 is presented by LT Group, Inc., Entrego and GT Capital Holdings, Inc. with sponsors: (Platinum) Megaworld Corp.; PLDT, Inc.; Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. and Lexus; (Gold) Ayala; BDO Unibank, Inc.; Federal Land, Inc.; MFT Group; Metro Pacific Investments Corp.; San Miguel Corp., SM Investments Corp. and Turkish Airlines; (Silver) Aseana City; FWD; Globe, Manila Electric Co. and Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.; as well as (Bronze) Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.; BPI; Double Dragon Properties Corp.; First Gen Corp.; National Home Mortgage Finance Corp.; Pag-IBIG; SGV; Viventis and Degreed; Wilcon Depot and Cross; with partners Grab (mobility), The Philippine Star (print), One News (broadcast), and Fiera De Manila, Inc. (event).

To register and for more information, please visit or call BusinessWorld’s marketing department at 535-9901 local 707. Registration is open until May 28.