G1 Global 2013: ASEAN and India: Making the Most of Business Opportunities

By Vachara Phanchet, Sanjeev Sinha, Ted Tan, Yoko Ishikura

< Session Title >
G1 Global Conference 2013
Breakout Panel Session III <B>
ASEAN and India: Making the Most of Business Opportunities

< Date > September 16, 2013
< Venue > GLOBIS University, Tokyo Campus
< Duration > 1:16:10

< Session description >
India and ASEAN countries increasingly represent important markets as well as attractive investment destinations for Japanese companies. A wide range of bilateral and multilateral
cooperation frameworks in the public and private spheres are taking hold, while there are still untapped opportunities that can be utilized for mutual advantage. In this session, panelists from Thailand, Singapore and India will explore ways to building strategic partnerships between Japan, ASEAN and India to maximize business and investment potentials.

Vachara Phanchet
Chairman Emeritus, Pacific Basin Economic Council

Sanjeev Sinha
President, Sun and Sands Group

Ted Tan
Deputy Chief Executive, SPRING Singapore

Yoko Ishikura
Professor, Graduate School of Media Design,
Keio University


Dr.Vachara is the first Thai to be elected as Chairman of Pacific Basin Economic Cousin (PBEC), he is now Chairman Emeritus.
Dr. Vachara is Chairman of Sittipol Sales Group of Companies. A leading Thai industrial and most diversified global trading and investment group and involved in an automotive partnership with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, computer and systems integration, real estate, luxury products, etc.

He has just served as Thailand Trade Representative from (2009 – 2011) a minister-level post in overseeing trade and investment for the Prime Minister. He has been a member of the National Legislative Assembly and also served as its Secretary for the Foreign Affairs Committee from 2006 to 2007 other governmental capacities include: Vice Minister for Industry, Vice Minister for Public Health, Vice Minister for the Office of The Prime Minister during 2003-2006 tenure.

His past roles also include: Member of the Board, Board of Investment (BOI), Chairman of the Young President Organization of Thailand (YPO) and Chairman of the highly-acclaimed APEC CEO Summit 2003 in Bangkok.

President, Sun and Sands Group, pioneer in India-Japan cross border investment and business advisory; Country Representative in Japan for TATA Asset Management and TATA Realty and Infrastructure; Columnist Nikkei Newspaper; Governor - Banking and Finance, Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Japan; Founding President IIT Alumni Association Japan; Visiting Faculty - “Doing Business with India”, International University of Japan; Advisor Kyoto University; Presidential Advisor Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; Advisor Indian Scientists Association in Japan; President, Japan India Auto Components Association; Columnist Japan Marketing Association; Editorial Board, Japan Spotlight; Japan Director, Global Association for Risk Professionals. Frequent contributors to major media, universities and public forums like NHK, CAMBRIA KYUDEN (TV Tokyo), Fuji TV, Kezai Doyukai, Keidanren, JICA, Ministries, ASSOCHAM, Tokyo University, Keio University, Kyushu University, IIT, IIM and others. Formerly with UBS, Mizuho Securities, Goldman Sachs, Gentech and Godrej. Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University after graduating in Physics from IIT.

Mr Ted Tan is the Deputy Chief Executive of SPRING Singapore, the enterprise development agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, responsible for helping Singapore enterprises grow.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr Tan was the Deputy CEO of International Enterprise Singapore. He was a Board Member of SPRING Singapore and DesignSingapore Council, and is currently a Board Member of the Council for Private Education, a statutory board under the Ministry of Education.

Before joining the public service, Mr Tan spent 18 years in the private sector and held senior positions in multinational companies including General Electric, Accenture and Singapore-listed CSE Global. He was also the Chairman and board member of various companies in the Asia Pacific region.

Mr Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Electrical Engineering and a Master in Business Administration. He has completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.

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Boasting a wealth of experience abroad and in Japan, Professor Ishikura is an expert in global strategy, innovation and knowledge management, with a number of highly-rated publications to her name including the best-selling book How to Build a Global Career.

As the first Japanese woman to gain a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Harvard Business School, Prof. Ishikura’s journey from freelance translator to senior manager at McKinsey & Company and beyond is sure to inspire and motivate.

Professor Ishikura now is involved in developing media innovators with global perspectives at Keio Media Design. She is also the Vice Chair of Global Agenda Council on Education & Skills which offers leaders an opportunity to take their education and skills agenda to the next level, by raising global awareness on the need to improve education systems.

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