Leading Business in Asia Forum begins
| Danial Norjidi |
THE Leading Business in Asia Forum took place yesterday, highlighting how competitive, high performance organisations are created.
Held at the Radisson Hotel, the forum covered core elements that businesses and organisations need to focus on to thrive in increasingly complex and volatile market conditions.
Yesterday marked the first day of the two-day forum, and consisted of series of short seminars outlining practical solutions for leaders. The second day, today, features mini-workshops that provide more in-depth coverage of the key solutions presented the day before.
The Leading Business in Asia Forum is convened by Asia Inc Forum and Human Capital Group Asia Ltd in partnership with Baiduri Bank and Brunei Press as media partner.
The forum’s aim is to support Brunei small and medium enterprises (SMEs), state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and business organisations by providing a learning opportunity for executives engaged in organisational transformation and creating competitive, high performance cultures.
The opening of the forum saw welcoming remarks delivered by Pierre Imhof, the CEO of Baiduri Bank Berhad.
In his speech, he highlighted that Baiduri Bank responded immediately and enthusiastically to the approach proposed by the Leading Business in Asia Forum’s focus on how competitive, high performance organisations are created.
“Those who are in business will be aware that the ability to go through organisational transformation and to develop a high performance culture in business is vital in order to respond to changing environment or situations and for businesses to reach a higher, more competitive level,” he said.
“This objective today by the forum to put together companies coming from different horizons of different sizes – SMEs, large corporates, state-run enterprises – operating in different sectors, is a good way in the current environment to exchange experiences and to learn how to progress and grow a business.
“So I hope that for all participants, this forum will be useful and will bring them new ideas to improve their performances to be more competitive, and new ways to develop their businesses,” he added.
Dr Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Abdul Fattaah, Board Member at Baiduri Bank; Dato Paduka Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, the Deputy Minister of Finance; Douglas Dean, the CEO of Human Capital Group Asia Ltd; Pierre Imhof, the CEO of Baiduri Bank Berhad; and Dato Timothy Ong, the Chairman of Asia Inc Forum, at the event. – SIM YH
The opening of the forum also saw the attendance of Dato Paduka Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, the Deputy Minister of Finance as the guest of honour, who also delivered a keynote address.
The first session of the forum featured a presentation by Douglas Dean, the CEO of Human Capital Group Asia Ltd, entitled ‘Leading Business in Uncertain Times: How to respond to technological disruption and economic volatility?’.
This was followed by discussion on ‘Leading Organisational Transformation’ with David Kay, the CEO of Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru), moderated by Dato Timothy Ong, the Chairman of Asia Inc Forum.
Rohn Rajen, Principal Consultant and Partner at Human Capital Group Asia Limited then delivered a presentation dealing with the topic of ‘Leading Change: How is a high performance culture created’.
Dato Timothy Ong then returned to the stage to moderate an open forum discussion, in which the aforementioned topic of creating a high performance culture was further elaborated.
This discussion featured a panel comprised of Haji Haliluddin bin Dato Haji Talib, General Manager of Baiduri Finance; Ambrose Nathan, Consulting Partner at BizAdvize Services Sdn Bhd; and Dayangku Kemariah binti Pengiran Haji Duraman, the owner of Kunyit 7 Lodge.
The proceedings then continued with a presentation on ‘Leading Quality: How do ISO & Global Benchmark work?’ by Dr Suresh Kumar Krishnan, the Managing Director of Strasys Solutions Sdn Bhd.
Another presentation ensued, this time from Tim Haynes, the Chief Digital Officer of Human Capital Group Asia Limited. He spoke on ‘Winning at Business: Leading Customer Centricity & Digital Transformation’.
After one more open forum, the first day of the event came to a close with a wrap-up of the programme.
The Leading Business in Asia Forum will continue today with interactive workshops on the topics, with four of yesterday’s invited speakers set to feature as lead facilitators.
Douglas Dean, will lead the workshop on Leadership in a Volatile Economy, and will cover the core areas that leaders need to focus on in order to thrive in uncertain markets.
Rohn Rajen, is lead facilitator for the High-Performance Culture workshop, and will focus on how to transform organisations and corporate culture through employee engagement.
A workshop on ISO and Global benchmark will be facilitated by Dr Suresh Kumar Krishnan, Managing Director of Strasys Solutions Sdn Bhd, and will highlight the need for quality systems, including ISO standard certification in order to be competitive in Asean markets.
The Customer Centricity and Digi-Transformation workshop will be facilitated by Tim Haynes.
Tim will provide an overview of digital transformation that is currently underway in the global market and what corporations need to do to take these changes on board.