A Hopeful Theme

While the Philippines continues to battle the COVID-19 global health crisis that has interrupted the country’s consistent economic growth streaks and upended lives, the pandemic has also emphasized the need to:

towards a more sustainable and inclusive Philippines in 2022 and the years ahead.

This November 24-25, 2021, BusinessWorld Virtual Economic Forum returns with the timeliest and hopeful theme, “Recovery Roadmap PH: 2022 and Beyond,” that will converge local and international experts to discuss the most reliable economic forecasts, emerging industry trends, and expected digital disruptions and tech innovations.

Join BusinessWorld’s editors and journalists in a series of live online conversations with local and international experts as they share their valuable insights on the most important issues of our time that will further strengthen our economy and help the country achieve sustainability and inclusion in a post-pandemic world.

TOPICS TO DISCUSS

WHAT'S IN STORE?

AGENDA

DAY 1 - NOVEMBER 24, 2021
9:00 A.M. - 9:15 A.M.
CALL TO ORDER/HOUSE RULES
Regina Lay, Business Section Head, One News

OPENING CEREMONIES
Prayer
National Anthem

WELCOME ADDRESS
Miguel G. Belmonte, President and CEO, BusinessWorld
9:15 A.M. - 9:35 A.M.
KEYNOTE 1

What Lies Ahead: Global Economic Growth Prospects
Changyong Rhee, Director, Asia and Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund
9:35 A.M. - 10:40 A.M.
PANEL DISCUSSION

Pandemic Shifts: How COVID-19 Will Transform our Tomorrow
Iluminada T. Sicat, Assistant Governor, Monetary Policy Sub-Sector, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Sagarika Chandra, Director for Asia-Pacific Sovereigns, Fitch Ratings
Steven G. Cochrane, Chief APAC Economist, Moody's Analytics
Moderator: Wilfredo G. Reyes, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessWorld
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 NN
CEO PANEL

Creating a Culture of Business Resilience and Sustainability
Joseph Sigelman, Chairman and CEO, AG&P Group
Jose Teodoro “TG” K. Limcaoco, President and CEO, Bank of the Philippine Islands
Jaime T. Azurin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Meralco Powergen Corp.
Raoul Antonio E. Littaua, President and CEO, The Insular Life Assurance Company Ltd. (InLife)
Moderator: Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Managing Editor, BusinessWorld
12:00 NN - 1:30 P.M.
LUNCH BREAK
Virtual Exhibit
Networking
1:30 P.M. - 1:50 P.M.
KEYNOTE 2

Global Green Growth Prospects After Pandemic
Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute
1:50 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Building Smart Cities and Sustainable Communities
Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, Director, Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development
Rafael Fernandez de Mesa, President of LIMA Land, Inc. and Cebu Industrial Park Developers, Inc., Head of Integrated Economic Centers, Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc.
Srinivas Sampath, Director of the Urban Development and Water Division of the Southeast Asia Regional Department, Asian Development Bank
David T. Leechiu, Chief Executive Officer, Leechiu Property Consultants
Moderator: Santiago Jose Arnaiz, COO, Day3 Innovations
 
Addressing Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Embracing Clean Energy
Emmanuel M. de Guzman, Secretary, Climate Change Commission
Manolo Candelaria, EVP - Sales and Operations Department Head, Citicore Power, Inc.
Atty. Angela Consuelo S. Ibay, Head, Climate Change and Energy Programme, WWF-Philippines
Guillermo M. Luz, Chief Resilience Officer, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation
Moderator: Victor V. Saulon, Editor, BusinessWorld
3:00 P.M. - 3:20 P.M.
FIRESIDE CHAT

Investing in Circular Economy as a COVID-19 Recovery Strategy
Jean-Marc Arbogast, Country Manager for the Philippines, International Finance Corp.
Moderator: Daniela Luz Laurel, Columnist, BusinessWorld
3:20 P.M. - 3:50 P.M.
ASK THE EXPERT

Rebound Tactics for Pandemic-Hit Sectors (Airline, Tourism, Hospitality, Restaurant, Leisure)
Anthony Oundjian, Managing Director and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group
Moderator: Leo Jaymar G. Uy, Research Head, BusinessWorld
3:50 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
CLOSING REMARKS

Wilfredo G. Reyes, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessWorld
DAY 2 - NOVEMBER 25, 2021
9:00 A.M. - 9:15 A.M.
CALL TO ORDER/HOUSE RULES
Regina Lay, Business Section Head, One News

OPENING CEREMONIES
Prayer
National Anthem

WELCOME ADDRESS
Lucien C. Dy Tioco, Executive Vice-President, BusinessWorld
9:15 A.M. - 9:35 A.M.
KEYNOTE 1

Digital Economy Transformation and Inclusion in the Post-COVID Era
Carlos G. Dominguez III, Secretary, Department of Finance
9:35 A.M. - 10:40 A.M.
CEO PANEL

Accelerating the Growth of Emerging Industries
Vince Dominic Yamat, Managing Director, 917Ventures
Angeline Tham, CEO, Angkas
Paolo Azzola, Chief Strategy Officer, PayMaya Philippines
Moderator: Andrew J. Masigan, Columnist, BusinessWorld
10:40 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
FIRESIDE CHAT 1

Advancing Science, Technology and Innovation for a Better World
Jonathan Tsuen Yip Wong, Chief of Technology and Innovation, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Moderator: Sam L. Marcelo, Multimedia Editor, BusinessWorld
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 NN
PANEL DISCUSSION

Improving the Country’s Connectivity: Infrastructure and Communication
Leo Urbiztondo Jr., Director, Government Digital Transformation Bureau, Department of Information and Communications Technology
Jesus Romero, Chief Operations Officer, Converge ICT Solutions
John Garrity, Chief of Party, USAID Better Access and Connectivity (BEACON)
Joel Agustin, Senior Vice-President, Program Delivery for Mobile & Fixed Networks, Globe Telecoms Inc.
Moderator: Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter, BusinessWorld
12:00 NN - 1:30 P.M.
LUNCH BREAK
Virtual Exhibit
Networking
1:30 P.M. - 1:50 P.M.
KEYNOTE 2

Tech and Industry 4.0 Trends Shaping our Future
Francisco Betti, Head of Shaping the Future of Manufacturing, World Economic Forum
1:50 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity in the Digital Age
Representative from National Privacy Commission
Raymund Liboro, Commissioner, National Privacy Commission
Raymond Medina, Highly Technical Consultant for Cybersecurity Bureau, Department of Information and Communications Technology
Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager, Kaspersky Southeast Asia
Angel T. Redoble, President, Philippine Institute of Cyber Security Professionals
Moderator: Jenina P. Ibañez, Reporter, BusinessWorld

Upskilling the Workforce and The Hybrid Workplace
Lars Wittig, Country Manager, International Workplace Group PHL
Suchita Prasad, Leader of McKinsey Academy, Southeast Asia and Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company
James Matti, Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson
Moderator: Keren Concepcion G. Valmonte, Multimedia Reporter, BusinessWorld
3:00 P.M. - 3:20 P.M.
FIRESIDE CHAT 2

Enabling PH Innovators: Creative Sector, MSMEs and Startups
Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba, Undersecretary for the Competitiveness and Innovation Group, Department of Trade and Industry
Moderator: Santiago Jose Arnaiz, COO, Day3 Innovations
3:20 P.M. - 3:50 P.M.
ASK THE EXPERT

Serving the Needs of the Digital and Changed Consumers
Patricia Buenaventura Nichol, Partner and Office Head, Bain Philippines, Bain & Company
Florian Hoppe, Partner and Head of Digital Practice in Asia-Pacific, Bain & Company
Moderator: Patricia B. Mirasol, Multimedia Reporter, BusinessWorld
3:50 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
CLOSING REMARKS

Wilfredo G. Reyes, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessWorld
Names in blue font are invited speakers who are yet to confirm their participation.

SPEAKERS

Changyong Rhee
Director
Asia and Pacific Department International Monetary Fund

Carlos G. Dominguez III
Secretary
Department of Finance

 

Francisco Betti
Head of Shaping the Future of Manufacturing
World Economic Forum

Jean-Marc Arbogast
Country Manager for the Philippines
International Finance Corp.

Jonathan Tsuen Yip Wong
Chief of Technology and Innovation
Trade, Investment and Innovation Division United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Rafaelita M. Aldaba
Undersecretary for the Competitiveness and Innovation Group
Department of Trade and Industry

Anthony Oundjian
Managing Director and Senior Partner
Boston Consulting Group

 

Patricia Buenaventura Nichol
Partner and Office Head, Bain Philippines
Bain & Company

 

Florian Hoppe
Partner and Head of Digital Practice in Asia-Pacific
Bain & Company

 

Joseph Sigelman
Chairman and CEO
AG&P Group

 

Jose Teodoro “TG” K. Limcaoco
President and CEO
Bank of the Philippine Islands

 

Jaime T. Azurin
President and CEO
Meralco Powergen Corp.

 

Raoul Antonio E. Littaua
President and CEO
The Insular Life Assurance Company Ltd. (InLife)

 

Angeline Tham
CEO
Angkas

 

Paolo Azzola
Chief Strategy Officer
PayMaya Philippines

 

Vince Dominic Yamat
Managing Director
917Ventures

 

Iluminada T. Sicat
Senior Assistant Governor Monetary Policy Sub-Sector
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

 

Sagarika Chandra
Director for Asia-Pacific Sovereigns
Fitch Ratings

Steven G. Cochrane
Asia-Pacific Chief Economist
Moody’s Analytics

Leo Urbiztondo Jr.
Director
Government Digital Transformation Bureau
Department of Information and Communications Technology

Jesus Romero
Chief Operations Officer
Converge ICT Solutions

 

John Garrity
Chief of Party
USAID Better Access and Connectivity (BEACON)

 

Dr. Enrico C. Paringit
Director
Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development

 

Rafael Fernandez de Mesa
President of LIMA Land, Inc. and Cebu Industrial Park Developers, Inc.
Head of Integrated Economic Centers
Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc.

Srinivas Sampath
Director of the Urban Development and Water Division of the Southeast Asia Regional Department
Asian Development Bank

 

David T. Leechiu
Chief Executive Officer
Leechiu Property Consultants

Emmanuel M. de Guzman
Secretary
Climate Change Commission

 

Manolo Candelaria
EVP – Sales and Operations Department Head
Citicore Power, Inc.

 

Atty. Angela Consuelo S. Ibay
Head
Climate Change and Energy Programme WWF-Philippines

 

Guillermo M. Luz
Chief Resilience Officer and Advisor
Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation

 

Raymund E. Liboro
Privacy Commissioner
National Privacy Commission

 

Raymond Medina
Highly Technical Consultant for Cybersecurity Bureau
Department of Information and Communications Technology

Yeo Siang Tiong
General Manager
Kaspersky Southeast Asia

 

Angel T. Redoble
President
Philippine Institute of Cyber Security Professionals

 

Lars Wittig
Country Manager
International Workplace Group PHL

 

Suchita Prasad
Leader of McKinsey Academy, Southeast Asia and Senior Expert
McKinsey & Company

 

James Matti
Managing Director
Willis Towers Watson

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