Mr Mikael Damberg

Swedish minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg, aims to improve the Swedish corporate climate further in order for more people to start new enterprises, and for existing enterprises to grow, employ more people, and export its products and services. That way more jobs are created in Sweden.

Mikael Damberg started his political career in his early twenties, when he was elected chair of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (the youth branch of the Swedish Social Democrats). Mr Damberg was elected Member of Parliament in 2002, holding a seat in the Committee of Education, and served as deputy chair of the committee between 2010 and 2012. In 2012, Mr Damberg was elected group leader of the Social Democrats in the Swedish Parliament. He serves as Minister of Enterprise and Innovation in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven´s government since October 2014.

Y.B. Dato' Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed

Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed is currently the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia. He represents Jeli, Kelantan as its Member of Parliament and was first elected in 1995. His involvement in the Malaysian Cabinet began as the Minister of Entrepreneur Development (1995-1999). He was later appointed as the Second Finance Minister in 1998 – making him the first Malaysian to hold two Ministerial portfolios at the same time. He has also served as the Minister of Higher Education (2006- 2008) and Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (2008 –2009) prior to assuming his current role. Dato’ Sri Mustapa holds a First Class Honours degree in Economics from University of Melbourne and a Masters in Economic Development from Boston University.

Mr Marcus Wallenberg

Marcus Wallenberg is since 2005 the Chairman of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), a North European financial group for 400,000 corporate customers, and 5 million private customers. SEB has local presence in the Nordic and Baltic countries and in Germany.

Marcus Wallenberg is also the Chairman of Saab AB and FAM AB, and serves on the boards of Investor AB, AstraZeneca Plc, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and Temasek Holdings Ltd. He is the former Chairman of LKAB and Electrolux AB.

Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Datuk Wira Azman Hj. Mokhtar

Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Mokhtar is the Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad. He is also the Chairman of Iskandar Investment Berhad and Axiata Group Berhad, as well as Trustees of Yayasan Hasanah and Yayasan Khazanah. He holds Board memberships at the Khazanah Research Institute and Asia School of Business. He serves on various Malaysian public service bodies including the National Science Council, the National Innovation Agency and the National Export Council. He is a member of the Asia Business Council.

Mr Jose Ma. ’Joey’ A. Concepcion III

Joey was appointed as Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship by President Rodrigo Duterte to help in MSME development. He is also the Chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council in 2017 Philippine Chairmanship of ASEAN.

Joey is the founder of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo. It aims to alleviate poverty by empowering entrepreneurs and eventually transform the country into an enterprising nation.

He is the President and CEO of RFM Corporation, the Chairman of the RFM Unilever Ice Cream Corporation, and Director and Executive Committee member of Concepcion Industries, Inc.

H.E. Ambasador Ong Keng Yong

Ambassador ONG Keng Yong is Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Concurrently, he is Ambassador-at-Large in the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Singapore’s non-resident High Commissioner to Pakistan and non-resident Ambassador to Iran. He was High Commissioner of Singapore to Malaysia from 2011 to 2014. Mr Ong was Secretary-General of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), based in Jakarta, Indonesia from January 2003 to January 2008.

Dr Vu Tien Loc

Mr. Vũ Tiến Lộc has been the Chairman and President of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2003. He is the member of the 11st, 12rd, 13rd and 14th Vietnam National Assembly (2001 -2016) and the member of Economic Committee of the National Assembly. Mr. Lộc is also Chairman of Central Council of Vietnam Business Association and Vice Chairman of the Prime Minister's Advisory Council for Administrative Procedure Reform, Co-chair of Vietnam Business Forum (VBF), Chairman of ASEAN Chamber of Commerce. Dr Loc was the Chairman of APEC CEO Summit 2017. He has recently appointed ABAC Vietnam Chair, ABAC Co Chair 2018.

Y.Bhg.Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Mohd Munir Bin Abdul Majid

Tan Sri Dr Munir is currently Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad, of the Financial Services Professional Board, of ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia, of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute and President of the ASEAN Business Club. He also sits on the board of the Institute of Strategic International Studies, Malaysia and on the Financial Services Talent Council of Bank Negara Malaysia. He is visiting senior fellow at the centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy as well as associate at the Southeast Asia centre, both at LSE.

Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng is Distinguished Fellow of Asia Global Institute, The University of Hong Kong. He is Chief Adviser to CBRC, a Board Member of Khazanah Nasional Berhad and a member of the international advisory councils of CIC, CDB, CSRC and Securities and Exchange Board of India.

Previously, he was a Chairman of the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong and a central banker with Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Bank Negara Malaysia.

He writes regularly on international finance and monetary economics, financial regulation and global governance for Project Syndicate, AsiaNewsNet and leading economic magazines and newspapers in China and Asia.

Dr. Deunden Nikomborirak

Dr Deunden is research director at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), an independent economic policy research institution in Bangkok. She obtained her doctorate degree in Economics from Mc Gill University, Montreal, Canada. In 2007, she briefly assumed a political position of Secretary to the Minister of Finance before returning to TDRI. Her areas of expertise include competition law and policy, governance and anti-corruption policies, state-owned enterprise and law reform. She is currently member of the Subcommittee handling consumer complaints under the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and member of the Independent Consumer Board, a non-government consumer protection body.

Y.Bhg. Dato` Steven CM Wong

Dato’ Steven Wong (Steve) is Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. He was Malaysia’s principal representative to the OECD’s Dynamic Asian Economies Dialogue (1989-1992) and has been on the secretariats of two ASEAN eminent persons groups (1987, 1992). Steve is ISIS Malaysia’s representative in the Asian Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM).

Y.Bhg Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng

Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng (PhD Sinology, Stockholm University) is Executive Director of Penang Institute. Now a Swedish citizen, he was born in Penang, and is founder-editor of Penang Monthly, ISSUES, ISEAS Perspective and Trends in Southeast Asia, and long-time columnist for The Edge Malaysia.

Noted works: The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time, and The Eurasian Core and Its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World.

Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria

Tan Sri Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria began her career in the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Service in 1981 and retired as the Secretary-General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry on 2 July 2016. As MITI Sec-Gen, a post she held since December 2010, she provided oversight for the formulation and implementation of Malaysia’s international trade and industrial policies. She also provided oversights for Malaysia’s negotiations in bilateral and regional FTAs. In April 2017, Tan Sri Dr Rebecca was appointed as the Chairperson of EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and effective 16th November as the Chairperson of IDEAS.

Y.Bhg. Datuk Zainal Amanshah

Datuk Zainal Amanshah was appointed Chief Executive Office of InvestKL in 2011. InvestKL is tasked by the Malaysian Government to attract 100 of the world’s largest multinationals to invest in the Greater Kuala Lumpur by 2020.

With more than 22 years of experience in the private sector and 6 years in the government sector, Datuk Zainal has held senior positions in multinationals, Malaysian companies, start-ups and now, InvestKL. Prior to joining InvestKL, he was the Group CEO of REDtone, a Malaysian public listed telecommunications provider. He was also one of the company’s founders

Mr Johan Bygge

Johan Bygge joined EQT in 2011 and is today Chairman of EQT Asia Pacific. Before EQT Johan worked as CFO within Investor AB.

During 1987-2006 Johan served with Electrolux where he held numerous CEO-positions, more recently CEO Electrolux Major Appliance Europe and Asia Pacific and CEO Electrolux Major Appliance International. Prior to that he served with Ericsson as Deputy Group Treasurer and Deputy Group Controller. Currently Johan serves as Chairman of the boards of PSM and ILA Vietnam, Director of Anticimex, Getinge AB and I-Med.

Mr Sean Yokota

Sean Yokota is Head of Asia Strategy at SEB and joined in September 2012. Prior to SEB, Sean was the Head EM Asia FX Strategist at UBS Singapore and earlier was an Economist at UBS Hong Kong and Japan covering North Asian economies. Sean is a frequent speaker on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and often quoted in international media such as Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.

Sean has also worked at Pan Asian Macro Hedge Funds as a Portfolio Manager at Paridon Asia in Singapore and as a Macro Strategist at Corus Capital Management in New York.

Mr Todd Ashton

Since 2013, Todd Ashton became the President of Ericsson Malaysia & Sri Lanka and effective 1st July 2017, Todd Ashton has been announced as the President of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh within the Market Area South East Asia, Oceania and India. In this role, Todd has been leading innovation and developing new capabilities in these markets by building long term partnerships with Ericsson customers and other industry stakeholders

Y.M. Raja Teh Maimunah

Raja Teh Maimunah is the CEO of AmInvestment Bank and MD of Wholesale Banking of the AmBank Group. She has over 20 years of experience in banking and finance, focusing on Islamic and investment banking. She had previously held esteemed leadership positions such as the CEO of Hong Leong Islamic Bank, the Global Head of Islamic Markets at Bursa Malaysia, in addition to the posts of Chief Corporate Officer and Head of International Business at Kuwait Finance House Malaysia, CEO of Bank AlKhair Malaysia and Head of Investment Banking at RHB Sakura Merchant Bank. She is also the Adviser on Islamic Banking and Finance to the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation.

Mr Erik Ljungberg

After obtaining his Master of Science in Business Administration with a major in Strategic Management, Erik Ljungberg joined Scania as a trainee in 1997.In 2000 he became head of communication and marketing at Scania Czech Republic and he then held the same position at Scania Deutschland until 2006 he left Scania and become Head of Corporate Marketing at CLASS in Germany. In July 2008, he returned to Sweden and Scania and was appointed as Senior Vice President Corporate Relations.

Ms Marie Trogstam

Marie Trogstam is Manager for International Sustainable Business at Business Sweden, focusing on supporting companies to grow their international revenue in a sustainable way.

Before joining Business Sweden, Ms Trogstam had the position as Head of Sustainability at the telecom operator Telia, with a focus on digitalization and sustainable growth. Prior to this, Ms Trogstam worked at Saab with e.g. business development towards multilateral organizations as well as Head of Corporate Responsibility.

Mr John Revess

John joined ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd in 2016 as Head of Sustainability with a remit to sharpen the business focus on sustainability issues and to embed sustainability thinking within the business. Prior to ABB he worked for Rexam for 11 years, serving initially as Marketing Director for the European division and then as Director of Group Sustainability. Earlier John worked for Colgate Palmolive in a variety of consumer marketing roles in Germany, France, UK and USA. John began his career at Unilever as a graduate engineering trainee.

Mr Lars Svensson

Mr. Lars Svensson is the Sustainability & Communication Director, IKEA Southeast Asia and Sustainability Manager for the Ikano Group. Prior to this position Lars was the Senior Marketing Director Asia Pacific and Greater China for Oriflame. From 2005-2013 Lars held a number of positions within IKEA Southeast among others within Sustainability, IKEA Store Management and Marketing. Lars is serving as Vice President in the Thai Swedish Chamber of Commerce and has an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics.

Mr Sven Törnkvist

Sven Törnkvist is Head of Digital Business Development at EQT, where he focus on digital transformation with EQT fund’s portfolio companies as well as supporting new deals.

Sven most recently held position as VP of Ericsson. Prior to that, Sven was held several management positions including country manager at Google Sweden for seven years. Before that, he was CEO of Cosmo Communications, part of employer branding- and media house Universum. Sven has 15 years of experience working with digitalisation, technology, sales and marketing across several industries.

Mr Martin Glaumann

Martin holds the position as Market Area Director for Business Sweden in Singapore from the 1st of January 2018. With more than 10 years in strategy consulting for Arthur D. Little and 10 years in senior management positions in the telecom industry, he has more than 20 years of experience in sales, business development, and change management. Digital and smart cities is two of Martin’s focus topics, his experience includes supporting the city of Stockholm in forming their digital agenda, acting as an advisor to the Swedish government on smart city topics but also supporting industry players in leveraging their capabilities to contribute in developing more sustainable cities. Martin holds a MBA from Stockholm School of Economics and a master of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Uppsala University.

Mr Andrew Staples

As Director for The Economist Corporate Network in South-east Asia, Andrew provides members with insight and analysis on a range of topics related to ASEAN and the broader East Asian economy. He regularly chairs and moderates major Economist events, delivers custom briefings to senior executives (including Fortune 500 C-suite) and public figures (including heads of states) in his areas of expertise which include international political economy, foreign direct investment, corporate strategy and comparative management, and regularly appears in the international media (BBC, CNN, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, Al Jazeera).

Ms Jukhee Hong

Jukhee Hong heads the CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI), a think tank dedicated to support ASEAN economic integration by advocacy and research. She also heads the ASEAN Business Club, an association of chief executives of larger corporations in ASEAN and drives its initiatives and regional cooperation. She is also the Deputy Executive Director of ASEAN Business Advisory Council, the apex private sector council in ASEAN.

Mr Imran Ahmad

Imran Ahmad is from London and has had a corporate career in finance, IT and management consulting which has taken him all over the world. He has worked for Unilever, Oracle, Ernst & Young and General Electric, and currently is a Director in Khazanah in Kuala Lumpur. He is also the author of an acclaimed book: ‘The Perfect Gentleman – a Muslim boy meets the West’.