PAA Announces 2015 SharingValueAsia Summit Speakers

SharingValueAsia has confirmed over 30 international top flight speakers from the corporate, development and government arena for this full-day corporate-led event.

The SharingValueAsia summit, developed by the PublicAffairsAsia network, is the region’s leading forum to encourage profit-focused “shared value” partnership between business, civil society and government.

Central to this year’s summit will be a robust analysis of the benefits of using partnership and shared value models to both cement long term business growth and tackle some of the most intractable social, environmental and economic problems that face Asia.

Presenting practical and first hand experience from professionals in the field, this conference will map how programmes can deliver vital impact with scale in order to maintain the momentum in Asia Pacific markets.

Keynote speakers at this year’s summit are Proctor & Gambles’ Vice President of Customer Business Development, Chester Twigg; the Government of India’s Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee, DG & CEO of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs; and Philipp Saumweber, the CEO of Sundrop Farms – a pioneering agribusiness that uses proprietary technology to sustainably grow crops in arid regions.

Delivering three keynote addresses, five plenary panels and six breakout panels, SharingValueAsia is pleased to confirm the following speakers for the 2015 Summit, which shall be held at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore on October 1.

Chester Twigg, Vice President, Customer Business Development, Procter & Gamble
Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, DG & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Government of India
Philip Saumweber, Chairman & CEO, Sundrop Farms
Kris Balderston, Senior Vice President, Senior Partner and General Manager Washington D.C., Fleishman Hillard
Michael Blanding, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Greater China, IHG
Czarina Medina-Guce, Executive Director, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP)
Dr Bhichit Rattakul, Senior Advisor, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Former Governor of Bangkok, 
Richard Andrew, Senior Director, Landmark Asia
Anil Anthony, Executive Director, Neilsen Consumer Insights
Prof Eduardo Araral, Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Aditya Bajaj, Principal, Asia Pacific, AT Kearney
Naina Subberwal Batra, CEO, AVPN
Tim Bishop, Regional Private Sector Specialist, Asia Pacific, CARE International
Murium Hadi, Entrepreneurship Development Advisor, CARE International Pakistan
Matt Kovac, Policy Director, Food Industry Asia

David Kiu, Vice President, Communications and Sustainability, Global Markets, Unilever
Jane Lawton, Head of Asia Communications and Private Sector Engagement, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
Ms Shiumei Lin, Vice President, Public Affairs, UPS Asia-Pacific
Dr. Michael Looker, Director, Regional Strategies, Infrastructure Asia-Pacific Region, The Nature Conservancy
Rajen Makhijani, Associate Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Kerry Mok, Chief Operating Officer, Goodpack
Steve Okun, Public Affairs Director – Asia Pacific, KKR Asia
Gillian Pearl, Principal, Pearl Consulting Services
Anthony Rose, Chairman & CEO, House of Rose Professional
Joseph Scaria, Jr., Area Director – Resource Development, Asia Pacific, Habitat for Humanity International
Marianne Smallwood, Regional Partnerships Builder, Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Jeanne Stampe, Asia Finance and Commodities Specialist, WWF International
Mei Ling Tan, Director, Teaching and Learning Strategy, Asia, Microsoft Worldwide Education
Daphne Villanueva, Regional Director for Asia, ActionAid
Dr Anthony Watanabe, Managing Director, Asia Clean Innovations
Caroline Whatley, Head of Corporate Engagement Center, Save The Children
Junice Yeo, Director Southeast Asia, Corporate Citizenship
Stav Zotalis, Country Director, CARE International, Myanmar

For more information on the 2015 SharingValueAsia Summit, to view the full agenda, confirmed speakers, and to register visit the summit site:

Headlining the latest flight of speakers is International Hotel Group’s Michael Blanding, Director, Corporate Responsibility for Asia, Middle East, Africa and Greater China.

IHG’s corporate engagement across an expanding portfolio of hotels focused on community relations and disaster response have already been profiled in SharingValueAsia’s 2014 Partnership in Action report and we are pleased to confirm Blanding’s participation in the fourth and closing plenary session of the summit.

Entitled ‘Future Partners New Demands’ and exploring the challenges that will face both Asia and the business environment beyond the next decade, SharingValueAsia is also pleased to confirm the participation in this session of Dr Bhichit Rattakul, the former Governor of Bangkok, cabinet member for Science & technology of the Royal Thai Government and current senior advisor to the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Caroline Whatley, Head of Corporate Engagement Center, Save The Children, Daphne Villanueva, Regional Director for Asia, ActionAid, Dr. Michael Looker, Director, Regional Strategies, Infrastructure Asia-Pacific Region, The Nature Conservancy, and Aditya Bajaj, Principal, Asia Pacific at AT Kearney.

An active advocate and promoter of community-based disaster risk reduction activities, Dr. Bhichit has over twenty years of experience of industrial science and technology research in policy and management, disaster management, and environmental education and research.

Dr. Bhichit has served as governor of Bangkok was also previously the Executive Director of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, which works across the Asia-Pacific with governments, communities and business to strengthen disaster resilience at all levels. He has been elected as a member of the parliament of Thailand for three times, and has served as science and technology portfolio cabinet member of the Royal Thai Government.

Caroline Whatley leads Save the Children’s Corporate Engagement Centre, based in Singapore – working to build long term, strategic corporate partnerships in Asia in support of Save the Children’s global ambitions for children, developing a range of high value, multi-layered global partnerships, including with GSK to help save one million children’s lives.

Daphne Villanueva has been in the development sector for nearly 30 years, her early years dedicated to working with urban and rural communities in the Philippines claiming land rights and advocating for participatory and accountable governance.

Michael Looker was appointed The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Director of Regional Strategies, Infrastructure in 2013 to focus on developments across the Asia Pacific, especially in the extractive industries, and implementation of TNC’s “Development by Design” program that helps to guide sustainable development decision-making. In Australia he helped establish the Corporate Conservation Council to forge a closer alliance between business and conservation. Aditya Bajaj has more than 10 years of experience in industry and consulting in Europe, Middle East, Australia, and Asia, and specialises in large-scale transformation and change management, end-to-end operational improvement, growth strategy and shared value. In addition, Aditya has worked with government, multi-lateral institutions and non-profits on economic development, market-based solutions in developing economies.

Expanding SharingValueAsia’s South Asia coverage, we are also pleased to welcome Murium Hadi, Entrepreneurship Development Advisor for CARE International in Pakistan, who shall be participating in the opening plenary discussion alongside Chester Twigg, Czarina Medina-Guce, Executive Director, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) and Habitat for Humanity’s Area Resource Development Director for Asia Pacific, Joseph Scaria, Jr.

With 14 years of experience in the telecommunications and finance sectors, Murium is responsible for advising on the Regional Private Sector Engagement Framework for CARE in Pakistan. This includes the development of substantial private sector and donor agency partnerships, including with Engro, Shell, Telenor, TPL Direct Insurance, Tameer Microfinance Bank.

Goodpack, a global logistics solutions company, will also be joining the October summit, represented by COO Kerry Mok. Goodpack provides safe, efficient and environmentally-friendly packing solutions that can be integrated into supply chain systems and is a portfolio partner of KKR.

Kerry has over 19 years of experience in the supply chain management/logistics field and prior to joining Goodpack, he was Managing Director, Strategy – Operations at Accenture, and was the head of the ASEAN Supply Chain Strategy practice for the firm. He has spent more than a decade in senior management and board level roles where he has managed global businesses of over EUR2 billion in revenues. He has also served as Senior Vice President – Global Head of Technology Sector and APAC Technology Sector & Service Logistics at DHL.

Also joining the 2015 summit, we are pleased to welcome our 2014 alumni, Kris Balderston, Senior Vice President, Senior Partner and General Manager Washington D.C. of Fleishman Hillard, and Marianne Smallwood, Regional Partnerships Builder, Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Both shall be leading plenary discussions.

Kris’s 30 year career in Washington includes leadership positions dealing with state, federal and international public affairs. He has served as Special Representative for Global Partnerships under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, helping to create the Global Partnership Initiative and launched a number of innovative public-private partnerships to address global problems by creatively leveraging the interests of multiple organizations toward a common goal.

Marianne leads and supports USAID’s regional hub and country offices throughout Asia on building strategic partnerships in which the private sector’s business and sustainability interests align with USAID’s development objectives.