The Agora Meeting

Bayan Tree Ungasan Bali, 14-16 September 2017

Confirmed Thought Leaders (as of 24 July 2017)

Sarah Boumphrey

is Director of Economic and Consumer Research at Euromonitor International, a global strategic market intelligence company. Sarah leads Euromonitor’s economic and consumer trends research advising multi-national companies across B2C and B2B industries on how these trends have a real-life impact on their business. Sarah has authored many white papers and reports on topics as diverse as How to Succeed in Emerging Markets, Reaching the Emerging Middle Classes Beyond BRIC and most recently, an exploration of changing consumer expectations post-financial crisis entitled: The New Consumerism: Redefining Ownership, Values and Priorities. Sarah was instrumental in designing Euromonitor’s market-leading programme of income and expenditure research and has played a lead role in developing Euromonitor’s macroeconomic and consumer trend content over the past 17 years.

Lily Chan

serves as CEO of NUS Enterprise at the National University of Singapore, where she is responsible for architecting a comprehensive innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem for the support of NUS’ staff, students and alumni. She oversees entrepreneurial education, venture development, technology commercialization, and industry partnership initiatives. During her tenure, Lily has been responsible for the growth of the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) programme and the BLOCK71 start-up launchpads into signature and globally known initiatives. Lily brings with her more than 25 years of industry experience, previously serving as Managing Director, Investments, of Bio*One Capital Pte Ltd, an investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board. She was also previously the General Manager (Singapore) and Director of Product Development (USA) for Genelabs Diagnostics Pte Ltd Singapore.

Georges Haour

is Emeritus professor of Technology and Innovation Management at IMD, Lausanne Switzerland. He also acts as an adviser to firms and organizations in his area of value-creation through effective management of the innovation process, as well as commercialization of technology. Georges has eight Europe/ US granted patents. One of his previous books was on “Resolving the Innovation Paradox”, and was followed by “From Science to Business: How Firms Create Value by partnering with Universities”. Georges’ latest book published on January 2016 is on innovation in China: “Created in China: How China is becoming a Global Innovator”. Georges has served for several years on the jury for the Innovation Award of The Economist.

Shawn Hunter

is a practical, ‘high content’ leadership development presenter, coach, corporate educator and author. Weaving in personal life stories and meaningful interviews with business leaders around the world, Shawn presents critical competencies that are consistently present in the daily behaviors of today’s most successful leaders. Shawn is currently Founder and President of Mindscaling, a company dedicated to creating intelligent online learning products. Shawn’s new book Small Acts of Leadership: 12 Intentional Behaviors That Lead to Big Impact (October, 2016) is currently #5 on the Washington Post bestseller list. Until July, 2015 Shawn was Executive Producer & VP for Leadership Solutions at Skillsoft. For over a decade he has interviewed, and filmed, hundreds of leading business authors, executives, and business school faculty in an effort to assemble video learning solutions. Shawn’s first book, “Out•Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes” was published in August, 2013.

Charles Kupchan

is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and professor of international affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Government at Georgetown University. Charles has served as special assistant to the president and senior director on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) in the Obama administration. He was also director for European Affairs on the NSC during the first Clinton administration. Before joining the Clinton NSC, he worked in the U.S. Department of State on the Policy Planning Staff. Charles is the author of some key books on foreign policy such as “ No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn”, “Power in Transition: The Peaceful Change of International Order” and numerous articles on international and strategic affairs. He has served as a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs, Columbia University’s Institute for War and Peace Studies, the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, the Centre d’Étude et de Recherches Internationales in Paris, and the Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo.

Jeffrey Lehman

is the inaugural Vice Chancellor of New York University Shanghai. He was previously the founding dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law and the Dean of the University of Michigan Law School before becoming President of Cornell University. Jeffrey has been the Chairman of the Board of Internet2, an advanced technology community founded by the US leading higher education institutions to help US research and education organizations solve common technology challenges. He has also served as a Supreme Court law clerk, a practicing tax lawyer, a professor of law and public policy and as a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is an independent director of Infosys Ltd. Jeffrey writes and speaks about a broad range of issues that animate life in the twenty-first century.

Maura O’Neill

is a Distinguished Teaching Fellow in the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. She was appointed by President Obama as the First Chief of Innovation and Senior Counselor to the Administrator at the US Agency for International Development. While at USAID she adapted venture capital and drug discovery methods to drive faster, cheaper, more sustainable solutions to global governance, health, food security and economic growth. She also co-created the Development Innovation Ventures, now known as the Global Innovation Fund. Before USAID, Maura served as the Senior Advisor of Energy and Climate and Chief of Staff for the Under Secretary of Agriculture. There, she authored President Obama Biofuels Strategy. Maura has founded four companies in the fields of electricity efficiency, smart grid and customer info systems and billing, e-commerce and digital education. She is the Vice-Chair of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women which she helped to create.

Clyde Prestowitz

is founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute, which plays an important role in the public policy process, influencing the terms of the debate in the areas of international trade policy, economic competitiveness, and the effects of globalization. Clyde has played key roles in achieving congressional passage of NAFTA and in the final content of the Uruguay Round, as well as providing the intellectual basis for current U.S. trade policies toward Japan, China, and Korea. Prior to founding ESI, he led many U.S. trade and investment negotiations with Japan, China, Latin America, and Europe during the Reagan administration. Clyde regularly writes for leading publications. He is the author of the best-selling book on U.S.-Japan relations, Trading Places, and of several other books on international trade and business strategy including The New North American Trade Order; Rogue Nation; Three Billion New Capitalists; The Betrayal of American Prosperity: Free Markets Delusions, America’s Decline And How We Must Compete In the Post Dollar Era. His latest book is, Japan Restored: How Japan can Reinvent Itself and Why This is Important for America And the Word.

Paul Saffo

is a technology forecaster with over two decades experience exploring the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He teaches forecasting at Stanford University and chairs the Future Studies and Forecasting track at Singularity University. He is a Board member of the Long Now Foundation which foster long-term thinking. Paul is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Paul serves on a variety of not-for-profit boards including the Long Now Foundation, and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. Paul’s essays have appeared in a wide range of publications. He has been, among many other positions, the Founding Chairman of Samsung SAIT Science Advisory Board, a Member of the National Research Council Committee on Forecasting Future Disruptive Technologies.

William Saito

is a famous Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist from Japan and Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan. He is recognized as a world’s leading authority on cybersecurity. After graduating from medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), he incorporated his first software programming company in the US at the age of 20 and sold it later on to Microsoft. He later moved to Tokyo and founded InTecur, a venture capital and technology consultancy company. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 and then recognized by Nikkei as one of the 100 Most Influential People for Japan. In 2012, William was appointed to a council on national strategy and policy reporting directly to the Prime Minister of Japan. While serving currently as the Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office he also advises the Ministry of Economic Trade & Industry (METI) and other national governments. He also sits on the boards of several companies and frequently appears as a TV commentator. William is the author of seven books in addition to writing several weekly newspaper columns and his book, “The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan”, became a best-seller. William was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Government of Japan in 2016 for his work in the field of education.

Beatrice Weder di Mauro

is a professor of economics at the University of Mainz in Germany. She has been the first woman and the first non-German to become a member of the German Council of Economic Experts, whose responsibility was to advise the German government on economic issues. She has advised both the former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and the current Chancellor Angela Merkel. She is also an Adviser to several international corporations. Beatrice is member of the Board of Directors of UBS Group AG; she is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Robert Bosch GmbH. Beatrice has also served as an Economist at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In addition to her present responsibilities, she is also currently the Deputy Chairman of the University Council of the University of Mainz.